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VIDEO: Scotland’s top traditional music talent on show as Kirrie Festival enjoys biggest ever ticket sales

The Kirriemuir Festival celebrated its 37th birthday at the weekend.

The town was brought to life on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with performances from some of Scotland’s top traditional music talent as the festival put on its usual packed programme of competition, concerts and pub sessions.

George Rennie senior and George Rennie junior perform with Bryn Woollens clapping along.

Taking part in the fiddle competition were Rebecca Baker (16) from Arbroath, Alex Mitchell (13) from Carnoustie and Kit Storm (17) from Carnoustie.The initiative is spearheaded by the traditional Music Forum, a national network of more than 100 organisations, which promotes the place of traditional music in Scottish life and society.

The festival started out in Blairgowrie in 1966, then moved to Kinross before coming to Kirrie in 1982.

Scott Gardiner, one of the  organisers, said it continued to celebrate the music, songs and culture of Scotland.

“This year’s event hosted another great lineup of performers, including singers John Dickson and Ellen Mitchell, fiddler Sally Simpson and the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner, singer/clarsach player Josie Duncan,” he said.

“Advanced ticket sales were higher than they’ve ever been and there was a real buzz about the town with folk coming to take part in the sessions and competitions.

“We’re always very grateful to the volunteers who bring their talents and time, and make it a thriving weekend.”

The Wayfarers project which explored local traditional music heritage was a highlight at the Airlie Arms Hotel.

Young people took part in a workshop the previous weekend to create new arrangements before sharing their explorations at Saturday’s concert.

Competition results

Men’s Singing: Geordie Murison, Netherley

Women’s Singing: Ellie Beaton, Rothienorman

Bothy Ballad: Geordie Murison, Netherley

Girl’s Singing: Katelyn Adams, Keith

Novice Singer: Julia Hunter

Local Singer: Pat Newman, Cortachy

Fiddle Open: Rosie Winchester, Keith

Fiddle Junior: Erin Ewing, Aberdeen

Fiddle JF Dickie: Kit Storm, Carnoustie

Fiddle Local: Daniel Cowie, Arbroath

Instrumental Pairs: Bert Cull and Ian Ramsay, Arbroath

Melodeon: Sandy Mathers, Luthermuir

Mouthorgan: Denis Shepherd, Aberdeen

Tin Whistle: Laura Simpson, Aberdeen

Diddling: Denis Shepherd, Aberdeen

Oral Whistling: Pat Newman, Cortachy

Storytelling: Jane Chalmers, Mintlaw

Doric Verse: Doug Stewart, Huntly

Best Pub Session: Three Bellies Brae

Best Non-Pub Session: George Rennie

Best Friday Session: Kerymor

Overall Winner: Ellie Beaton, Rothienorman

Overall Runner-up: Denis Shepherd, Aberdeen

Chorus Cup: Jim Taylor, Garlogie