Tachartas / Event: 57 Degrees North: BOTHY CULTURE, Architecture Fringe 2017

This event was one of of four local events curated for the Archictecture Fringe 2017 under the banner ‘57 Degrees North.’ It took place in Abriachan Village Hall at Saturday 15 July 2017. Journalist Lesley Riddoch later wrote about the event in her Scotsman column.

BOTHY CULTURE - the title inspired by Martyn Bennet's seminal album of the same name - was a night of music, stories and song in Abriachan Village Hall, high in the hills above Loch Ness, celebrating the cultural importance of bothies.

Bothy - from Gaelic bothan - is used here in the broadest sense as a word to describe small buildings, shelters, huts and cabins. From the folklore of the shielings, mountain bothies and shepherd’s huts of the past to the revitalisation of the tradition of hutting in Scotland today, the event included short informative talks with guest speakers and floor spots from invited musicians and performers, including: Lesley Riddoch on ‘Scotland's missing cabin culture’, Angus bothy ballad singer Scott Gardiner, fiddler and composer Adam Sutherland with Marc Clement of folk band Session A9, and stories from Bob Pegg and Roddy MacLean, followed by music and dancing with the local community ceilidh band.

Huge thanks to Emily HeslingHeather Clyne, the local community ceilidh band everyone at Abriachan Village Hall for hosting us.