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
Don’t forget our festival “The Third Haal” 25th – 27th May
Sat 21st April – Blues and Coffee in Beggars Belief – 7.30 – free.
Sat 7th July – evening – The bard – english Folk Band
Sat 1st sept – evening – An evening of matt mcGinn songs and stories with Bob Sharp and Friends
Sat 6th Oct – evening – provisional –
Sat 27th Oct – evening – Steve Turner with pete and Heather heywood.
Sat 17th Nov – evening with Allan Taylor
Ivan Drever will be appearing at the Salmon Bothy on
SAT 10TH MARCH .
Ivan Drever hails from Orkney in Scotland, he has recorded a host of albums both solo and with other performers. His 2010 album, “Notes From an Island”, on Attic records, is a reflection on his Orcadian heritage. He has recorded a new album “Bless The Wind” in Easter Ross.
Having worked with the “Knowe O’ Deil” and as a solo artist, Ivan joined Wolfstone in 1990, their work saw them perform worldwide. Ivan’s songs and tunes have been recorded by an impressive list of artists and indeed one, which was co-written with fiddle player, Duncan Chisholm was featured in the Robin Williams film “Good Will Hunting “.
Ivan composed the songs and music and performed for the Californian Dance Based Company “Celtic Fusion” which saw him working for the early part of 2001 in the States, touring with the Company throughout March on the East coast of the U.S.
Ivan also tours Europe frequently with Duncan Chisholm, their duo album “The Lewis Blue” was released on Iona Records. The DVD & CD release of “Long December Nights” captured the duo in the relaxed setting of Duncan’s front room.
Ivan’s career has been long and fruitful and “Notes from an Island” shows that this is set fair to continue. He is currently in Ross-shire, recording a new album: “Bless The Wind”.
Ivan’s current live set features songs from “Notes From An Island” several as yet unreleased new songs and material from his back catalogue. For bookings contact us via our contact page.
Ivan’s new album “Bless The Wind” is released on Orcadian records. The album was recorded in Easter Ross at Les MacPherson’s Near Field Studios in and features Paul Eastham from Coast and Ivan’s old Wolfstone bandmate Andy Murray.
This will be Ivan’s first time in the Bothy.
Upstairs at the Salmon Bothy
Doors Open 7pm ~ £10 (£8 conc)