Mearns Connections Festival round-up

Isla St Clair takes to the stage for the Mearns Connection Festival
Isla St Clair takes to the stage for the Mearns Connection Festival

Last week saw the Mearns Connection Festival take place with events at the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott.

Around eighty guests enjoyed the opening Friday night shows.

Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion Paul Anderson opened the show accompanied by his wife, pianist and singer Shona Donaldson.

The evening was closed by Provost for Aberdeenshire Hamish Vernal.

His theme was ‘Inspiration of Adveristy’ - drawing from his experiences in teaching and linking it to James Leslie Mitchell’s early life and his ultimate literary success and happy family life.

On the Saturday, 34 people set foot on the Ballad Bus on a tour of the castles of the Mearns - it was accompanied by balladeers Geordie Murison, Dennis Collie, Lorna Collie and Andy Popplestone.

Saturday saw an audience of 120 being treated to music and talk by TV personality and singer Isla St Clair.

In song, she took the crowd through her life from Findochty to the Generation Game; form her fishing background to the farming scene. Am mix of fun, love and sad songs.

She ended her set with a medley of Gaelic mouth music.