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Whisky Festival - Speyside, Scots and Fireworks

Whisky Festival - Speyside, Scots and Fireworks

HUNDREDS of visitors will make tracks to the Alice Littler Park in Aberlour this Saturday for the musical climax to this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

The impressive outdoor entertainment show gets off to a flying start with an RAF Tornado fly-past, followed by a fanfare by the TA team of the Highland Regiment.

Top acts appearing to include The Bucksburn and District Pipe band (currently junior world champions), the Fochabers Fiddlers, Highland dancers, and a special performance by internationally renowned fiddler Charlie McKerron.”

Topping the bill is iconic Scottish band Capercaillie, and hearing lead singer Karen Matheson’s seductive and moving voice resound around the mountains and glens of Speyside will be an event that’s set to be remembered long after the last festival dram has been enjoyed.

“We have done a few things connected with whiskey over the years, but this will be our first visit to the Speyside Whisky Festival and we’re all very excited about it,” said Karen.

“We haven’t been touring so much of late, so it’s all the more enjoyable for us when we do get together.

“We will be performing at quite a few festivals this summer, including several in Spain and France, as well as Scottish ones, the biggest being the Homecoming Scotland Gathering in Edinburgh in July.”

The band has been together for 25 years and, throughout their career, have shown an astonishing musical dexterity, while Karen’s exquisite voice – described by Sir Sean Connery as having been touched by God, is equally at home performing traditional or contemporary songs.

“Over the years, we have noticed a distinct change in those who come to see us,” said Karen.

“Often, when we toured out with Scotland, the audience was made up of a lot of ex-pats, but that’s not the case now.

“There’s a real indigenous audience with no connections to Scotland, but who have tapped into the Celtic music which has become accessible to the world.”

Although too modest to say so, Karen and Capercaillie must take credit for that. Meanwhile, between festivals, Karen is hoping to get back into the studio and start work on a new solo album, so fans should catch her while they can.

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