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.

Workshops

Workshops
Saturday 
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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