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MUSIC fans will be saying “cheers” to the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival for show-casing some of the area’s top talent this weekend.

A range of artists will be helping the three-day event go with a swing, said festival entertainment director Iain “Skirlie” McFadden.

He said: “The festival has always been about more than just the ale – good as that is. We want to ensure folk are thoroughly entertained while they are having a great night out with us.

“Because of that, we are delighted to be able to showcase some of the great folk who sing and perform around the North-east all year round.

“We’ve lined up some cracking tunesmiths who we know will have toes tapping and heads nodding along.”

Those playing at the festival, which will be held in Stonehaven Town Hall from Thursday, November 3, to Saturday, November 5, include: Scott Baxter and Angus McCurrach who make up one third of The Trybe, along with Iain himself;

The Caley Buoys – a father and son team; Fish Feathers McTeeth – folk supremo Sandy Mathers takes on his alter ego to offer up a great blend of toe-tapping tunes, ballads and sing-along classics; Gibby McNaught – a master of the folk tradition; No Hot Ashes; Richard Hannay And The Thirty Nine Steps; Twa Folk (Irene Watt and Graham White) and

The KG Influence with the coolest jazz sounds.

Iain said one special treat was being reserved for Saturday afternoon at the festival – All Ale The Jazz

He added: “In true X Factor style, we’ve put together the cream of the North-east’s jazz talent to create our own supergroup. This is a unique chance to hear the finest proponents of jazz playing just for festival visitors.

“As well as the music, we will have the return of our popular big screen showing classic old Scottish movies and shows - including a certain football game from 1967. With an ale from every working brewery in Scotland, along with our great entertainment, we are sure visitors will have a great time at this year’s festival.”