Local festival in full swing

The Aboyne and Deeside Festival Gala Variety Concert will be held this Saturday evening in the Deeside Community Theatre, Aboyne, showcasing a host of talented performers.

The second week of the festival fortnight begins on Sunday at the House of Newe at Strathdon, where the owner, Old Blind Dog’s front man Jonny Hardie, will hold open-house at 3pm and perform with Jenny Sturgeon a programme of traditional music, including self-penned material.

On Sunday evening, in the Deeside Community Theatre, Aboyne at 7pm, the literary theme of the festival will see the screening of Shakespeare’s Richard II, from the Globe Theatre, London, starring Charles Edward as King Richard and Sarah Woodward as the Duchess of York,.

A second Shakespeare classic will be shown in the same venue with The Merchant of Venice with Jonathan Price as Shylock.

Two contemporary writers will visit Birse and Feughside Church at Finzean, to give talks on their recent books. On Monday, August 1, Malachy Tallack will talk about his book 60 Degrees North, exploring places in the world sharing this latitude, and on Thursday, August 4, David Spaven will talk about his Scottish Railway Atlas, telling the story of 200 years of history in maps. Both talks begin at 7.30 pm.

On Wednesday, August 3, one of the world’s top string groups, the Tim Kliphuis Trio, comes to the Aboyne Theatre. Tim Kliphuis, violin, with Nigel Clark, guitar and Roy Percy, Double Bass, will thrill the audience with their virtuosity and improvisations on classical and traditional music.

The Farquharson Family of Finzean House are providing the idyllic setting on the afternoon of Friday, August 5, for Aberdeen Sinfonietta String Quartet, and the Festival fortnight will come to spectacular end on the Friday evening with Scotland’s acclaimed band, Breabach, performing in Aboyne Theatre at 7.30 pm.

Full information and all tickets are available online at www.aboyneanddeesidefestival.org.uk or call 03336663366.