Recently, the Buchan Heritage Society held its Young Entertainer of the Year for 2015. The evening showcases some of the finest talent that competes at Strichen Festival in the May of each year.
The Buchan Heritage Society was founded in 1984 by President Mr James M Duncan and has aimed to keep alive all the old and true traditions of Buchan in music, song, verse, drama and olde time dance.
Strichen Festival is held in May each year and has performances, ceilidhs and competitions for all ages in a number of categories such as Bothy Ballad, Piano, Accordion and Doric.
Following on from the festival, a Young Entertainer of the Year evening was set up in September 1999 to promote and encourage the younger generations and it has proved very successful. The aim of the
competition has its emphasis more on entertainment value than perfect performance but proficiency obviously plays a large part.
From a young age, I have enjoyed being involved with the Buchan Heritage Society and I can’t stress enough just how much work everyone on the committee puts in to keep our traditions alive.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the evenings for the past 5 years and am very sad to say a fond goodbye to my time competing in the Young Entertainer.
Have a look at this years performance here.
Check out what the Buchan Heritage Society does here.
I am looking forward to performing at NESMS Keynotes Auction Lunch at the Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeen in November.
The North East Scotland Music School is a charity and a music school situated on Huntly Street, in the city centre of Aberdeen. Last year, I was the voice scholar and received tuition which was fundamental to my development as a singer in so many ways.
I’m very excited to be back in Aberdeen performing and collaborating with singer and patron of the school Fiona Kennedy, Kenneth Petrie, Ian Leahy and Nils Elders.
Find out more at North East Scotland Music School website.
Keynotes Auction Lunch
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.
I have recently just released my first EP – The First Sangs!
The First Sangs consists of four traditional Scots songs with a modern, unique interpretation of songs which are around 200 years old and was released in on March 1st 2015.
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!