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Promoting DIY gigs is a stressful and time-consuming pursuit, and rarely one which proves financially rewarding. Let’s take a moment then, to appreciate local stalwart Chris Trew, who’s kicking off his 15th year as Prancey Dog with a celebratory Cumberland Arms takeover on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January.

Gathering some of the finest acts to grace the 136 bills previous, PranceyFest kicks off with a headline show from an old favourite in Scotland’s Withered Hand, with excellent local support in the shape of rabble-rousing duo Mouses, red-hot post-punks Roxy Girls and a solo set from John Edgell.

Sunday, meanwhile, kicks off early with a series of afternoon sessions in the cosy Cumby bar, featuring performances from some of the region’s most distinguished storytellers in Gem Andrews, Dressed Like Wolves and Nev Clay. Finally, proceedings move upstairs, with the raw, weighty riffs of FRET! and lively indie rockers Swine Tax preceding another regular visitor; US songwriter and instrument inventor Thomas Truax.

The first day costs a bargain £6, while the second is entirely free – with any profits from the event donated to local cancer charity Maggie’s. If you’re yet to attend a Prancey Dog show, now’s your chance to get up to speed!

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