Published: 26/05/2014 15:11 - Updated: 27/05/2014 11:03

Keith festival offers a feast of traditional music and song

Keith Festival, Keith Traditional Music and Song Association Festival, TMSA
The Keith Festival's opening night stars, James Coutts and his Scottish Dance Band, who will be providing the music for the Friday night old time dance in the town's Royal British Legion.


TICKETS are on sale now for one of Banffshire's headline music events festivals – the The 39th Keith Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Festival, which runs from Friday-Sunday, June 6-8.

The TMSA has put together a packed weekend programme with something to draw music lovers young and old to a wide range of concerts, competitions and sessions.

Events include an old time dance, concert ceilidhs, a bairns' ceilidh, an open-air concert and TMSA competitions.

"Once again, we have managed to attract a really high quality selection of musicians and singers to the Keith Festival," said festival committee member Gary Coull.

"It ranges from a three-time bothy ballad champion of champions; to a world-class Shetland fiddler, to the singer at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and more great up-and-coming young talent.

"We have something for everybody, whether folk want to dance, go along to the formal concerts or competitions or for those who just want to attend the informal sessions to listen or join in."

The opening Friday night ceilidh in the Bowling Club will see the usual turnout of guest artists perform alongside local youngsters.

The concert ceilidh in the Plough Inn will follow its familiar format, finishing at 10pm to be followed by a free sing-a-round session where anybody can have a go at singing a traditional song or just sit and listen, led by bothy ballad champion of champions winner Hector Riddell and fellow balladeer Danny Couper.

The opening night's old time dance in the Royal British Legion will star James Coutts and his Scottish Dance Band, who are always in demand for ceilidhs, corporate functions and weddings throughout Scotland.

Admission to the Bowling Club and Plough headline events is £5, while admission to the Royal British Legion old time dance is priced at £8.

Tickets are available from Mither Tongue, Mid Street, Keith, by e-mail from or by telephoning Sandy on 01542 882638.

For more information and a full list of the guest artists, log on to the website, phone Eddie Harvey on 01542 882908 or go to the Keith Festival's Facebook page at

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