Findhorn Bay Festival


Morayshire welcomes Julie Fowlis, James Yorkston, Mairi Campbell and more

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Findhorn Bay Festival have today announced the full programme for this, the festival’s second edition. The biennial festival, set in the scenic splendour of Morayshire, takes place across six days, Wed 21 to Mon 26 Sep, featuring theatre, music, dance and visual art.

The festival kicks off in style with a concert by popular Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis, in the historic St Laurence Church in Forres, backed by flautist and Uilleann piper Calum Stewart and the Nairn Gaelic Choir. It closes similarly impressively, with Scottish Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s comic opera The Elixir of Love.

Mairi Campbell’s Pulse, a highly regarded theatre show about her musical journey, premiered at Celtic Connections, and will transfer to Findhorn after a month at the Fringe. Keep an eye out on site for our interview with Mairi, coming soon.

The Banjo Lounge 4 will be getting folks out of their seats with their bluegrass-funk mashups and there’s also performances by Scottish favourites Randolph’s Leap and James Yorkston (in company with Duke Spirit) amongst others.

On the theatre side of things, Vision Mechanics’ Drift will be in situ on the dunes of Findhorn Beach. The site-specific piece is based on the remarkable story of 19th century Shetlander Betty Mouat. Read our interview with Artistic Director Symon Macintyre to find out more.

Writer, actor and mountaineer John Burns, will also be following in the footsteps (metaphorical, not literal) of pioneering mountaineer George Mallory in his one-man performance Mallory: Beyond Everest.

And for an unusual take on a familiar story, Cameron Taylor, will be heading out on the trail of Macbeth, with a vintage bus tour around key battle sites.

Free events include the popular annual community event Culture Day Forres, which includes all manner of family friendly events.

For full programme details see the festival website www.findhornbayfestival.com