Festival opening singaround

Opening Sing-around, Station Hotel Friday 1st 1600. Bill Gray hosts. Come and join us for the first event of this year’s festival. Bring a song or a tune or just come and listen. Committee members will be on hand to help with information and tickets etc.

GNOSS

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert

GNOSS

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

Gnoss are a dynamic four-piece of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion that tackle energetic tune sets and driving folk songs with a “maturity of ability many of a greater age will envy” (Living Tradition). Graham Rorie, Aidan Moodie, Connor Sinclair and Craig Baxter have been tipped as “Ones to watch”.

Hamish Moore

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert

HAMISH MOORE

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

HAMISH MOORE, since the early ’80’s, has been at the forefront of the revival of man of Scotland’s bagpipes which had sadly fallen into disuse. His contribution to this cultural revival has been through hi making, playing, recording, researching, and teaching. The revival of the small pipes, reel pipes and border pipes in Scotland has allowed piping to reconnect not just with the forgotten instruments and their repertoire, but, as importantly, a lost social context freeing them from the proscriptive rules laid down by the British Army and the various official bodies relating to competitions.

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert

An evening of Bothy Ballads, Scottish traditional songs and tunes

Sponsored by Hamlyns of Scotland

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

Our Friday Night Concert celebrates the great tradition bearers of music and song throughout the UK. In particular we remember Jimmy McBeath. born and brought up here in Portsoy and one of the real heroes of the folk revival. Jimmy’s songs remain popular, frequently performed at traditional music venues all over the country. Jimmy is, without doubt, one of Scotland’s most memorable and talented personalities. He has bequeathed a priceless treasury of songs. both serious and comic, and is recognised for his vital and important contribution to Scottish traditional

Main HAAL Festival Concert

Sponsored by Kenway Tyres – Aberdeen

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

The Boys of the Town Featuring Co Fermanagh’s superb Cathal McConnell on flute and whistles accompanied by local fiddle virtuoso Duncan Wood and guitarist Martin MacDonald. Some great craic, tunes and songs are guaranteed.

Allan Taylor and Rab Noakes – two of the UK’s finest singer songwriters in collaboration. This should be a wonderful combination.

Your MC for the evening, keeping up the North East tradition, is Scott Gardener a very weel kent Bothy Ballad singer from near Forfar in Angus

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.

NATALIE CHALMERS

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert

NATALIE CHALMERS

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

NATALIE CHALMERS

Born and brought up in Fraserburgh, Natalie is a traditional singer and storyteller who regularly performs and competes in concerts and festivals. Studied at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton, before returning to study in Aberdeen at Robert Gordon. University for her BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying. Having been steeped in the strong heritage of north east song and bothy ballads, Natalie is now enjoying the equally strong, traditional music scene in Glasgow.

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.

SCOTT GARDNER – Compere

Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert
Your compere for the night –

SCOTT GARDNER

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

SCOTT GARDNER is one of Scotland’s top traditional singers, and has been performing at concerts and festivals across the country since his schooldays. Brought up on a farm near Forfar, he is best known for singing the bothy ballads and songs of the north-east, having a particular love for his local Angus folk songs.

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