Stonehaven Folk Festival 2016

13627220_10154290944626354_7226210765492376851_nWe had a lovely weekend in Aberdeenshire, at Stonehaven Folk Festival. Now in it’s 28th year, this well established festival hosts a variety of brilliant artists and attracts punters from all over the UK and abroad.

We arrived in town on Saturday evening, and were greeted at the town hall by Meg, who sorted us out with our artist packs. Already we were feeling the great atmosphere of the festival – the town hall was full of people waiting to get into the night time gig with Dáimh, Tannara and Ross Miller & Charlie Stewart.

13612235_10154290944501354_8338528126346980553_nWe made our way to our accommodation at the Belvedere Hotel, where there was a couple of sessions already in full swing! We weren’t performing until the following day so it was lovely to relax Saturday night with lots of music going on around us.

Sunday lunchtime we played in the marquee at market square. Unfortunately it was pouring down, but that didn’t dampen the crowds spirits as the tent was full to bursting! We were due to perform straight after a wee girl who sang, played guitar and mouth organ. She was absolutely amazing! It was a hard act to follow.

13599936_10154290944551354_6851691746559105718_nWe played three songs to an exuberant crowd, finishing off with ‘Ramblin’ Rover’ which everyone joined in with. We then headed to the community centre, where we gave some workshops; Heather for harp, Claire for singing, Tina for flute and Gráinne for composition. The two hour workshops flew by, and we all really enjoyed them.

That night we were playing at the concert in the town hall, along with Dallahan and Blazin’ Fiddles. Dallahan were up first and played an absolute stormer! The venue was rather warm so there were some very sweaty boys backstage after their gig! We were up next with a 50 minute set. It was a really lovely gig to play as the crowd were very relaxed and receptive. We enjoyed playing a few newly arranged songs (which will be on our forthcoming debut album – watch this space) along with some old favourites such as ‘Star of the Bar’ and ‘Captain Ward’.

Following us were the mighty Blazin’ Fiddles. As usual they were absolutely brilliant and it was a great finish to the evening.

Big thank you to Meg and all the festival team for having us, we had a fantastic time and look forward to visiting again!

Cheers,

Gráinne, Tina, Claire & Heather

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