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  1. 12th April 2024

It’s long been said that Cubans sing when they speak, dance when they walk, and woo with a love song.

So it should be of little surprise that The Cuban Brothers’ peerless funk soul review blends sexy, SOULFUL MUSIC, with jaw-dropping B-BOY ACTION and RIOTOUS COMEDY.

From humble beginnings, Miguel Mantovani, Young Dominico and Kengo San have built Los Hermanos Cubanos – The Cuban Brothers – into a legendary outfit that continuously sells out shows across the globe.

The Brothers have recently been extending their family, with Shaka Loves You becoming honorary members and touring together.

This will be kick ass. And will sell out. Don’t hang about for tickets.

They played here at Hogmanay, they played our re-opening after our mega flood, they played our first gig back after Panny Dee. And they’ve torn the roof off here a good few other times.

Since then they’ve released an album, toured Australia, sold out Celtic Connections and are about to take over the USA. The Langan Band are back. Don’t miss it.

You can believe our blurb, or have a look at the boys in action…

Celebrating the longest day, with a solid dose of dancing. It’s been a long time in the making and a bit of a musical bucket list moment for team OBI, but finally we welcome SambaYaBamba to rock your world. Here’s what they say…..

Pure, organic, dance music – powerful and irresistible. SambaYaBamba is a musical tour-de-force hailing from the sundrenched streets of tropical Glasgow. A 30-odd-piece drumming bateria and brass section rooted in the musical traditions of the Brazilian carnaval yet at the same time, very much tailored to a the Glasgow crowd. They are equally at home on a huge stage, in a street parade or in a basement club. Their set twists and turns from full scale samba to drum and bass and beyond with a tightness and commitment to the rhythm that is a joy to behold. Local legends and loved across the samba scene.

And who better to jump on the DJ float for this carnival, but Karawane. DJ / producer / promotoer of good music and good causes, Afrobeat – salsa – cumbia – world edits – proper party music dug from the crates of the globe.

Your host OC will also play spin a few numbers, in celebration of a 15th summer at the helm of this wonderful river side oasis.

Food trucks, outside bar – fun fun fun – sun sun sun.

Kids welcome, dogs on leads, leave no trace, be nice, good vibes only.

(then hang around for Sunday night, as Scotland take on Hungary in our potential Euro decider)

An all day, outdoor free party, on the banks of the river spey.

6:45 PM – COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS RECEPTION IN THE OLD ROYAL STATION, BALLATER (KINDLY SPONSORED BY BAXTERSTOREY)

7:30 PM – 3 COURSE DINNER AND BALL IN THE VICTORIA HALL, BALLATER

£70 PER TICKET

DRESS CODE: BLACK TIE

HEADS & TAILS, SILENT AUCTION, CASH BAR, MUSIC BY ‘THE LIMIT’ BAND & CARRIAGES AT I AM

ENQUIRES TO:

WENDY COBBAN – 07591 921 521

IN SUPPORT OF: A BEAR NAMED BUTTONY & FRIENDS OF ROXBURGHE HOUSE.

Come and join us for a dance and try to win an awesome prize or two in the auction…including childs season ticket to Loch Insh, Ann Vastano original art, a trailer of logs…and loads more!

Elvis is back! Join us for a heart-thumping tribute show that’ll have you all shook up. Don’t miss the ultimate Elvis experience.

” ‘Thawcrook’ is an outstanding achievement of musicality, ingenuity and passion” Duncan Chisholm

“Gorgeous melodies and rich harmony, stunningly played with huge heart, sense of space and a huge helping of understated playfulness” Lauren MacColl

Rebecca Hill and Charlie Stewart are a harpist and fiddle player who have collaborated previously in numerous settings. Their new material draws from their individual musical backgrounds as well as their love of contemporary arrangements, compositions and improvisation. It is also influenced by the thriving Traditional music scene in Glasgow, where they are both currently based.

Rebecca gained the title of ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2020 following the release of her solo EP ‘the Airing’ at Celtic Connections earlier that year. Her solo work has taken her on tour through Germany with Highland Blast in 2021 and to Ohio, America, in 2018 to perform and present at Granville Harp Festival. At home she is in great demand as a tutor and has also created exciting new online collaborations, including a series showcasing Gaelic melodies through working with an International selection of World Folk musicians.

