Friday night live with Folk at the Salmon bothy

Coming your way this Friday 22/05/20 from 7:30 pm

Bob Sharp

In your very own Living Room!
On Facebook and on YouTube
Your MC for the Evening – Bob Sharp

Doug Hay, Alyson & Neil MacConnachie,
Paul Mudie
Emma, Maggie & Tom Spiers
Debbie Taylor, Fats Vandyke, Les Wheeler

With Guests
Fair Trickit, Tripple, The Anthony Quines, Rob Van Sante
Iona Fyfe

You can watch on YouTube here
You can watch on FaceBook here
or you can just watch right here on the website.

Friday Frolics – Live from 7.30pm – 15th May

Friday Frolics – Live tonight from 7.30pm

Friday Frolics will go live on our Facebook page, and simultaneously on the Bothyfolk YouTube channel and also here on the website from 7.30pm tonight and will also be available to catch up later.

If you want to watch on Facebook just follow our page

If you want to watch on YouTube click this link or click on the video frame below.

Live on Friday – Host – Bob Philips

Once again Folk at the Salmon Bothy goes live on a Friday.
You can watch the show live on Youtube and Facebook from 7.30pm on Friday 15th May or maybe catch up later. This weeks episode is hosted by our very own Chairman Bob. We’ll post the streaming and catch up links and instructions on the website shortly

This week’s show includes Bob Philips, Mike Blackburn, Ruth Fisher, Bob Leslie, Paul and Debbie Mudie, Debs Taylor , Graham Legge, Rob Van Sante, Paul Mudie, Doug Hay, Julie Anne Wall, Bob Sharp, The Spiers Family, Alyson and Neil McConnachie, Kimbers Men

Stonehaven Folk Club – Fund Raising Concert

Hands up for Trad is hosting a free fund raising concert on their Facebook page on Thursday evening 14th May at 8pm. The World Play a strathspey day fund raising concert will feature 10 Scottish musicians who will be performing over the course of the evening. 

Fund raising will be in aid of Stonehaven Folk Club’s “Folk in Crisis support fund” Stonehaven has already donated £5,000 and total funds raised now exceed £8,000. Folk at the Salmon Bothy have also made a significant contribution to this fund. Many thanks if you have helped achieve this total so far.

Click the link below for details of the concert line up and timings including and links to the Hands Up for Trad Facebook page to access the concert.

1Douglas Montgomery (fiddle, Orkney)20:00
2Shona Mooney (fiddle, Scottish Borders)20:15
3Tom Orr (Accordion, Lanark)20:30
4Jenna Reid (fiddle, Shetland)20:45
5Josie Duncan (song, Lewis)21:00
6Mairearad Green (accordion, Ullapool)21:15
7Gary Innes (accordion, Fort William)21:30
8Rua Macmillan (fiddle, Nairn)21:45
9Ali Levack (whistle/pipes, Dingwall)22:00
10Kristan Harvey (fiddle, Orkney)22:15

Please enjoy this free concert and if you are both willing and able, help support performing Folk Artists struggling hardship during the present crisis.
If you want to donate now you can do so here!
Enjoy the concert!

YouTube – catch up with Friday Frolics

You can now catch up with the Friday Frolics videos on YouTube.
Click the link below to go to the playlist or just click in the YouTube widget on this page.

Friday Frolicks on YouTube

In future we will be streaming live on YouTube as well as Facebook on each club night. The streams and links will be advertised here on the website and on our Facebook page.

You will be able to view the videos either on Facebook or on YouTube and of course here on the website.



Folk at the Salmon Bothy will also make a substantial contribution from our reserves.

Stonehaven Folk Club recognises the catastrophic impact that Covid-19 has had on Scottish Folk Artists and their crew’s incomes. To help address this impact, the Club has teamed up with Hands Up for Trad to start up a fund to help support Folk musicians and music production staff living in Scotland during the crisis.

To launch the Fund, Stonehaven Folk Club is providing 20 grants of £250 to help towards living expenses during this period when affected individuals are unable to work. It is hoped this fund will grow with further donations from other organisations and the public.

To support this project please donate by going to the Fund’s JustGiving page – here

Affected individuals wishing to apply for a grant please click here

For more information on this initiative, go to the Hands up for Trad website:

Please help support this project if you can!
Thanks for reading this far and all the very best.
Stay safe
Andy Popplestone
Stonehaven Folk Club

Friday Frolics from Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Whilst the Lockdown is in place we are going to be going out with a weekly event so that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Tune in to this event page every Friday at 7:30pm for a selection of Tunes, Tales, and Terrific Terpsichore!

The club night will consist of prerecorded sets and will be broadcast on Facebook – click here to join

The broadcast will be followed by a Zoom Meet

Meeting ID: 774 4989 3180
Password: contact Mike on Facebook or email

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.

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