Tuning up for annual festival

The Peatbog Faeries, who will headline this year's festival.
The Peatbog Faeries, who will headline this year's festival.

Kirriemuir will jump to some of the best in Scottish traditional music from Friday, September 4 when the Kirriemuir Festival returns.

Organised by the Angus branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland, and now in its 34th year, the festival has seen many changes since it started in 1982, but it is still regarded as one of the foremost events of this nature and practises and preserves the best of Scotland’s musical heritage.

The festival will begin with the opening concert which, at the time of going to press, will be in either the Airlie Arms Hotel or the Guide Hall.

Saturday will be taken up with competitions including singing, accordion, fiddle, story-telling and tin whistle while the evening entertainment will start with the prize-winners’ concert in the Old Parish Church hall.

This will be followed by ceilidhs at the bowling club and either the Airlie Arms or Guide Hall while during the afternoon Forfar Instrumental Band will play in the square or, if wet, in the Old Parish Church.

Also on Saturday The Peatbog Faeries, supported by local bands and promoted by DD8 Music, will play in the town hall.

On Sunday morning there will be the usual festival church service with the Angus Strathspey and Reel Society and during the afternoon there will be the now famous ceilidh at the Thistle Club, followed by the survivors’ ceilidh in the evening. Further information from Patrick Newman on 01575 540261.