Girvan hosting its 42nd folk festival

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This year’s Girvan Folk Festival promises to be one of the best ever with the town’s venues throwing open their doors for the 42nd annual event.

On the weekend beginning Friday 29th April, the busiest weekend in Girvan, the town welcomes the best in traditional music, song and dance for the 42nd Folk Festival.

Various venues throughout the town will host the best Irish, English and Scottish traditional musicians.

Maggie Macrae, the festival’s Artistic Director said there are a variety of events to suit all ages and tastes at this year’s festival.

Maggie highlighted the informal music sessions throughout the official hotel venues which are reknowned far and wide across the traditional British folk scene.

There are also the main festival concerts, headlined by the Paul McKenna band, who having started out in Ayrshire are now international artistes touring Europe and the States.

Maggie said: “There are also very special children’s events, competitions and quiet singarounds, in fact something for everybody.

“Girvan attracts visitors from all over the British isles and has become an unmissable event in the festival calendar.

“This year also the festival are really pleased to have been able to supply transport to and from Girvan for the outlying villages of Barr, Barrhill, Pinmore, Pinwherry, Ballantrae, Lendalfoot and Colmonell.”

This year’s artists include The Paul McKenna Band, Pete Coe, Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry, Brendan Hendry and Johnny Toman, Di Henderson, 3 Men and a Box, Jess Smith (Story Teller), Emma Spiers, Darcy and Pals, Mike Hancock and The Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band.

Children’s Singing Workshops and the Circus Skills Workshop are also free events this year.

Weekend Tickets are £35/£30 with accompanied children age 14 and under free.

Visit the Girvan Folk Festival Exhibition, which celebrates 42 years of music, storytelling, verse and fun during the festival weekend.

The festival is enabled with financial support from South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, Carrick Futures, Ayrshire & Arran Tourism, and Visit Scotland.

The festival committee also wish to thank Girvan Asda for their donation of 800 bottles of water for the camp site. Venues include Westcliffe Hotel, The Vaults, Flynn’s Boatyard, Hamilton Arms, Anchor Bar, Carrick Buildings and the Town House.