Fife Traditional Singing Festival back this month

Cathal McConnell will be appearing
Cathal McConnell will be appearing
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The annual Fife Traditional Singing Festival returns to Falkland this month.

The festival, which runs from May 13 to 15, brings together traditional song enthusiasts from far and wide.

The main concert this year takes place on the Saturday evening in Falkland Community Hall.

Guests include Jim and Kate Taylor from Skene in Aberdeenshire - both with extensive repertoires of old songs and bothy ballads of the northeast; Yorkshire based Pete Coe who has been involved in the folk music scene as musician, singer, collector, dancer and teacher for the last half century; the outstanding Irish traditional singer and musician Cathal McConnell - flute player, tin whistler and singer and original member of Edinburgh based Boys of the Lough.

Dundee singer Alex Clarke makes a welcome return with his repertoire of Dundee songs and tales.

Originally from St Andrews, festival organisers welcome a fine singer and old friend Chris Hendry with musician, singer and raconteur Johnny Handle, one time member of the famed Newcastle folk band The High Lever Ranters.

The weekend’s programme of events also include singarounds, workshops and talks.

The weekend starts at 7.30pm on the Friday with a gathering in the Old Town Hall - a singaround for guests and participants followed by a Singaround/session from 10pm in The Bruce.

For full details programme details visit www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing.