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Millport Emerging Talent Showcase line-up announced

3 August 2018 Featured news

The 24th Millport Country Music Festival is just weeks away and the line-up for the Maverick Magazine presents “Millport Emerging Talent Showcase” has just been announced.

The showcase, sponsored by Maverick Magazine, is brand new to the festival this year and is offering emerging artists the opportunity to play at Millport Country Music Festival alongside the likes of Jesse Dayton, Ashley Campbell, The Wandering Hearts, Raintown, Jarrod Dickenson, Liv Austen, American Young, Shane Richie and more…

10 artists have been selected from Scotland and beyond to each play a 15 minute set on the stage of the “Maverick Acoustic Venue” on Sunday 9th September. With the chance of playing after that on the Nashfield Concert Stage immediately before Sunday headliner Shane Richie, a £200 recording session with Katee Kross Media and a guaranteed full slot at MCMF2019 up for grabs.

Who is appearing?

John Rush

Glasgow based singer-songwriter John Rush with his country and folk tinged pop songs, washed down with some amber nectar is a regular feature in some of Glasgow’s top venues including King Tuts, O2 Academy and Barrowlands with previous support slots including Ocean Colour Scene, Mark Morris of the Bluetones,  Declen O’Rourke, Jam legend Bruce Foxton and Steve Pilgrim.

Green and Gold by John Rush: https://youtu.be/ZWzDAWZmr84

Emma Sarginson

18 year old singer-songwriter from Kilwinning in Ayrshire, Emma is a regular face at some of the top venues on the West of Scotland including past performances at Captain Toms, The Clutha and the Barrowlands.

Emma Sarginson Live at Captain Toms: https://youtu.be/82iidnbYwEU

Scott Ashworth

Based in Denny, Stirlingshire but originally hailing from Salford, Gtr Manchester. Scott started his life as a military musician in the Royal Air Force but now performs widely across Scotland as a solo country/americana artist with support slots with Grammy nominated Belfast singer songwriter Gareth Dunlop as well as Scotlands own Ashton Lane to his name.

Drifting Away by Scott Ashworth: https://youtu.be/0wBDNA2HLBA

Hollie Robinson

A bright, bubbly, fun loving 14 year old singer-songwriter and the youngest artist to feature in the showcase. In 2017 Hollie represented the UK at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles returning home with 3 bronze medals and an Industry award in her vocal categories.

Hollie performs Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson: https://youtu.be/PCCes-lwApI


19 year old singer-songwriter based in Glasgow, Riley has been working on her own songs since she was only 11 years old. She has built up a following due to her great contemporary folk style songs with poetic lyrics all sung in a beautifully understated style.

Mr Gray by Riley: https://youtu.be/wlkUtLEsZzw

Joseph Miller

In early 2014 Joseph independently released an acoustic collection of songs titled The ‘One-Take’ sessions. The tracks were originally recorded as demos in one take with just an acoustic guitar and vocal. These lead to Joseph being personally selected by Christina Perri (‘Jar of Hearts’/’A Thousand Years’) to open for her on the Glasgow stop of her ‘Head or Heart Tour’.

Think of Me by Joseph Miller: https://youtu.be/TP_mePo6GDI


An Aussie singer-songwriter now living in Larnark in Scotland and a rare Alternative Country/Pop phenomena. Since moving the UK in 2015 Zoee has featured on the BBC Introducing stage at Brentwood Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the UK Open Mic songwriting competition.

Just A Little Bit Longer by Zoee: https://youtu.be/uipDJj6eh7M

The Blue Highways

Named for the forgotten highways and roads that linked American towns and cities, The Blue Highways take inspiration from American roots music and infuse it with their British sound and background.

Formed in early 2018 they recently recorded their debut single, Take Me Away, at Reservoir Studios in London with Chris Clarke (Danny and the Champions of the World).

Take Me Away by The Blue Highways: https://youtu.be/lvF1G_So-pw

Zoe Tait – The LadyBugg 

From Johnstone in Scotland, Zoe is a 16 year old singer-songwriter that plays all her own music, and has already announced playing at “Party At The Palace” this year. With a nickname like “The LadyBugg” unsurprisingly Zoe quotes Jake Bugg as one of her biggest influences.

Callum by Zoe Tait: https://youtu.be/IZgjEE7TL8M

Robyn Taylor

With over 30 years performing across the UK and abroad, Robyn Taylor has found her voice in country music and her amazing stage presence really connects with audiences.

Here first single ‘Stop My Heart’ went straight in at No.6 on British & Irish Hot Discs Chart, and In The Arms of Love has been nominated for ‘Listeners Choice Award’ on UK Country Radio in 2018.

Stop My Heart by Robyn Taylor: https://youtu.be/w6jGdqmHBIk