Kirrie set to host annual music festival

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THE countdown is on once again for the annual Kirriemuir Festival, which takes place over three days in September in various venues throughout the town.

It is now 30 years since the festival first came to the town, and this year’s event on September 7, 8 and 9 will be carrying on a tradition which has made Kirriemuir so well known in the field of traditional music.

Organised by the Angus branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland, it provides ceilidhs, concerts, singarounds, sessions and street entertainment.

For those with a competitive spirit, Saturday is mostly taken up with a range of competitions to suit all tastes.

So if you can sing or play a musical instrument, then go along and take part. There are trophies to be won but nobody takes it too seriously!

In the evenings there are ceilidhs and concerts in various venues featuring festival guest artistes who are all well-known on the traditional music scene such as Angus Strathspey and Reel Society, Angus Folk, Skirdechal, Rosely Ceilidh Band, George Rennie and, of course, Joe Aitken.

Festival programme are available from George Rennie’s shop, or by phoning 01575 - 540261.