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Folk Festival in pictures

The Mischa Macpherson Trio performing at Friday night's concert in the Town Hall.   Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.

The Mischa Macpherson Trio performing at Friday night's concert in the Town Hall. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.


The Stonehaven Folk Festival is over for another year but we have all the pictures from the past weekend to share with you.

The popular festival, in its 26th year, had plenty going on throughout the town and photgrapher Andy Thompson was on hand to capture these fantastic images.

There were visitors from Australia, the USA, and Europe as well as much closer to home.

On Friday and Saturday there were two workshops especially for younger musicians; the “Junior Jammers” and the “Youth Big Band.” These were led by festival guest, Mischa Mcpherson.

There were also a wide range of workshops for all ages and abilities, including the Big Sing, the “Wee Big Sing” and Junior Ukulele to Fiddle Master Classes.

The popular World Paper’n’Comb championships were held on Saturday with a Tartan theme, and there were plenty of old and young folk getting in the spirit with over 100 people taking part.

The Aqua Ceilidh, held on Sunday in the Open Air Pool, helped celebrate 80 years of the popular facility with plenty attending and getting wet from the weather as well as the pool.

A spokesperson for the pool said: “The Stonehaven Folk Festival, together with Sharon Hassan of Gadie Music and the North East Folk Collective, achieved their goal of having 80 musicians playing for the Aqua Ceilidh.

“Although the rain started just five minutes before the first dance, never before have there been so many smiling faces on a rainy morning!

‘‘With 79 musicians playing, Splasher, the Pool’s cuddly dolphin mascot, was given a tambourine and made the band up to 80!”

Festival organiser Charlie West said: “This has probably been our most ambitious weekend with over 50 different events taking place, involving over 90 volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure everything ran smoothly.

“Events included everything from small workshops to the major concerts. It was particularly pleasing to see the youth workshops so well attended, ensuring the music and song will continue in future generations.”

Organisers are already planning for next year’s festival, which will take place from July 9-12.

n More pictures from the folk festival can be found on the Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer websites.

 

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