37th Bothy Ballads “Champion of Champions” Competition

Bothy Ballds 2019

Hector Riddell Wins

37th Bothy Ballads "Champion of Champions"

President George Duthie said "The Balladeers were all in fine voice, with Hector Riddell from Finzean becoming “Champion of Champions” for the sixth time and winning the porridge bowl and spurtle. A near capacity audience were regally entertained, with supporting spots from Pat Fraser reciting numerous poems and telling jokes, and Gemma Donald and Alan Small playing some wonderful selections on fiddle and accordion."


37th Bothy Ballads “Champion of Champions” Competition

Elgin Town Hall – Saturday 9th February 2019 at 7:00pm

Tickets   Upstairs £12.00   Downstairs £11.00

Tickets available from Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, 01343 562603 from Monday 7th January 2019



Joe Aitken – Defending Champion

Geordie Murison – Winner at Aberdeen & Kirriemuir

Hector Riddell – Winner at Turriff

Moira Stewart – Winner at Falkland

Allan Taylor – Winner at Keith & Strichen



Peter Chapman - Farmer; Member of the Scottish Parliament and a Champion of the Doric language

Morven Sivewright – Agricultural Consultant; Performer of Doric Songs and Verse, Judge at competitions and long standing member of Buchan Heritage Society



John “the Prof” Mathieson – Well known local personality both for his Compering and his involvement in Local & Online Radio


Guest Artistes

Alan Small and Gemma Donald with their own brand of virtuousity on Accordian & Fiddle

Pat Fraser with her extremely entertaining Doric Poems

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