A CLACKS folk musician is set to return to the Wee County for a gig with his band this weekend.

Menstrie native and percussionist Craig Baxter and his band mates in Gnoss are set to bring their signature Scottish folk sound to The Coronation Hall in Muckhart on Saturday, September 24.

The band has been touring festivals during the summer with their 2021 album The Light of the Moon.

Gnoss featured in the Advertiser when they launched a fundraiser to make the studio album possible and at that time, Craig was blown away by the public support they received, having hit their target in less than a day.

Looking ahead to the gig in Muckhart this weekend, Craig said: "We played there once before a couple of years ago and it was a really great gig to do so we thought we'd come again, with the new album."

The Light of the Moon features original tunes by the band with a rich tapestry of acoustic layers and traditional roots but with contemporary compositional flair.

The four-piece, which also includes guitarist and vocalist Aidan Moodie, fiddler and mandolinist Graham Rorie as well as Connor Sinclair on flute, released the album to great acclaim and also picked up an album of the year nomination.

The band is still young with Craig, 24, previously highlighting that the Scottish folk scene remains strong going into the 2020s.

Craig, who attended Alva Academy before graduating form the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, had gradually developed a love for the genre over the years through his involvement in pipe bands from a young age.

Eventually, he would ditch the snare drums for the traditional bodhrán.

While Gnoss' first album Drawn From Deep Water featured many originals, it also included tunes from others.

The Light of the Moon has seen the band develop their own compositions and unique sound and that is set to continue.

"We are actually working on stuff for another album just at the moment," Craig explained.

"The gig we are doing this weekend is mostly from the album we released last year and then we are starting to feature some new stuff as well.

"We are planning to go back into the studio in December and we are going to record another album.

"We are hoping to release it next spring and then do the same, just try do as much gigging with that much as we can."

The gig this weekend will start at 7.30pm on the night, visit gnosscoronationhall.bpt.me for tickets.