Stage set for Kirrie Music Festival

KIRRIEMUIR will be brimming with musical talent this weekend when the 31st Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song takes place.

It will be the place to go in order to experience a great variety of musicians and discover what the three day festival has to offer with its impressively packed programme.

Over the weekend of September 7, 8 and 9, ceilidhs, concerts and competitions will fill various venues throughout the town. There will also be sing-alongs, street entertainment and sessions to entertain the crowds.

The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland has put together another fantastic programme for this the 31st Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song.

The opening concert takes place in the Guide Hall in the Roods on Friday at 9pm. There will be music from Joe Aitken, who is chairman of the Festival Committee, Angus Strathspey and Reel Society, Natalie Chalmers, Murray Douglas, Alex Green and Madeline Miller. The line-up is complete with Carol and Alan Prior, George Rennie, Hector Riddell, the Rosely Ceilidh band and Jess Smith.

There will be sessions at the Three Bellies Brae and the Kerymor Tavern at 9pm.

Saturday is competitions day starting 10.30am, in various locations throughout the town.

The morning sessions begin at 10.30 am in the Old Parish Church with competitions for fiddling, accordion, ceilidh band, instrumental pairs and diddling.

In the church hall, starting at 11 am, there will be competitions for men’s singing, women’s singing, bothy ballad, local singer and novice singer.

The afternoon session of competitions takes place in the Masonic Hall, starting at 1 pm.
These are for mouthorgan, Jew’s harp, tin whistle, melodeon, concertina, oral whistle, storytelling, poetry and the competition for the Chorus Cup will be held during the evening singaround in the Masonic Hall.

There will be fun to be found for all ages with a prize winners’ concert held in the Kirk Hall to celebrate from 7 to 9pm. The concert offers a great opportunity to hear the range of music, song, storytelling and poetry found at the festival and tickets are priced at £4.

Street entertainment will fill The Square from 2pm and there will be a spectacular array of different acts for visitors to enjoy until 5pm as well as the Forfar Instrumental Band.

Sessions will run between 10am and 6pm in Rennies Shop where they are known as “legendary.” There are also sessions in Thrums Hotel dining room at 2.30pm and in the Three Bellies.

A singaround will finish off the night at the Masonic Hall in Roods. This event starts at 11pm and guests are advised that there is no bar but you can bring your own bottle of drink.

Saturday evening is topped off with a concert from 8pm in the Bowling Club and a concert in the Guide Hall from 9.15pm. Tickets for these events are £6.

The Sunday programme features a Kirk Service in the Old Parish church at 11.15am and is led by the Rev. Malcolm Rooney with the Angus Strathspey and Reel Society.

From 12 noon there will be an Angus Heritage Week talk at Thrums on Bank Street, Here, Jess Smith will talk about her life as a traveller in Angus, Perthshire and beyond. There will be time for visitors to ask her questions until 1pm.

There is a concert to be held in the Kirrie Thistle Club at Westview Park and it starts at 2pm and finishes at 5.30pm and entry is £6. Performers at this concert include: Joe Aitken, Natalie Chalmers and the Rosely Ceilidh Band.

A farewell concert ceilidh will be held in the Guide Hall in the Roods, starting at 8pm, and as usual, these will be attended by “surviving guests and others!”

The evening session will be held in the Three Bellies Brae.

Throughout the weekend music sessions are held across the town. regular venues include the Kerymor Tavern, Three Bellies Brae, Roods Bar and the Thrums Hotel.

The under 18s can join in the fun of the music festival by attending the ‘Not So Secret Policeman’s Ball’ being held at Northmuir Hall on Saturday. Police Constables Alan Bell, Pam Colvin and DD8 Music are to organise the event. It will take place between 7 pm and 11 pm and tickets are available from Webster’s High School at a cost of £2 which includes a refreshment and snack.

There will be live music from “We are the Support Act” “Katie and Chris” and “Around 7.” All bands are supplied by DD8 Music. Tickets can also be purchased on the night at Northmuir Hall for £2.50. No alcohol will be allowed at the venue.

Tickets for the festival are available from Rennie’s Shop on St Malcolm’s Wynd or alternatively you can call 01575 573292.

For more details on the Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song you can visit the festival office which is situated in the downstairs room at Age Concern over the weekend or visit

There is a map on the website which shows where all of the venues are which will be useful for out of town visitors.

If you want to join or find out about the Traditional Music and Song Association, of which the Kirrie Festival is part of, visit