Mearns Connection Festival

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The Mearns Connection Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year.

The festival, at the Grassic Gibbon Centre, was started in the Year of the Homecoming in 2009.

It is one of the few Homecoming events that have survived.

The festival will take place from Friday, August 9, until Sunday the 11th.

The festival has raised the profiles of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Joan Eardley and Robert Burns over the years with the Mearns connection.

This year the festival theme is “the Land” and celebrates the pivotal influence that the Howe land had on the works of Gibbon and Burns.

The event will open with an Oatmeal Dinner on the Friday with the guest speaker being author, playwright and journalist, Jack Webster BEM.

The legendary singer Tich Frier and local entertainer Dennis Collie will bring their own inimitable talent to the evening, hosted by festival chairman Jim Brown.

On Saturday, August 10, the popular Ballad Bus sets off from the centre at 1pm to explore the myths and mysteries of Fettercairn.

On Saturday night a concert party will be led by Robert Lovie with support, the hugely talented musician, singer and storyteller from Fyvie.

On Sunday afternoon, Jim Brown will interview Frieda Morrison who is one of Scotland’s best known broadcasters.

Tickets for all events are available from the Grassic Gibbon Centre on 01561 361668.