Doric Festival



Information about the annual Doric Festival held in locations around Aberdeenshire with a range of activities such as folk singing, ballad songs, poetry readings and concerts


For over 20 years the Doric Festival has been celebrating the North East of Scotland's unique language during a two week programme in late September to October. 2014 dates to be confirmed. Events take place in towns and villages such as Portsoy, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie and Turrif in a range of venues like Town Halls, village halls and scout huts.






Performers include the storyteller Sheena Blackhall, singer Barbara Ann Burnett, The Fochaber Fiddlers and bothy ballads from Geordie Murison. Together they help to keep our mither tongue alive for generations young and old.


Popular events include storytelling, singing competitions and writing contests where entrants can write a poem, play or story in Doric and also ceilidh dancing classes.


Our dialect sees its roots in farming and these traditions are demonstrated through open farm days and vintage ploughing competitions.


A recent event, held at the Woodend Barn in Banchory is the Atomic Doric festival weekend.






The Drummer Boy


The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.


I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.


Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.