Music 2019-06-18T23:55:18+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

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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

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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
Dubby Beats is Donald Sandilands, mandolin; Niall Watt, guitar; Lee Radford, cajon; and Alistair Gibbon, bass; teaming up with Marie Noble, vocals for the Festival.  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.

Based in Aberdeen, Ruach play original and contemporary Scottish traditional music, with vibrant and energetic arrangements.  Craig Dyke, mandolin and mandola; Finn O’Neill, banjo, guitar and vocals; and Euan Reid, accordion.

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.

Formed in Huntly by Hannah McGinlay and Hugh Johnstone in response to a community choir project run by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  They have over 80 members, some of whom will join us at the Festival to perform.

The Aurora Girls
Caitlin MacDonald, Hannah McGinlay, Andrea Ingram and Louise Morrison.  This fab four spontaneously became The Aurora Girls in 2018 in response to a call for performers to take part in the International Project funded by LEADER which saw performers travel to Estonia and Latvia.

Bourach Ceilidh Band / Cait and Annie Lennox
The talented Lennox girls will be joined by friends for the open air family ceilidh at Loch Soy on Saturday evening from 7pm. They have a love of traditional songs and arranging them in a contemporary way.

Aberdeen based all-female dance display team performing Rapper Sword, Scottish & Percussive Step Dance and Highland Dance. They will be leading the way at the Loch Soy ceilidh on Saturday evening at 7pm.

Scottish Culture & Traditions Youth Collective
An exciting project in its second year involving young Trad musicians from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Performing a selection of vocal and instrumental folk music.

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 recorded 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.

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.

Nicole D
Talented young singer from Aberdeen, 11 year old Nicole will delight with her lovely voice.

Portsoy Pipe Band
Formed in 2013, the band cntinues to go from strength to strength. Performing throughout the Festival including at the Opening Ceremony and with the Vikings in the Parades at 2pm and 7.30pm on Saturday.

Anne McArthur Highland 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.

JJ Dancers
Based in Cullen. The dancers will perform a host of routines including ballet, tap, modern stage, ballroom and Latin.

Get involved and take part!


Guitar Workshop with Dave Gibb – Upstairs at the Bothy, 10.00 – 11.00
All abilities welcome to come along.

Build-a-Band! – Upstairs at the Bothy, 11.10 – 12.35
Come along with your instrument, whatever stage you are at with your playing ability and we will find a part for you to play. Singers too are welcome. Open to young people and adults. This is also a great opportunity to come along and do something together with your kids and if we are up for it maybe do a wee performance later at the Festival!

Christine Kidd Singing Session – Upstairs at the Bothy,  12.45 – 14.15
Come along and sing some salty and fishy songs with Christine Kydd. A well-known award-winning singer and recording artiste, she was recently entered into the Scottish Traditional Hall of Fame.

Beginners Ukulele Workshop – Scout Hut, Loch Soy, 13.30 – 15.00 
All you need to know to get you started playing your favourite tunes. To book the ukulele workshops please contact: irenewatt.harpist@gmail.com


Find Your Voice Harmony Singing – Scout Hut, Loch Soy, 10.30 – 11.30
A wonderfully uplifting workshop for singers. Come along and join to become a singing group for an eclectic mix of song and fun. To book this workshop please contact: irenewatt.harpist@gmail.com

Guitar Workshop with Dave Gibb – Upstairs at the Bothy,  11.45 – 12.50
All abilities welcome to come along.

Fingerpicking Ukulele Workshop – Scout Hut, Loch Soy, 11.45 – 12.30 
All wwelcome. To book the ukulele workshops please contact: irenewatt.harpist@gmail.com

Harp Ensemble Workshop – Scout Hut, Loch Soy, 12.40 – 14.00
A mixed ability class there will be some harps for absolute beginners or bring your own harp. Tutor Irene Watt will teach beginners how to play a simple tune. To book this workshop please contact: irenewatt.harpist@gmail.com