Universal Voices

1-2-1-2-3-4……Our Eastertime Song and Story Festival is just days away now and the fine tuning of logistics is in full swing for the week long ‘singing’ conference, as it has been affectionately dubbed within the community.

I saw a long queue for tickets at our conference office earlier and directed an expectant newly arrived participant to her accommodation. Around 100 guests from all four continents are expected to converge on Moray and participation from the community and wider Moray area means most sessions are likely to be full.

Conference organiser Peter Vallance likened the final preparations to tuning an instrument pre-performance, declaring that the stage is set for ‘a wonderful, inspiring week’.

Late night lullabies, jazz or spiritual songs and mantras depending on your mood; Doo Wop; Gaelic song; Atinuke Storytelling and ongoing workshops are some of the many opportunities awaiting participants.

The Waterboys leader, Mike Scott, Gaelic chanteuse Ishbel MacAskill and acappella favourites, Black Voices are some of the leading artists capable of delivering spell binding performances.

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