Guest Musicians & Singers
*Please see below for details of our 2017 festival guests. We will post details of our 2018 guests once we have them.*
Our guests for this year have now been confirmed and we are delighted to have another exciting mix of fantastic singers and musicians at our festival. Accordion maestro Colin Dewar will be opening the festival on Friday night with the Ceilidh Dance and will be hosting a workshop and adjudicating the instrumental competitions on Saturday. We have the fantastic fiddler, Carol Anderson, joining us as a guest, leading the Sunday Fiddle Masterclass and adjudicating the instrumental competitions alongside Colin Dewar. Renowned Irish musician and singer Cathal McConnell will be with us for the weekend, taking part in concerts and sessions and there will also be a chance to hear Cathal talk, sing or play or whatever he chooses at our Saturday morning ‘talk’ where he will be joined by Jimmy Hutchison. And there’s more! We are very much looking forward to welcoming Carole and Alan Prior to our festival, both very fine singers, and in Carole’s case, a very fine songwriter as well. Unfortunately Allan Taylor, winner of last years Bothy Ballad competition, will not be able to join us this year as a guest and adjudicator. We are grateful to Geordie Murison for stepping in at short notice to take Allan’s place. Last but in no way least, we are delighted to be joined by members of the Fife Strathspey and Reel Society at our Sunday Farewell Concert. This years ceilidh will be dedicated to the memory of local singer Ron Bissett, a great singer and supporter of traditional music and a stalwart of our festival.
Throughout the weekend, our guests will be performing at the concerts as well as taking workshops and adjudicating competitions so there will be plenty of chances to see them over the three days.
Colin is a fine accordionist based in Kirkcaldy. He is much in demand either as a solo performer or with his band and he is renowned for his strict tempo Scottish Country Dance Music. Colin and his trio will be in charge of the Friday ceilidh dance. On Saturday, Colin will lead an accordion workshop as well as adjudicate the instrumental competitions. We are delighted to have him with us and it will be a great opportunity to hear Colin play as well as learn from his expertise; a must for any accordion player!
Colin is returning for a second time and we’re delighted to welcome Colin once again to our festival.
Carol is a fantastic fiddler from the NorthEast of Scotland, now living in London. Carol learned under the expert bow of Aonghas Grant, the lefthanded fiddler and previous festival guest, and will play throughout the weekend, adjudicate the instrumental competitions with Colin Dewar and lead the Fiddle Masterclass.
Cathal is a world-revered musician and singer, and a legend in his own life-time. From the heady days of the Boys of the Lough, to his own solo career, he is held in high regard by all who have met him. There will be a great chance to hear him in person ‘In Conversation with Cathal McConnell’ on Saturday morning. Cathal joins us for the weekend.
Carole & Alan Prior
Carole and Alan are both great singers and we are delighted to have them with us for the weekend. Carole is also a fine guitarist, has written many excellent songs and put her own music to poetry, perhaps her best known is Violet Jacob’s ‘Baltic Street’.
Allan is from Alford and will be singing throughout the weekend as well as adjudicating the Bothy Ballad competition. We are delighted to welcome him to our festival as a guest.
Fife Strathspey and Reel Society
Last but by no means least, Fife Strathspey and Reel Society will join us on the Sunday afternoon as part of our Farewell Concert with a fine selection of tunes. We look forward to welcoming them.