36th Bothy Ballads

“Champion of Champions”


Elgin Town Hall – Saturday 10th February 2018

Tickets Upstairs £10.00 Downstairs £9.00

Tickets on Sale 5th January

From Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, 01343 562603

Doors 6 p.m. for 7 p.m. Start

Our 36th annual Bothy Ballads “Champion of Champions” Competition will be held in Elgin Town Hall on Saturday 10th February. An event firmly in the diary for many near and far, we anticipate another sell out night. Tickets go on sale on Friday 5th January from Elgin Library.

Our compere for the evening is Gary Coull from Keith, a weel kent face and master of ceremonies, he is no stranger to Elgin Rotary Bothy Ballads and we are delighted that he has agreed to come back.

The format for the evening is that the first half is a concert where the balladeers each sing a song of their choice interspersed by guest artistes, a short interval follows where stovies are served with a choice of a dram or milk to satisfy the thirst. The second half is the competition proper where the balladeers each sing their competition song in an order chosen by ballot at the start of the show. Once everyone has sung our guest artistes perform again while the Judges deliberate and choose the “Champion of Champions”.  After the prizegiving the evening is rounded off by a performance of the winning song by the newly crowned Champion.

Our Guest Artistes this year are Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicholson from Shetland with their own brand of virtuousity on Fiddle and Guitar.

Our Judges are Scott Gardiner – Traditional Singer, Past Winner and Previous Judge and Margaret Bennet – Folklorist, Writer, Singer and Broadcaster.


Hector Riddell – Defending Champion

Joe Aitken – Winner at Aberdeen

John Dickson – Winner at Falkland & Strichen

Geordie Murison – Winner at Keith

Shona Donaldson – Winner at Kirriemuir

Allan Taylor – Winner at Turriff