by Martin Kasprowicz
The 33rd Stonehaven Folk Festival is all set to go – it runs from the 7-9 July and provides a weekend of
concerts, sessions, workshops, singarounds and fun, featuring some of the great names of Scottish and Irish music and song. Tickets are proving very popular and some concerts are nearly sold out.
The festival kicks off on the Thursday night with a big welcoming session held in the Town Hall, a chance to meet old friends and make some new ones. The Festival really gets going on the Friday night with an opening concert in the Town Hall featuring internationally famous Flute player and singer Nuala Kennedy; Fiddle and guitar with Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. There will be sessions in some of the bars, late night concert and singarounds and more sessions.
On Saturday there are things to do all day, kicking off with workshops in the Community Centre and then
a free concert in the Market Square featuring Festival guests and local artists. There is also an afternoon
singaround hosted by Danny Couper and a children’s workshops for the family.
For many, the highlight of the afternoon is the World Paper’n’Comb Championship – a regular feature of the festival and always entertaining. This year’s theme is “Disney” leaving plenty of scope for creative interpretation.
There is an evening concert in the Town Hall featuring tunes and harmonies from the Melrose Quartet and some fantastic tune arrangements from Glasgow based six-piece band Trip. There will also be a late night singaround and sessions.
Sunday starts off with a splash – the Aqua Ceilidh, held in Stonehaven’s Art Deco open air pool. Dancing to a live ceilidh band playing for old favourites Drip the Willow, Splashing White Sergeant and more.
There are workshops and concert in the Market Square in the afternoon and a special “tradition Bearers” concert featuring some of the best traditional singers from the UK. This is followed by the Chorus Cup – a light hearted competition to find the best chorus singer and song.
Things wind down in the evening with the farewell concert in the Town Hall featuring singer songwriter Edwina Hayes, Irish band the Jeremiahs and the ever-popular Scottish fiddle “supergroup” Blazin’ Fiddles.
There will also be a full range of workshops in the Stonehaven Community Centre covering fiddle, flute,
bodhran, osngwriting, tune arrangement and more, plus some junior workshops and story telling sessions.
Tickets are on sale now, for full Festival details, please visit the web site www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk