The recent Stonehaven Folk Festival which took place over the weekend was a huge success according to organisers.
The annual event sees some of the biggest names in folk music descend upon Stonehaven. This year was no different with bands such as Manran and Atlan playing, amongst many others. For a full breakdown of who was playing you read our previous piece on the festival.
From the 5th to 8th of July over 50 musicians played at a whole range of events including main events, fringe events and workshops. There was also even an impromptu musical session in the square:
There was also an attempt at the world record for “World largest ceilidh band” which involved beating the existing record of 250 musicians. The attempt is still being validated, but the final tally of 288 musicians, 22 dancers, 1 expert witness (Freeland Barbour of the Occasionals), 2 independent witnesses and over 25 volunteer Stewards looks to be a world record.
You can read more about the world attempt here:
Commenting on the world record attempt, chairman of the organising committee Charlie West said: “what a fantastic experience, playing together with so many people was exhilarating, a fantastic feeling of community”
“A great weekend with lots of musical surprises, many acts surpassed expectations and three Town Hall concerts completely sold out. We deliberately programmed a number of younger musicians to take part and they proved themselves to be truly worth to carry on the musical and singing tradition”
For more photos of the event, you can head over the Stonehaven Folk Festival Facebook page