Published: 30/12/2013 11:41 - Updated: 30/12/2013 13:34

Bring in the new year with song and dance

Jelly Faced Woman
Jelly Faced Woman - Liam Stewart on guitar and Partick Shand on piano - who will be staging a gig at The Salmon Bothy in Portsoy on Friday evening.


JELLY Faced Woman, who played to a packed crowd at a recent Folk at the Salmon Bothy session with their excellent musicianship and mature lyrics, are hosting a gig at the Portsoy venue on Friday (January 3).

The youngsters – Liam Stewart on guitar and Partick Shand on piano – will play a full set with support from Graham Legge, starting at 7pm.

The following evening, Saturday, January 4, Folk at the Salmon Bothy will be holding their annual New Year Ceilidh in the Station Hotel in Portsoy (8pm).

Music for dancing will be provided by Moonshine Madness and there will be open mic sessions too for performers looking to rid themselves of the excesses of the festive season.

Folk at the Salmon Bothy's open mic sessions increased in popularity and scope throughout 2013.

At the final session of the year – a Christmas extravaganza, some 20 acts performed tunes, poems, songs, both traditional and contemporary, in front of a packed audience.

The biggest elf ever seen in Portsoy, Mike Blackburn, was MC for the evening, ensuring the balance of tunes, songs and stories was just right.

The audience was treated to tunes composed by Ally Bain and Freeland Barbour played on fiddle and whistle, classic offerings from Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Christie Moore and Lennon and McCartney as well as some self-penned material by the club's fine local singer/songwriters.

Traditional music was not forgotten, thanks to Patrick, Hazel and Arthur and Tom and Maggie Spiers.

Tom was recently nominated for and accepted into the Hall Of Fame for Traditional Music, at the BBC Alba 2013 Na Trad Awards.

Maggie ended the fine evening with a great rendition of The Parting Glass.

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