Music 2019-05-09T14:29:35+00:00

Each year we bring together an excellent bill of musicians and performers who appear on the many stages across the Festival, delighting the crowds with their rhythmic songs and dance.  Find a summary of events and performers below, see Festival programme for full details.

Friday Night Gig at the Green – Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes, supported by The Shetland Fiddlers’ Society, 8pm

Friday 21st June,  Gig at the Green, Wally Green Marquee

Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes have been friends since they were teenagers, singing and playing in venues around Scotland. As separate acts they often found themselves performing alongside each other (and other musical luminaries) creating a lifetime bond. Subsequently, they have ‘occasionally’ performed live, sang on each other’s records and remained friends for well over 40 years. Together they play a wonderful blend of folk songs, classic pop influences and self written favourites.

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Saturday Night Gig at the Green – De Kinkels

Saturday 22nd June 2019, De Kinkels, Wally Green Marquee, Portsoy.  9pm – 1am.  Tickets £12 in advance.  Over 18s only.  Licenced bar.  Dutch favourites are back to rock the stage with their renditions of popular rock and pop songs.

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Full Festival Music Programme

You’ll find music on every street and stage throughout the Festival!  By The Salmon Bothy, you’ll find the Bothy Folk Club Stage, showcasing a host of talent and don’t miss the Live @ Loch Soy, where both young and more seasoned talented performers will do their thing!

All music performances are included as part of Festival entry ticket, apart from the Friday and Saturday Night Gigs at the Green (details above).

This year we look forward to welcoming…

Shetland Fiddlers’ Society
The Shetland Fiddlers’ Society has been in existence for over 50 years. We will welcome a small representation of their group who will play a selection of traditional tunes and styles.

 Dubby Beats
Comprised of Lee Radford on Cajun drum box, accompanied by mandolin and bass guitar. They will be performing music in their own folk style and treating us to a handful of their own songs.

The Fonsecas
The Fonsecas are seasoned musicians who came together through the folk club scene in rural and Coastal NE Scotland and have now recorded a set of songs they brought together for what they assumed would be a one off set at Belladrum folk roots stage in 2016. They took to the road in 2018 and haven’t looked back.

Urang Matang
A return visit for this Scottish five-piece band which specialises in their own blend of ska and reggae. They bring the venue alive and will rock the harbour stage on Saturday afternoon.

De Kinkels
It wouldn’t be a festival without them! This Dutch band are festival favourites with their fantastic mix of sax, piano, guitars, drums and of course their tunes.

Elsa McTaggart and Gary Lister
Mercenary Fiddler, Elsa with her latest high energy foot stomping show. Elsa plays guitar, fiddle, whistle and button box and will be accompanied on keyboard by Gary Lister.

Fisher Folk
Talented local band, Fisher Folk, they have played at the festival for over 10 years and are always a great favourite.

Journey North
A 5-piece Scottish rock band who take their variety of musical backgrounds and influence from rock and blues to world class pipe bands and mix them with the instruments and storytelling traditions of Scottish music. This will be their third appearance at the festival.

Dave Gibb
A fantastic entertainer who covers contemporary traditional material as well as his won self-penned material, including songs written from Scottish and English history. Dave will also be running a guitar workshop Upstairs at the Salmon Bothy.

Christine Kydd
Awarded singer of traditional songs and ballads. She is an international traditionalist, her choice of songs rich and varied, but with a focus on the song culture of Scotland.

Cait, Annie and Jill Lennox, sing, play fiddle, clarsach and dance. They have a love of traditional music and songs of Scotland and enjoy arranging them in a contemporary way incorporating harmonies.

Fair Trickit
Local Cullen quines Charlotte and Chloe Hay who captivate the audience with their quirky renditions of their own penned songs.

Arthur Coates
A very talented young musician who has been a fiddle player since the age of 7 and was then inspired to take up the guitar. At the age of 12 he was awarded a scholarship for the Aberdeen City Music School. Arthur has just recoded his first album entitled “Focus” which will be released this summer.  He will be attending with other young musicians and playing sets on various stages around the festival.

Calum Jones
Exciting young singer songwriter from Moray. Calum enjoys creating original material encompassing many musical genres including folk, traditional and Celtic rock.

Paulina and the Toon Loons
A local band comprising Paulina Honig, George Clark, John Rennie, Rod Summers, Nic Whitehouse, Jim Paterson and Alan and Guy Burgess when available! A wealth of talent included in this band. They write their own original compositions.

Anne McArthur Dancers
Anne’s dancers will take to the stage to perform at the festival an event which holds a special place in their hearts.

Skip 2 The Beat
Formed in 2004, Skip 2 The Beat was Scotland’s first competitive skipping club and members have gone on to win many gold medals in the UK and Europe also winning at the World Championships.