International folk lined up for Stoney festival

Folk fest
Folk fest

Stonehaven’s annual Folk Festival is attracting a lot of international interest with advance ticket sales already being made across the world.

There have been sales for the festival which runs from July 11- 14, from Denmark, Norway, Germany, USA, Canada and Australia plus many more closer to home.

Festival chairman Charlie West explained that for the festival’s 25th year, they hadmade even more o f the event .

He said: “We have made the 25th Festival a bit special with a good mix of well known names and some new faces plus many fringe activities to attract people to stay for the weekend”.

In addition to the main stage concerts in the town Hall, festival favourites such as the World Paper’n’comb Championships and the Aqua Ceilidh will again take place plus a range of workshops, sessions and singarounds.

One of the most popular singarounds is held in the Royal British Legion on Saturday afternoon hosted by two of Scotland’s best singers Arthur Johnstone and Danny Couper. The Cowie Fringe on Sunday afternoon at the Recreation Club is also popular for families with a mix of Festival music and children’s activities. All the better when the sun shines. There will also be a number of hosted sessions with festival musicians and singers making sure the hotels and bars will be alive with music over the weekend. Plus the Lions Club will again be running their Bar at the Yacht Club with a host of local musicians.

The Steenhive Big Sing will again take place with two sessions one on Saturday and one on Sunday. They will be led by singer Christine Kydd and are open to all ages and abilities. Ever wanted to sing with a group of people and have some fun whilst learning some songs and harmonies - this is the place to try it. Thanks to funding from Enterprise Music Scotland and Creative Scotland many of the daytime events are free.