The traditional Girvan folk festival is back next weekend with famous Scottish musician Alasdair Roberts


The traditional Girvan folk festival is back next weekend with a stellar lineup.

Organizers are delighted to welcome revelers back to the city for the 47th festival, which runs from April 29 to May 1.

Concerts, workshops, poetry, storytelling, instrument makers’ fair and community ceilidh are on the program.

On Friday April 29 at Catholic Hall, festival-goers can expect ceilidh dance sets from the West Highlands of Creel, a rapping group from Oban.

The annual tribute to festival founder Bobby Robb will take place on Saturday April 30 at 2pm at Catholic Hall and will feature friends and musical companions of Bobby over the years including Bud Frazer, Martin Shane and George McCullough of Belfast, Pat Lappin of Ayr’s Phoenix Folk Club and members of the Girvan Folk Club.

At the McKechnie Institute on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Ayrshire-born poet Josie Neill, along with fellow poet and collaborator Stuart A Paterson, will present a showcase of new song settings of poems from Josie Il’s acclaimed 2021 collection. There’s Ma Mammy Wavin.

On Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Farewell Concert will feature a special performance by old friends Allan MacDonald and Cathal McConnell.

And acclaimed balladist Alasdair Roberts will entertain by previewing songs from his upcoming solo album of traditional songs and ballads, Painted Rooms, due out in early 2023.

Alasdair, who is considered one of Scotland’s finest songwriters, will also perform lesser-known gems from his extensive catalogue.

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Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts
Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts

Workshops with world-class tutors will take place each morning of the Festival weekend, providing immersive instruction in traditional arts including bagpipes, fiddle and accordion.

A full list of events with times and locations is available here.

Weekend festival tickets, £55/£60, are available to purchase in line as well as individual event tickets.

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