Charlie worked with Rebecca on her latest single ‘Dalrannoch’ as well as her debut EP. His other session work has led to working on recordings with over 30 artists to date, Charlie also enjoys performing regularly with a variety of artists including Siobhan Miller, Matt Carmichael and Mischa MacPherson. Charlie is a founding member of the bands Naad-Hara, Dosca and Snuffbox, with highlights as a solo artist including a New Voices commission for Celtic Connections 2021 and gaining the title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017.

“All the elements are evoked and emotions tapped, making for a splendid end to this splendid record.” At The Barrier

“Decade-long acquaintances and award winning musicians on harp and fiddle respectively, Thawcrook sees them splice traditional and modern tunes together to create a captivating and joyful nine tracks.” Bright Young Folk

Easily amongst Scotland’s most renowned and celebrated folk groups, Blazin’ Fiddles formed for a one-off tour of the Scottish Highlands in 1999, and are still raising roofs far and wide in their 25th year on the road. Multiple winners of Scotland’s Folk Band of the Year, the six-piece have long been one of country’s foremost and most recognisable traditional outfits, touring far beyond their deep northern roots.


Encompassing a rare and virtuosic selection of the fiddle’s diverse Highland and island voices, in their 25 years the Blazers have undoubtedly become one of the world’s most prolific fiddle ensembles. With group and solo-led sets both backed by powerhouse guitar and piano, the band’s four-fiddle frontline of Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orkney’s Kristan Harvey ignites atop second-to-none accompaniment from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon. Like rare single malts, each member draws upon the distinct musical flavours from their rich traditional heritages, collectively packing all the power, passion and sensitivity of Scotland’s music, into a single show.


Blazin’ Fiddles celebrate their quarter-century on the road in 2023, with the hotly-anticipated release of their tenth album, XXV. Whatever the hall – whether of the Highland village or Royal Albert variety – they’ll turn it into the liveliest and warmest of hootenannies, setting the hearts of their audience alight.



“the band’s passion is gloriously infectious… a much loved staple on the Scots traditional scene for the past 20 years” Songlines

“an ensemble of class and distinction” Fatea

“infectious, enlivening and irresistible euphoria” Folk Radio UK

“Music like this is a reminder why Hogmanay celebrations are such fun.” London Evening Standard

“bursting with joie de vivre and personality” Songlines

“the Led Zeppelin of the folk world” / The Scotsman

Folk Band of the Year Nominee 2023 @ Scots Trad Music Awards

“Some of the most exciting trad musicians to emerge in recent years” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Like a world music festival in one group!” LiveIreland
“New, distinct and infinitely appealing.” Folk Radio UK
“This is original, bold and brave music making.” fRoots

About Dallahan


Forged in Scotland and Ireland’s traditional music scene, but drawing on the music of the Balkans and North America, Dallahan take their listeners on a journey. Traversing styles and countries of the world in a dazzling live show, they create their own unique brand of World-folk delivered with stunning virtuosity. The lineup consists of Jack Badcock on guitar and vocals, Ciaran Ryan on banjo, mandolin and fiddle, Andrew Waite on accordion and Benedict Morris on fiddle.


Following the release of their debut album ‘When The Day Is On The Turn’ in 2014, described by fRoots magazine as “the most exciting Irish music I’ve heard in a long time…Lunasa for the new generation” the band toured extensively in Europe and North America, establishing themselves internationally at such prestigious international events as Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, Tonder Festival and countless others. In its first year, Dallahan was awarded the Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK and their debut album was shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.


2016 saw the release of their second album, ‘Matter Of Time’, which they performed globally 103 times that year, including travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal on behalf of the British Council to perform at the British/Nepalese bicentenary celebrations. The band was again shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ and they were awarded ‘Instrumental Cut of The Year’ at the LiveIreland Awards (USA). In 2019, Dallahan released their third album, (and their first with the European record label, Westpark Records) ‘Smallworld’, to critical acclaim and were shortlisted in the German Music Critics Choice Awards in the Folk category.


To date, they have brought their live show to 20 countries, earned three nominations for ‘Folk Band of The Year’ in 2016, 2019 and 2022 and enjoyed collaborations such as with songwriting legend Dougie MacLean, a commissioned composition and collaboration with
the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at a WWI commemorative concert and also a concert in Kathmandu with Nepal’s folk music exponents, Kutumba.


Approaching a decade together as a band, Dallahan have become a veteran touring outfit and with each album they continue to evolve their sound, as is evident on their upcoming fourth studio album, ‘Speak of the Devil’ which is set for release in early 2023.


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