Stovie folk night promises to be entertaining

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With a full complement of musicians and entertainers for the stovie folk night this Friday in the Airlie Hotel, ticket holders are in for a feast of Scottish and world music.

The local SNP group is organising the event to promote folk music in the area and also to make a small presentation to our former MSP John Swinney in thanks for the work that he did in the area.

MC John Henderson, raconteur and wit, will introduce the performers and set the pace for the evening, interspersing the music with a little of his own brand of wry humour.

The line-up includes Kirriemuir favourites Joe Aitken and Maureen Jelks who have carved out their own niches in the traditional Scottish scene drawing on their lifetimes of personal music experiences.

A group of local musicians including Ian Milne on banjo and Gordon Ewing on fiddle will get the feet tapping at speed.

Travelling from Forfar is sibling group “Tonight Matthew” with contemporary folk aimed at a younger generation.

Born with only five fingers on each hand has never been a handicap for Dennis Arnot who sounds like he has ten on each when playing the traditional Indian sitar, which was popularised by the Beatles in the late sixties and early seventies.

For anyone who has never heard the sitar live this is a unique opportunity to hear a Western take on a thoroughly Eastern instrument and of course Dennis is even better on the Irish pipes. His lovely Irish airs are guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye.

If blues is your bag, then Nick Hunter is your man. Nick has been polishing his skills for many years both in twentieth century blues and in his other passion, bluegrass.

With a huge range of music styles on offer tickets have sold well with only about a dozen left.

Tickets details are available by telephoning 01575-574128.