That’s a wrap !!

Well folks, thats it for another year.
What a cracking good weekend we have had !
Thanks to all who came and supported our 9th Haal Festival.
Special thanks to the army of folk who work behind the scenes to make it all happen. 
Thanks also to the many sponsors who continue to support us. Your support is incredibly important. 

We’ll see you all again next year for the TENTH HAAL !!

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.


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.

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