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Concerts celebrate group's 10th anniversary

By Kyle Ritchie

Portsoy's Folk at the Salmon Bothy celebrated its 10th anniversary in great style.

The weekend kicked off with the regular open mic, which had Bob Sharp as MC.

A capacity audience, as their had been at the first event in 2009, enjoyed 22 diverse acts.

Sharp opened the evening with a fine rendition of Alan Taylor’s Good To See You.

Bob Sharp entertains the audience during one of the 10th anniversary concerts.
Bob Sharp entertains the audience during one of the 10th anniversary concerts.

Folk at the Salmon Bothy chairman Bob Philips said: “Traditional Bothy Ballads, country songs, stories about a man with no story to tell and one about Eric the Dreamer, had the audience captivated.

“Ron Gardner delivered a hilarious song about Mono Sodium Glutamate. One of the highlights was the performance of newcomers to the club, Black Dog Sound Machine. Terry delivered two of his own, finely crafted songs, with great guitar accompaniment.”

Lorna Summers then blew out the candles on the birthday cake and Mr Philips, proposed a toast to Folk at the Salmon Bothy.

In the Scout Hall on Saturday Afternoon, film clips, pulled together by Bob Sharp and Ronan Fitsimonz, paid tribute to club regulars who had passed away.

Tributes to Wendy De Rusett, Alex Green and John Mackie were written and performed by Alison Skinner, Les Wheeler and Rod Summer.

Sharp also read a tribute to John Mackie, written by his long time friend, Paul Kersley. Others remembered on film and in song, were Larry Duncan and Simon McPhun.

Teas, coffees and home bakes were served by members of Portsoy Scout Group.

The main event of the weekend was to be a concert featuring veteran folk singer Archie Fisher. Unfortunately Fisher was unwell and Scott Gardner and Johnny Kemp filled his spot.

The weekend culminated in a gathering of 30 plus musician and singers in The Station Hotel.

Mr Philips added: “The group is grateful to everybody who supported the events over the weekend.”

The group’s next open mic night is on Friday, April 19. The club’s biggest event of the year is the 10th Haal which will be held in the town on May 31 and June 2.

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