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... 2009 ...


Music will play its usual key part in the Festival, but this year with particular focus on shanty.

To lead this element we are delighted to be joined by Bob Walser, the internationally recognised expert and performer of shanty from the US (Bob will be coming to Portsoy having just performed at Mystic Seaport, Maine). (more)

Over the weekend we will also have a number of shanty performers from far and wide.

But dwelling on music for a moment, our music, song and dance coordinator Moira Stewart has pulled out all the stops to put together a great programme for the whole weekend. Full details will be posted.

BIG NEWS is the Friday Night Showcase Concert which will be headed up by the fabulous Donnie Munro Band.

For ticket information click HERE

This year sees the further development of the Ballads and Bairns programmes in conjunction with Aberdeenshire Council and the Youth Music Initiative. Also new, funded by Scottish Arts Council, we are holding instrumentalists workshops with participants also performing at the Friday Afternoon Concert at the Wally Green. More ...

In addition to the Friday Night Showcase Concert, there is the Saturday Evening Ceilidh and non-stop programme of music song and dance at the harbourside, Salmon Bothy, Wally Green and Loch Soy.


The past 2008 line up for Friday Night

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Ballads and Bairns

Adamson & Nicolsoon

The Calum Stewart 3


The Raparees