Ali Payne and Phil Cunningham return to Fochabers at Mayfest

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Two of Scotland’s favorite music artists head to the Moray for Mayfest.

Ali and Phil return to Fochabers.
Ali and Phil return to Fochabers.

Ali Payne and Phil Cunningham will bring their signature humor and traditional music to Fochabers Public Institute on Saturday, May 13, as a prelude to the summer’s Speyfest Traditional Music Festival and Celtic Festival.

The duo has become a national institution with its mastery of the violin and accordion, providing excellence in traditional music at venues across the country.

Phil performed at Speyfest last summer but his partner was missing while he was recovering from surgery.

Milne’s High School Fiddlers will open the concert on May 13, which begins at 7 p.m., giving Northeast audiences a taste of Speyfest two months before the festival returns to Fochabers in July.

Milne High School Musicians.
Milne High School Musicians.

Mayfest will be hosted by Speyfest compere Chris Wiles and fans will also be able to purchase tickets to the summer festival.

Speyfest Chair Ashley MacGregor said: “Ali Payne and Phil Cunningham are always favorites at Speyfest and at Fochabers.

“After Ali was unable to make it to the festival last year, it was great to welcome the husband to the village for this special concert.

“It’s set to be a great night to get us all in the mood for Speyfest and we look forward to seeing lots of locals join us for what we called Mayfest!”

Ali Payne and Phil Cunningham said: “We’re very much looking forward to getting back in front of the Fochabers fans for a special night full of beats and chat. We always have a blast at Speyfest and there’s no doubt Mayfest will be no different.”

Since its inception in 1995, started by the late James Alexander as a small local event with one small tent seating 300 people, Speyfest is now a full capacity 150,000-person festival this year taking place from July 21-23.

James’ vision was to give young musicians an opportunity to perform on the local stage, alongside experienced artists.

Aside from the headliners and other performers, the packed program will feature music workshops, a bustling craft fair, whiskey and gin tastings, prosecco afternoon tea and a well-attended Celtic Kirk service.

Tickets for the Aly and Phil Mayfest concert are available from £20 from Christie’s Chemist in Fochabers or from

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