It’s a few years now since Pete Coe celebrated 30 years on the road, and though not unique among many of the singers of his generation, he is distinctive. Nowhere do you find all the threads of song, dance, musician, caller and organiser woven together into such a rich tapestry. The tag of ‘one man folk festival’ is well earned!
Unfortunately this event is cancelled.
Alan is not well and has cancelled his tour
Alan makes a welcome return to the Bothy on Saturday 17th November.
Tickets available from the usual sources. See links on this page. £10 and £8 (conc).
Looking back as well as forward, few people can convey with such eloquence their life experiences. His songs are written from a lifetime of travelling; always the observer passing through, each song is a vignette of life, like a story told over a drink in a bar. Each has an integrity that tells you it comes from something real; characters come to life like people you know and places become as familiar as if you had been there. As Allan says at the beginning of each concert, “Sit back and enjoy the journey.”
An Evening of Stories for Halloween ~ Hosted by Sheena Blackhall
Dining Room – Station Hotel – Portsoy
Thursday 25th October, 7.00 pm
Donations at the Door
Wendy’s Storytelling Group, are holding an evening event in The Station Hotel Dining Room from 7pm on Thursday . Sheena Blackhall is to attend and we will have a collection and raffle. Proceeds towards The Wendy Memorial Fund.
“They are going to be one of the hottest tickets this year” “The actual quality of the songwriting is exceptional, it really belies Theo’s young years” – Bruce MacGregor, Travelling Folk, BBC Radio Scotland.
“Best thing to happen to contemporary English folk song in a very long time!” – Sean Purser, senior music producer (Travelling Folk and Global Gathering), BBC Radio Scotland.
“I do like your band!” – Aidan O’Rourke, Lau and KAN
“Unpretentious and pleasing… a grower” fRoots Magazine
“Something refreshingly new and different to tease and nourish” – Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky music magazine
Or was it the carnival?
Heads are greeting tired after three wonderful days and nights blessed with great weather and even greater music.
Check out our you tube channel (bothyfolk) over the next few days as we upload video of some of the performances
Our third annual folk festival kicked off in style last night with the well established Jimmy McBeath Memorial Concert. There were many fine performances from guest artists from near to home and around Scotland. Compered wonderfully by folk stalwarts Jim Taylor and Geordie Murison we enjoyed bothy ballads, traditional songs, some fine lowland piping and some more recent tunes and songs.
The large audience was also in fine voice, and showed their ready appreciation of singers Joe Aitken (Scots Traditional Singer of the Year in 2010) and the Spiers Family. French Willie Nyffeler is a wonderful cauld wind piper, who brought us tunes from around the Celtic map to the great enjoyment of all in the hall. We closed out the concert with an extended set from singer Arthur Johnstone, fiddle and mandolin player Charlie Soane, and Guitarist Brian Miller; the finale being a gathering of all the artists from the night singing “Freedom Come All Ye”. Afterwards there was a sing-around to which all were welcome to contribute, and most definitely a grand time was had by all!
Today (Saturday) there are great opportunities to get involved and enjoy the wealth of talent we have on show in and around Portsoy. Please check out the full weekend itinerary for details, but there are workshops, performances and a singing competition during the day, culminating in the Grand Saturday Night Concert featuring Archie Fisher, The Poozies, and Duncan Wood with Cathal McConnell at the Station Hotel. Don’t miss it!
The Third Haal is our third annual festival of music, storytelling, dance and more.
Held over the weekend of 25th – 27th May in the coastal village of Portsoy, this year promises to be better than ever.
Start the weekend off with an early session in the Station Hotel followed by the Jimmy McBeath memorial concert featuring Joe Aitken, the Spiers Family, French Willie Nyffler (Lowland Piper), Brian Miller, Charlie Soan, Arthur Johnstone. Compere ‐ Jim Taylor & Geordie Murison