Weekend of celebrations mark 20th anniversary

Woodend Barnstormers Jonny Hardie and Davy Cattanach
Woodend Barnstormers Jonny Hardie and Davy Cattanach

The last weekend of September sees Woodend Barn celebrate its 20th anniversary with the concert launch of a CD of new music composed by Old Blind Dogs’ Jonny Hardie, and a further concert by the acclaimed Alasdair Roberts Trio. The venue has come a long way since 1992 and the community play that planted the seed that has grown into today’s thriving rural arts centre, the only professional arts centre in Aberdeenshire.

The Woodend Barnstormers take to the stage on Saturday, September 29 at 8pm to launch a CD of new music which has been written and recorded by Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs).

Jonny will be joined by Davy Cattanach (Old Blind Dogs, Pictones), Brian Cromarty and Douglas Montgomery (Saltfishforty, The Chair), Mary Macmaster (The Poozies) and Donald Hay (Unusual Suspects), performing music from the CD.  Expect a Saltfishforty set and some exciting collaborative pieces too.

The acclaimed Alasdair Roberts Trio perform the following day, Sunday, September 30 at 8pm. Scottish singer, guitarist, interpreter of the traditional as well as writer of new songs, Alasdair Roberts has worked with a diverse range of artists including Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) and John McCusker.  His lyrical exploration of folk music has won him high praise and his albums have consistently gathered 5 star reviews from critics.

A fundraising dinner is also being held on Friday, tickets for which have now sold out due to high demand – early booking for the concerts is therefore recommended.

Tickets available from the Woodend Barn Box Office 01330 825431 or at www.woodendbarn.co.uk