A NEW traditional music festival has joined the calendar of events in Fife.
Taking place on the last weekend of June, the new Falkland Traditional Music Festival has a varied programme of events, including a ceilidh dance, talks, workshops, music and song competitions and evening concert.
Guests include the Foundry Band, Lomond Ceilidh Band, bothy ballad Champion – Joe Aitken, Dunfermline singer – Aileen Carr, Gemma Donald from Shetland, folk song collector – Peter Shepheard, Lesley Thompson, Neil Paterson and Sheila Kinninmonth.
Taking place 28-29 June, the Festival opens on Friday night with a Ceilidh Dance in the Village Hall. On Saturday, the Falkland Day of Music starts in the morning with music and storytelling workshops and a talk on old songs and bothy ballads from Fife and Tayside, with further afternoon sessions for younger children.
Traditional music and song competitions, open to all musicians and singers, take place throughout the afternoon, organised by the new TMSA Fife Branch and local traditional music enthusiasts in partnership with the Festival. Music sessions are also expected in local pubs – the Bruce Inn and Lomond Tavern.
Special guests appearing at the Saturday evening concert include the famous Foundry Band that evolved nearly 40 years ago from the regular sessions at Arbroath’s Foundry Bar and winners from the afternoon competitions.
Full festival details are online at www.facebook.com/FalklandTradFest and on the printed leaflet, which can be picked up at the Bruce Inn in Falkland as well as other locations.
Notes to the editor:
- For more information and photos please contact the Festival through the Facebook page www.facebook.com/FalklandTradFest or telephone the TMSA 0792 253 3915.
- The competitions are run under TMSA rules. They are open to all musicians and singers. The instrumental competitions are in: fiddle, accordion, duos, ceilidh bands with age groups of open, under 16 and under 12. Traditional singing competitions are for Men, Women and Bothy Ballad with no specific children’s singing competitions this year at the Festival. Competition details can also be picked up at the Bruce Inn in Falkland. Competition winners will also take part in the Saturday evening concert where they will be presented with certificate or trophy.
- Organisers say in the Festival leaflet: “Falkland is a beautiful village and, if June gives us good weather, there will be ample opportunity for open air music.”
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