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Bothy Ballads & Burns

Bothy Ballads & Burns, Sat 17th Feb, Portsoy Bowling Club

Guests ~ Choras and Tom Dymock
3 Course Meal, Dram and a Glass of Port
~ All for £25 ~
~ Sat 17th Feb. 2024 Starts at 6:30pm Portsoy Bowling Club ~
Contact Bob Philips for your tickets
07968 872217 ~ Bobportsoy@gmail.com

Dates for your Diary. 

Coming up at Folk at the Salmon Bothy

  • Friday, 17th Nov – Regular Open Mic – in Bothy. Doors open 1900.
  • Friday 15th Dec. – Christmas Extravaganza. With punch and nibbles
  • 1st January. 2024 – New year session in Bowling Club. Bring friends an nibbles to share, plus a raffle prize.
  • 19th Jan and 16th Feb – regular open mic nights.
  • Sat 17th Feb – Bothy Ballads and Burns Night. 3 course meal. dram. Chaired by Tom Dymmock and songs from CHORAS and floor singers. All for £25. Bookings now being taken.

Keep safe and well.
Hope to see you all soon.

13th Haal – Saturday Night – Karine Polwart and Sileas

13th Haal – Saturday Night – Karin Polwart and Sileas

Only a few tickets left for our Saturday night concert featuring Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster (Sileas) and the wonderful Karine Polwart.

SILEAS

SILEAS, The harp duo of Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster adopted the name of a late 17th century female Gaelic bard, Sìleas na Ceapaich – Sileas MacDonald of Keppoch – and exploited the contrasting timbres of gut and wire-strung harps as well as the newly developed electroharp to bring Scottish harp music and Gaelic and Scots song to an ever-widening contemporary audience.

Sileas were one of the first groups to make the harp cool! The combined harp talents of Patsy Seddon and Mary MacMaster together with their vocal harmonies create an exciting new view of what the harp can do. Using both wire strung and gut strung harps gives dimension to their playing. Their album Beating Harps has been described as “virtuosic” and “unusual rhythmic and harmonic intricacy”.

KARINE POLWART is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter, folk singer, and storyteller. Her songs evoke a richness of place, hidden histories, scientific curiosity and folklore. Trees and rocks speak. Birds flit in and out of vision. And the stars know everything. She conjures the beauty and magic, the sorrow and complexity of the world out of the corner of her eye, with lyricism and tenderness. 

Tickets £25 from bobportsoy@gmail.com

13th Haal – Friday Night – The Sands Family

Just a few tickets left for this fantastic Friday night concert featuring The Sands Family from Rostrevor, Co Down.
We invite you to take a stroll down the Ryan Road with one of Ireland’s most respected and admired folk bands.

Anne, Ben, Colum and Tommy have won international acclaim with their clever mix of traditional Irish music and song coupled with their own thought- provoking compositions reflecting the rich cultural heritage of their home county, An Dun. Renowned as performers, writers and presenters they have remained at the centre of Ulster folk music for a generation and show no evidence of running out of inspiration, enthusiasm or energy.

Ireland’s First Family of Folk have the gift of making their audience feel immediately home as they weave stories and jokes seamlessly into the fabric of their performance. Book early and avoid disappointment.

Support by Nathalie Chalmers, Danny Couper, Charlie Abel, Aaron and Andy Clark

13th HAAL 2nd – 4th June 2023

13th HAAL Festival 2nd – 4th June 2023

A whole weekend of concerts, workshops, sessions, story telling, and performances in and around the village of Portsoy

Friday 2nd June – Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert with Nathalie Chalmers, Danny Couper, Charlie Abel, Aaron and Andy Clark. The fantastic Sands Family from Co Down will headline the concert. Tickets £25

Saturday 3rd June – Main concert – Patsy Sneddon and Mary MacMaster – Sileas. Headline artist Karine Polwart. Tickets £25

Sunday 4th June – Grand farewell concert featuring members of Folk at the Salmon Bothy and guests. Tickets £10

Here’s the programme for the 13th Haal Festival

Kenny Spiers – Sat 10th September

Kenny Spiers – Sat 10th September

Kenny Speirs is one of the leading figures of the Borders folk scene, from his early days reforming Peebles Folk Club and presenting the weekly folk programme on Radio Borders to the founding of Denholm Folk Club in 1993 which he still runs today.

An evening of fine songs not to be missed.
https://www.kennyspeirs.com/ 

Salmon Bothy, Sat 8th Sept.,
Doors 7.30pm £10.

Luke Jackson. Wed 17th Aug

Popular singer-songwriter Luke Jackson is set to bring his Unlocked and Solo Scottish tour to the Salmon Bothy, Portsoy on Wednesday 17th August.

Luke, who hails from Canterbury in Kent, has steadily developed a reputation for himself in the folk, roots, Americana and acoustic circuits.

Nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Horizon Award’ for best emerging talent, he has gained huge acclaim for his work to date.

A seven track EP of songs titles ‘Of The Time’, which was penned during the Covid-19 lockdown, has been very well received as an addition to Luke’s existing catalogue of music.

Demand for performances at venues and events across the globe is at an all-time high, as is his rapidly growing national and international fan base.

