25 years for Folk Festival

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Stonehaven Folk Festival is set to clebrate it’s 25th year in style with some of the biggest names in “folk” music plus some of the best rising stars.

Dougie MacLean will open the festival on Thursday, July 11, and Paul Brady will play the final concert on Sunday, July 14.

Dougie and Paul are two of the best known contemporary singer songwriters and both were well established long before the festival started.

Dougie, best known for his song Caledonia, is also a talented multi-instrumentalist and has composed for film and theatre productions. He played the first festival in 1989 and has long had a close association with Stonehaven.

This is the first time Paul Brady has played the festival and is one of only a few UK concerts this year. Paul established his career when he played with the legendary Irish group Planxty, moving on to make a solo career as a singer songwriter with an incredibly powerful stage prescence.

Among the other artist appearing are Breabach, one of the best new Scottish bands touring at the moment and Mairearad Green and Anna Massey two very talented and entertaining musicians. There will also be the usual mix of sessions, singarounds, workshops and fun things – such as the World Paper’n’Comb Championship, the Aqua Ceilidh and the Cowie Fringe.

The festival will also develop two events first held last year – the youth workshops and the Steenhive Big Sing with Christine Kydd and the Burns Quoir.

For full details of artists and events please visit the festival web site at www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk. Tickets are now on sale in person from Celtic Chords in Barclay Street or via the Town Hall web site.