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.
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!
Been very busy the past couple of weeks – some brilliant sessions and gigs!
First off, the Aberdeen Folk Showcase at Exodus was a lovely afternoon full of local talent such as Bob Knight!
Pipes in the Park was a rainy albeit brilliant day last Saturday in Huntly, mass pipe bands, North Sea Gas and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers! Aurora Choir got a slot on the main stage which was brilliant to sing at… But the next day, I had to be in Glasgow for the screening of “Where You’re Meant to Me” – a musical road trip featuring Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), James Graham (The Twilight Sad) Jenny Reeve (Body Parts) along with other singers and musicians! Held at the Barrowlands and screened some scenes from the film, sung a song! But had to dash home from Glasgow to get back to Huntly!
Kirriemuir Festival was a big highlight- one of the last TMSA festivals of the year, a splendid display of talent at the competitions and even managed to gain a first in… Diddling, a second in Doric and a second at whistle! 2 disciplines in which I’ve never done before- so that was a real surprise!
It just goes to show, there is no end to what you can learn!
resting up today after a lovely day in Glasgow yesterday guesting on Alan Grants show on Celtic Music Radio from 6-8. Unfortunately Alan had to travel south so fortunately Paul McCluskey stepped in and presented! Had a speak about influences, why we should keep traditional music alive, and some lovely wee stories behind the songs I sung! The show can be found on catchup for 30 days on Alan Grants profile show at http://www.celticmusicradio.net