Published: 06/06/2014 11:10 - Updated: 06/06/2014 11:33

Keith festival to offer a touch of tradition

The Quiggs will be performing at the Keith TMSA Festival this weekend.
The Quiggs will be performing at the Keith TMSA Festival this weekend.

A LONG-established traditional music festival comes to life in a Moray town tonight (Friday).

The 39th Keith Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Festival features a weekend of dances and concerts lasting until Sunday night.

Festival committee member Gary Coull described the many guest musicians who are heading to Moray as "exciting, talented and enthusiastic".

"We have a mixture of youth and experience, music and song – there really is something for everybody at this festival," he said.

"Ticket sales are going really well so far, and there are a few venues that will most likely be sell-outs. This reflects the quality of the acts lined up, but also the great atmosphere that they create.

"We hope that everyone who comes along enjoys themselves and helps to carry on the musical traditions that are so important to Keith and Scotland."

The opening ceilidh, at the bowling club, will include some of the youngsters who have competed in the Burns Federation Competition.

Another concert ceilidh is being staged in the Plough Inn, and after that, at around 10pm, a free sing-a-round will be led by bothy balladeers Hector Riddell and Danny Couper, with an old-time dance in the British Legion.

Tomorrow’s activities will start with the official TMSA competitions, and also forming part of Family Saturday will be informal music sessions in various venues, including shops. Competition winners will perform at a special evening concert in St Thomas’ Hall, which will be followed by other ceilidhs.

Children are invited to a lunchtime Bairns Ceilidh on Sunday in the bowling club, and there will be an open-air ceilidh at 2pm in Reidhaven Square, moving to the Royal Hotel in the event of rain.

A Chorus Quaich competition at the Plough Inn is free to enter for anyone choosing a song that contains a chorus, and the festival will officially close with another ceilidh at night.

Tickets for the various events, and programmes, are available from Mither Tongue on Mid Street, and from the festival office in the car park behind the Royal Hotel.

For more information on the festival, visit www.keithfestival.co.uk or phone Eddie Harvey on 01542 882908.

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