Bob Fox – Saturday 2nd April

Bob Fox – Upstairs at the Bothy – Saturday 2nd April

For more than 40 years BOB FOX has been regarded as one of “the iconic voices” of British folk song. Deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song prevalent in his native County Durham he has become a first rate exponent of storytelling through song.

Doors open 1930. BYOB.
Tickets £10 booked in advance, £12 at door if not booked

Return to regular live sessions – Fri 18th March

Folk at the Salmon Bothy’s regular open mic sessions will make a welcome return on Friday March 18. The sessions will then continue on the third Friday of each month.

Everyone is welcome to attend to either perform or just enjoy the entertainment. There is a small admission charge and a list will be in operation – be sure to arrive in good time and put your name down if you’d like to perform.

Bothy Ballads & Burns – Sat 19th Feb

~Bothy Ballads & Burns~

Tripple (Jill, Cate & Annie Lennox)
With Bill & Mac Lennox

And some great Bothy Balladeers
Bowling Club, Portsoy

Sat 19th February 2022 ~ Doors Open 6:30 pm
Tickets ~ £20 (3 Course Meal & a Dram!)
Booking Essential ~ Tickets available from Bob Philips – 07968 872217 ~

In the interests of safety/social distancing and ease of catering we have moved this event to Portsoy Bowling Club. This will be a very special event, with the massively talented Lennox Family, hosting the evening.

Ticket booking is essential and early indication of intention to attend is requested to allow Doug to ensure he has enough Haggis, Neeps and Tatties on order and that I have obtained enough whisky to go around!

Cheers, Bob.

Message from the Chair

HI Folks,
I hope you are all well.
It is after some serious consideration, I regret to have to inform you, that FATSB Events to celebrate the arrival of 2022 and Commemoration of Jimmy McBeath, have been postponed. The event in honour of Jimmy is pencilled in for 1st October 2022 and the welcoming of 2022 may be by zoom – tbc.
It is hoped that our Bothy Ballads and Burns event, featuring the Lennox Family (Tripple plus the Boys) will be able to go ahead on 19th February. Details will be posted on web site and FB pages.
We may also have a zoom session again soon so keep an eye on FB etc or let me know If interested and I will send link.
Finally, thanks to you all for your support of FATSB throughout this very difficult spell. It hasn’t been good, however our support of each other has been great and The HAAL in October certainly lifted a few spirits.
I wish you all a peaceful and safe Festive Season, and a Healthy and Happy 2022. Surely it will be kinder to us than 2020-21. I look forward to seeing you all again asap.

Club Night – Friday 17th December – Cancelled

It is with great regret that FATSB have decided that it would be unwise to gather in the Bothy this month. Our club night on Friday 17th December 2021 is therefore CANCELLED.

This decision is made in the light of recent Govt and Health Authority announcements re severity of transmission of new strain of Covid-19.

A further announcement will be made w/c 27 Dec regarding the planned New Years Day Session and the Jimmy McBeath event on 8th Jan.

I hope you understand this decision and keep safe and well. 

Best Wishes, Bob

In Concert – Bob Knight and Mike Blackburn – Sat 13th Nov

Saturday 13th November – Salmon Bothy, Portsoy
Two very fine singer songwriters on one night!

Bob Knight is a highly experienced singer from Aberdeen, Scotland, who has been making a significant name for himself in the world of folk and traditional music. He is well known in North East Scotland folk circles as a singer and writer of songs in traditional style, having performed at most of the local clubs, and festivals, including many events at Aberdeen University’s Elphinstone Institute. Bob doesn’t just confine himself to his home patch though, and has played all over Scotland, including Edinburgh Folk club, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, (Edinburgh) The Rolling Hills Folk Festival in Melrose, the Portsoy Boat Festival, Dougie McLean’s Perthshire Amber festival, and Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Bob performs as a solo artist, accompanying himself on guitar and shruti-box.