Having toured extensively across the UK, Europe and USA, this is Luke’s eighth year touring in Scotland, but his first ever solo tour north of the border.

The event, organised by Folk at the Salmon Bothy, will be held at The Salmon Bothy on Wednesday 17 August.

Support will be provided by Chris Grant, who hails from Keith. A talented and prolific songwriter, Chris possesses one of the richest and instantly recognisable vocals in music, and is worthy of the many plaudits he receives from fans and peers alike.

Bob Philips, chairman of Folk at the Salmon Bothy, commented, “We are delighted to once again be bringing a high calibre of talent to Portsoy for local music enthusiasts to enjoy. We are really looking forward to enjoying a great night of entertainment from two excellent musicians. The gig is proving very popular, with tickets already limited, so we encourage anyone who is thinking about coming along to buy their ticket soon to avoid disappointment.”

Advance tickets for the strictly ticketed event are available now priced £10 each. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door priced £12. Doors open at 7pm, for 8pm start and attendees may bring their own bottle on the night.

Press release

In case you missed it here’s the article released to the press last week

Traditional Music Festival Ready To Hit High Note

Organisers are gearing up for the Haal, the annual traditional music festival, which takes place from 3 – 5 June in Portsoy.

Folk at the Salmon Bothy have finalised a bumper programme of music, poetry, storytelling and workshops, which will take place at venues throughout the town during the festival weekend. 

The event kicks off on Friday 3 June with the Jimmy McBeath memorial concert, an evening of bothy ballads, Scottish traditional, Gaelic and contemporary songs and tunes.  Opening the concert is Jodi Beaton from Rothiemay, winner for the second year of the Wheeler trophy, presented for excellence in traditional music at Aberdeen Music School.

Also on the bill is Steve Byrne, a traditional singer from Arbroath, who along with Scott Gardner, MC for the weekend, will showcase songs and poems made famous by the late Jim Reid.  Performances will also feature Bruce MacGregor and Anna Massie of Blazin’ Fiddles, and melodeon player Tim Edey.  The concert will be followed by late night club singarounds and tunes sessions.

A breakfast of porridge, brose and bothy ballads on Saturday morning leads to a variety of workshops throughout the afternoon. Arthur Coates hosts a fiddle with guitar accompaniment session, Charlie West will lead a beginners whistling workshop, and Sheena Blackhall will recount a variety of stories to be enjoyed.

Singing duo Margaret Bennett and Jimmy Hutchison will teach waulking songs during their workshop, utilising a tweed specially woven by Jimmy himself, as well as performing traditional songs with a hint of Gaelic.

A host of talented competitors will battle it out for the WWC trophy in the Greig-Duncan song competition by performing a song of their choice from the Greig-Duncan collection of folk songs.  Folk music stalwart Bob Sharp will present ‘all things Glasgow’, including song, music, folk club tales and more. 

Saturday evening hosts the main festival concert, which will be opened by Amy Papiransky from Keith.  Amy is making a name for herself on the Glasgow music scene and has appeared across the UK and internationally. A superb singer and songwriter, she has supported KT Tunstall and has signed to her record label.  Headlining the concert is Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy.  A legendary ballad singer and guitarist, Martin has influenced generations of artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while daughter Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards.

Sunday offers a number of singarounds, instrumentals, storytelling and poetry sessions, as well as a music sale.  An audience with Norman Kennedy will showcase a film of Norman at his home in Vermont, in conversation with Margaret Bennett and Arthur Watson, where Norman’s love of song and weaving will feature.

The festival will be brought to a close on Sunday evening with the grand farewell concert, a chance for Folk at The Salmon Bothy regulars to perform some songs or tunes, and winners from competitions across the weekend to showcase their talent.

Bob Phillips, chairman of Folk at the Salmon Bothy, comments, “We are delighted to once again be hosting the annual Haal festival, an authentic celebration of the best of traditional music and entertainment.  The festival is always well attended and provides an opportunity to enjoy a superb line up of performances, with opportunities to take part, as well as a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones too.  As always, we are extremely grateful to our sponsors and the local businesses for their support and kindness in enabling us to make the festival happen.  We look forward to welcoming festival visitors from near and far to share this great programme of entertainment.”

Main sponsors for the event are Kenway Tyre Services and Hydrasun, who along with Portsoy Thrift Shop, Portsoy 75 Club, the Station Hotel Portsoy, Hamlyns of Scotland and a host of local businesses, enable the organisers to bring top quality performers and musicians to the north east for this event.

Advance tickets have been in demand, with capacity crowds anticipated for the main concerts during the event.

To book tickets, contact Bob Philips by email at bobportsoy@gmail.com, or by telephone, 07968 872 217. 

Information on the Haal and all of the other Folk at the Salmon Bothy events is available at www.bothyfolk.org or on the Folk at the Salmon Bothy Facebook page. 

Our 12th Haal Guests

The 12th Haal festival returns live on 3rd, 4th & 5th June 2022

Eliza and Martin Carthy,
Amy Papiransky Band,
Tim Edey,
Bruce McGregor,
Anna Massie,
Margaret Bennett,
Jimmy Hutchison,
Steve Byrne,
And many Folk at the Salmon Bothy regulars.

Tickets from Bob Philips bobportsoy@gmail.com

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