Folk at the Salmon Bothy are proud to present our annual festival of Music and Song in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire.
The 10th HAAL
31st May - 2nd June 2019
One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is now celebrating more than 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.
Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the late 1970s. From his debut album in 1977, with his band Stokers Lodge, to the present, every album is imbued with excitement and autonomy. His songs have been used by the Irish National Television service, R.T.É and recorded by artists around the world.
Jimmy is a veteran of folk festivals, concerts, and television in Ireland, Britain and the USA. As Mick Molney said , “He is a consummate stage performer as well as a song writer, adding colour to his songs by weaving stories about Cork characters, maritime exploits and daily life into his act. His singing style is truly unique – nobody hearing Jimmy could possibly mistake him for anyone else.”
Singer-songwriter Siobhan Miller is the only three-time winner of the Best Singer at the Scots Trad Music Awards (2011, 2013 and 2017); a trio of successes that was topped off earlier this year with the accolade of Best Traditional Track at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. That track was Banks of Newfoundland, from Siobhan’s second solo album, Strata; a beautifully rich compendium of traditional and contemporary folk song. Mercury, Siobhan’s third solo album, was released on 2nd November, and this time she’s presented us with a fine collection of self-written songs that skilfully merge the folk traditions that have inspired, and nourished, her work since an early age, with her own contemporary approach to music.