With Scottish music stalwart Jimmie Macgregor confirmed as Saturday evening’s headline guest, as well as many other weel-kent faces, plans are well ahead for the 3rd Mearns Connections Festival at the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott. Celebrating the wealth of talent past and present in this area, over the last two years the festival weekend has welcomed and made connections with people from near and far-flung places.
Music and song, story-telling, poetry, ballads, established and developing voices of all ages have long been part of our heritage here in North East Scotland, and live performances are planned throughout the weekend.
Main events include the Friday night dinner followed by speaker David Purdie, with music by Jan and Jenny Clark and Nicola Auchnie on fiddle. Saturday morning will see another journey with the Ballad Bus, arriving back from its tour of local heritage venues in time for a farmhouse lunch then on to Tom Spiers outlining the history of Scottish ballads and story-telling, music and song, followed by the afternoon Heritage Hairst. An outstanding Saturday evening is in store with Jimmie Macgregor. Then on Sunday afternoon, hosted by Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club, Sheena Wellington will be in conversation with Jim Brown as well as singing to finish the weekend on a high note.