Festival Programme 2017

Please see below for details of last years programme. Details of our 2018 festival will be posted as soon as we have them. We look forward to seeing you in August. (Please note our new festival dates. This year we will be 10-12 August. Our format will remain the same, only the month has changed.)

See below for details, or download the PDF version: FTMF Programme 2017.

N.B. If you’d like to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a place then you will be able to use our tickets form to contact us and we’ll reply with details of how to pay for tickets.

Friday 23rd June

Ceilidh Dance with The Colin Dewar Trio and festival guests (8.00pm – 11.30pm)

Falkland Community Hall, £10 (£8), children under 16 free    Raffle, BYOB, Bottle Slide

Our festival always opens with a ceilidh dance on the Friday night in the Community Hall and our band this year will be The Colin Dewar Trio. Dust off your dancing shoes and come along for some great music.

The Ceilidh Dance will also feature solo spots from our festival guests; Carol Anderson, Carole & Alan Prior, Geordie Murison and Cathal McConnell. Now that is going to be a real traditional ceilidh!

This year we are introducing a new event at the interval; The Bottle Slide. Bring along your £1 coins and try your luck sliding them across the floor for your chance to win a bottle of whisky!

Friday Night Ceilidh Dance (Photo ©Sean Purser)
Friday Night Ceilidh Dance (Photo ©Sean Purser)

Saturday 24th June – Falkland Day of Music

Accordion Workshop with Colin Dewar (10.30am – 12 noon)

Falkland Community Hall, £5

An excellent opportunity to learn from a fantastic accordion player. The workshop is open to players of all abilities.

In Conversation with Cathal McConnell (10.30am – 12 noon)

Falkland Parish Church, £5

Jimmy Hutchison will introduce Cathal McConnell and then we will take it from there! Expect a mixture of tunes, songs and stories from one of Irelands greatest musicians and finest singers.

Singing Competitions (1pm – 5pm)

Falkland Parish Church, Competitors £3Spectators free

Instrumental Competitions (1pm – 5pm)

Falkland Community Hall, Competitors £3 per solo, £3 per person per Instrumental Pair and Ceilidh Band

Competitions for Fiddle, Accordion, Instrumental Pairs and Ceilidh Band. (For categories and rules, see Competitions)

N.B. Entries can only be made on Saturday morning at the Festival Office up to 30 minutes before the indicated starting time so please arrive in plenty time to register.

Competition winners will be invited to take part in the Saturday evening concert, a great chance to perform your winning song or tune in front of an appreciative audience.

Traditional Concert (7pm – 9.30pm)

Falkland Community Hall, £10 (£8), children under 16 free    Raffle, BYOB

The Saturday evening concert will feature our Festival guests; Carol Anderson, Carole & Alan Prior, Cathal McConnell and Geordie Murison. Joining them will also be this years singing and instrumental competition Prize-winners.

Jimmy Hutchison & Hector Riddell (Photo ©Sean Purser)
Jimmy Hutchison & Hector Riddell (Photo ©Sean Purser)

Sunday 25th June

Masterclass for Fiddle with Carol Anderson (10.30am – 12 noon)

(Sponsored by Falkland Community Development Trust)

Falkland Community Hall, £5  Limited to 15 participants, observers welcome

Carol Anderson is a very fine fiddle player, having learned from the expert bow of Aonghas Grant, the left-handed fiddler.  In this Masterclass, Carol will share tips and techniques and tunes. Participants of the Masterclass are invited to stay on and perform with Carol one of the pieces learned in the Farewell Concert.

Farewell Concert (2.30pm – 5pm)

Falkland Community Hall, £8, children under 16 free

A relaxing afternoon concert with our festival guests, a performance from our Fiddle Masterclass, and the Fife Strathspey and Reel Society. Another chance to hear our fantastic guests and to bring the weekend to a close. Come and join us!

Paul Anderson (Photo ©Sean Purser)
Paul Anderson (Photo ©Sean Purser)


Sessions are essential to any good festival! We welcome all musicians and singers to come and join in the sessions around Falkland. The Bruce are happy for sessions all day in the front bar and through the back in the evening from 9pm Friday and Saturday. If weather is good, we also hope to have sessions in the beer garden at the back of the Bruce. Impromptu sessions sometimes take place outside if the weather is good!

We have a new session venue! Falkland Library has re-opened as a library and community venue and will be home to a session on Saturday (and possibly Sunday afternoon as well).

Sessions are as follows:

Friday      – Session in The Bruce from 9pm, hosted by Doris Rougvie.

Saturday – Instrumental session in The Bruce (front bar) and Beer Garden from noon onwards with Cathal McConnell.

– Singing session in Falkland Community Library from 2pm, hosted by Carole & Alan Prior

– Session in The Bruce from 9pm, hosted by Doris Rougvie and Hugh Hoffman.

Sunday – Instrumental session in The Bruce (front bar) and Beer Garden from 12.30pm onwards

Session at The Bruce Inn (Photo ©Sean Purser)

Session at The Bruce Inn (Photo ©Sean Purser)

Pubs/ Restaurants/ Camping

Falkland has some great facilities with suitable venues and halls, three excellent licensed premises, restaurants and cafes and a bakers.

We do have our own dedicated campsite this year, courtesy of Falkland Football Club, which is suitable for tents, caravans and campervans. Portaloos will be provided and there will be a water tap but at present there are no shower facilities. We believe a good campsite plays an important part in any festival and we hope to establish this for years to come.

There is also limited camping at nearby Pillars of Hercules – a short walk through the Falkland Estate woods – which has toilets and a shower block. Booking is made directly with them.


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