Ugie Folk Club held another successful festival weekend in the various venues across Buchan recently.
Having hosted an annual festival for nearly a quarter of a century, this has become a great favourite on the local folk and traditional music scene.
On Friday, Longside FC Social Club saw a good crowd of entertainers and audience enjoy a lively mix of music and songs from the Ugie Folk Club regulars and guests.
Saturday’s free concert at Aden park was played to a full house even with the other competing attractions going on in the area at the time.
Bill Buchan compered an afternoon of fun and music from a dozen performers with a variety of styles that had the audience singing along with them.
The grand concert on Saturday evening at Maud Village Hall was supported by locals and visitors who turned out in their numbers to see an excellent evening’s entertainment.
Local favourites “The Ugie Wall of Sound” opened proceedings before brilliant accordianist Norman English wowed the crowd with a set of tunes ranging from classical to The Beatles, all played in his own inimitable style.
The stars of the concert were the highly rated Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies from Northumberland.
A prolific song writer, Jez played and sang his way through old favourites and new songs from his latest album.
Each song was warmly greeted by the appreciative audience who needed no prompting to join in.
Ably backed by the other members of the Bad Pennies they produced a sound that was both warm and invigorating in equal measures.
It was no surprise that the crowd demanded an encore at the end.
Sunday morning saw the Song Writing Competition taking place at Longside. Judged by Jez Lowe, the winner this year was Trevor Stevens from Elgin with his song “Sand And Seaweed”.
Open to songwriter with a song written in the last twelve months, this is the second time Trevor has won the competition.
He was presented with an inscribed whisky glass and framed certificate by Jez Lowe.
The festival wound up with the Sunday Session the afternoon.
This was a chance for musicians and friends to get together and play their favourite and new songs and tunes, this informal session was enjoyed by performers and audience alike.
Planning will soon commence for next year’s festival. The small folk club committee will be getting down to the hard work of putting next years events together.
Watch out for details as they become available.
The Ugie Folk Club holds its regularly monthly club nights on the first Friday of each month at the Longside FC Social Club at 8pm.
It runs the ocassional guest night and hosts the annual Folk Festival, but otherwise, club nights take the form of an informal sing around.
All are perfomers and music lovers, no matter what age, are more than welcome to go along and see what the club is all about.
You can also speak to the some of the members and performers.