Deeside Festival - a feast of N-east music

Frieda Morrison: ' It's a very special collection...
Frieda Morrison: ' It's a very special collection...

The Deeside Folk Festival this year sees the launch of the first festival CD –‘The Harvest Sessions’.

The album features 17 songs of the North-east of Scotland, many of them from the Greig-Duncan Collection, which preserves the rich language and music of this part of the country.

The singers are Hector Riddell, Aileen Carr, The Spiers Family and Frieda Morrison.

“The album contains great songs and ballads,” says Frieda. “Some of them will be new to singers and I’m proud to say they’re all sung in our own unique language of the area. It’s a very special collection and I hope everyone will enjoy them.”

Frieda, a passionate advocate of the music and language of the North East, has just been appointed Artist in Residence at the School of Celtic and Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. Her work there will focus on the Greig-Duncan Collection.

Following on from the success of the first event last year, the Second Hairst has a full weekend programme of concerts and sessions starting with a Harvest Supper at the Potarch Hotel on Friday, September 28 and running through until Sunday afternoon with story-telling and open mic events.

The festival celebrates the rich local musical and food cultures, and topping the bill are the great singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean of ‘Caledonia’ fame, and super-chef Shirley Spear of the Three Chimneys restaurant in Skye.

Shirley will deliver a keynote address to the Harvest Supper at the Potarch Hotel on Friday, September 28.

It’s a considerable coup for the Hairst to have Dougie Maclean as the headliner at the main concert at Finzean Hall on Saturday, September 29.

Frieda joins him on the programme, as do Bothy Ballad Champion Hector Riddell, vocal ensemble The Spiers Family, singer Aileen Carr and fiddler Sarah Beattie.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of ‘The Hairst Sessions’ will go to Mary’s Meals, a charity which provides meals for schoolchildren in some of the world’s poorest countries.

To buy tickets, and for further information: or or call 013398 86180 or 07789 692836

This project is supported by the Scottish Government, the European Community Rural Aberdeenshire Leader Programme 92007 – 2013) and Aberdeenshire Council