Just back from a wonderful weekend at Portsoy Folk Festival 6th Haal. The guests were absolutely outstanding – Emily Smith and her band along with festival favourites Joe Aitken, Geordie Murison, Jim Taylor, the Mabel Duncan Trio, Arthur Johnstone and many others.
On the 23rd to the 25th of January, I had the pleasure of attending the Radio 2 Young Folk Award weekend, along with 9 brilliant acts. The Weekend included workshops, talks and a concert on the Saturday Night, presented by Mark Radcliffe. We were all given brilliant advice on the music industry and the concert really brought together and showcased the wealth of talent among the group. Folk Music is very much in the good hands of the younger generation!
Well done to the deserving four nominees which were: Cup o’ Joe, Wildwood Kin, Talisk and Roseanne Reid!
Back on the 12th of November, the Gordon Schools of Huntly had it’s annual Scots Night as part of the schools 175th Aniversary Celebrations – a resounding success with many musicians, dancers and the Huntly and District Junior Pipe Band as well as special guest Fiona Kennedy!
Fiona came into the school and worked with some pupils to create a collaboration to perform on the night as well as some of her own songs and it was just lovely!
The night was a success and the turn out was brilliant – although we had a tremendously long first act. Ciara Ennis sung a beautiful rendition of Ae Fond Kiss and the Gordon Schools very own Traditional Band took to the stage for their first performance since they got together!