Thirty years of Kirrie Festival

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TRADITIONAL music played out loud and clear in Kirriemuir last weekend when the 30th Kirriemuir Music Festival took place throughout the town.

The town was packed with performers and visitors who enjoyed competitions and concerts, as well as pub sessions.

The Kirriemuir branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association put together a memorable programme to mark the occasion.

Guests for the special anniversary ceilidh were The Occasionals Ceilidh Band.

The results of the various competitions were as follows:- Men’s singing, Hector Riddel, Finzean; women’s singing, Moira Stewart, Turriff; bothy ballad, Natalie Chalmers, Fraserburgh; novice singer, Jim Hogg, Speyside; local singer, Pat Newman, Cortachy; accordion open, Kyle Innes, Strathmiglo; accordion junior, Kyle Innes; fiddle open, Heather Anderson, Tarland; fiddle junior, George Davidson, Aberdeenshire; instrumental pairs, Heather and Eilidh Anderson, Tarland; melodeon, Lindsay Porteous, Culross; concertina, Belinda MacLaren, Lennoxtown; mouth organ, Murray Douglas, Kemnay; tin whistle, Sarah Simpson, Fort William; Jew’s Harp, Lindsay Porteous; diddling, Lindsay Porteous; oral whistling, Lindsay Porteous; story telling, Tony Robertson, Aberdeen; Doric verse, Shirley Foulkes, Aberdeen; overall winner, Natalie Chalmers; runner-up, Murray Douglas.