The 41st Glenfarg Folk Feast

Fri 5th to Sun 7th April 2019. Tickets now on sale


One of Scotland's finest traditional singers, Siobhan Miller is assuredly an exceptional talent. She won the BBC Radio 2 Award for Best Traditional track last year and has been awarded Scots Singer of the Year an unprecedented three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Highlighting her extensive range of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material, her albums have also received widespread critical acclaim. As you will hear, there are few better interpreters of Scots traditional song and we are delighted to welcome Siobhan to Kinross to bring to completion another great Folk Feast. Siobhan will be accompanied by Euan Burton on double bass, Aidan Moodie on guitar and backing vocals, and pianist John Lowrie.
Fara brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today's Scottish folk scene --Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price--producing a fiery sound, rooted strongly in their upbringing amidst the music of Orkney. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara's music is an exciting experience and the accolades they have received, including BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, richly deserved. With their mixture of self-penned and traditional tunes as well as stunning vocals, this highly talented quartet bring yet another brilliant dimension to our Folk Feast programme.
Indisputably a 'one-off ', Les, originally from Manchester, was an accountant before, to use his own words, he gave it all up to become 'a professional idiot'. One of our most creative writers, Les is the author of some 77 books and has released at least 20 albums of his monologues, in which the banalities of life take centre stage and are given Les's distinctively humorous twist, all with eyewateringly comedic effect. Idiot? Comedy genius we'd say.
Another welcome return to the Club for this immensely talented singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Since the release of the hugely popular single, 'Sailortown', ten years ago, Anthony (once memorably described as 'James Taylor meets John Prine in a second hand book shop') has been constantly in forward motion, releasing a string of popular albums and playing countless live performances, where his between-song storytelling and patter have become just as much part of the show as the music. Expect an evening of peerless guitar playing, great stories and wonderful songs.
It is an enormous pleasure to welcome one of Scotland's most successful folk groups, comprising Ian, Moe Walker, and Jimmy Scott, all excellent musicians in their own right. Ian has been a prolific songwriter for many years, earning him numerous awards, with his songs covered and recorded by many other artists worldwide. Supported tonight by John Graham, former Clydesiders' fiddle and mandolin player, the reasons for their enduring popularity will be abundantly clear.
Comprising four members of Glenfarg Folk Club, Forgaitherin have been in consistently high demand since they were formed six years ago, performing at numerous venues throughout Scotland. Lesley Toner and Hamish Grant are lead vocalists with strong harmonies being the group's hallmark, as is the excellent instrumentation from Hugh Toner and John Reid on guitar, accordion, and keyboard. With their diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs, lots of choruses and craic, it is with great pleasure and pride that we invite them to take the stage at the first of our two Folk Feast concerts.
Take three accomplished award-winning musicians in their own right, add imaginative arrangements and harmonies, and you have one of the finest ceilidh bands in the country at the 'top of their game'. Led by the exceptional skills of Alan Small on accordion with Shetland's Gemma Donald on fiddle, and Kyle Innes on drums, and anything other than a guid hooley will be impossible.
It is always an enormous pleasure to welcome Gill to Glenfarg Folk Club and we are delighted she will take the stage again at our ceilidh/concert. A singer and songwriter with a penchant for Burns, Gill writes songs inspired by nature, family, politics, and a spaniel named Jennings. With her wonderful voice, great musicianship and engaging stage presence, what better way to start our weekend festival. Welcome back, Gill.
Having founded the 'Macs' in October 1964 at Edinburgh School of Art along with Derek Moffat and Hamish Bayne, and in more recent times while performing with Nick Keir and Stephen Quigg, Ian McCalman has carved an indelible reputation as one of our finest folk musicians. The McCalmans' longevity in itself speaks volumes, as does Ian's prodigious output of original songs, complementing their trademark traditional material. Although performing less frequently now, Ian continues to write and runs Kevock Digital, a highly regarded recording studio specialising in acoustic music. Is there no end to his talents? We shall enjoy his reminiscences from a remarkable career.


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 5th
7.30 to 11.30 p.m CEILIDH CONCERT with The Lomond Ceilidh Band and Gill Bowman. Venue: Backstage. Price: £10.00
8.00 p.m. 'til late. Session / singaround. Venue: The Green Hotel
There will be a bar at the venue.

Saturday 6th
10.30 to 11.30 a.m. Workshop with tutor Anthony Toner. Venue: Gairney Room, Price: £5.00 at the door.
11.30 to 2.00 p.m. Hosted singaround. Venue: Backstage FREE
12.00 noon 'til late. Informal sessions/singarounds in The Green Hotel and other venues. FREE
2.30 to 4.30 p.m. Original Song Competition: Theme: "New Beginnings". Venue: Loch Leven Suite, £3.00 at the door. Proceeds this year will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust..
8.00 to 11.30 p.m. EVENING CONCERT £20.00 featuring;

  • FARA
  • Concert sponsored by Kenny's Music

    Sunday 7th
    10.30 to 11.30 a.m. Ian McCalman in Conversation. Venue: Loch Leven Suite. Entry £2.00
    11.30 to 2.00pm. Hosted singaround, Backstage. FREE
    12.00 noon 'til late. Informal sessions /singarounds in Green Hotel and other venues. FREE
    2.30 to 4.30 p.m. The 33rd World Puff-a-Box Championship. Venue: Loch Leven Suite, Puffers £2.00 for three puffs!! Spectators £1.00. Won by the person who blows the inside of a matchbox the furthest.
    6.30 to 10.00 p. m. FINAL FLING CONCERT £20.00 featuring;

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  • £10.00 Friday Ceilidh Concert
  • £20.00 Saturday Concert
  • £20.00 Sunday Concert
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    We are delighted to have the use of the Market Park area (directly across the road from the Green Hotel) for those wishing to stay overnight in tents, caravans and campervans. There is a charge of £20.00 per unit for the weekend with an addtional £5.00 if you want electric hook-up (limited number available). Spaces are strictly limited and advance booking is required via our online Ticket Sales facility. Click HERE for information about Market Place Camping.


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  • Kennys Music, Dunfermline. Scotlands number one Independent Music Retailer

  • Mundell Music. Small intimate gigs in a quality environment where you can actually see the gig and maybe have a chance to speak with the band afterwards.

  • Ian & Alison Norcross, sponsors of the World Puff-a-Box Championship.

  • Earnside Coaches Our fleet ranges from mini bus right through to luxury 53 seater coaches with onboard entertainment, toilet and hot drinks facilities.
  • Kirklands Hotel The Kirklands Hotel makes an ideal base for leisure or business travellers.
  • Jelf Clark Thomson The largest community insurance broker in the country.
  • John McKinlay (Printers) Ltd Printing in Perth for over 100 years.
  • Muirs Inn This lovely picturesque little Inn dates back to 1800s.
  • PSPC Pershire Solicitors Property Centre offering a complete property service.
  • Ross McConnell Local Kinross Chartered Accountants and experienced tax advisors.
  • WSA Bannerman Burke A leading Scottish Criminal Defence firm with offices in Edinburgh, Galashiels and Hawick.
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