Media release: 39th Kirriemuir festival of music and song is back this weekend!

TMSA Kirriemuir Festival Session - photo by F Campbell

THE Kirriemuir Festival is back LIVE on 2-4 September for its 39th weekend of free and ticketed ceilidhs, concerts, competitions, sing-arounds and sessions from the TMSA Angus branch.

Artists taking part in this year’s festival include:

  • Sheena Wellington
  • Allan Taylor
  • Jimmy Hutchison
  • Joe Aitken
  • Carol Anderson
  • Natalie Chalmers
  • Kate Badcock and Roddy Johnston
  • Scott Carnegie and Sandy Mathers
  • Forfar Instrumental Band
  • Angus Folk
  • Ailis and Alec Sutherland
  • Skirdechal

The ‘Kirrie’ festival kicks off with the opening concert on Friday evening 8pm, featuring headliners such as Jimmy Hutchison, Joe Aitken, Natalie Chalmers and Sheena Wellington – followed by a late-night session.

On Saturday, there are competitions covering instrumental and singing and the Forfar Instrumental Band plus sessions and sing-arounds in various venues (including shops!) in the afternoon.

There’s no Prizewinners’ Concert this year, but you can catch some of the winners who will stay on to perform at one of the two Saturday night concerts along with the featured artists. The evening continues with the Singaround at the Masonic Hall which includes the infamous Chorus Cup from 11pm.

The Sunday offerings have a Kirk Service at 11:15am; a festival talk from the trad singing great, Jimmy Hutchison, about his music and his life, followed by free sessions and a ticketed Club Concert, with a ‘wheen of quality songs and tunes from audience members’ 2pm – 5pm. The Closing Concert Ceilidh features surviving guests and others from 8pm with free admission – though there is a raffle!

More details can be found at festival website:; or contact:

Patrick Newman tel: 01575 540 261 or email: Tickets are available from and can be bought or reserved from: Geordie Rennie: 07938 246859; or by emailing: .

Notes to editors:

For further information please contact: Patrick Newman tel: 01575 540 261 Email:

Photo details: TMSA Kirriemuir Festival sessions have taken place in various venues over the years! Photographer: Fiona Campbell.

  1. The Kirriemuir ‘Kirrie’ Festival is organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) Angus Branch) with the help of Joseph Aitken and Sons, Kerymor Tavern, Trad Music Forum, anonymous donations and the TMSA.
  2. The Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) of Scotland, set up in 1966, is a membership organisation whose core aim is to foster and promote Scotland’s unique musical traditions. The TMSA encourages both widespread popular participation and individual artistic excellence. Its branches provide opportunities for universal participation by running festivals, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops and competitions. The branches sustain the specific cultural traditions of their area, as well as those of Scotland generally as grassroots participation in traditional music and song involving all parts of the traditional community is fundamental to the continued authentic voice of professional performers and to the very cultural identity of Scotland itself. National work includes running the annual TMSA Young Trad Tour Project bringing together the winner and finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award. It also creates an annual hard copy traditional music event calendar supported by website listings. More details at

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