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Tickets for the 23rd Stonehaven Folk Festival go on sale on Tuesday May 3. Tickets can be bought through various channels, all of which are detailed below.

The festival committee would like to thank the town, businesses and all festival goers for their continued support of what has become one of the major folk festivals in Scotland. With this in mind this year’s programme is a coming together of artists and events from all over the country to entertain.

The committee has been working hard over the last few months to ensure the selection of artists, workshops and concerts will appeal to our audiences. Ticket prices this year have not increased from last year. The only changes are weekend tickets do not include workshops and the Friday night concert tickets include entrance to the Ceilidh.

Friday night opens the festival with a mixture of a group from North East England and local artists. The Wilson Family, described as one of the foremost folk harmony groups, are from Teeside and have been singing as a family group for many years. Along with The Wilson Family, two other Scottish traditional duos, Twa Folk, Carol Anderson and Martin MacDonald will be performing.

After the concert there will be the annual Ceilidh with music from the Dark Island Ceilidh Band.

On stage on Saturday night will be Julie Fowlis, winner of the BBC2’s Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2008 and an acclaimed gaelic singer and instrumentalist from North Uist. The Muckle Loons, winners of the BBC Young Traditional Musicians of the Year will be adding to the traditional Scottish music line up with their lowland and borders’ songs. A young vibrant band who took the 2010 Cambridge Folk Festival by storm. Jeana Leslie from Orkney and Siobhan Miller from Edinburgh are 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.

The festival fringe events have been arranged for Saturday and Sunday afternoons starting with the Plain Stones on Saturday. Chorus Cup, World Paper n’ Comb Competition, Kids Concert, Cowie Fringe and Acoustic Youth stage will take place as usual over the weekend and local Ceilidh band Cabrach will be providing the music for the Aqua Ceilidh on Sunday morning at the Open Air Swimming Pool. So come along for another ‘Splashing White Sergeant’!

The choice of workshops this year has been widened to offer something for everyone whatever their musical interests, including but not limited to song writing, harmony singing, fiddle, bodhram, whistle, flute, slow session.

Throughout the festival weekend there will be sessions in various pubs and venues for those who enjoy more informal musical gatherings.

Tickets for all events will be on sale after the 3rd May. Please note no telephone ticket bookings will be taken before the 3rd May.

Email: tickets@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk

Phone: Hilary Cooper 0776 581596 (no texts please)

Post: Hilary Cooper, 136 Forest Park, Stonehaven, AB39 2FF (including stamped address envelope).

Cheques should be made payable to STONEHAVEN FOLK FESTIVAL POSTAL BOOKINGS

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