Stonehaven Folk Festival plans

the 24th Stonehaven Folk Festival will take place from July 5-8 this year. As one of the major music festivals in Scotland, the line-up of artists and events for 2012 has been chosen to attract audiences from all over the country to Stonehaven over the three days for an eclectic mixture of contemporary and traditional music and song.

The main stage events will be held in the Town Hall with the customary fringe events taking place in various venues around the town. The festival committee is expecting, once again to attract large crowds.

As well as the main stage events and the Tradition Bearers Concert hosted by Geordie Murison, the favourite fringe events of Aqua Ceilidh, World Paper ‘n’ Comb Competition, Chorus Cup, Kids Concert, Plainstones and Cowie Fringe will again take place.

The festival would not be complete without the impromptu sessions going on around the town in the harbour area, town centre and the Recreation Club throughout the weekend.

Town Hall Main Stage Events are: July 6, Concert and Ceilidh featuring the Barbara Dymock Band, Sinsheen, Blyde Lasses, Kydd Wilkins and the Danse McCabre Ceilidh Band.

July 7, Old Blind Dogs, Brian McNeill, Thalla (featuring Cameron Ross).

July 8 1pm, Tradition Bearers Concert, St Bridgets Hall, featuring Sarah Jane Gibbon, Jock Duncan, Len Graham, Ann Neilson.

July 8, 7pm Fred Morrison Trio, Rona Wilkie and Marit Fält, Paul McKenna Band

Fringe Events: July 5 8.30pm Session, Upper Town Hall Hosted by Cabrach.

July 6 and 7, Festival Club Session, Recreation Club.

July 7, 12.00pm Plainstones Concert, Hosted by Kenn Clark.

12.00pm SC&T Slow Session, Belvedere Hotel Hosted by Sandy Tweddle.

4.00pm World Paper ‘n’ Comb Championship, St Bridgets Hall. Theme The Sixties. 10.30pm Late Night Singers Club, British Legion.

2.00pm The Afternoon Singaround, British Legion.

July 8, 11.00am Aqua Ceilidh, Open Air Pool Hosted by NE Folk Collective.

3.30pm Chorus Cup, Belvedere Hotel Hosted by Liz Clark and Isla Duncan.

1.00pm Cowie Family Fun Day, Putting Green.

Tickets will be on sale May 8 and can be bought from the following outlets: By Post: Hilary Cooper, 136 Forest Park, Stonehaven, enclosing SAE and cheque payable to Stonehaven Folk Festival. Mobile: 07766 581596. Email: tickets@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk

In Person from Celtic Chords, 8 Barclay Street, Stonehaven, (01569 763913).

On Line: As the Booth is no longer in business we will be posting a new online booking agent on the website www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk shortly.

New Festival event gin tasting – John Briggs’ basement By Dunottar Wines Friday April 27 8pm Tickets £10 – 07901 655270 (Meg).