That’s a wrap !!

Well folks, thats it for another year.
What a cracking good weekend we have had !
Thanks to all who came and supported our 9th Haal Festival.
Special thanks to the army of folk who work behind the scenes to make it all happen. 
Thanks also to the many sponsors who continue to support us. Your support is incredibly important. 

We’ll see you all again next year for the TENTH HAAL !!

Allan Taylor

ALLAN TAYLOR is one of the last of the travelling troubadours, having played at Festivals, Concert Halls and Clubs throughout the world for over 50 years. He is considered one of the foremost singer songwriters and guitarists in his genre. His songs are crafted in cafes, bars and hotel rooms and they have an integrity that make you aware they are from something real and the pictures painted make you feel as if you are there or know who he is singing about. Allan is also a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy and Music.

ANNIE REID

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert

ANNIEREID

Friday 1st June 7:30 – 10:30  Doors 7.00pm
TOWN HALL PORTSOY – £15/ U16

A Torry Quine by birth Annie developed an interest in Scots song when living abroad and finding ways of keeping her young family connected with hame. She discovered the Singing Kettle and the singing of Cilla Fisher. Annie has been singing in public since 2009 and her repertoire includes Scots, Irish and English songs. She loves telling a story, be it comic or tragic. Annie is also one third of Addled Vice; world paper and comb champions 2016.

Arthur Johnstone and the Stars Band

ARTHUR JOHNSTONE AND STARS BAND

Arthur Johnstone is one of Scotland’s foremost political singers, and has been for many years. His status was recognised by the organisation Hands up For Trad in 2017 by being given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Arthur’s voice is immediately recognisable, carries authority and his concerts are always entertaining and committed. The Stars Band back up Arthur’s great singing with expert instrumental and vocal skills.

The band comprises Brian Miller (guitars and mandolin), Charlie Soane (fiddle and mandolin) and Gavin Livingstone (keyboards, guitars and banjo). Brian and Charlie have been Arthur’s cohorts for over 25 years, whilst Gavin is a relative newcomer to the band, having been recruited for 201 1’s live album “Doon Through the Years”!

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert
– Friday 1st June 7:30 – 10:30  Doors 7.00pm
TOWN HALL PORTSOY – £15/ U16 FREE.

BOB KNIGHT

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert

BOB KNIGHT

Friday 1st June 7:30 – 10:30  Doors 7.00pm
TOWN HALL PORTSOY – £15/ U16

BOB KNIGHT is a folk/traditional singer based in Aberdeen, Scotland.As well as traditional songs, he also writes new songs in traditional Scottish style, using Scots and Doric. For his own songs he accompanies himself on guitar, but traditional material for the most part is often sung unaccompanied. He is an excellent story teller and gives talks on song-writing. He has won various song writing competitions including the Falkirk Folk Club and the Glenfarg song writing competition.

Cathal McConnell

Flute player, tin whistler and singer Cathal McConnell of The Boys of the Lough is one of the best-loved performers in thee world of Celtic music. He is equal parts modern virtuoso and old-time roots musician. On the one hand, capable of stopping a show with dazzling displays of technical virtuosity. On the other hand, he can render an old ballad or tune with a poignancy reminiscent of the great fireside musicians of the past. In 1962, Cathal won the All-Ireland championship on both the flute and tin whistle. Despite over thirty years on the road as a performer, Cathal has never become jaded about playing or singing.

Main HAAL Festival Concert
Saturday 2nd June 7:30 – 10:30  Doors 7.00pm
TOWN HALL PORTSOY – £15/ U16 FREE.

Duncan Wood

DUNCAN WOOD was born in Banff in August, 1955, and raised in Cullen. He travelled south to Eastbourne where he met up with a band of like-minded musicians who performed Scottish and English folk music around the south of England before heading for Norway where he develop his career in the folk band Vandrene, playing throughout Norway and touring extensively in Europe and the USA.

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