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Haal Returns to Portsoy again with popular traditional music

Updated: Sep 28

Folk at the Salmon Bothy – the fantastic club in Portsoy which regularly hosts traditional live music events – is set to welcome everyone back again for The Haal on the first weekend of October. The popular music festival is a three-day extravaganza filled with music performances from renowned Arthur Coates, Chris Miles and others, with outstanding events around poetry and storytelling throughout the day. The wonderful folk musicians Archie Fisher and Peggy Seeger headline this festival as doors around Scotland open once more to enjoy live performances.

The Haal was rescheduled from June to the first, second and third of October following Covid restrictions but plans are well underway for the festival set to take place next weekend which celebrates the rhythms, sounds, voices and instruments of traditional Scottish music.

Music lovers of Scottish singing and rhythms will be ecstatic to see the return of The Haal to Portsoy to celebrate folk music with a variety of live performances from Arthur Coates, Arthur Watson, Chris Miles and the award-winning O’hEadrha family. There will also be singing and instrumental workshops so you can join in the celebration of Scottish music with your own hands and voice.

There will be a concert each evening of the festival to soak in the sights and sounds of traditional music so you can kick back and relax with a drink in hand.

Scottish music is more than the fiddle and the beautiful singing though. It has revolved around storytelling too so there are plenty of workshops which work with poetry and storytelling, including one with Erin Farley who will be recounting various stories, to allow you to fully immerse yourself in the creative process of Scottish music. Budding songwriters can share and discuss their works in a session led by Brian o’hEadhra, while Fionnag NicChoinnich leads Scots song with a hint of Gaelic. Led by professionals who are passionate about traditional Scottish music, this is a weekend not to be missed.

A brand-new addition to this year’s line-up is Kate Wilson from Inverurie with an exhibition of weaving which must be seen in order to fully appreciate her talent and skills.

The Organiser Bob Philips says; “[i]t’s great to see the enthusiasm for the return of the Haal, and we can’t wait to get together with friends old and new to enjoy the weekend. We are urging anyone who wants to join us to secure tickets quickly… Even if visitors are unable to obtain a ticket, there will be a great atmosphere across the town over the weekend, so come along and to enjoy it over fish and chips or an ice cream by the harbourside!”

Everyone is encouraged to book tickets in advance. Weekend tickets for the event have been sold-out as well as the Saturday night concert featuring Peggy Seeger. Tickets are still available for the Friday night concert and other events during the weekend.

The Folk at the Salmon Bothy have grown in popularity as they have a regular club which meets on the third Friday of every month for indoor live music sessions as they showcase a range of music, songs, ballads and poems.

For those who love Scottish music, this weekend festival will allow you to breathe in the sights and sounds of traditional music in the beautiful coastal town of Portsoy.

For more information, check out their website here.