Rotary to host night of traditional music

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Fraserburgh Rotary Club is organising a traditional music night on Saturday, April 18, at the Broch Leisure Centre.

The event will feature many of the top Bothy Ballad performers and other traditional musicians, celebrating Scotland’s tremendous musical heritage.

The North-east also has its own unique music which depicts the area’s maritime and fishing traditions and also the life on farms and estates, where hard work and long hours were celebrated in songs from the ‘Bothy’.

For over 30 years, Elgin Rotary Club, sponsored by Macallan Whisky, has hosted the Bothy Champion of Champion contest, affectionately known as “The beets, neeps and the bunnets”. It is a sellout event with over 700 filling Elgin Town Hall each year.

Through contact their Elgin counterpart, Fraserburgh Rotary are delighted that some top performers have agreed to stage a local concert to bring the ‘Bothy tradition’ back to the Broch. These include Geordie Murison, Hector Riddell, Bill Gray, Alan Taylor and Natalie Chalmers. Other musicians will also be taking part, lending variety to the evening with their own distinctive style.

Meanwhile, North East Scotland College Art and Design Department will be getting involved having offered to provide a backdrop for the stage.

Tickets are available from the Leisure Centre, Rodgers Electrical and Maitland’s, and are priced at £10 including stovies and tea and shortbread.

Organisers would like to invite everyone to come along and enjoy a ‘gran’ nicht’ in support of Rotary local charities.