Portsoy’s Folk at The Salmon Bothy have kicked off the new year by announcing an exciting programme of live music events.
Performers are invited to join an Open Mic Night on Friday 19 January at Portsoy Salmon Bothy, where they can share music, songs, ballads and poetry around the table.
All welcome, whether to perform, or simply enjoy the entertainment on offer. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Admission is £5, and guests may bring their own bottle.
Open Mic Nights continue on the third Friday of each month throughout the year, including extended sets performed by The Sir Reel Clarks on 15 March, and Kenny Spiers on 18 April.
The club’s renowned Bothy Ballads and Burns event takes place on Saturday 17 February from 6.30pm, where special guests Choras and Tom Dymock will perform. A number of Burns songs, tunes and poems, interspersed with bothy ballads will also be on the bill.
Tickets for the evening, priced at £25, include a three-course meal and toast dram. Booking is essential, please contact Bob Philips on email@example.com or 07968 872217.
The event will also mark the official launch of 2024 Haal festival, which is set to take place on 31 May, 1 & 2 June. Now in its 14th year, the Haal continues to attract the best performers from across the regions to take part in a variety of concerts, music sessions, workshops and sing-arounds for all ages and performing abilities in venues across Portsoy.
Headliners for the Saturday evening include Jacquie McShee’s Pentangle, and one of the last of the travelling troubadours, Leeds based Allan Taylor.
Tickets for the festival are available now.
Bob Philips, chairman of Folk at the Salmon Bothy, commented, “We are looking forward to another packed programme throughout 2024. As well as nurturing local folk music talent, we are also proud to attract performers from far afield to Portsoy for our audiences to enjoy. This year is no different as we continue to add globally recognised singer-songwriters to our listings, and look forward to welcoming them, along with existing and new audiences to our many events across the year. Our sincere thanks go to our long standing sponsors, including Hydrasun, Kenway Tyres and Hamlyns, without whom we would not be able to host the Haal festival annually.”
Further information on all Folk at the Salmon Bothy events is available at www.bothyfolk.org or on the Folk at the Salmon Bothy Facebook page.