Musical talent at Festival

MUSIC fans will be saying “cheers” to the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival for showcasing some of the area’s top talent.

A range of artistes will be helping the three-day event go with a swing, said festival entertainment director Iain “Skirlie” McFadden.

“The festival has always been about more than just the ale – good as that is. We want to ensure folk are thoroughly entertained while they are having a great night out with us.

“Because of that, we are delighted to be able to showcase some of the great folk who sing and perform around the North-east all year round.

“We’ve lined up some cracking tunesmiths who we know will have toes tapping and heads nodding along.”

Those playing at the festival, which will be held in Stonehaven Town Hall from Thursday, November 3, to Saturday, November 5, include: Scott Baxter and Angus McCurrach – This talented duo make up one third of The Trybe, along with Iain himself. Scott and Angus will hit the high notes as visitors wet their whistle.

Fish Feathers McTeeth – Folk supremo Sandy Mathers takes on his alter ego to offer up a great blend of toe-tapping tunes, ballads and sing-along classics.

Gibby McNaught – This man needs no introduction to North-east audiences. He is a master of the folk tradition and always a welcome sight and sound on any stage.

No Hot Ashes – A night of music isn’t complete without a session of blues and rock. This local outfit’s unforgettable riffs go perfectly with a few pints.

Richard Hannay And The Thirty Nine Steps – No, not the John Buchan classic, but just as thrilling. Putting some class into contemporary tunes. these these guys should win new fans at the festival.

Iain said one special treat was being reserved for Saturday afternoon at the festival – All Ale The Jazz.

“In true X Factor style, we’ve put together the cream of the North-east’s jazz talent to create our own supergroup. This is a unique chance to hear the finest proponents of jazz playing just for festival visitors.”