Trad Events

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s cultural heritage.

We are excited to announce an excellent bill of musicians and performers who will appear on the many stages across the Festival. Welcoming back some Festival favourites including Danny Couper, Pete Shepheard and Arthur Watson, we are also looking forward to meeting some new talent including singer Rudi Mytevik from Norway, whose grandmother Kathleen hails from Portsoy.

Junior Gig at the Green, Friday 24th June, 4.30pm (Free Entry)
Bothy Ballads Project lead by Bothy Ballads first female winner Championship of Champions, Shona Donaldson

Gig at the Green, Friday 24th June, 7.30pm – 11pm (Doors open at 7pm)

Tickets / pay at the door, adults £10, children £5. Discounted online tickets available now
A change to the format of the Friday night music event will see the introduction of ‘Gig at the Green’. The gig will take a table/cabaret style seating format with a real ale bar. The event will be hosted by MC – Ron Gardiner and will showcase a host of musical contributions including:

Amy Baillie – young Scottish singer/songwriter who has supported Donnie Munro and Skerryvore

Paul Anderson – the finest Scots fiddler of his generation

Shona Donaldson – originally from Huntly, Shona is the first female winner in 34 years of Bothy Ballads Championship of Champions.

Graham Brown Band – Scottish Celtic Rock Band with a very unique sound, a mixture of Scottish rock/folk flavour of music fusing with traditional bagpipes and accordion.

Gig at the Green will be followed by a Late Night Traditional Music Session led by Danny Couper and Arthur Watson from 11pm (Free Entry)

De Kinkels will once again rock the Wally Green Marquee on Saturday 25th June, from 9pm (Over 18s only, ID will be required. Doors open at 8.30pm). Tickets on sale now, £10 each.

An Open Mic Folk Night will take place at Portsoy Bowling Club, hosted by Danny Couper, featuring an extended set from Norman Kennedy. Tickets £7 or £5 with weekend ticket or Bowling Club membership available at the door.

We have a plethora of talent lined up for the many stages across the Festival, including:

The lovely voice of Jenny Sturgeon & Old Blind Dogs singer Jonny HardieMercenary Fiddler, singer/songwriter Elsa McTaggart accompanied by Gary Lister, our very own Aberdeenshire lass Iona Fyfe with her band and Kinloss Military Wives Choir.

We look forward to welcoming, from Norway, Rudi Myntevik, whose grandmother hailed from Portsoy. He will be telling us her very interesting story supported by music he has written and dedicated to his grandmother, Kathleen.

Folk at the Bothy will entertain on both days from their home stage outside the Salmon Bothy.

An audience with Aberdonian Norman Kennedy, weaver, spinner, knitter and carrier of traditional songs.

Dr Fred Freeman, Graduate of Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, will give a talk on Scots language, telling the story of the languages that have influenced it from the Vikings to the French, accompanied by music.

Herring fishing comes to the Salmon Bothy! What better place to re-launch a book about fishing and its people than at the Boat Festival? In the centenary year of The Deveron Press, we celebrate the re-publication of James Leatham’s ‘Fisherfolk of the North East’, a book about the life and times of the herring fishers of the North East.Cally Wight of The Deveron Press will give a talk and read from the book. Pete Shepheard and Arthur Watson will accompany the talk with traditional songs of the sea.

Elsa McTaggart, accompanied by Gary Lister, will showcase their new show “Lassie will you go”, a nice laid back parody with a Scottish theme.

We are building up a great programme for the Youth Stage at Loch Soy, but still have some spaces available, so any acts wishing to apply to play should email [email protected] (for Saturday schedule) or [email protected] (for Sunday schedule).