Folk festival fever

THE 23rd Stonehaven Folk Festival will take place this year on July 8,9 and 10 - and tickets are on sale now.

Friday night opens the festival with a mixture of a group from North East England and local artists. The Wilson Family from Teeside, described as one of the foremost folk harmony groups, have been singing as a family group for many years. Two other Scottish traditional duos, Twa Folk, Carol Anderson and Martin MacDonald will also be performing.There will be the annual ceilidh with music from the Dark Island Ceilidh Band after. Saturday night’s line-up includes the acclaimed gaelic singer and instrumentalist from North Uist, Julie Fowlis, winner of the BBC2’s Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2008; The Muckle Loons, winners of the BBC Young Traditional Musicians of the Year and Jeana Leslie from Orkney and Siobhan Miller from Edinburgh, two young singers and musicians who won the BBC Young Folk Award in 2008 and will complement the Scottish theme of the evening’s entertainment. The finale concert on Sunday night will round off the festival with a rousing concert with Session A9, the Scottish super group playing their high octane tunes, Adrian Nation, singer and musician, JP Trio, this year’s Danny winter at Celtic Connections and North East Folk Collective.

On Sunday afternoon the Tradition Bearers concert will take place in St Bridgets Hall, hosted by Geordie Murison with guests Barbara Dymock, Joe Aitken, Siobhan Miller and Ken Wilson. Festival fringe events are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and the choice of workshops this year has been widened to offer something for everyone whatever their musical interests. Throughout the festival weekend there will be sessions in various pubs and venues.Tickets from tickets@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk or phone Hilary Cooper 0776 581596 (no texts) or write to Hilary Cooper, 136 Forest Park, Stonehaven, AB39 2FF (including stamped address envelope).

Celtic Chords Traditional Music Shop, 8 Barclay Street, Stonehaven, AB39 2BJ (Telephone: 01569 763913)

Tickets can also be purchased through www.thebooth.co.uk