Listen online to voices of the north east this October, in the fourth annual Across the Grain festival

By bellmannews / September 19, 2021
young girl with fiddle with backdrop of Stonehaven bay

From Live Life Aberdeenshire –

Live Life Aberdeenshire’s annual Across the Grain festival is back again, with a weekend of song, stories, language and laughter, on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October.

The festival celebrating Doric and the traditional music of the north-east started in 2018 with live performances and events across the region. 

It has become a popular annual event, this year taking place online with an innovative and diverse programme devised to appeal to all ages.

The festival programme delves into the cultural life, heritage, music and stories of the north east.

It’s a chance to celebrate collectively, and for people to share their love of local language and landscape.

There is so much to look forward to. Young people in Aberdeenshire consider what Doric means to them, past, present and future. Internationally celebrated north east musician Paul Anderson explores the relationship between the materials, construction and tone of violins, in a film short commissioned for Banchory Cultural Centre.

We explore the Carpenter collection with the Elphinstone Institute, hear recitals of Doric poetry and prose, and have a live music and song workshop from Scottish Culture and Tradition Youth.

Warming up to the October weekend are a host of pre-festival activities. Find all the details on our website and keep checking back as more events are confirmed:

Look out for further programme detail and information on how to take part.

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This festival is a partnership jointly funded by Live Life Aberdeenshire, the sports and cultural service of Aberdeenshire Council, and Creative Scotland.