Guests appearing at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival 10-12 May 2024
Fife Traditional Singing Festival 2024
Guesst so far:
PROGRAMME BROCHURE and BOOKING FORM
Please download the Online Booking Form by clicking BOOKING FORM.
There will also be a Festival Brochure with Booking Form. This will be avaiable later (when printed) and will also available by download online.
The Festival in Falkland & Freuchie
Most events will take place in the Lumsden Memorial Hall in Freuchie just across the road from the Lomond Hills Hotel (still closed). The Friday Gathering will be laid out with seats around tables - bring along your own refreshements - food/ drink. The Traditional Concert on Saturday evening will be held in the Community Hall in Falkland. The Weekend and Day tickets include a Buffet Lunch in the Lumsden Memorial Hall. The Festival Dinner (limited booking) will be in the Bruce Inn in Falkland - this will be a Buffet Meal with selection to suit vegan and vegetarian preferences.
Joe Aitken // Martin Carthy // Natalie Chalmers
Ellen Mitchell // Ted Poletyllo // Vic Gammon
Martin Carthy MBE, born May 1941, is one of English folk music’s most influential singer/songwriters inspiring the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon as well as Richard Thompson. He is a master of the guitar and also plays the banjo, mandolin and dulcimer, performing traditional songs in his own unique and distinctive style. Twice a winner of the BBC Radio Folk awards Folk singer of the Year, Martin won their Lifetime Achievement award in 2014. He is associated with many names during his long career from Redd Sullivan to Dave Swarbrick, the Watersons to Steeleye Span and Brass Monkey and of course with his family the late Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy. But it is his love of unadulterated traditional song that shines through it all, inspired in his creativity by the older generation of traditional singers he has known. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Carthy
Natalie Chalmers, from Fraserburgh, started singing Traditional songs and Bothy Ballads at concerts and festivals when she was about 7 years old, when her sister Gillian was competing and playing the bagpipes. Having won several prizes at junior and senior level, Natalie is extremely proud to be only the third woman to qualify for the 2012 Annual Bothy Ballad “Champion of Champions.” After taking lessons from the great North East traditional singers Elizabeth Stewart and Stanley Robertson, she spent two years at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton before returning to the North-East where she attended Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen. Natalie is now working in Glasgow as Cost Manager with Turner and Townsend but she has recently become a committee member of the Aberdeen branch of the TMSA. Natalie is an enthusuast for her native Doric and was recently crowned Scots Performer of the Year at the 2023 Scots Language Awards in Renfrew and also nominated in the Scots Project of the Year, as co-host with Allan Taylor of “Trad Time with the TMSA” on Keith Community Radio – dedicated to keeping the song and bothy ballad traditions of the north east alive.
Ellen Mitchell was born in Glasgow. Although there was music in her family - she remembers a great aunt rattling out tunes on her granny’s piano, her father’s enthusiasm for classical music and jazz and an uncle who was in a skiffle group - but it was the discovery of folk clubs and festivals that gave her an enthusiasm for traditional song. She has recorded for the Musical Traditions label (in a double CD along with her late husband Kevin) and has been a guest at several festivals including Whitby and Auchtermuchty and at the National Festival in England. She has taken part in competitions run by the TMSA and won three of these (the first being with the songs Twa Brithers and The Birken Tree). And of course Ellen is one of our favourite singers and was a guest at an earlier FifeSing festivsl in 2008.
Vic Gammon is a performer of English traditional music (singer, anglo concertina, and melodeon) a writer, researcher and member of the Editorial Board of the Folk Music Journal. He has also composed music for a number of stage and radio plays and has performed in various groups including The Etchingham Steam Band with Shirley Collins in the 1970s and currently with Dearman, Gammon and Harrison whose CD 'Black Crow/White Crow' was issued by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. His anthology album 'The Tale of Ale' (Free Reed Records) is considered a classic and has been reissued a number of times since it was first released in 1977. Vic retired in 2019 as director of the Folk Musoc Course at the International Centre for Music Studies at the University of Necastle. Vic has been with us on many occasions at FifeSing both the ‘live’ event and at the Zoom Gatherings and we welcome him this year where he will be presenting a talk on the ballad Barbara Allen - perhaps the most wodely known and popular of all the Child Ballads.
The FifeSing events are run by
The East of Scotland Traditional Song Group
(Committee: Peter Shepheard, Jimmy Hutchison, Chris Miles)
Contact us at:
Peter Shepheard, Balmalcolm House, Balmalcolm, Cupar, Fife KY15 7TJ
tel: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
Also see our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fifesing