In early 2016 our show/band/showband, “Auld Hat – New Heids” was but a twinkle in its daddy’s eye. Many people were mourning the passing of the ‘fun’ days of the Scottish Folk Scene of the 1960’s/70’s, when practically every town of any size had a thriving folk club packed with people laughing, having fun and singing along to the chorus songs popular at the time.
Personally, I love nothing better than sitting in a crowd, singing their hearts out. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to try and recreate those days but in theatre/ festival venues and involving top quality musicians familiar and equal to the high standard of younger musicians currently on the ‘scene’.
Our show brings back many of the old favourites. Songs, not forgotten but these days rarely aired are delivered with the cheeky but passionate ways of my little brother and me (Fraser & Ian Bruce).
Our virtuosos Pete Clark (fiddle) and Gregor Lowrey (accordion) are simply stunning instrumentalists……and singers!!! And all this to a slideshow backdrop of some of the characters dead and alive who drove the Scottish Folk scene in the second half of the twentieth century.
Salmon Bothy – Doors open 7.30pm,
£10 entry at door.
♦♦ Auld Hat – New Heids – Sat 5th Aug
♦♦ Mike Silver – Sat 11th Nov
♦♦ Club Xmas Open Mic – Fri 15th Dec
♦♦ New Year Singaround – Sat 6th Jan
♦♦ Bothy Ballads and Burns – Sat 17th Feb
♦♦ Steve Turner – Thurs 5th April
Saturday 18th February.
1800 for 1830
Bill Gray, Geordie Murison and Tom and Barbara Dymock are this years top table guests.
Three course traditional meal and dram.
All for £18.
Last few tickets available
Scout Hall, Portsoy, on Singing and Percussion. With Fil Campbell (singing at 1200) and Tom McPartlin (drums and things at 1400). Fun guaranteed!
Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland in the Salmon Bothy at 1930.
“Rhythm and voice, the perfect combination” Zitty Mag, Berlin
Co. Down husband and wife duo Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland will be making their first visit to the Bothy Folk Club in Portsoy on the 1st October – their blend of traditional and original songs and great choruses ensure a good evening’s craic.
The couple will also be doing workshops over that weekend – see flyer for details of times and venue. Tom’s bodhran workshop is perfect for beginners and intermediate players and Fil will also be doing a general singing workshop, which is designed to give your voice a good workout whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced singer. “A great mix of traditional and contemporary Irish songs with the expert percussion skills of Tom perfectly complimenting Fil’s exquisite vocals.” Falkirk Folk Club Feb 15
Fil and Tom are based in Rostrevor in Co.Down, the home of Northern Irish folk music. They have been part of the Irish, British and European folk scene since the early 90s. With the combination of vocals, guitar and percussion they have gained a loyal following for their fun approach to both new and old songs.
Back There, their latest CD was released in July 2015. Featuring both Tom and Fil on vocals, it has been receiving lovely reviews.
Fil says “It’s always fantastic for us to come to Scotland – we love hearing all the great singers at the folk clubs and it will be especially good this trip getting a chance to see Portsoy and that area of the country where we’ve never been before”.
THE CHAPLINS ARE AN AWARD-WINNING AMERICANA BAND BASED IN GLASGOW. THEY ARE CURRENTLY TOURING THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, THE CIRCUS, WHICH CLIMBED INTO THE TOP 10 IN THE iTUNES COUNTRY CHART.
JILL (SINGER/SONGWRITER) AND LISA (DRUMMER) FORMED THE CHAPLINS AS A FRESH NEW PROJECT AFTER TOURING AMERICA TOGETHER IN 2012. INSPIRED BY THEIR JOURNEY FROM NEW YORK TO NEW ORLEANS, THESE TWO ESTABLISHED MUSICIANS EMBARKED UPON THEIR NEW CHAPTER, ENROLLING JOHNNY (KEYS) AS THE THIRD CORE MEMBER OF THE BAND. SHORTLY AFTER FORMING, THE CHAPLINS QUICKLY WON THE HEARTS OF MANY THOUSANDS WHILST SHOWCASING THEIR DEBUT EP ‘INTRODUCING THE CHAPLINS’ SUPPORTING RUNRIG ON THEIR 2012 EUROPEAN TOUR.
RECENTLY THEIR MUSIC HAS CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF BOTH BBC RADIO AND TELEVISION WITH THE BAND MAKING THEIR NATIONAL TV DEBUT AND GAINING RADIO AIRPLAY THROUGHOUT THE UK AND US.
Appearing at the Boyne Hotel
Satruday 12th March, Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £10 on the door
(£5 if you have a pre concert meal in The Boyne http://www.theboynehotel.com/)