Ugie Folk Festival proves a hit

Ugie Wall of Sound opened the Grand Concert on Saturday night.
Ugie Wall of Sound opened the Grand Concert on Saturday night.

The Ugie Folk Club recently held its 22nd annual folk festival at several North East venues.

Over the years several well-known artists have appeared at the local festival and as usual, the local folk music lovers turned out to support the events.

Highlights this year included the Grand Concert at Stuartfield Village Hall where a full house was entertained by one of Scotland’s foremost singer songwriters, Robin Laing.

Robin’s music has been recorded by many artists over the years.

Supporting acts, Sandy Leggat and Irene Watt on fiddle and harp, and the local folk club band ‘The Ugie Wall of Sound’, the audience were treated to a diverse mix of music, laughter and song.

Sunday saw the Song Writing Competition held in the Longside Football Club Social Club.

Now in its second year, the competition drew entrants from as far a field as the North of Scotland.

Judges for the day were Robin Laing and Gavin Sutherland, both excellent songwriters in their own genres.

Winner of the competition was David Cowan from Cromarty. Accompanied by Marjorie Paterson on cello, David performed his song “These Old Shoes”.

The festival weekend was rounded off by a well attended open session at the Longside FC Social Club where musicians kept the afternoon going with their songs and stories.

The Ugie Folk Club hold their monthly club nights on the first Friday of the month in the Longside FC Social Club.

For more info on the Ugie Folk Club visit their website at