Adventures at the Imaginarium Festival in Peebles

Photo kindly taken by Ellie Morag – elliemorag.com

Just for the record, I pronounce Peebles (Peeb-ulls) like Peeb-lees just because it’s fun to say. There you go, just learned something weird about me…not really that exciting, though. Sorry.

Anyhoo, that’s were I was this past weekend. Playing up at Eastgate Theatre in Peebles for ‘The Big Gig’ as part of the 6 day Imaginarium Festival alongside crazy Jack Hinks (with his band, Charlie and Sean) and lovely Georgia Gordon with her cajón player, Isaac. Plus another Shaun/Sean who was rather steampunk and beat-boxed rather well with one of those mouth twangy things (obviously know the technical term).

Thoroughly enjoyed the evening gig and took a little trip around Peebles during the day. Everyone is so lovely at Peebles. As usual I ventured into the nearest sweet shop to hunt for spoggs, which they had *yay*. To add to my collection of spog names (i.e spogs, spoggs, jelly buttons) is Horse Cakes. Yup, in Peebles they’re apparently called horse cakes. Thankfully they tasted exactly the same as all the others (bar the squishy ones from Moffat). So in conclusing yay to Peebles sweet shop but nay (or should it be neigh) to the horse name…

Back to the gig, Dad and I took a few pictures (which I’ll upload shortly) but click here for a video of one of Georgia’s songs. This was the last in her set, an original called Black. Enjoy!

All in all, Peebles seems really nice and I think in future we’ll be making a slight detour there when we’re next on our way up to Edinburger for a cuppa!

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Supporting The Peatbog Faeries

I know I’m posting this just hours before the actual gig but I just wanted to share with you what Zoë’s up to.

This is going to be a fantastic gig and a great opportunity for Zoë. Have you ever seen the Peatbog Faeries? I haven’t but I’ve heard loads about them and it promises to be a hoot. The Peatbogs have twice been voted “Best Live Act” at the Scottish Traditional Folk Awards

Zoë’s good friend, Calum Gilligan is also supporting so we’re also looking forward to catching up with him too.

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35 Missed Calls Launch Party

The long awaited Launch Party for Zoë’s first single ’35 Missed Calls’ is finally here.

The excitement is building here at Bestel HQ ~ we’ve heard the CD, we’ve seen the video ~ everything is in place to launch Zoë on her way.

Come and join in the celebration with us ~ here are all the details:

ZOË BESTEL debut single – 35 Missed Calls – LAUNCH PARTY!

Friday 4 May 8:00 pm until 11:30 pm

At The Belted Galloway
Newton Stewart


Zoë Bestel

accompanied by Sean McCole 

Special Guests
Steve Dowling & The Obliviates
Calum Gilligan

Zoë said, “I’m so excited about this CD and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.  Thanks to Huey for making me sound so amazing and to Steve for giving me the opportunity to share my songs with the world ~ it’s a dream come true!”

35 Missed Calls is Zoë’s first ever single.  It includes 3 tracks and will be available on CD and Download.  CDs will be available to purchase and Zoë can sign them for you on the night.

The launch party is free entry and there is a bar.  Any under 18s must be with an adult.

Looking forward to seeing you all there and making it a night that Zoë will never forget.


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Latest Gig Booking – Supporting Emily Smith

Venue: The Plainstanes, High Street, Dumfries

Date & Time: Saturday, 10th September 2011 from 6.00pm

Cost: FREE

Emily Smith - Photo by Simon LeesFollowing my appearance at The CatStrand, I’ve been asked to do an open air gig in September and I wanted to tell you about it.

I’m so excited to say that I’ll be supporting one of Scotland’s most famous (if not THE most famous) folk singers, Emily Smith.

Emily’s in the middle of her UK tour and she’s doing this free-to-attend open air gig at The Plainstanes in the centre of Dumfries. This is her home county so I’m sure there’ll be lots of home support for her – it’s really exciting and I’m so pleased to have asked to support.

If you can come along I’d love for you to give me a wave and a cheer – I’ve got to admit to being a little bit nervous but excited at the same time.

I’m hoping also to perform a brand new song of mine that I’ve not quite finished writing at the moment, so you’ll be the first to hear it – that’s if I get my act together and finish it in time!

I can’t wait and I’m really looking forward to meeting Emily and maybe you too.

Hope to see you there.

Zoë x

Photo by Simon Rees


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