Bearsden set for Celtic festival

Rev Roddy Hamilton, New Kilpatrick Church came up with the idea of a Bearsden Festival.
Rev Roddy Hamilton, New Kilpatrick Church came up with the idea of a Bearsden Festival.

Bearsden residents are gearing up for another festival next month and this time the community event will have a Celtic theme.

It begins on Friday, October 3 with a country dancing festival after its success last year when over 200 local schoolchildren took part and a family ceilidh in the evening with New Kilpatrick Ceilidh Band providing live music.

There will be free workshops for all ages and abilities in ukulele playing and dancing, fiddle, chanter and singing. Previous experience not necessary. Workshops will be led by tutors who are leaders in their field such as Margaret MacLeod and Jenn Butterworth.

More workshops will follow on Saturday and a Great Big Celtic Concert starring Alastair McDonald, Jenn Butterworth and Lori Watson along with students from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Douglas Academy. Concert organiser, Kirsteen MacLean, said: “We have a rich variety of traditional and contemporary Scottish music and people. This is a great way to bring people together to share different skills and experience things they’ve never tried before.”

There is also a photo competition for pictures of your favourite spot in Scotland for an exhibition over the weekend. Winners will be made into a calendar for Bearsden. Send entries to info@bearsdenfestival.org.uk. There is also a youth stream and party and a big ecumenical Celtic service on the Sunday night.