Girvan comes alive with music

Asda donated 800 bottles of water for the folk festival campsite; pictured left to right are Fiona Newman, Sharon Adams, Graham Charlton (Folk Festival chairman) and Asda manager, Matthew Lawton.

Asda donated 800 bottles of water for the folk festival campsite; pictured left to right are Fiona Newman, Sharon Adams, Graham Charlton (Folk Festival chairman) and Asda manager, Matthew Lawton.

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IT HAS finally arrived and folk music fans from across the country are bringing the streets of Girvan alive with music.

This weekend will see the 39th Girvan traditional folk festival which includes some familiar faces and some exciting new acts.

The event, which runs from Friday to Sunday, May 3-5, will see concerts, sessions, an open stage, competitions, workshops, children’s events and, of course, the campsite.

The campsite is already filling up and local superstore Asda, donated 800 bottles of water for the site.

There will be an opening concert at the Westcliffe Hotel on the Friday with The Voice Squad, Triinu Guerrin and Kadri Karu, Martyn Wyndham-Read, The Spiers Family, Nick Caffrey and Ed McGurk, Scott Gardner, Siobhan Miller, Donal Maguire and Up in the Air.

Saturday will see competitions, children’s singing workshops, circus skills workshops and the tribute concert for festival founder Bobby Robb at the Hamilton Arms at 2pm, involving Girvan Folk Club, Heather Heywood, Krag Folk and Martyn Wyndham-Read, who was at the second festival in 1976 and has kept in touch ever since.

There will also be an evening ceilidh at Sacred Heart church hall and an evening concert at the Westcliffe Hotel starting at 7pm.

Sunday will see competitions at the Westcliffe, storytelling and a family ceilidh at the Sacred Heart church hall from 1-3pm featuring Maggie Macrae, Siobhan Miller, Susie Kelly, Story Tellers and Suitcase Circus.

There will also be a folk group competition at the Westcliffe from 3pm.

The farewell concert is at the Sacred Heart church hall and there are also late sessions.

The ever-popular Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band will also be performing at the festival, which promises to be one of the best ever, and that’s no mean feat.

There are also plenty of community events as well with Girvan air cadets hosting a coffee morning at the Cadet Hall, Ailsa Street East from 10am-12noon on Saturday, May 4.

Also on Saturday from 10am to 3pm Girvan Academy is hosting a fun day in aid of its pupils’ Nepal trip with plenty of fun on offer for youngsters.

At Girvan Youth Trust’s Z1 in Dalrymple Street there will be a Spring Fayre on Saturday running from 11.30am to 2.30pm with hot soup and rolls available - might be quite handy for music fans with the weather forecast!

Don’t forget that from 12noon-6pm Girvan boating pond and putting green will be open at the seafront.

Girvan Community Garden will be hosting a kids theatre from 1-3pm on Friday and there is music in the yurt from 12noon-4pm on Saturday.

Local band Attic will also be playing at the Anchor Bar, Girvan on Saturday night.

To find out more, including ticket prices, visit the festival website, or, for accommodation enquiries, contact 01465 712128.