Stonehaven Folk Festival shapes up for a great year

As well as three evening concerts featuring headline guests to look forward to at the up-coming Stonehaven Folk Festival, plans are also well ahead for workshops and sessions, open stage and kids events, organisers say.

Among the names playing at the 23rd Folk Festival, which runs from July 8 - 10, are Session A9, Julie Fowlis, the Muckle Loons and the Wilson Family.

And in addition, the event is shaping up to have a huge range of activities on offer for music lovers of all ages.

Many local hotels and other venues will open their doors and, along with leading singers and musicians from north, south, east and west, will help build the festival atmosphere throughout the weekend.

Here are just a few of the events and venues already planned:

Kids events include two workshops with Lizzie Sharp, one for pre-school children at 1pm, followed by Songs I Learned at my Granny’s Knee at 2pm., and from 12 – 3pm, the Plainstones Open Stage will again encourage talent of all ages.

Everyone from beginners onwards is invited to the hosted Slow Session at the Belvedere Hotel on Saturday 12 – 2 pm, then - following last year’s memorable singing session at the British Legion - Danny Couper and Arthur Johnston, this time joined by Brian Miller, will lead the singing at 2pm. (Watch out for Brian’s daughter Siobhan Miller, who will feature in the evening concert in the Town Hall and at the Tradition Bearers afternoon on Sunday.)

And later - the British Legion will again be the venue for the Saturday Late Night Singers Club, this year hosted by Bob Sharp.

Sunday afternoon, and the Putting Green will welcome a mix of Festival guests, friends and visitors, with songs, instruments and harmony, solos and choruses, as well as featuring open stage spots, with this family-friendly ‘Cowie Fringe’ event ending with an impromptu ceilidh.

Then there’s the famous Chorus Cup, the Aqua Ceilidh and the World Paper n Comb Championship.

For more details of times and venues, information and tickets, see the website, or email or ‘phone 01569 765063.