Auld Hat New Heids – Saturday 5th August at the Salmon Bothy
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.
Gnoss is a dynamic new four-piece of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion, that tackle energetic tune sets and driving folk song with a “maturity of ability many of a greater age will envy” (Living Tradition).
All current students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Graham Rorie, Aidan Moodie, Connor Sinclair and Gregor Kincaid have been tipped as “ones to watch” (Songlines) for their lively, engaging and honest performances.
Thursday 13 th April
Salmon Bothy Portsoy
Doors open 7 30.
Tickets £10. From BobPhilips25@live.co.uk
07968872217 or Portsoy Ice cream Shop.
Steve Turner comes from a family of concertina players and singers and began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s, playing and touring as a member of Geordie band Canny Fettle.
He is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments with one of the best voices in the business and also plays mandolin and banjo.
Fèis Rois launched its acclaimed Ceilidh Trail project in 2000. The first Ceilidh Trail was coordinated by Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis who spent three years working at Fèis Rois as an Education Officer. This first Ceilidh Trail gave 10 young musicians a summer job performing across Ross & Cromarty.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, The Hot Seats are a ‘bubbling fountain of virtuosic insanity’. Their original music demonstrates a massive flexibility within the band as they move seamlessly between bluegrass, ragtime, oldtime, jugband, and Klezmer, injecting humor and sharp-witted commentary along the way. This is clearly demonstrated in the album, Retreat To Camp Candy Temptation Island, the band’s first release under their new name.
In 2008, when formerly known as Special Ed & The Shortbus, they tore the Edinburgh Fringe apart and won a coveted Herald Angel, the equivalent of an Oscar, for their outstanding contribution to the event. The Herald described them as “sensational” whilst fellow Edinburgh Fringe favourites (and stablemates) The Wilders, refer to them as “crazy bluegrass scientists”. This five-piece band features Ben Belcher on upright bass, Graham Dezarn on fiddle, Ed Brogan on guitar, Jake Sellers on bass and Josh Bearman on mandolin and banjo. With a trap set, many kazoos and a whole host of other toys also contributing to their irresistible sound, The Hot Seats are a guaranteed hit.
We have Cahalen Morrison and Eli West at the Bothy on Friday 12 April. They are a fantastic duo from Seatle, their new CD has been getting rave reviews on Radio 2 – have a listen at www.cahalenandeli.com Tickets £8 and £6 conc. Doors open 7:30 – there may also be a support band – yet to be confirmed. There’s a video below (Unless you are an apple user – its BBC flash 🙂 )
Or was it the carnival?
Heads are greeting tired after three wonderful days and nights blessed with great weather and even greater music.
Check out our you tube channel (bothyfolk) over the next few days as we upload video of some of the performances
Our third annual folk festival kicked off in style last night with the well established Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert. There were many fine performances from guest artists from near to home and around Scotland. Compered wonderfully by folk stalwarts Jim Taylor and Geordie Murison we enjoyed bothy ballads, traditional songs, some fine lowland piping and some more recent tunes and songs.
The large audience was also in fine voice, and showed their ready appreciation of singers Joe Aitken (Scots Traditional Singer of the Year in 2010) and the Spiers Family. French Willie Nyffeler is a wonderful cauld wind piper, who brought us tunes from around the Celtic map to the great enjoyment of all in the hall. We closed out the concert with an extended set from singer Arthur Johnstone, fiddle and mandolin player Charlie Soane, and Guitarist Brian Miller; the finale being a gathering of all the artists from the night singing “Freedom Come All Ye”. Afterwards there was a sing-around to which all were welcome to contribute, and most definitely a grand time was had by all!
Today (Saturday) there are great opportunities to get involved and enjoy the wealth of talent we have on show in and around Portsoy. Please check out the full weekend itinerary for details, but there are workshops, performances and a singing competition during the day, culminating in the Grand Saturday Night Concert featuring Archie Fisher, The Poozies, and Duncan Wood with Cathal McConnell at the Station Hotel. Don’t miss it!
The Third Haal is our third annual festival of music, storytelling, dance and more.
Held over the weekend of 25th – 27th May in the coastal village of Portsoy, this year promises to be better than ever.
Start the weekend off with an early session in the Station Hotel followed by the Jimmy McBeath memorial concert featuring Joe Aitken, the Spiers Family, French Willie Nyffler (Lowland Piper), Brian Miller, Charlie Soan, Arthur Johnstone. Compere ‐ Jim Taylor & Geordie Murison