Bob Knight

Mike Blackburn

Singer-Songwriter and performer of self-penned, traditional and contemporary songs, Mike loves to put traditional songs in a new context, and definitely loves to mess with your emotions

There is no such thing as a bad music genre! I’m a fan of all music, provided it is good music – not written to a formula or with all the guts and soul removed from it. I want to write music and lyrics that move people (and I don’t mean out of the auditorium!). For many years I have used the same method – I imagine being a person involved in some way in a famous or not-so-famous happening; I delve into their imagined head, and when I feel that I know what they are thinking, I write it down!

Saturday 13th November
Salmon Bothy, Portsoy
Doors open 7.30
Admission £8

Back in the Bothy

Back in the Bothy

This week’s FATSB Open Mic is to be held back in the Bothy.
Doors open 1900 for 1930 start, with Mike in the hot seat.
Joan and Paul will be at door to relieve you of £4 entry fee and as many pounds worth of raffle tickets as you care to purchase.
Please bring you own refreshments (provision of teas etc still suspended), try to implement sensible social distancing and keep doors open for ventilation ( wear your winter woolies).

Dates for your diary.

Mike Blackburn and Bob Knight in Concert Sat 13th November. Doors 1930. £6 plus raffle.
Nov 19th. Open Mic. 1900 for 1930.
Dec 4th Alyson and Neil MacConnachie with Bob Sharp in Concert.
Dec 17th – Folk Club Xmas Themed Open Mic. 
Sat 1st January New Year Celebration sing around in Portsoy Bowling Club. 8-late.
Entry free, but raffle. Bring raffle prize, nibbles, cheese, biscuits,  soggy sausage rolls and a floppy chipolata or two
Saturday 8th December. A day in memory of Jimmy McBeath. 50 years since his passing on 7/1/72. Venues, tickets etc to be confirmed.


We have lined up a performance of Jock’s Jocks and a few singers. Full details to follow soon.
Bothy Ballads and Burns with Tripple/ Lennox Family Sat 19th February
Tommy Sands 26th March
Bob Fox sat 2nd April.
Dougie McKenzie and Brian Miller 23rd April.
HAAL no 12 3/4/5 June 2022.
Plus of course regular open mic nights in Bothy on 3rd Friday of each month.
I hope to see many of you soon.
Keep safe and well . BOb

Haal Return Brings Music To The Ears

Saturday night (Peggy Seeger) now sold out. Still some tickets left for Archie Fisher on Friday night

The 11th Haal is set to take place from 1-3 October, with organisers Folk at the Salmon Bothy currently working hard to ensure a safe event offering a full and exciting programme.

The three-day festival, which was rescheduled from June to October this year due to Covid restrictions, will bring together musicians and performers from across the country to deliver performances, sessions and workshops. 

Renowned folk musicians, Archie Fisher and Peggy Seeger will headline the event, supported by a host of fine performers including Aberdeenshire based Arthur Coates, and the award winning O’hEadrha family from Inverness. Also in concert will be stalwarts of the Scottish traditional music scene, Arthur Watson and Chris Miles.

A new addition this year will be an exhibition of weaving, mixed with Doric songs and poetry by Dundee University graduate, Kate Wilson from Inverurie.  The display needs to be seen to appreciate the skills and talent required to produce such wonderful works.

Peggy Seeger

There will also be many opportunities to perform songs, tunes and tell a story or two throughout the weekend, one of the elements that makes the festival so popular.

Tickets for the Haal are already selling fast, and it may be with safety in mind that numbers are restricted.  Audiences are therefore urged to consider booking tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

During the lockdown periods, regulars and guests of Folk at the Salmon Bothy produced monthly shows which were shown on the club’s social media platforms.  Successful outdoor sessions were then hosted at Loch Soy during the summer months as Covid restrictions further eased.

The club will now return to its regular monthly Friday night indoor live sessions, with events scheduled for 17 September, 15 October, 19 November and 17 December, regulations permitting.  These regular events will be held at the Scout Hut at Loch Soy until further notice. 

Information on the Haal and all of the other Folk at the Salmon Bothy events is available at or on the Folk at the Salmon Bothy Facebook page.  Enquiries can also be made to Bob Philips by email at, or by telephone, 07968872217.

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