The Third Haal

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
There are events all day on Saturday topped off  by the Grand Concert featuring – Archie FisherThe Poozies and Duncan Wood with Cathal McConnell. 7:30pm – 10:30pm

The fun continues on Sunday with more activities including a singer/songwriter workshop led by Archie Fischer and a farewell concert giving club regulars a chance to show their talent.

The main concerts are held in the Station Hotel and the full and varied programme of workshops, sessions, etc are held in various venues around the town.

Weekend Ticket £35 (£30 Conc.) (Covers all events, workshops etc.) or see programme for individual event ticket prices. Some events are free.

We look forward to welcoming new friends and regulars on the last weekend in May.

For ticket reservations email    or see our contacts page for phone numbers.


Dates for your diary

Here are some dates for upcoming events

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 appearing at the Salmon Bothy


Ivan Drever will be appearing at the Salmon Bothy on

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.

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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)

Tickets from Bob Philips



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