Published: 11/01/2013 12:54 - Updated: 11/01/2013 13:02

Elgin gets in tune for bothy ballad contest

Jo Maunder and fellow members of Elgin Rotary Club get into the spirit of the Bothy Ballads championship, along with Nick Moinar and horses Morgan and Tommy
Jo Maunder and fellow members of Elgin Rotary Club get into the spirit of the Bothy Ballads championship, along with Nick Moinar and horses Morgan and Tommy

TRADITIONAL songs sung by farm workers in the 19th century will be brought to life next month.

Elgin Town Hall will host the 31st Bothy Ballads Champion of Champions competition on Saturday, February 9.

Organised by Elgin Rotary Club, the event brings together the best balladeers from across the North-east of Scotland who will battle it out to clinch the Macallan Porridge Bowl.

Reigning champion Joe Aitken, as well as the winners from competitions at Aberdeen, Keith, Strichen, Turriff, Auchtermuchty and Kirriemuir, will take to the stage, and for the first time Keith entertainer Gary Coull will be compere for the evening.

Rotary member Lorna Williamson said: "I think it’s going to be a very successful event, people were phoning the library to see when the tickets were going to be available.

"And we’re up for the challenge of serving 700 plates of stovies in 15 minutes during the interval, which will be served with a dram of whisky."

She added it was important for the traditions of farming folk to be kept alive.

Elgin accordionist Ian Cruickshank and traditional singers Young Folk Frae Keith will provide additional entertainment, with Danny Cooper from Aberdeen and Arthur Watson of Perth judges for the evening.

Tickets are available from Elgin Library on 01343 562603 and include stovies and a whisky or glass of milk.

Doors at the town hall will open at 6.15pm, with the show beginning at 7pm.

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