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The 39th Glenfarg Folk Feast - Fri 7th to Sun 9th April 2017

Another real coup for the Club when we feature two of the UK's finest acoustic/folk scene's singer-songwriters performing together. They have teamed up for a series of concerts throughout the UK filled with songs and music, chat and banter and will be offering an example of song-writing at its very best. Their show has been described as a performance of "thought provoking songs and consummate musicianship from two genuine guys" as well as offering a "wonderful mix of folk songs and fabulous guitar music from true masters." So, we can sit back and enjoy a great show; we have experienced both these amazing entertainers in various guises in the past but for our finale they are on stage together. A fabulous way to bring our Feast to a suitable conclusion. Brilliant!
We are delighted to have Dallahan as our final guests for the Saturday concert. Since forming in 2013, they have exploded onto the international folk scene and their heritage of Scottish, Irish and Hungarian music shines through with Celtic, Balkan and even classical and jazz influences. They are young, truly exciting and their songs and instrumental arrangements will guarantee a brilliant, high-energy climax to our night. Dallahan comprise Jack Badcock, Jani Lang, Ciaran Ryan and Andrew Waite.
John, a five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, has been described as "one of the ultimate British songwriters" and made his name in the past with The Albion Band and Home Service. He has also appeared in the television series Sharpe and, more recently, wrote the score for the phenomenon that is the National Theatre's production War Horse; the latter has, of course, brought him world-wide acclaim. Barry has also gained international renown but, in his case, through his membership of the outstanding a capella trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson. However, on this occasion, we are delighted to have them at our Feast as a duo, an appearance which is hugely anticipated and which is bound to bring the event to a new level. Welcome gentlemen.
John has also kindly agreed to speak informally on Sunday morning at a "conversation" session when we will be able to hear about his musical career, including his involvement with Sharpe and War Horse, as well as his experiences in the more conventional life-style of a "folkie"!
We extend a huge warm welcome back to our Feast to a long-standing friend of our Club from Northern Ireland. Maurice has enjoyed an enviable reputation as a singer-songwriter for many years and seems to get better and better as the years pass. Having honed his entertainment talents in the clubs throughout continental Europe and at home, he is now a greatly admired powerful singer, and many of his own compositions have also gained popularity through both live performance and a string of brilliant recordings. If not already a fan, you will be by the end of his set! Maurice was forced to cancel his appearance at last year’s Feast so we are doubly pleased to see him this year.
Maurice will also be undertaking a guitar workshop on Saturday morning. Welcome back Maurice.
Having had the amazing Sands Family at the Club and at our Feast on many occasions in the past, it is now our real pleasure to welcome their daughters and son to The Backstage to continue the Rostrevor connection. Currently taking the Irish music scene by storm, they will perform for us as a four piece group; Sorcha, Ryanne, Eimear, and Fra are wonderful musicians and singers in their own right and guarantee to lift our spirits with a mix of traditional and contemporary songs in true Irish style and character. They are assured a warm welcome to Kinross.
We are pleased to welcome Robyn to the Backstage for her first visit to our Feast. A winner of the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year award, she has the most beautiful, warm, rich voice with which she performs the traditional songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage. She has been described as having "one of the finest voices in folk music, with a uniquely pure tone, wonderful control and empathy and sensitivity for her music". A real pleasure in store for one and all; you will remember this young lady. On this occasion, she will be accompanied by Alistair Iain Paterson and Patsy Reid.
Come along for one hour of musical mayhem for all the family with Auntie Aggie and Max. The McDougalls Singalong Show has lively songs, fun actions and bucket loads of audience participation, guaranteed to put a smile on the face of weans of all ages (the grown up ones too!). There’s even a special appearance from their pet bunny rabbit Morag
We are delighted to welcome The Craigie Collective to open our Feast at our welcoming event. They comprise a group of outstanding Scottish ceilidh band players who have formerly played with the Portobello Ceilidh Band. Their line-up is Rodger McAndrew, Davie Ewan and Roy and Wilma Henderson. The band focuses mainly on lively sets, driving rhythms with helpful calling; you don't have to bring a spare T shirt and towel, but they may come in handy! On the night, they will share the evening with guest performers who will provide a mini-concert in the form of two sets of varied songs - a wee surprise in store!
In what is now becoming somewhat of a traditional appearance, and back by popular demand, our very own Farg Folk will open the Saturday concert with a set of chorus songs in order to get the audience “warmed-up”. All the “Fargies” are, of course, Club members and resident singers; this year's line-up is Mike Dow, Stan Ginter, Hamish Grant, Roy Henderson and Lesley and Hugh Toner.


