Largest ever Celtic music festival set to rock at Fochabers

Sandi Thom - set to rock at Fochabers
Sandi Thom – set to rock at Fochabers

MORAY’S LARGEST SUMMER music festival is looking forward to what organisers say will be region’s biggest ever celebration of Celtic music.

Ceilidhs, concerts and workshops are being lined up for Speyfest 20 in just two weeks time – with Fochabers ready to celebrate the 20th year of an event that has grown year and year.

A three-hour concert on Saturday, July 31 will launch the festival this year when the Fochabers Fiddlers play to their home crowd in the company of the Calum Stewart Trio, Phil Cunningham and Ally Bain.

Also appearing on stage on the opening night will be Seth Lakeman and Sandi Thom, while the following day two stages – the Whisky and Windswept – will see 18 more performances over ten hours.

Looking back on the history of the festival Calum Stewart, who was brought up in Garmouth, will lead a trio bearing his name that includes French pair Heikki Bourgault and Yann Le Bozec, said: “The early days of the festival were quite different to how it is now.

“There is always a buzz around the area and there is always something special about playing at home, it is a perfect chance for old friends to come home and catch up.”

Tickets ranging in price from £10.50 to £31.50 as well as weekend camping tickets are available from the festival website or in person at the Fochabers Institute. Anyone requiring further information on Speyfest 20 can call 07875 212382.