Kinross Winter Festival launched - and Big Country are on their way again!

Big Country are taking in Kinross as part of their world tour.
Big Country are taking in Kinross as part of their world tour.

Fresh from the success of its Big Street Party, Kinross is set for more celebrations as organisers put the final touches to this year’s Winter Festival.

The event, which begins at the end of this month and continues until New Year, is run by Kinross Local Events Organisation (KLEO), the group behind the Big Street Party held on October 3.

KLEO has this year achieved another musical coup in securing the services of top Scots bandBig Country, who’ll headline the festival on November 21 as part of their ‘Best of Big Country World Tour’.

They’ll be supported by the Coaltown Daisies, who won the coveted gig at an ‘X Factor’ style sing-off against other local bands earlier in the year.

The concert is one of many highlights of the festival, which this year has once again achieved the perfect blend of entertainment and community events.

Other musical highlights include a performance by legendary singer/songwriter Rab Noakes at the Green Hotel on November 6 and appearances at the same venue by the 70s progressive rock band Curved Air (November 14) and ZZ Top tribute band the ZZ Tops (November 26).

Even those with little musical ability can get involved as would-be singers of all ages are invited to take part in the comic opera ‘Pirates of Penzance’.

The performance is led by experienced vocalists but anyone can join in with a rehearsal on the afternoon of November 15 in readiness for the performance that evening.

On November 20, the popular ‘Kinross-shire’s Got Talent’ competition is back for the fourth year and once again promises an evening of variety and fun.

Lucy Duffy is also back by popular demand after two sell-out shows that have raised thousands for charity.

Lucy and her young performers - all of whom come from stage schools and youth theatres - will present ‘ Another Night on Broadway’, a lively and colourful show over two nights, November 13 and 14.

As Christmas approaches, the seasonal festivities get into full swing with the popular street market on November 28, which this year includes a farmers’ market for the first time.

There’ll be plenty of live music and family entertainment, culminating in the Christmas lights switch-on ceremony.

The first event in the festival diary takes place at the crack of dawn on Wednesday, October 21, with a goose watch at RSPB Loch Leven, when visitors can enjoy the spectacle of thousands of pink-footed geese taking off from their night-time roost on the loch.

For more information and a full programme of events, visit www.kleo.org.uk