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The Arts

In 2004 the Arts will play a key part on the shoreside with an ongoing programme of music, dance, theatre, story telling and writers, onstage and around the harbours. Planning of the programme is well advanced and already includes:


bulletAnne McArthur Dancers
bulletStefanie Jacobs Dancers
bulletPortsoy Skipping Troup
bulletSisters of the Desert

Dance demos and classes:

The local branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is preparing its programme of Scottish, Highland, Disco and Line dancing demonstrations and classes.  More ...


bulletBanff Academy Ceilidh Band
bulletBanff Academy Fiddlers
bulletBanff Academy Brass Band
bullet The Buchaneers (Jazz band)
bulletFordyce School Recorder Group
bulletGaye & Trish
bulletHuntly Pipe Band
bulletKeith Cockburn & Co
bullet Paul Anderson (Fiddler)
bulletStrathspey Fiddlers
bulletTurriff Pipe Band
bulletLes & Sheila Wheeler
bulletAlex & Madeline Green

Story Tellers:

The Grampian Association of Storytellers will have a full programme of events on both Saturday and Sunday. More ...

Author talk:

Mairi Hedderwick creator of the Katie Morag books will talk about her work on Saturday. More ...

If you want to more about the arts programme contact us now.

Anne McArthur Dancers


Paul Anderson (Fiddler)

Paul Anderson, a farmer's son from Tarland,  is already  a legend and revered virtuoso in the time-honoured tradition of Scottish fiddle Music. Paul began his training with Andy Linklater on a fiddle found under his grandparents' spare bed. He was promised he could keep it if he learnt to play it. It's the same instrument he plays today!



bulletPortsoy Primary School performing a world premiere of their play about Portsoy's famous "Macdonald's Foundry"
bullet Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)
bullet"Caught in the Net" - World Premiere of a street theatre production from "Acting Up" in association with "Artsability"

The Master of Ceremonies on stage will be Stanley Robertson.




A very wide range of demonstrators and exhibits will be on display with work already well in hand to bring back the maritime heritage focus including

bulletknot tying
bulletfish smoking
bulletcoracle building and netting
bulletboat building and repairing

This all in addition to craft demonstrators that have become so popular over the past ten years. This year's line up includes:

bulletArbroath Smokies
bulletCandle Making
bulletFace painting and body art
bulletFalconry (2wit2woo)
bulletFly dressing
bulletHarp making
bulletJewelry making
bulletLacemaking and Seamstressing
bulletMaritime History
bulletMohair wool spinning
bulletMoray Gig - Bien Trouve
bulletMount Cutting
bulletMuseum of Scottish Lighthouses
bulletNet Mending
bulletOcean Youth Trust
bulletRope making
bulletSpinning, Weaving and Rugmaking
bulletUpholstery using horsehair
bulletVideo of Fishing Archives
bulletWhale rescue

We are delighted to announce that the Festival will once again feature a working re-enactment of Portsoy's famous Macdonald's Foundry.

We will also be joined by the Highlanders Regiment the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

If you want to know more about the demonstrator programme contact us now.


Saturday night at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival wouldn't be complete without its Ceilidh and 2004 will be no exception.

We are delighted to confirm that the great band Makarakit will be performing. A 'Richt Guid Nicht' in the marquee for one and all.


A full programme of entertainment will be available throughout the weekend for the wee ones. This includes:
bulletJunior disco
bulletGiant slide and bouncy castle
bulletMiniature Double Decker bus
bulletBalloons and balloon race
bulletFace painters
bulletNail painting and tattoos
bulletAden Park Rangers
bulletBeat the goalie
bulletKenny's Carts
bulletTuck shop and games


The cute and popular Minature Double Decker Bus will make a welcome return to the Festival. (Sponsored by the 75 Club)

It is a 1/2 scale working model of a Leyland Titan of the 1950/60's. Built from the running gear and equipment of a mini, it is powered by a 1000cc engine and has an automatic gearbox. The vehicle carries approx. 10 children and attends gala/charity events across the N.E.

Mr Willie Colvin, an aircraft engineer, took 3 years to complete the conversion.


The little red bus