AUCHTERMUCHTY will be playing host to some of Scotland’s favourite entertainers this weekend when they take part in the town’s famous festival.
The Bainbridges, Neil Paterson, Fiona Hunter and Càirdeas are among the guest performers appearing over the traditional music weekend, which this year boasts a packed programme of concerts, ceilidhs and competitions in disciplines ranging from diddling to spoken Scots.
This is the 31st year of the festival and as always the second weekend is devoted entirely to traditional music events.
Run in conjunction with the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland, it begins tonight (Friday) with a concert featuring Càirdeas and singer Alistair Ogilvy, among others, as well as a choice of other gigs in pubs and halls throughout the town, including a ceilidh in the company of the Gary Sutherland Band.
Almost every venue in ‘Muchty will be pressed into service tomorrow, with a full day of competitions, instrumental and singing sessions, the ‘Sook-and-Blaw’ mouth organ workshop, prize-winners’ concert and the now-traditional Citty’s Concert, run in memory of festival stalwart Citty Finlayson.
Among those taking part are The Bainbridges, Jock Duncan, Heather and Pete Heywood and Alistair Ogilvy.
Also on offer tomorrow night is a ceilidh dance with the Mhairi Coutts Band and a traditional ceilidh with the Orwell Ceilidh Band.
One of the highlights of the competitive events is the songwriting competition for the John watt Cup, which was introduced last year to celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary and to honour John Watt’s contribution to traditional music.
The town will take on a mellower vibe on Sunday, with festival guests in reflective mood as they pay homage to some of Scotland’s finest folk singers in words, songs and pictures.
Aberdeenshire farm worker Jock Duncan, revered as a singer of ‘muckle sangs and bothy ballads’, will also be sharing some ‘Tales from the Farmyard Gate’, while storytellers Jess Smith and Sheila Kinninmonth enjoy a ‘Tannochbrae Blether.’
The weekend draws to a close with a grand open air dance at The Cross followed by a farewell sinagaround by all the festival guests.
Details of all the events and information about the performers can be found at www.auchtermuchty-festival.org.uk
Càirdeas have performed at Scottish events worldwide and will be among the guests at ‘Muchty’s traditional music weekend.