Keith the place to be for Traditional Scottish Music and Dance

James Coutts Scottish Dance Band

Keith has attracted a high quality selection of musicians and dancers for the 39th Traditional Music festival next month.

The event will kick off with a Ceilidh at the Bowling Club that has attracted sponsorship from Clydesdale Bank and Alex Grant & Co – with a high-quality line-up of guests performing alongside talented local youngsters.

Other events at the Keith Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) Festival includes a Concert Ceilidh in the Plough Inn which has attracted sponsorship from Shears and the Barbara Anderson Fiddle School. Leading the show that evening will be three-time bothy ballad champion of champions Hector Riddell alongside balladeer Danny Couper.

Also on the festival opening night there is Old Time Dance at the Royal British Legion (sponsored by Cramond Life & Pensions and Tesco’s Keith branch), with the music provided by James Coutts and his Scottish Dance Band – James and his band have featured in many radio broadcasts through the years and remain in high demand throughout Scotland.

Looking ahead to the festival this year organising committee member Gary Coull said: “We have once again managed to attract a really high quality selection of musicians and singers to the Keith Festival.

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

“We have something for everyone 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.

“Tickets are now on sale with the most expensive event being only £8. This really is a bargain given the quality of entertainment that folk will see and hear at these concerts.

“I would urge folk to get their tickets quickly and for those who have not been before we look forward to welcoming you to what will be a great weekend of music, song and dance.”

The Festival will run from Friday, June 6 until Sunday, June 8 at various venues throughout the town.

The 39th Keith TMSA Festival runs from Friday 6th June to Sunday 8th June in various venues throughout the town. Events include an Old Time Dance, Concert Ceilidhs, a Bairns Ceilidh, an Open Air Concert and TMSA Competitions.

Tickets are available from Mither Tongue, Mid Street, Keith, by e-mailing or by telephone to Sandy on 01542 882638.

For more information and a full list of the guest artists log on to the website or call Eddie Harvey on 01542 882908.

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