Top Folk Band confirmed for Stonehaven’s Hogmanay party

This was my view of the stage for the majority of the night
This was my view of the stage for the majority of the night

THE organisers of Stonehaven’s Hogmanay music festival have signed a top Scots folk band to take part in the popular event - complete with a dazzling light show.

Playing at Open Air In The Square will be The Peatbog Faeries, one of Scotland’s best-known names in contemporary folk music. The Isle of Skye band are Peter Morrison (pipes & whistles); Ross Couper (fiddles); Tom Salter (guitars); Graeme Stafford (keyboards); Innes Hutton (bass & percussion) and Stu Haikney (drums).

In 2012 they were a nominee for “Best Live Act” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having already twice won “Live Act of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

They’ve taken their own individual brand of Scottish tunes to audiences around the world, from European Festivals, to Asia, Africa, America, Canada and Australia. The largely-instrumental Celtic fusion band’s music embodies many styles and influences, including folk, electronica, rock and jazz - but their main influence is traditional Celtic music. The band’s unique sound is created through a mix of programmed effects and traditional Celtic arrangements.

A band spokesman said: “For 2014 we will be presenting a new and exciting light and laser show that will bring yet another dimension to the unique Peatbog performance. Catch this and be amazed!”

One recent review said: “Nothing in the recognisable front line of bagpipes, fiddles, synthesiser, bass and rhythm guitar, with a straight drum kit at the back, prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries! “

Meanwhile the OAITS committee members are still in negotiation over other top acts to follow in the footsteps of Scots rock legends Simple Minds who played last year in Stonehaven Market Square.

Open Air In The Square committee chairman David Lawman said: “Once more we are commited to bringing top acts to Stonehaven - again with a major Scottish element in the Peatbog Faeries - for the biggest Hogmanay party in the North-east. Watch out for more news of acts.”

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