Our 2021 Busk Stops were a hit!

Our 2021 Busk Stops were a hit!

Our 2021 Busk Stops event came to an end on Saturday 31st July – and what a show it was! Celebrate Kilmarnock would like to thank all of the fantastic performers who made this year’s run so special. 

Throughout the month we enjoyed such an eclectic mix of talents, including a fiddle player, harpist, ukulele player and even a one-man-band!

[Left: Outstanding one-man-band, Carl Esprit Bridgeman, kicked off our first Busk Stop of 2021 on Saturday 3rd July].

[Right: With a soft, ethereal sound reminiscent of French singer Birdy, Emi V’s beautiful vocals rang out down King Street].

This year’s line-up also featured spoken word performers, with recitals of the works of Burns and Matt McGinn, as well as poets taking to the mic to perform their own material. Thanks to Marc Sherland of The Robert Burns World Federation we had a fine selection of Burns enthusiasts, ready to captivate King Street with the words and music of the Ayrshire bard.


[Above left to right: Emma Durkan opened our final Busk Stop with an angelic performance on the harp; Jamie Angus’ set was so well received it even attracted a few dancers to the Celebrate Kilmarnock hub!]

[Above left to right: Jolyn Crawford performed some poetry and music, including a wonderful rendition of ‘Dumbarton’s Drums’ by The Corries – on ukulele; Harpist Pauline Vallance treated us to a beautiful rendition of the Rabbie Burns classic, ‘My Love is like a Red, Red Rose’.]

[Above left to right: Teacher and poet, Simon Lamb, gave a great wee turn with his poem, ‘Life is a Campfire’; 15-year-old Burns and spoken word performer, Liam Kearney, was a huge hit and gave a hilarious performance of Matt McGinn’s poem, ‘The Butchers of Glasgow’.

[Left: Our final performer, poet Tracy Harvey, had us all in stitches with her fantastic poem about the dreaded “Scottish flea” – midgies!]

It’s really been an event to remember and, as well as all the terrific performers who gave up their time for us, it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of event organiser Taylor Buntain of Taylor Made Music. 


We’d also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Taylor McInroy of Ayrshire Film Company for capturing the event on film and live streaming the performances to our Facebook page.


If you made it along to any of our Busk Stop performances then please let us know what you thought! 

To find out more about all our 2021 Busk Stops performers, including links to their websites and social media pages if available, check out the complete list below:

Saturday 3rd July

Carl Esprit Bridgeman


Emi V




Saturday 10th July

Anton O’Donnell

Alexandra Shrinivas

Favourite Mistakes


Saturday 17th July

Jamie Angus





Saturday 24th July

David Burns




Pauline Vallance




Craig Judge


Saturday 31st July

Emma Durkan



Pauline Vallance

(Links as above)

Liam Kearney

Simon Lamb


Jolyn Crawford

Tracy Harvey


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