Each year we bring together an excellent bill of musicians and performers who appear on the many stages across the Festival, delighting the crowds with their rhythmic songs and dance.


Friday 23rd June, Urang Matang supported by Journey North.  Wally Green Marquee, Portsoy.  8pm – 11pm.  Tickets £10 in advance.  Over 18s only.  Licenced bar.
Journey North, a 5 piece Scottish folk rock band from Tayside and Fife, will kick off the evening.
Urang Matang, featuring Portsoy’s own Jim Paterson of Dexys Midnight Runners fame take to the stage with their eclectic ska and reggae mix.

This will be followed by a late night folk session until 1am. Free entry.

Saturday 24th June, De Kinkels, Wally Green Marquee, Portsoy.  9pm – late.  Tickets £10 in advance.  
Over 18s only.  Licenced bar.
Dutch favourites are back to rock the stage with their renditions of popular rock and pop songs.

Saturday 24th June, Hootenany at the Hut, family ceilidh with music by Bourach and dancers Feerochie.  Scout Hut, Loch Soy, Portsoy (outdoors if weather permits). 7pm onwards.  Bring your own bottle.  No entry fee, but donations very welcome.

Saturday 24th June, Open Mic Folk Night.  Portsoy Bowling Club, Doors Open 8pm for 8.30pm start – late, Tickets £5 at the door. All welcome. 
Hosted by Folk at the Salmon Bothy.  Danny Couper will be your MC for the evening introducing a host of performers.  The evening kicks off with an extended set by Arthur Watson.

Over Festival weekend, by The Salmon Bothy, you’ll find the Bothy Folk Club Stage, where you will find a host of talent led by  Northern Shore on Saturday and  Moonshine Madness on Sunday.


We have already confirmed some of the fabulous acts who will bring their enviable musical talents to the 2017 Festival, including:

De Kinkels – Festival friends from The Netherlands, who are sure to get the crowds singing and dancing along, come rain or shine, with their renditions of popular cover songs.

Urang Matang – Led by Jim Paterson, a Portsoy descendant, who is famous for his part in the renowned band Dexy’s Midnight Runners. The band specialises in its own blend of ska and reggae.

Journey North – A 5 piece Scottish folk rock band from Tayside and Fife.

Kimbers Men – Popular shanty group will be returning and performing over the weekend – don’t miss your chance to learn a shanty or two and join them on stage on Sunday!

Iona Fyfe – Iona Fyfe, BBC Radio Scothe Islands of Yell and Unst in Shetlandtland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 finalist, has been performing songs of her native Aberdeenshire for a decade and at the tender age of 18 has become one of Scotland’s finest award-winning ballad and folk singers. Iona combines contemporary instrumental music with rich balladry.

Aurora Choir – Formed in Huntly, the choir performs a mix of popular, scots, classical and musical theatre songs to appeal to a wide audience.

da ShantY Yellmen – The Shanty Yellmen from the islands of Yell and Unst in Shetland will perform their lively sea shanties.

Corralach – Aim to spread and encourage singing and playing, mostly in the traditional genre, some a’capella and some accompanied, Corralach perform anything lyrical and interesting that appeals to them.  They source most of their material from Scottish, Irish and American music with a few self-penned songs thrown in for good measure.

De Kinkels
Urang Matang
Kimber Men