Across the Grain festival Underway

By Jane Cruickshank / October 1, 2019
beautiful woman holding what looks like a bhoran and wearing beaded breast plate piece

THE festival celebrating the cultural life, heritage, language, music and stories of the north east is now underway, with Stonehaven’s first events taking place on Friday.

Scots Singer of the Year Iona Fyfe is leading a vocal workshop at the Town Hall from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Booking is essential, but this is open to all ages and is a fantastic opportunity to learn from an Aberdeenshire singer with a growing international reputation.

Iona Fyfe

Then at 7.30pm in the Town Hall and in a first for Aberdeenshire, a showcase concert will feature music from the folk tradition and worlds beyond, with performances from award-winning Aberdeenshire musician Iona Fyfe, by Hanka Wojciak and Pawel Haranczyk from Poland, and The Melting Pot Fusion Band, Northeast-based musicians who play an eclectic range of music inspired by cultures across the world. 

This special evening is a partnership between Live Life Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen Multicultural Centre and the Polish Association Aberdeen.

Tickets for these events are available from

Meanwhile, also on Friday at the Community Centre at 8.30pm, Stonehaven Folk Club is hosting ‘The Hard Way’: the story of Hannah Mitchell. From a remote hilltop farm in the Derbyshire moorlands to Manchester city magistrate. The Hard Way is a one-woman show of storytelling with song by acclaimed musician and composer Louise Jordan.

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Across The Grain is running for the second time throughout October, with an exciting and eclectic mix of activities, performances and workshops for all ages.

The festival is supported by local community groups, arts organisations, arts partners, academics and students who have all come together around a shared love of the Doric culture and language, and the north east’s musical roots.

Events will be taking place in communities right across Aberdeenshire with most free to attend. Look out for printed programmes which give details of all performances and events.

Copies are available at libraries, leisure centres and museums, and key entertainment venues across the area. You’ll be sure to find a copy in your local shop, cafe or garden centre. The digital copy can be found at:

Advance bookings and purchases for ticketed events can also be made online.

The featured image is of Hanka Wojciak