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Tarland Food and Music Festival 2020 goes online!

As you may have anticipated, the Festival steering committee have had to make difficult decisions regarding how to proceed with this September’s Tarland Food and Music Festival. We have decided that we cannot hold a physical festival and maintain the wellbeing of the Tarland community. Luckily, it will be possible to shift most of the events and activities online. The virtual festival will be held over the planned weekend of 25-27th September, and include the usual mix of fantastic live music, workshops, walks, and more! Please watch this space for more information about the online programme to be shared in coming weeks.

Thank you very much for all your support for the Tarland Food and Music Festival – we look forward to welcoming you for this year’s virtual festival!


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The Aberdeen Arms

Clootie Dumplin

Farmhouse Cooking Workshop

Ballogie Boxes

Ballogie Boxes

Venison Pie


Tomato Soup

Commercial Hotel

Sweet Potato Casserole

Angie's Cafe

This year’s Tarland Food & Music Festival will run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of September, 2020. The festival is in it’s seventh year, celebrating quality local food and Tarland’s thriving music scene. Events run throughout the village with something for everyone.Please watch this space for details of the Festival in 2020!

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Friday 20th September 2019

Fara – Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK with material from their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians – an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people, it combines the unique Orkney fiddle tradition with contemporary and original songs and tunes.

With the mission of creating something entirely new and collaborative, the four members of FARA have co-written many of the melodies on the album, blending all four distinctively different musical voices together, whilst also celebrating the unity of their musical beginnings. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie, as well as one original and one traditional text. The Orcadian imagery running through these songs, alongside new melodies brimming with the islands’ tradition whilst also pointing in new directions, celebrates the ever-expanding Orcadian folk tradition. Fara’s new album is set to excite and delight.

 2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente are a vocal/guitar duo like no other.

Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, its no wonder their music doesn’t focus on one place, on one of the many strands of Scotland’s web of traditions.

They are well traveled, and well versed, in music from across the land. On guitar, and vocals in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music is a round tour, where centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing. Josie’s voice, crystal clear. With its slight island twang, equally at home in any of these domains. Accompanied by Pablo’s dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they illuminate the lyrics. The music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, leaving audiences stunned. They are both accomplished musicians in their own right.

Josie Duncan a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. She’s toured extensively, performing at festivals and venues in Europe, Canada and America. Her other projects include a collaboration with innovative Gaelictronica band Inyal, and Blasta, a showcase of singers of the Isle of Lewis commissioned by this year’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

Pablo Lafuente’s experiences are no less varied. He’s put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core. Since completing his studies of guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional music he’s been in high demand, playing, recording and touring internationally with artists including: The Outside Track, Barluath, Sketch and Spanish Gaita extraordinary Anxo Lorenzo.Since joining forces in 2016 they’ve taken the scene by storm, quickly becoming an in-demand live act at festivals and venues across the country. In their short time together they’ve delighted the audiences of BBC Radio 2, Celtic Connections Festival, Sofar sessions, and a host of venues across Scotland

Saturday 21st September 2019

The Chair – Paul Anderson and Brian McAlpine

Combining a benignly hedonistic version of Viking berserker spirit with a formidable breadth of musicianship, Orkney octet The Chair deliver a turbocharged mash-up of folk, blues, rock, dub, klezmer and more. Collectively, their sound approaches the energy levels of a rock gig, yet remains acoustic at heart.

As a world class multi-instrumentalist, Brian is well known on the Scottish music scene, working with some of the country’s best musicians. He has over 67 albums under his belt, along with extensive live touring and countless radio sessions and television appearances.

Although best known for his work in traditional music with “Scottish Traditional Supergroup” Session A9, Brian has worked across a wide variety of genres after coming to attention with cult Scottish popsters The Pearlfishers.

From performing to composing, arranging and producing, his skills reach across a wide range of genres from traditional to contemporary.

Already something of a legend in the time honoured fiddle tradition of Scotland; Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. Although only in his forties, he is already something of an icon in Scotland, a fact duly recognised by two specially commissioned portraits of him, a life size one in Aberdeen Art Gallery and a study which is in the care of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. In the tradition of many of Scotland’s great fiddler’s, Paul is a composer of some repute, having composed over 300 pieces in the Scots style. His music provided the theme tune for the film aRed Rosea about the life of Robert Burns.