The 10th Haal Festival

The 10th HAAL
31st May, 1st & 2nd June 2019

Ralph McTell

Featured artists include:
Ralph McTell • Siobhan Miller • Jimmy Crowley • Jimmy Hutcheson • Thomas McCarthy • Carol Anderson & Martin MacDonald • Shepherd, Spiers & Watson • The Gaugers (revived) • The Spiers Family • John Dickson • Joe Aitken • Kenny Hadden • George Rennie • The Rowies
Bookings & Full Information from Bob:
Tel: 01261 842 571 or email:

10th Birthday Concert update

Unfortunately Archie Fisher is unwell and will not now be able to appear at the Folk at the Salmon Bothy 10th Birthday concert this Saturday evening (16th March). We wish Archie a speedy recovery and hope to welcome him back again.

Archie’s spot will be taken by Scott Gardiner. and john Kent. Scott is a Forfar born traditional singer, best known for performing the songs of east and north-east Scotland. Scott has appeared a number of times at Folk at the Salmon Bothy and we welcome him back. Barbara Dymock and Chris Marra will appear as advertised.

Festive Season with Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Friday 21st – Xmas Open Mic Extravaganza,

hosted this year by Fochaber’s Version of Matt McGinn, Bob Sharp. The talented twins fae Cullen,  Fair Tricket, are booked to do an extended set, which will undoubtedly be lively. There will still be time for a couple of songs, tunes, storied and poems each though. 
Paul K is doing his usual lethal Punch with a kick and everyone is asked to bring cake, nibbles, pies et to share. Entrance a massive £5. Doors open 7pm.
There will also be a collection of food for Banff Food Bank. Bring along a donation if you can. 

New Year Singaround

New Year Sing Around in Bowling Club – 2nd January


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Coming up at Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Hi Folks, Just a quick reminder that our next Open Mic is to be held in the Salmon Bothy on Friday 16th Nov.

Doug has agreed to be MC for the evening and we are still looking for volunteers for tea duties please.

Other dates for your Diary.

  • Saturday 15th December, we have Mabel Duncan and Friends in the Bothy. Doors open 7.30 £8.
  • I saw Mabel in Glasgow a few months back and she just gets better and better. A great evening assured.
  • Our Festive Themed open Mic, will have a Special Guest or two and Paul K’s potent punch ! Please bring some, nibbles, cake, Xmas pies etc to share.
  • Also, it would be great if we can once again take a bag of goods for donation to local Food Bank.
  • New Year Sing Around in Bowling Club – 2nd January – TBC.
  • Bothy Ballads and Burns Saturday 16th Feb. SPecial Guests – Paul and Shona Anderson.
  • 10th Birthday of Folk At The Salmon Bothy Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March. A weekend of Sessions, Concert, Memories etc etc.. Great Guests lined up and, hopefully many of you, from whom we haven’t heard for a while.

See Ya.



Busy weekend

Friday 19th. – Open Mic.

For this month only will be held in the INSTITUTE HALL which is at corner of Institute street. Doors open 7.00pm. No teas this month, so please remember to bring your own refreshments.

Saturday 20th – Singer songwriters weekend.

Saturday – 12:30 – Songwriting workshop
Hosted by Fil Campbell and Tom McFarlane from Co. Fermanagh 
Fil will lead a 2 day songwriting workshop, where you can start a new song, complete one you have been working on, get help in finishing a song that is sticking. Possibly form collaborations to produce a song. The workshop, to be held in the Scout Hall, Loch Soy, begins with a light lunch and chat about the format. Meet at 12.30pm. The first day will finish between 3 – 4 pm.
Facilitator Fil Campbell. Cost £25

Saturday – 15:00 
Percussion Workshop – Tom McFarland. £12
Tom will lead a Percussion Workshop from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Also in Scout Hall.
Cost £12. ( please bring musical instruments, bodhran).


Saturday 20th Oct
Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland in concert
Portsoy Institute Hall. 
£10. (£8 for attendees of workshops) Doors 7:30

Sunday – 1100 – 1400

The song writing workshop continues on Sunday from 11.00am. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served. The event may draw to a close with a sing-around of new and previous works.

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