Photos from the 2015 festival are now up on our website, thanks to the wonderful photography of Mary Masson. Please visit our homepage to see these.
Listen HERE to Will Pound talking about Button Boxes & Moothies with Bruce MacGregor on BBC Travelling folk. You’ll also have the chance to hear a track from Will’s solo CD.
Will Pound playing tunes on the harmonica at the Saturday evening concert of Button Boxes & Moothies 2015. Filmed by John Phillips.
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.
Please note the new start time for the Highlands and Islands ceilidh i the Dunbar Street Hall. The ceilidh will now start at 8:30pm rather than the advertised start time of 9:30pm
Our workshop session programme is now available on the website HERE!
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
A TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT OUT
A 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
Roísín Broderick, performer and tutor at this year’s festival, will be coming over from Co. Galway, Ireland, where she has already made a name for herself as a wonderful anglo concertina player and tutor. Here she is leading a masterclass at the Ennis Trad Festival last year: