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Ballad champions set for Elgin stage


By Staff Reporter


TICKETS are now on sale for the 38th Bothy Ballads Champion of Champions event, which will take to the stage at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday, February 8.

A large crowd is expected for the popular musical showcase, which will feature defending champion Hector Riddell from Finzean.

Getting ready for the Bothy Ballads Champion of Champions event, organised by Elgin Rotary Club, are (from left) Rotarians Brenda Munro, James Macpherson, Kate Asher and Ken Smith at Wester Coxton Farm.Picture: Becky Saunderson
Getting ready for the Bothy Ballads Champion of Champions event, organised by Elgin Rotary Club, are (from left) Rotarians Brenda Munro, James Macpherson, Kate Asher and Ken Smith at Wester Coxton Farm.Picture: Becky Saunderson

Attempting to take Hector’s crown on the night will be Joe Aitken from Kirriemuir, Ellie Beaton from Rothienorman, Shona Donaldson from Tarland, Doug Hay from Whitehills and Allan Taylor from Alford.

Compère for the evening will be retired newspaper editor and Elgin Rotary Club member Ken Smith, while the judges will be experienced singers and musicians Pete Shepheard and Jimmy Hutchison.

As well as the balladeers themselves, there will also be an appearance from guest artistes Charlie McKerron and Marc Clement, who will work their musical magic on the fiddle and guitar.

Tickets (priced at £12 for upstairs and £11 for downstairs) can either be bought from Elgin Library in the town’s Cooper Park or by phoning 01343 562603.

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