The Short HAAL 23/24 October 2020

HI Everyone, 
Greetings from Portsoy. 
I hope this note finds you all healthy and keeping safe. 
We are keeping our heads down here and following the govt guidelines to the letter. 
As you may have read elsewhere, I have had to cancel the HAAL for June this year. In some ways a difficult decision, but really the only one that made any sense. I am however delighted to report , that all bar one act has confirmed that they are happy to perform next year 4/5/6 th June 2021. Martin and Eliza have still to confirm 100%, but their agents are fairly certain that they will be available. My fingers are crossed!

As we have already laid out in excess of £1k for this year in printing, advertising etc, I have provisionally organised an event for 23/24th October, A short HAAL, during which I hope to  recover some of the losses, donate any excess to a Performers Hardship Fund and hopefully attract a few folk to our area, to help soften the blow to local traders, caused by this unavoidable lockdown. 
So far I have secured the services of Scott Gardner, Gary West and co, who will perform the play Jock’s Jocks on Friday 23 rd October. The play is based on the book of interviews carried out over a fifty year period,  by Singer Jock Duncan. Readings from the book are interspersed with songs and tunes. A great evenings entertainment. 

On the Saturday we are to run the Greig Duncan  Song Competition and award the Wheeler prize to The Aberdeen Music School nominated pupil. There will be a concert/ ceilidh on Saturday evening featuring Club Acts, headlined by Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson and maybe a surprise of two. There will also be plenty of opportunity to perform . 

As stated,  this event is in its very early stages of development and depends very much on all being clear for gatherings, travel and general partying – which I am sure we will be ready for. More details will follow asap. In the interim. Keep safe and well and I hope to welcome you all back to Portsoy, if not in October, then in June 2021.
Regards, Bob
Chair and Organiser of Folk at The Salmon Bothy 

11th Haal – Cancelled

It is with huge regret that the decision has been made to confirm cancellation of The 11th Haal.

Most of the current 11th Haal performers have already confirmed their availability for 4/5/6 June 2021, so I am delighted to report we will almost certainly have the same line up for 2021.

We hope to host a ‘Short HAAL’ on 23/24th October 2020. Over the weekend it is planned to hold session or two in local pubs, hold the Greig Duncan Song Competition in The Bothy and present the Wheeler/ FTSB Prize to Aberdeen Music School Pupil, at a Ceilidh/ Concert in the Station Hotel on the Saturday Evening. Full details of event will be circulated when the mist lifts, later in the year.

Proceeds of the Short HAAL will be used to offset costs that have already been incurred for the June event and the surplus will be donated to a Scottish Charity supporting musicians who are finding life hard.

I hope to welcome many of our friends back to Portsoy in October and failing that in June 2021. In the interim, keep safe and healthy and enjoy the great sets that are being posted on various FB pages.

Bob. Chairman/ Organiser FTSB Portsoy.

Coronavirus etc.

Regrettably, in view of the current uncertainty, we have decided to cancel our regular Third Friday folk club nights in the Salmon Bothy until further notice.

There will be no Folk at the Salmon Bothy club night on Friday 20th March and until further notice.

We hope to use our social media community to share songs and tunes online. Watch out for more news on this shortly.

Other F@tSB events are under review and we will post news in the coming weeks.

Coming up soon at Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Sold Out – Saturday 22nd Feb – Bothy Ballads and Burns

3 Course meal and a couple o’ drams.
With Moira Stewart, Bill Gray, Anne and Ron Gardiner
Doors 6.30, Tickets £20

CANCELLED Sat 14th March – Tom McConvile


Superb NE England based singer and fiddle player
Doors 7.00pm, Tickets £10

Sat 25th April – Dougie McKenzie and Brian Miller

Dougie is a past finalist for Scots Singer of the year and well known to HAAL audiences.
Doors 7.00pm, Tickets £10

5th – 7th June – 11th Haal Festival

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June
Can’t believe its number 11 !!. Full details coming soon.

Festive Season with Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Here’s whats coming up at Folk at the Salmon Bothy over the Festive Season

Friday 20th December – Christmas Open Mic Extravaganza

Upstairs at the Salmon Bothy – Doors open at 1900, £5 entry
There will be Paul K’s wonderfully potent Punch and also a non alcoholic option, plus nibbles, cake etc etc too. Usual Raffle and a collection for local food bank. There will be a box at door for donations please.

Saturday 4th Jan 2020 – Singaround/session with Danny Couper

Portsoy Bowling Club, Doors open 8.00pm, Free entry
Bring a raffle prize and some nibbles to share. Bowling club bar.

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – Bothy Ballads and Burns night

Upstairs at the Salmon Bothy – Doors open at 1830, £20, Booking essential
3 course meal and a couple of drams.
Hosted by Bill Gray with Moira Stewart, Ann and Ron Gardiner.

Aly Bain – Ale Möller – Bruce Molsky – Sat 16th Nov

A meeting of Celtic, Nordic and Appalachian cultures, the trio will deliver a feast of traditional tunes. Its great to welcome these three fantastic musicians to Portsoy on Saturday 16th November.

Aly Bain is well known locally, nationally and internationally. Hosting the Celtic-American television series Transatlantic Sessions – where he has recorded and played with American musician Molsky, he is also known in Scandinavia for his work with multi-instrumentalist Möller. In this project, both partnerships are united into a trio which explores the North Atlantic fiddle traditions of Shetland, Scandinavia, Scotland and America. Eight-time Swedish Grammy winner Möller brings a firm understanding of traditional music through the mandala, harmonica, wooden whistle and vocals. A champion of America’s old-time mountain music, twice Grammy-nominated Molsky brings a second fiddle, vocals, banjo and guitar to the trio.

Portsoy Town Hall
Saturday 16th November 2019
Doors Open 7:30 pm ~ Tickets £20
Booking Essential ~ 07968 872217
Or email ~

Mike Silver – Sat 19th October

Sat 19th October – Mike Silver, Doors – 8.00,  
Ticket – £10

It’s the voice that you can’t miss, right from the get-go – a warm, seasoned instrument in its own right that brings to life each of the fourteen songs on this latest album by the voice’s owner, time-served roots and acoustic singer-songwriter, Mike Silver. A regular and long-time performer on the English folk scene for many years, Silver has always been known for his self-penned songs, solo performances and, more recently, acclaimed concert and album collaborations with Johnny Coppin – always with the emphasis on home-grown songs; so this departure into performing the works of others is a major change.


McGonagall Dinner – still a few tickets left


Saturday 28th September 2019
Portsoy Scout Hall, Loch Soy
Doors Open 6:30pm for 7:00 pm Start
Tickets ~ £15 ~ Booking Essential
Guests ~ Barbara & Tom Dymock
M.C. ~ Les Wheeler  ~ 
Chef ~ Doug Hay
~ B.Y.O.B.~

Dress Code ~ Casual
Glengarry Hat ~ Optional
An article of Tartan Clothing
(e.g.~ Socks, Scarf, Ribbon, Hat) desirable, but not essential.

A prize will be given for the best poem (of no more than four verses) in the style of Mr. McGonagall. An additional prize will be given for the finest recitation of a McGonagall masterpiece.

The contact for booking your evening of Verse and Vittles is
Bob Philips at 07968 872 217 Or

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