Stonehaven already has a charming atmosphere that catches just about anyone, so couple that with the excitement that comes with the folk festival. This is a festival where the best of traditional and contemporary music come alive in Stonehaven. It is in this festival that the names of some of the world’s renowned instrumentalists such as Alasdair Fraser, Tony McManus, and many more have been heard. Also local fiddlers such as Ross Hull, are also well known there.
Stonehaven Folk Festival was established in 1989, and is now one of the most popular music festivals in Scotland. It attracts top acts and musicians, plus there is a mix of concerts, like the concerts in the town hall, featuring internationally recognised artists, along with free afternoon concerts in the market square, and the farewell concert. There is usually a sing along in the local clubs and hotels in Stonehaven during the festival, and it is reputed for nurturing up and coming young artists.
The festival has two unique Stonehaven events you can witness. One is the world paper’n’comb championships, where performers play tunes with a piece of paper and a plastic comb. The aqua ceilidh is the second event, and takes place in the open air swimming pool during the festival. The pool is filled with heated seawater, and participants have to stay at the shallow end of the pool. Anyone who wants to dance, or anyone who came with a partner, can jump into the water.
All kinds of workshops, mostly led by performing artists, are part of the wonderful local heritage. This year will mark the 30th year of the festival, and everyone is expecting something really spectacular and special. The folk festival has its roots in the Stonehaven Folk Club. So if you are a musician, or lover of off the wall Scottish music, then this place is for you.