Weekend Tickets are available for £55.00 (Three evening events)
All programmed events will take place in the Green Hotel: Backstage area, Loch Leven Suite or Gairney Room. Details will be available in the printed programme at the Folk Feast desk on arrival.

Friday 7th
8.00pm. to 11.30. Ceilidh - Concert with Craigie Collective and Guests. £10.00
8.00 p.m. 'til late. Session/singaround

Saturday 8th
10.30 to 11.30am. Workshop: Guitar Techniques with Maurice Dickson.£5.00 at the door.
11.30 to 2.00pm. Hosted singaround. FREE
12.00 noon ‘til late. Informal sessions/singarounds in Green Hotel and other venues. FREE
2.30 to 4.30pm. Original Song Competition: Theme: “Wildlife”. £3.00 at the door. Proceeds this year will be donated to Vane Farm (RSPB) Loch Leven to fund children’s activities.
7.30pm to 11.30pm. Evening Concert £25.00

  • Dallahan
  • John Tams & Barry Coope
  • Robyn Stapleton
  • The Farg Folk

  • Sunday 9th
    10.30 to 11.30 John Tams in Conversation: FREE
    11.30 to 2.00pm. Hosted singaround. FREE
    12.00 noon ‘til late. Informal sessions /singarounds in Green Hotel and other venues. FREE
    1.30 to 2.30pm. The McDougalls. Children’s event. £5.00 (Children under two years free)
    3.00pm to 4.00pm. The 32nd World Puff-a-Box Championship. Spectators £1.00 Puffers £2.00 for three puffs!! Won by the person who blows the inside of a matchbox the furthest.
    6.30 to 10.00pm. Final Fling Concert £25.00

  • Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
  • Na Leanai
  • Maurice Dickson

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    Keith Williamson (Ticket Hot Line) 07944 665617
    General Enquires:
    Philip Ponton (General) 07836 534564.


    Looking for somewhere to stay? Click HERE for our accomodation Fact Sheet. You will find details about 'The Green', our host hotel, as well as information for other establishments and camping sites.


    We are delighted to have the use of the Market Park area (directly across the road from the Green Hotel and beside its sister hotel the Windlestrae) for those wishing to stay overnight in tents, caravans and campervans. There is a charge of £15.00 per unit for the weekend. If electric hook up is required it is an additional £15.00 for the weekend. Spaces are strictly limited and advance booking is required via our online Ticket Sales facility. Click HERE for a camping information sheet


    We are extremely grateful for the generous support we receive from our sponsors. Cick on the name to go to their website

  • Red Barn Studios. Recording & Video Production Suite
  • Kennys Music. Scotlands number 1 Independent Music Retailer
  • Ian & Alison Norcross, sponsors of the World Puff-a-Box Championship.

  • Bell & Company Your local Perth based accountant. Dedicated to a first class client service.
  • Clark Thomson Chartered insurance brokers.
  • Earnside UK and continental travel since 1968.
  • Kirklands Hotel The Kirklands Hotel makes an ideal base for leisure or business travellers.
  • McKinlay Printers Printing in Perth for over 100 years
  • Muirs Inn This lovely picturesque little Inn dates back to 1800s
  • PSPC Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre.
  • Ross McConnell Local Kinross Chartered Accountants and experienced tax advisors.
  • Struans Main dealers for Toyota, Peugeot and Mazda.

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    The Folk Club meets every Monday night. Our venue is 'Backstage At The Green' Hotel,
    2 The Muirs, Kinross, Perthshire KY13 8AS
    Doors open at 7.30pm and music starts at 8.00pm prompt.
    The hotel can be contacted on 01577 863467 or reception@green-hotel.com

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