Kirrie celebrates the best of traditional music

Performenrs of all ages enjoyed jamming sessions in different venues in the town, in this instance The Thrums Hotel.

Performenrs of all ages enjoyed jamming sessions in different venues in the town, in this instance The Thrums Hotel.

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Hundreds of traditional music fans converged on Kirriemuir over the weekend for the town’s 33rd annual festival.

With a number of competitions, ceilidhs and jamming sessions in different venues, the festival attracted musicians from throughout the local area and further afield.

This year’s line-up included The Angus Strathspey and Reel Society, Kirriemuir-based singing group Angus Folk, fiddle virtuouso Jim Brown from Newtyle and entertainment was provided in the town square by Forfar Instrumental Band.

Despite concerns earlier this year that the festival was suffering slightly due to falling attendances, Patrick Newman, treasuer of the local branch of the the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland, said that financially there has been an improvement on last year.

He also said, however, that some of the competitions received fewer than hoped-for entries.

He continued: “Generally it went really well, and in the case of the ceilidhs extremely well, although some of the competitions were a bit short of people.

“Some didn’t have enough entrants, particularly among the minor instruments, and we were very short of accordionists but the competitions that went ahead received good support and attendance.

“Among the jamming sessions George Rennie’s shop is always a highlight and that was the case again this year. Overall, you can say it was a successful festival.”

A list competition results can be found online at www.kirriemuirherald.co.uk

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Photos by Andy Thompson Photography

SAFD 11-09-14 Kirriemuir Festival 1: Forfar Instrumental Band provided entertainment in the town square.

SAFD 11-09-14 Kirriemuir Festival 2: Performers of all ages enjoyed jamming sessions in different venues in the town, in this instance The Thrums Hotel.

SAFD 11-09-14 Kirriemuir Festival 3: Natalie Chalmers performing in one of the singing competitions in the Kirk Hall.