A great weekend’s weather and venue, a great turn-out of attendees and a superb line-up of artistes all combined to ensure the 39th Folk
Feast was a success in every sense of the word. The Feast opened on Friday evening with an innovative ceilidh-concert in which The Craigie
Collective provided an excellent platform for the sell-out audience, with the two invited singing groups providing spirited entertainment
and respite from the jigging! That was followed on Saturday by a full programme which included Maurice Dickson’s informative guitar workshop,
a well-attended formal singaround, an original song competition in which George Machray proved unbeatable once again, and an evening concert
in which all the artistes were in spectacular form; in particular, Robyn Stapleton followed by John Tams and Barry Coope were truly brilliant
and will be remembered for a very long time by those fortunate enough to have been in The Backstage.
Once again this year, the Sunday programme provided something for everyone. A well-attended and truly entertaining “Conversation” with John
Tams, a further singaround, a lively Children’s Show hosted by “The McDougalls”, and the 32nd Puff-a-Box, won by the irrepressible Irene
Paterson, proved excellent warm-up acts for the final concert. On this occasion it was left to Maurice Dickson, Na Leanai and, finally,
Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe to bring the Feast to a brilliant conclusion, leaving us thirsty for next year’s 40th celebrations!
Hope to see everyone back at the Green Hotel in 2018 when we will attempt to bring something very special to the table for our 40th