2020 is a significant year for Speyfest since it will see us celebrate 25 years of bringing amazing music to Fochabers. I’ve been privileged to be part of the organising team since it’s inception, and it’s been very satisfying to see the festival grow into what is now a main event in the Traditional music calendar. It’s been an interesting journey, seeing Speyfest grow, and meeting some incredible people along the way. Speyfest is truly a community event and I thank the many volunteers who have willingly given of their time and skills over the years.

My hope is that Speyfest will continue to encourage and promote the very best in traditional and celtic music. Our aim is to cater for all ages through a varied programme including: children’s entertainment, seated concerts and a range of stomps featuring some of the finest celtic and contemporary bands. We also take pride in offering ‘up and coming’ artistes the opportunity to share the stage with some of the biggest names in the celtic music world. Our Speyfest Young Entertainer Competition, workshop programme, food and drink events and an Ecumenical Kirk Service all contribute to our aim to be inclusive and hopefully provide something for everyone.

James Alexander