Bothy Ballads

Many people, both young and old, came to the Bothy during summer 2013 to share a ‘bothy brew’ and banter when it toured around four Fife communities.

In 2014 the project was further developed to include a traditional music strand whereby the stories people brought to the Bothy have been transformed into bothy ballads. The Bothy  toured around various Fife based festivals including The Cambo Snowdrop Festival, Falkland Traditional Music Festival, The Scarecrow Festival in Newburgh and the Crail and Pittenweem festivals and our own  Kirkcaldy Galleries on 11 October – 23rd Novembe

Bothy Ballads musicians and creators:

Mairi Campbell: Award winning singer songwriter Mairi Campbell blends her distinctive vocals and skilled fiddle playing to create the haunting collection of tracks that feature on her debut solo album. One of Mairi’s key strengths is her emotive live performances. The reaction has been overwhelming, with audiences describing her work as ‘emotional’, ‘haunting’ and ‘magical’. The songs have a unique storytelling quality that touches on many personal & contemporary issues. Mairi’s melodic skill and Dave Francis’ lyrics combine in a strong songwriting partnership.

Findlay Napier:  His recent album - VIP: Very Interesting Persons is co-written and produced by Boo Hewerdine. With a BA in Scottish Traditional Song, he won Best Up and Coming Act at the 2003 Trad Music Awards with his band Back of the Moon, and in 2005 was named Folk Band of the Year. He has collaborated with the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club producer Jerry Boys, and won Burnsong’s The Gathering 2013 competition.

David Francis: David comes from Dumfries in the south west, but cut his musical teeth in the north east, playing for bands like Desperate Danz Band. Since moving to Edinburgh during the 1990s he has become a central figure in traditional music, from performing with Mairi Campbell in the successful duo The Cast, to occupying key positions in Creative Scotland’s traditional music section and the Edinburgh Folk Festival.

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