We are pleased to present a
GLENFARG FOLK FEAST DAY

In Glenfarg Village Hall
Below you will find details of our guest artistes.


CHORAS
Harmony singing trio Choras is Aileen Carr, Janice Reavell and Barbara Dymock. Each is a much loved and respected traditional singer in her own right with many and varied musical collaborations behind her and a vast experience of performing. Whilst car-sharing on a trip to Yorkshire Traditional Song Weekend, pre-Covid, they enjoyed the sing-a-long journey so much, they decided to get together to rehearse. Plans were then thwarted by pandemic restrictions but, nothing daunted, they have Zoomed, FaceTimed and shared recorded material and now specialise in a cappella harmony arrangements of an eclectic mix of songs traditional and modern-ish.
SHONA DONALDSON AND PAUL ANDERSON.
Two of Scotland's foremost traditional music talents will bring fiddle mastery and ballad singing to Glenfarg. Originally from Huntly, Shona Donaldson grew up surrounded by Doric songs and fiddle music and learned to sing and play at an early age. She went on to study traditional singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has since won Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009. Shona became the first woman to win the Bothy ballad champion of champions competition in Elgin in 2016. Her husband, Paul Anderson, is widely regarded as the finest Scots fiddler of his generation, with a depth of expression that makes the instrument truly sing. Through his teacher, Douglas Lawrence, he is carrying on a lineage of fiddle training that can be traced directly back to 18th Century fiddle legend Neil Gow.
KENNY SPEIRS
Kenny Speirs has been a well-known figure on the national and international folk circuit for over twenty five years ever since the John Wright Band burst onto the scene in the early nineties. From his beloved homeland of the Scottish Borders the band propelled Kenny from the pubs and clubs of his local area to some of the biggest festival stages throughout the U.K. and Europe. Turning professional in 1995, Kenny released seven albums with the JWB, earning a deserved reputation as a sensitive guitarist, singer and arranger, also finding time to release two solo albums to wide critical acclaim. In 2002 Kenny moved on to form Real Time with his partner Judy Dinning of Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies fame. For the next eleven years they toured extensively all over Europe and also in the U.S.A. until Judy's untimely death in October 2013.The six albums from this intimate collaboration have been the highlight of his career to date. Kenny is also one of the leading figures of the Borders folk scene, from his early days reforming Peebles Folk Club and presenting the weekly folk programme on Radio Borders to the founding of Denholm Folk Club in 1993 which he still runs today. He is also Director of Denholm Folk Festival and the Scottish Borders Hogmanay Festival, The Land The Light The Locals.
ORIGINAL SONG COMPETITION
The theme this year is ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is.' The theme can be interpreted in any way you choose, and entries will be judged for their entertainment value as well as for their musical integrity! Your song should be original and composed specifically for the competition, which is open to individuals or groups. This year’s judge will be advised soon. The winner will be awarded the Quaich for one year engraved with their name. The competition will take [lace at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday – entries to be notified to the organisers by 2.15 please. Proceeds from this year’s competition will go to The Ukrain Humanitarian Appeal.
SING-AROUND
A Folk Feast event is not complete without a Sing-round so come along and join in or just sit and enjoy. Variety is the name of the game so expect all sorts of instruments and styles of music. A host will ensure every one gets a fair share of the action and keeps things moving at a nice pace. See you there!
35th WORLD PUFF-A-BOX COMPETITION
Yes, this crazy competiton really has been going for over thirty years. The winner will be the person who blows the empty tray from a matchbox the furthest distance! You may hear the judge shout "Foot fault" if your foot is not on the Oche or "Out of bounds" if it strays out of the marked court. So come and give it a go, it's just plain good fun. For safety each competitor has their own brand new boxes.

Programme - Doors Open 0930

  • 1000 to 1230 Sing-around - no theme. Donations to support Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
  • 1230 to 1400 Lunch
  • 1400 to 1500 World Puff-a-Box Championships. £1 per box, maximum 3 boxes. Donations to support Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
  • 1500 to 1700 Original Song Competition. Theme: ‘Home is where the Heart is’. Donations to support Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
  • 1700 to 1830 Sound checks and refreshment break
  • 1900 to 1930 Concert Doors open.
  • 1930 to 2015 Kenny Speirs
  • 2015 to 2100 Shona Donaldson & Paul Anderson
  • 2100 to 2130 Raffle
  • 2130 to 2230 Choras
  • Tickets may be purchased as follows:

    Concert tickets are £20.00 each There are two ways to buy tickets.

  • On a Monday at club nights. A Box Office will open at 7.30pm at each Club event from 9th January 2023 at Gateside Village Hall. There you can pay with a Bank Card, cash or cheque and immediately receive your tickets
  • By e-mail and direct bank transfer. Simply e-mail your requirements to and pay the balance via the BACS system using the following details and your tickets will be e-mailed by return.
  • The name of our account is Glenfarg Folk Feast, Sort Code 80-22-60, Account Number 14995362. Please use your surname as the payment reference. Ian Norcross will handle all booking and ticket queries, his contact number is 07921 918949. Concert tickets are £20.00 each

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