BUCHAN HERITAGE SOCIETY
THE 2017 FESTIVAL WEEKEND
Strichen Festival is held annually on the weekend
third Wednesday in May
May 19th, 20th and 21st
The Buchan Heritage Festival at Strichen is one of the
finest places to
appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story,
and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad 'Doric'
language which is still very much alive here in the North East, and enjoy
a friendly family atmosphere where contestants have come from a' the airt's
and pairt's o' Scotland and sometimes beyond.
On the Friday evening a pre festival dance is held when
we really get into the festival 'youmer'.
By eight o' clock you'll find the Ritchie Hall full of keen dancers, local
and visiting, who come along every year from far and wide to enjoy an
evening of traditional dancing. By break time, at around ten o' clock,
you will find -
ties in pouches, sark sleeves rolled up, and a fair pucklie o gie het
fairlies, ready for a fly cup.
The music is supplied each year by one of our many fine Scottish dance
bands who come from as far away as Dumfries and Ayr or as near as Inverurie
and Huntly. They usually stay on until Saturday when they take part in
the prize winners concert early on Saturday evening and also entertain
at the Ceilidh later on the same night
The weekend's visitors and contestants, arrive throughout the evening
congregating in the Redwood Lounge where they catch up with latest festival
news and get into the spirit - in more ways than one - of the following
SATURDAY - FESTIVAL DAY
Saturday is the main day of the festival weekend. Competitions
begin at 9.30am and continue throughout the day in a very professional
and friendly manner. As a rule, musical instruments, Doric verse and story
telling, as well as any schools competitions, take up most of the time
during the morning. This leaves a very full afternoon of singing at the
ballads and bothy ballad competitions, where we have found in recent years
that the quality and quantity of performers has happily continued to grow,
so much so that we often have a very fine line between finishing the singing
competitions and getting things in order for the prize winners concert
At the prize winners concert, Robbie Shepherd, of BBC Scotland,
a Trustee and faithful friend, supporter and guiding hand of the Society,
comperes two hours of the best traditional entertainment you could wish
for. Here we feature the winners in most of the competition sections:
the young and the not so young together as a team. To a packed audience,
with the restriction of competition nerves usually forgotten, we can savour
the true traditions in music, song and verse, - wi a shakie o North East
humour thrown in and applaud the talented folk who make Buchan and this
small part of Scotland unique.
Then it's all hands on deck to get the hall cleared and
reset for the Ceilidh which begins at 9.00.
For those who have not managed to be at the dance on Friday
or the prizewinners concert earlier in the evening, the Ceilidh is an
ideal opportunity to get a little taste of everything. For those who have
been there, in the thick of competing or organising all weekend, it is
now a chance to relax for a couple of hours and enjoy the company and
talent of everyone concerned in a successful festival. Two guests usually
share the job of compere and along with the band and anyone who will volunteer
or be volunteered we have an enjoyable evening of song, dance and good
After a very busy and successful weekend the Royal British
Legion Hall is the setting for the finale at 2.00pm on Sunday afternoon.
The band is no longer with us but there is no shortage of talented musicians
to play, and after a full afternoon of song, music, verse and good humour
old friends part with the promise of the next meeting, whether it be next
week or the same time next year.
All the festival formalities are carried out in the Ritchie
Refreshments are available throughout the day in the Ritchie Hall.
An open-air concert is held at 12.00 noon outside the Ritchie
- Weather permitting-
The competitions are held in various venues around Strichen
The Ritchie Hall - Strichen School - The Royal British Legion Hall
are the most usual places.
All entries should be sent to the festival organiser prior to the day
or the appropriate forms completed and handed to the steward dealing with
entries thirty minutes before each contest.
Verse and Song (Traditional / Doric / Scots)
Doric Story Telling
Doric Story Writing
Doric Verse Writing
Ballad and Bothy Ballad Singing
TERMS and CONDITIONS
All Classes : Junior - Intermediate - Senior - Ladies
- Men - Open