Media Release: Singing tops opening night of 40th traditional music festival


THE Keith Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) Festival is rapidly approaching and organisers have begun revealing the various events which will be happening over the weekend.

Says a spokesperson: ‘Singing has always been a huge part of Keith Festival over the past 40 years and this year is no different.

“The organising committee have billed one of the events on the opening Friday night as a Bothy Ballads and Other Songs concert (sponsored by Shears and Barbara Anderson Fiddle School).

“The concert, being held in the Plough Inn lounge will be opened with some music; however, the rest of the event will be full of singing.

“Among the singers performing will be former Bothy Ballad champions, Joe Aitken and Geordie Murison, as well as other traditional singers such as Doris Rougive and Scott Gardiner.

“One of the new acts appearing at Keith this year is Robyn Stapleton who won the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition in 2014.”

The spokesperson adds: “Robyn performs the traditional songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language.

“She is described as having one of the finest voices in Scottish music, with a uniquely pure tone, wonderful control and an empathy and sensitivity for traditional songs.

“She has performed as part of the Commonwealth Games and at the BBC Proms in the Park.”

Other events on the Friday includes the Opening Ceilidh in the Bowling Club (sponsored by Alex Grant & Co. and Clydesdale bank) which will include performances by local youngsters as well as festival guests.

The very popular Old Time Dance will also be held in the Legion (sponsored by Cramond Insurance Life & Pensions and Keith Tesco) with music provided by the Graeme Mitchell Scottish Dance Band.

Commenting on the opening night, festival chair, Kathleen Anderson, said:

“Singing has been such a massive part of Keith Festival over the past 40 years that, as a committee, we are keen to ensure that it remains so.

“We are very excited for the Bothy Ballad and Other Songs concert. We have such an array of fantastic singers coming once again this year and this concert will be a great exhibition of traditional Scots songs and bothy ballads.

“This is a very special year in the history of Keith Festival and we hope that folk will come along and help us celebrate this momentous milestone.’

The 40th Keith TMSA Festival runs from Friday 12th June to Sunday 14th June in various venues throughout the town.

Tickets are from Mither Tongue, Mid Street, Keith and also from Sandy McCombie on 01542 882638.

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Editors Note: Attached is a photo of Robyn Stapleton

Contact: Gary Coull – Press Officer – Tel: 07834 690410

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