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Turriff Heritage Society members reunite for summer concert

By Kirsty Brown

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A small but appreciative group of Turriff and District Heritage Society members gathered in the forecourt of Session Cottage to enjoy a summer evening’s entertainment of music and song.

Traditional songs, bothy ballads, and a varied repertoire of music and stories were to the fore as Moira Stewart and Bedlamhowe (consisting of Ramsay Tvedt, George Allan and Mike Rodgers) entertained the audience, as all enjoyed wine and nibbles, seated in the evening sun.

Social distancing measures were strictly adhered to, especially as this was the first time for eighteen months that live performances had been given by the folk group.

The stories and banter between the entertainers and the interaction with the audience ensured that the concert was a success, on the road back to ‘normality’, when so much live entertainment had to be cancelled in the last two years.

Turriff And District Heritage Society held a concert for members.
Turriff And District Heritage Society held a concert for members.

Unaccompanied in the Scottish tradition, Moira's songs ranged from the tales of past bothy ballads to the modern lament that life on farms, like life in general, will never be the same again – all sung in a beautifully clear voice.

It was as if the members of Bedlamhowe had never been separated – their presentation of sea shanties, Scottish melodies and verbal repartee between the items, was as sharp as ever.

The entertainers were introduced by Deirdre McAinsh and also presented them with gifts at the end of a successful evening.

Previously Deirdre had also led a group tour around Historic Turra indicating that the Heritage of Turriff, historic and social, has to be maintained, which is a central aim of the Heritage Society.

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