Folk Festival

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After a 3 year wait, it is not long to go until the fantastic, amazing, and fun Stonehaven Folk Festival
7-10 July. Featuring town hall concerts with international guests Shooglenifty, Flook, Rura, the Paul
McKenna Band and more plus the usual mix of fringe events and activities. The Aqua Ceilidh is in the
open-air pool with a live band and lots of splashing. Slightly less silly (?) but just as much fun – the
World Paper’n’Comb Championships, this year taking the Eurovision Song Contest as it’s theme.
This event is soon to reach heritage status for preserving such a noble traditional form of
musicianship. There will be a full programme of activities on Saturday and Sunday including a
Marquee in the Market square featuring a mix of festival guests and local artists and performers.
The Festival is excited to be a part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, a celebration of stories
inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture and every
community has a different tale to tell. Pauline Cordiner will the storyteller in residence over the
This year has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the festival organisers sorting out venues and
finalising events but they are confident this year’s festival will be as good as ever. There are a few
compromises as a consequence of Covid and rediscovering venues. The main venue, the Town hall
is all confirmed and the fringe events are coming along nicely. There will be a slightly reduced
workshop programme, focusing on quality, not quantity. Session venues are sorted and the
campsite, organised by the local Men’s Shed, is ready to go.
A special event this year, the Aberdeen Flute Fling will be incorporated into the festival on Saturday
the 9th.
There will be workshops, performances, and a book launch as part of the day. The
“FluteFling Collection”, 133 tunes from Scotland and Ireland’s musical traditions, but also including
44 original tunes published for the first time. The tunes were donated by 13 of the talented tutors
and guests who have appeared at FluteFling events since the first in 2014.
Another addition to this year’s festival will be the Falkland Bothy Ballad competition. Another post
Covid refugee, the competition will also be held on Saturday the 9th.
Despite Pandemic concerns ticket sales are looking good with 12% of sales going abroad to the USA,
Europe and even Australia. At the time of writing, we are almost sold out for the Saturday night
Concert with less than 30 tickets left.
Tickets are selling well and online booking is strongly recommended. Come and join us as we
celebrate our 32nd Festival with full details at
General enquiries should be addressed to or
Charlie West 07811 455279
7-10 July 2022
Stonehaven Folk Festival SCIO recognised as a charity in Scotland: SC 049859
Main Stage Artists performing at the 2022 Festival are:
Friday 8th July: Flook, Choras, and the Paddy Buchanan Band
Saturday 9th July: Deira, Kris Drever, and RURA
Sunday 11th July: HECLA, Paul McKenna Band and Shooglenifty
Storytelling from Pauline Cordiner over the weekend
Aberdeen Flute Fling details:
Stonehaven Folk Festival is organised by a dedicated group of volunteers. It was established in 1989
and apart from the “Covid Years” has been an annual event in Stonehaven.

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