Folk Festival line-up unveiled

Brian Doyle took this picture of last years Folk Festival in Stonehaven Town Hall
Brian Doyle took this picture of last years Folk Festival in Stonehaven Town Hall

Main stage acts for this year’s Stonehaven Folk Festival have been unveiled.

Guests at this year’s festival, which runs from July 7 to 10, will include a mix of well known artists and some of the best new or up-and
-coming acts.

Headliners are Saltfishforty from Orkney, Daimh from the West Coast and Blazing Fiddles featuring their new line-up from across Scotland.

This will be the first festival appearance for Daimh and will feature a wonderful blend of Scots and Gaelic songs as well as some fine Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton tunes.

Artist co-ordinator Isla Duncan said: “We had lots of positive feedback from our early publicity at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and we are delighted to be able to add some newcomers to the festival – Top Floor Taivers, Tannara, The Scott Wood Band and Ross Miller & Charlie Stewart. They may not be household names yet but definitely the future of Scots music is safe in their hands”.

Beside the main concerts, the festival will also be organising a series of workshops over the weekend featuring many of the artists playing at the festival.

The event got a welcome boost from the 
Meikle Carew Wind Farm Community Fund with a grant of £295 towards the cost 
of organising the workshops.

Festival chairman Charlie West said: “Fundraising is always a challenge so the help from the Community Fund is most welcome. We get no direct support from the council or other similar bodies and each year we effectively start from scratch and look for community support as well as other funding bodies. We are currently short by about £2,000 but confident we will achieve our target”.

The festival AGM will be held on the March 17 in the Belvedere Hotel at 7.30pm where the committee will be happy to discuss their plans for 2016 and beyond.