Thursday 9th November – Iona Fyfe

On Thursday 9th November we have Club Regular, Iona Fyfe and her band. A very talented lass from Huntly, and a very fine, award winning performer.

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), “East”, her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim.

Tickets at door
from 1930
£10.

1400 on Friday 20th October – Bob Walser

Afternoon

On Friday afternoon from 1400 in the Bothy – Bob Wasler, a world renowned expert in Sea Shanties, will host a workshop. All folk who fancy learning a few shanties and having a lot of fun singing along, should come  to the Bothy.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending. This event is FREE. Yes FREE!

Evening

Open mic in the evening – doors open as usual 1900.
Bob will open the evening with an extended set and hopefully he will be accompanied by his Shanty Band from his afternoon Workshop.
MC Lorna Summers
Entry £4.

7th November- Mike Silver- In The Salmon Bothy

Mike Silver – In The Salmon Bothy – 7 th November,
Doors – 7.30,  Ticket – £10

It’s the voice that you can’t miss, right from the get-go – a warm, seasoned instrument in its own right that brings to life each of the fourteen songs on this latest album by the voice’s owner, time-served roots and acoustic singer-songwriter, Mike Silver. Accompanied by his crystal-clear guitar work, together with restrained instrumental and vocal accompaniment, Mike makes each of these songs – all created by other writers and musicians – totally his own.

A regular and long-time performer on the English folk scene for many years, Silver has always been known for his self-penned songs, solo performances and, more recently, acclaimed concert and album collaborations with Johnny Coppin – always with the emphasis on home-grown songs; so this departure into performing the works of others is a major change.

Feis Rois – Ceilidh Trail – Tues 1st Aug

Ceilidh Trail – Doors 7.30 – entry £7 & £4
Taking place from 17th July to 12th August, the Ceilidh Trail provides visitors to Scotland with the opportunity to experience authentic traditional Scottish music in a wide range of settings. We invite you to come and join us for a ceilidh dance in a village hall, a concert at a historic site, or a performance in one of Scotland’s leading theatres.

You will hear beautifully crafted songs in both the Gaelic and Scots languages and lively folk tunes played on fiddles, accordions and other traditional musical instruments. Why not join us in some of Scotland’s finest pubs and restaurants for an informal music session during the peak tourist season in July and August?

 

Fifteen outstanding young musicians from across Scotland have auditioned for a paid summer job touring on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail. These young people are aged 16 – 22 and many of them are studying at some of the country’s leading music schools, including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This project provides a professional development opportunity and a stepping stone between studying and launching a career as a performing artist.

In addition to 70 performances in Scotland, the superb young musicians on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail have been invited to showcase at Cambridge Folk Festival in England (27th – 30th July) and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France (4th – 13th August).

For any further queries, please contact Fèis Rois on 01349 862600 or email Ceilidh Trail Co-ordinator Christian Gamauf

Auld Hat New Heids – Sat 5th August

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.
BYOB/Snacks etc.

Gnoss – Thursday 13th April

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.

Summer at the Bothy

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Tuesday 21st July – Steve Turner

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.

Doors 7.30. Tickets £10 / £8

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Monday 27th July – Feis Rois Summer tour finale

sixthhaal69Scots Trail (touring Aberdeenshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee, Stirling and Perthishire)

  • Katie Allen (fiddle, guitar and vocals)
  • Iona Fyfe (piano and vocals)
  • Robyn Mackay (pipes, whistles and vocals)
  • Cavan Rogers (accordion)
  • Cameron Sharp (pipes and whistles)

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.

Doors 7.30. Tickets £8 / £6

The Hot Seats – 26th July

26th July. Doors open 7.30

Cover price £10.

 

Hot Seats

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.

 

 

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