Drumoak singer guests at Cullerlie

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A Drumoak man is to be one of the line-up of guest singers appearing at this year’s Traditional Singing Weekend at Cullerlie next week.

Stuart Ashton, who has lived at Hardgate Croft for well over thirty years, is originally from Derbyshire but earned his reputation as a much loved and highly respected singer of both folk songs and music hall ballads through his performances at local amateur events and folk clubs in the North East. This year Stuart will take his place on stage alongside singers from Scotland, Ireland and England at Cullerlie Farm Park on the weekend of July 24-26.

Originally started through a co-operation between the famous ‘Bothy Ballad King’, Tam Reid, and the Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen University, the hugely popular annual event has been carried on by the Reid family and the University in memory of Tam and his wife Anne, both of whom are now deceased. The MCs for the 2015 event are Cullerlie man Jim Taylor, along with Scott Gardiner and Ian Russell, and the international guest singers include Barbara Dymock, Maire Ni Chroinin, Moira Craig, Francy Devine, Henry Douglas, Bella Hardy, Billy Jolly, Ellen Mackinnon and Russell Taylor. There will be singing sessions and farm craft workshops, Saturday and Sunday evening concerts in the marquee, and hot meals and refreshments available in the tearoom. For ticket enquiries or other information phone (01224) 645486 or (01330) 860549.