A weekend of music in Tarland

Paul Anderson will lead the fiddle workshop
Paul Anderson will lead the fiddle workshop

The final Cromar folk club of the year will take place at the Aberdeen Arms in Tarland on Friday, November 30 with a weekend of world class traditional music.

Special guests are the internationally acclaimed folk group “The Sangsters” from the Kingdom of Fife.

Sangsters are Anne Murray, Fiona Forbes, John Blackwood and Scott Murray have two CDs on the Greentrax label, both produced by Ian McCalman: Sangsters Begin and Sharp and Sweet.

Since 1991 they have been entertaining audiences with their songs and humour at festivals (including Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, Edinburgh Folk Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Orkney) and at gigs from Stornoway to Melrose, from Girvan to Aberdeen, as well as visits to Germany, Ireland, England and Canada. Their repertoire is almost exclusively Scots, and includes traditional song, Burns, and contemporary songs from the likes of Andy M Stewart and Jim Reid.

Cromar Folk Club starts at 8pm and entry is £5 on the door. All musicians, singers and listeners and very welcome.

At 11 am there will be a free fiddle workshop held in the Aberdeen Arms which will be open to intermediate and advanced players. The workshop will be led by renowned Tarland fiddler, Paul Anderson who’s been nominated as “composer of the year” at this year’s BBC Alba Trad music awards. Paul is one of five nominees from the North-east which includes Graeme Mitchell’s dance band, Sharon Hassan, Aberdeen folk club and the Stonehaven folk club. The public can vote at the “Hands up for Trad” website.

On Saturday afternoon there is a traditional music session open to all musicians and singers in the Aberdeen Arms. The Aberdeen Arms is a well known meeting place for traditional musicians and in 2011 was voted as one of the top 100 pubs in the UK by Famous Grouse whisky.

On Sunday there is a special Scots service at St Moluag’s kirk in Tarland which will be led by the Rev. Frank Ribbons to which all are cordially invited.

Finally, at 2 pm on Sunday at the Burn o’ Vat car park, will be the march to commemorate the “Battle of Culblean” which took place on the November 30, 1335. The battle is regarded as the turning point in the second Scottish war of independence and is commemorated each year on the weekend closest to St Andrews day.