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 29th June Gig at the Green – Dougie MacLean supported by Elsa Jean McTaggart. 8pm – 11pm. Followed by Late Night Music Session. Tickets £20.
“Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!
Saturday 30th June 2018, 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.
Plus 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!
Internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’ and music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’, Dougie has developed a unique blend of lyrical ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. Hear Dougie in concert at the Friday Night Gig at the Green. Tickets £20, available in advance. https://www.dougiemaclean.com/
Highly acclaimed folk group and shanty singers, they have appeared at festivals all over Europe and the UK and have featured on several TV shows. www.kimbersmen.com
Dutch Band the De Kinkels are Festival favourites with their fantastic mix of sax, piano, guitars, drums and of course fine tunes. https://www.facebook.com/kinkels/
A 5-piece folk Scottish rock band who take their variety of musical backgrounds and influences from rock and blues to world class pipe bands and mix them with the instruments and storytelling traditions of Scottish music. https://www.journeynorth.net/
The Strathspey Fiddlers
A performing group of talented young instrumentalists, singers and dancers from across East Moray and West Aberdeenshire, who have played across the UK and abroad.
Elsa Jean McTaggart accompanied by Gary Lister
We welcome back 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. http://music-info.elsa-jean-mctaggart.com
Talented local band Fisher Folk, who recently produced their CD ‘Fisher Folk Final Fling – The Silver Anniversary’
Portsoy Pipe Band
Formed in 2013 and going from strength to strength we are delighted to welcome our local Pipe Band. Rehearsals at Institute Hall in Portsoy on Mondays, 7.30pm-9pm. New recruits welcome.
Cait, Annie and Jill Lennox sing, play fiddle, clarsach and dance. They have a love of the traditional music and songs of Scotland and enjoy arranging them in a contemporary way incorporating harmonies.
Pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments. A multi-instrumentalist who plays cittern, mandolin and banjo and sings with one of the best voices. www.steve-turner.co.uk
Local Cullen quines Charlotte and Chloe Hay, an entertaining duo who perform their own original compositions.
Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band
Formed in 2017, the band comprises of pipers and drummers of primary and secondary school age. The band is available to play at events, contact via Facebook ‘Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band’.
A fantastic entertainer who covers contemporary/traditional material as well as his own self-penned material, including songs written from Scottish and English history.
Award winning 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.
Arthur Coates, Douglas Barber, Duncan Ritchie and Patrick Gray play their own exciting arrangements and compositions of Scottish traditional music influenced by Quebecois, World and Cape Breton folk music.
Play an eclectic mix of their own homegrown folk songs, along with favourites across the genres.
Paulina and The Toon Loons
The band comprises of Paulina Honig, George Clark, John Rennie, Rod Summers, Nic Whitehouse, Jim Paterson, as well as Alan and Guy Burgess when available! Paulina composed The Sail Loft Waltz which was recorded by Graham Legge earlier this year. Listen out for their 25th Festival tribute song.
A talented young musician who regularly performs at local folk sessions.
A fine musician and singer who is a veteran of many festivals, Danny will be hosting the late night music session at the Wally Green on Friday and the Open Mic event at the Bowling Club on Saturday evening.
Bourach Ceilidh Band/ Cait and Annie Lennox
The fantastically talented Lennox girls who are joined by Euan Reid, Molly Nolam and Calum McIlory for Bourach. They have a love of the 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 Saturday night ceilidh.
Scottish Culture & Traditions Youth Collective
An exciting new project involving young Trad musicians in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Their performance will include a selection of vocal and instrumental folk music.
Anne McArthur Dancers
Anne’s dancers will don their outfits and take to the stage to perform at the Festival, an event which they hold a special place in their hearts.
J J Dancers
Based in Cullen, JJ Dancers perform a host of dancing routines including ballet, tap, modern stage, ballroom and latin. Dance and exercise classes and private tuition available, contact Miss Jennie.
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 competitions in the UK and Europe. Open to all aged 7 and over, meet in Portsoy Town Hall on Fridays 3.45pm-6.30pm.