June 23rd and 24th, 2012

The Festival’s music programme is hugely popular and promises this year to be as big and varied as ever.


At this years Festival as well as having a stunning array of craft on the water, we have an equally brilliant line up of talented musicians, singers, story tellers and poets from close to home and much further afield. We are confident they will provide you with a diverse musical experience to remember.
The music kicks off on Friday afternoon with a performance of songs and stories form pupils from local schools. The evening Showcase Concert has the superbly talented and internationally renowned Tannahill Weavers headlining and they guaranteed to lift the marquee roof with their Tanhill Weaversvibrant brand of Scottish music. They are supported by two highly talented harpists , Mary McMaster and Patsy Seddon. The girls, playing under the name of Sileas have taken harp music to a new level internationally. Haunting airs to raucous reels will be interspersed with traditional and contemporary songs in English and Gaelic, delivered by two very fine voices indeed. MC for the show is multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter Elsa McTaggart.


Elsa will be delivering some of her own compositions and she is certainly one to watch for the future. She recently supported The Great Finbar Furey when he was on tour in 2010 and that in itself is a huge recommendation to come and hear Elsa.Patsy Seddon
For those that don’t bed early, old friends of the Festival Shepheard, Spiers and Watson are to host a late night open mic session in the Marquee Bar between 11pm and 1am. This one is for over 18s only unfortunately.


On Saturday a host of venues are provided for you to savour a wide variety of entertainment. The marquee is predominantly youth orientated with performances by CAFI, Jelly Faced Woman, Hannah Beatie, Theatre Modo leading some local talent in a performance of The Contrabanders, Anee McArthurs Dancers, Skip 2 The Beat as well as a performance from jugglers attending a workshop in the Institute Hall. We have workshops galore on Whisky, Shanties, Songs of the Sea, Kising’s Nae a Sin (containing a love song or two from Shepheard, Spiers and Watson) .Whistle, singer songwirting and Bodrahn are also to feature downstairs in the Bothy. Add to that a music programme at the Harbour, anchored by Alex and Madeline Green with the help of Frank Reynolds, that includes outstanding Dutch Band the De Kinkels, local lad Craig Souter singing his own material, Sea Shantie experts The Keelers, Kate James, Robin Laing, Sileas, Fisher Folk and Many more.

Saturday night promises to be fun too with the ever popular Ceilidh featuring dancing to Cabrach whilst at the Station Hotel there’s a session featuring Craig Soutar, Kate James and the De Kinkels.

vakantieOver the whole weekend buskers will be at many street corners and a new stage outside the Bothy will allow NE Folk Clubs to showcase their Club. Our own Folk at The Salmon Bothy are hosting this stage and their regulars will be delighting you with their music and song over the weekend. Add to that stories and poems from Stewart Campbell, John Mackie and Wow and we sure have an exhausting weekend of fantastic entertainment ahead of us.