Folk Festival line-up revealed

THE line up for the 23rd Stonehaven Folk Festival was revealed this week.

Among the big names hitting the stage at the 2011 festival, which will run from July 8 -10, are Julie Foulis, Session A9 and the Muckle Loons.

Organisers say the line up has been chosen to ensure audiences continue to be attracted to the Stonehaven event by a mixture of contemporary and traditional music and song.

The main stage events will be held in the Town Hall with the customary fringe events taking place in various venues around the town. The festival committee is expecting, once again to attract large crowds.

Favourite events such as the Aqua Ceilidh, World Paper ‘n’ Comb Competition, Chorus Cup, Kids Concert, Plainstones, Cowie Fringe and the Acoustic Youth Stage will all be returning this year, while the Tradition Bearers concert will take place as is customary, during the afternoon of 11 July in St Bridget’s Hall hosted by Geordie Murison, starting this year at 1pm.

And fans of impromptu sessions will be well catered for in the pubs and recreation club throughout the weekend.

Friday night’s line up features The Wilson Family, Twa Folk, Carol Anderson and Martin MacDonald, and Dark Island Ceilidh Band, while on stage on the Saturday night will be Julie Fowlis, the Muckle Loons and Jeanna Leslie and Siobhan Miller.

The finale concert on Sunday night will round off the festival with Session A9, Adrian Nation and JP Trio.

Julie Fowles, originally from North Uist is an acclaimed gaelic singer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist. She was winner of the BBC2’s Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2008 and has performed all over the world both on her own and as part of Dochas.

The Muckle Loons, who took last year’s Cambridge Folk Festival by storm and were finalists and winners of the BBC Young Traditional Musicians of the Year, are a real powerhouse of Scottish fiddling with lowlands and borders songs, not forgetting the pipes played by Lorne MacDougall.

Popular Scottish super group Session A9, which consists of seven members, has carved out a huge following having played at all the major music festivals in the UK. The band formed through informal music sessions up and down the A9, which culminated in their first tour in 2001.

Folk Festival publicity officer Win Brown said: “I think you will agree that the artists this year offer an intriguing mixture of local home grown talent and new acts to the festival from south of the border.”

Workshops led by some of the artists who will be performing on the main stage will take place throughout the festival, with the now standard fringe events going on throughout the town during the weekend.

Win added: “Within the fringe events special mention has to be made of the Cowie Fringe on Sunday and the Acoustic Workshop on Sunday for all budding 12 – 18 year budding musicians. This is an opportunity to showcase musical skills whether they be vocal or instrumental.”

Tickets for all events will be on sale after May 4 2011 and are available at Celtic Chords, Barclay Street, Stonehaven, by emailing tickets@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk or by phoning Hilary Cooper on 0776 581596.

For more information on all the artists performing, visit www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk.