Our hectic weekend is past and we are all feeling the afterglow. We were delighted that the weekend went so well. The music was of the first order; the concerts and ceilidhs were hugely enjoyable and uplifting with most enthusiastic audiences; the workshops ran smoothly and effectively with teaching from highly experienced tutors; the study day proved most enlightening and the organisation was competent and, even when it creaked a little, everyone rallied round and did a great job.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Button Boxes and Moothies 2015 such a great event. Here’s to the next one in 2019!


This year’s festival will see an exciting new dance workshop offered by Elphinstone Institute PhD researcher, Pat Ballantyne, who has been looking in detail into the dance steps of one of Aberdeen’s best-known dancing masters, Francis Peacock. Please see below for a description of the workshop, which will take place at 9:30am on Saturday 7th November

Francis Peacock taught dance in Aberdeen from 1747-c.1805, and provided a fairly detailed description of 10 reel/strathspey steps he had observed Highlanders dance, and which he subsequently taught.

In this workshop Pat will teach her interpretation of some of these steps, particularly those in which some similarities to percussive step dance may be found.

Hi There,

We are currently looking for volunteer stewards to help with the smooth-running of events over the weekend of the festival in exchange for complimentary tickets, as appropriate. If you are interested in become a steward, please get in touch using the form in the contact section of the website, giving an indication of your availability on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the festival

Many thanks!


Aine LarkinTom RocheA galaxy of Irish artists will include County Down’s Mark Dunlop, singer and bodhran/whistle player with Malinky Button box virtuoso Tom Roche from Mitchelstown, County Cork; and Áine Larkin, traditional singer from County Mayo.

All proceeds go towards the Button Boxes and Moothies weekend.

At the Blue Lamp, Gallowgate, Aberdeen

Wednesday 21 October

8.00 for 8.30pm

Admission £6.