The Duchess breads new life into the Fife music scene


Chris Helme headlined the first major weekend of live music at the Duchess of Kirkcaldy last weekend. Helme, formally of the Seahorses, performed on the purpose built stage to over 150 people at the recently renovated Nicol Street venue.


It has been a successful beginning for the Lang Toun’s new opening. The owner Dallas Mackay Campbell said “We have been open six weeks already. We appreciate all the custom we’ve had and positivity in the comments we’ve received.


“Great food, great music and a great atmosphere is what it is all about. The amazing quality of music continues each weekend. Last weekend we had Chris Helme who was amazing, as well as the local acts who supported. And the weekend before we had the tribute band Them Beatles who sold the place out.”


The Duchess of Kirkcaldy is the town’s newest bar and restaurant. But it is more than that. The musically orientated venue takes its name from the Beatles song ‘Cry Baby Cry’.


Mackay Campbell is the daughter of George Mackay, a well renowned after Kirkcaldy publican. It is her first solo project after years of working with her Father helping to manage the Top O’ The Toun bar and restaurant as well as a private club in Aberdeen.


The 37 year-old mother of three said “I’ve been hands-on from day one” working to obtaining the premises over a 20 week period since April, gutting and renovating the building and working on the new interior which includes a Douglas fir bar. 


Since the opening on the 29th of August each Friday night has featured live DJ sessions with more live music on the Saturday. The venue currently holds a no-under-21 policy.


Being a local Mackay Campbell knows exactly what the people of Kirkcaldy expect and with a HNC in Hospitality Management she knows how to deliver it. Customer comments were overwhelmingly positive after last Thursday’s open mic night which sought to find acts to support Chris Helme. “Open mic night was great idea I hope it continues this way and there’s another one soon” said Christina McKenzie.


“Thank you to the Duchess for a fantastic night of great live music, about time there was a club that showcases Fife’s up and coming talent. Well done” said Glen McDonald 


“It’s very classy for Kirkcaldy. A really great atmosphere and a refreshing change of music and entertainment. The food and the staff were terrific too. I hope it continues to strengthen as the town badly needs it” said Correna Altoft.


In the lead up to Christmas it is expected that the Duchess will showcase more live music and establish itself as a place about the music.


More information, including menus and upcoming gigs, is available on their website www.theduchessofkirkcaldy.co.uk 



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