Rab Noakes

RAB NOAKES is a force to be reckoned with in the music scene in Scotland and beyond. He turned 70 in May 2017 and celebrated 50 years of performing by touring extensively throughout the UK . Over 20 recordings have been made, many of which have been reissued. His collaborations with Barbara Dickson and Kathleen McKinness are simply outstanding. After battling serious illness in 2015, Rab returned to performing with a new set of songs, six of which are featured on his CD Treatment Tapes. His partnership with Allan is sure to be a very special night.

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

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.

Martin MacDonald

Martin’s playing is fresh and exciting. He has studied classical, folk, jazz and popular styles and specialises in fingerstyle playing. Hailing from Lewis, he has a deep knowledge of both the guitar and the pipes.

Martin graduated from the Bachelor of Music Degree programme at the University of Aberdeen in 2007 gaining a First Class Honours Degree. He now plays and teaches guitar professionally.


12:30 – 14:15 
£7.00 (U16 Free)

  • FIDDLE – Led by Duncan Wood – Town Hall
  • WHISTLE (Beginners)- Led by Kenny Hadden – Town Hall
  • FLUTE (Intermediate) – Led by Cathal McConnell – Town Hall
  • PIPING – Led by Hamish Moore – and Martin MacDonald – Scout Hall
  • Kissin’s nae a Sin – The Spiers Family – Station Hotel
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