Rising star to perform for home crowd in Parliament gardens


Singing star Keith Jack, runner up in reality TV show Any Dream Will Do, is to complete the music line-up at tomorrow’s Picnic in the Parliament concert.

Keith, 19, from Dalkeith will sing a number of his favourite songs from musicals and the television series at the free event open to the public.

He will join acts such as Idlewild, Blazin’ Fiddles, Salsa Celtica and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the event to mark the third Session of the Scottish Parliament.

The former supermarket assistant and musical theatre student is looking forward to performing to his home crowd. Speaking ahead of the event, he said:

"I am delighted to have been asked to perform on such an historic occasion. It’s been so busy since the show came to an end but I am really pleased I could make this event.

"There’s a lot of talented Scots onstage and I am excited to be part of the line up. As my first performance since the final, I am proud it will be not only in Scotland but on a day celebrating Scottish talent.”

The announcement of Keith’s participation completes the line up of the Parliament’s Picnic at the Parliament:

12.15pm Blazin Fiddles (30 minutes)

12.45pm TNT Bagpipe Boy Band (15 minutes)

1.05pm Catriona Watt, RSAMD (10 minutes)

1.20pm Red Hot Chilli Pipers (25 minutes)

1.50pm Waa-Sylla from Dancebase (20 minutes)

2.15pm Keith Jack (10 minutes)

2.40pm Salsa Celtica (25 minutes)

3.10pm Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis (Inverness Gaelic Choir) (15 minutes)

3.30pm Fèis Rois (15 minutes)

3.50pm Portobello Ceilidh Band (20 minutes)

4.20pm Idlewild (25 minutes)

4.45pm Finish

In addition, inside the Parliament in the Garden Lobby, the following will be performing:

1.00pm Jarls Squad 2007 - Shetland’s Up Helly Aa

1.10pm TaikoTherapy from Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik, Midlothian

1.30pm Kintyre Schools Pipe Band

2.00pm Royal Scottish Country Dance Society from Edinburgh

2.30pm Finish

Further information on the opening ceremony

A photography competition is also running on the day, with people invited to send in photographs of the day. Winning images will appear in an exhibition later this summer, alongside official Parliamentary photographs.


The Parliament’s team of photographers will be capturing the day and can supply images to members of the media on request. Please contact the photography team on 0131 348 6269 for more information.

Festival of Politics - Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August 2007

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