2019's Festival Acts





Lisa Kowalski

“a woman of influence”

Aged 19, Lisa has been gigging all around Scotland and writing songs for 5 years, with a number of early successes to her name.

In 2016, Lisa obtained funding from the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture Bid to record her first EP, Free Spirits. Released in April 2017, the EP received glowing reviews, appearances on STV and BBC Radio.


Lisa won the Renfrewshire Live and Unsigned competition and receive a nomination for Female Artist of the Year by Radio Wigwam. She made it to the finals of the inaugural Salute Music UK competition and the Radio Clyde Jim Diamond Award. Lisa was also named “a woman of influence” by Paisley’s Provost


2018’s highlights included Celtic Connections, a Salute Music headline gig at King Tuts and showcases at Music for Youth in both Glasgow and Newcastle, Killin Music Festival and Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber festival. 


Lisa’s latest single was released in November 2018 and Celtic FM Presenter Ross MacFadyen gave it the following review:

"Over the past couple of years, Lisa Kowalski's performance and writing skills have developed to a level that her new song, "I Do" would not be out of place on a LeAnn Rimes album. I really hope mainstream radio takes notice. It's been my pleasure to support Lisa via Folk and Roll Radio and Celtic Music Radio. Keep 'em coming!"

Chris Thorburn

"Genuinely hilarious"


Glasgow's Chris Thorburn is back with his least personal hour yet!


Chris is here to make you laugh, unless you don’t want to, which is totally fine. Chris is a member of award-winning alternative comedy collective CHUNKS and recently took his film-based comedy show Cineman to the Edinburgh Festival. As seen on BBC Scotland.

“Slick, perceptive and witty” The Wee Review



It’s a comedy show all about films. Good films, bad films, happy films, sad films, films you secretly love, and the films you’ve never seen but you know you’re supposed to so when someone asks if you’ve seen it you say 'of course' and while they talk at length about it you just keep nodding and going 'oh yeah', hoping they won’t realise what a fraud you are.


'Superbly comedic look at cinema with a personal touch... Genuinely hilarious'