June 24, 2012
Hi Folks - a quick plug to promote the Stonehaven Folk Festival
The Festival runs from the 5th-8th July. Plenty of SC&T input with most of the Friday night Concert Ceilidh being a showcase of the talents of SC&T tutors, in fact I've just realised that apart from Barbara Dymock herself, everyone else is a past or present tutor at SC&T.
Saturday night showcases the North East Folk Collective directed by Sharron Hassan supporting Thalla, Brian McNeill and the Old Blind Dogs. Sunday night we have the BBC Young Tradition Musician of the year Rona Wilkie with Marit Falt plus the Paul McKenna Band and the Fred Morrison Trio.
There will also be many sessions around the town, some led by Festival artist, plus the Saturday SC&T slow session with Sandy Tweddle. We also have a range of workshops - learning new tunes with Brian McNeill on Fiddle, Scottish Finger Style Guitar with John Carnie, Irish Song with Len Graham and on Sunday, Appalachian Fiddle with Rona Wilkie, Guitar Accompaniment with Matheu Watson, Bodhran with Martin O'Neil and Small pipes and Whistle with Fred Morrison. Plus - the Steenhive Big Sing a two day singing workshop led by Christine Kydd. Two open air (weather permitting) concerts on Saturday at the Plainstones on Saturday and the Putting Green on Sunday, part of the Cowie Family Fringe.
Singers are well represented with the Saturday afternoon singaround led by Danny Couper and Arthur Watson, the Late night SIngers Club hosted by Bob Sharp, the tradition Bearers concert on SUnday afternoon followed by the Chorus Cup competition at the Belvedere.
And for the lighter side of things - there is the World Papr'n'Comb Championships on Saturday afternoon, this year with a 60's theme (the 1960's), and the wonderful Aqua Ceilidh on Sunday morning dancing the North east Folk Collective Ceilidh Big Band.
Something for everyone, we hope :o) all details and more from www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
Stonehaven Folk Festival
Charlie West -
Hi folks - check out the Festival web site for details of workshops and sessions, hope to see you all there, cheers
June 12 - Return from FestiRibe
30 musicians and dancers from SC&T made the return visit to Ribe for a long weekend in early June. Along with the RIBE DANSE- og SPILLEMANDSLAUG, they played outdoors in Ribe town centre and on the island of Rømø (and some on Føne) and at the Viking Centre.
FestiRibe was on the Saturday with the morning's playing in the town centre, workshops with tunes and dance in the afternoon followed by dinner and a ceilidh with both Danish and Scottish musicians providing the music for the dancing.
Everyone was looked after well by the Danish hosts and there was even time to visit the town (the oldest in Denmark) and the islands of the Wadden Sea close by.
A big thank you to all the hosts and to David (ex-SC&T now living in Denmark) who made the connections for us, to Sharon who led the music and Hector who made the arrangements. And thanks to everyone who participated.