The Festival of Folklore is returning this autumn with a brand new online format for 2020 featuring award-winning storytellers and hair-rising tales which will have the people of Upper Nithsdale positively spooked.

Festival founders, Mostly Ghostly, are delighted to announce the second Festival of Folklore after its successful launch last year in the heart of Upper Nithsdale, welcoming guests from near and far to experience the area’s rich tapestry of history and folklore.

From Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27, the free online celebration, which connects with Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, will be delivered through a stimulating collection of live online events, videos and craft workshops.

Cumnock Chronicle: Old Mother Mary.Old Mother Mary.

Greatly inspired by the area’s rich legends, compelling history and sweeping ‘mythical landscapes’, the team recognised huge potential for an exciting new festival.

Kathleen Cronie, Team and Festival Founder Kathleen Cronie, said: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with our colleagues from the Upper Nithsdale Tourism Partnership to present the Festival in its second year, a year that has been characterised by challenges, and one of the hardest has been spending time apart.

“Our ethos is about bringing people together, and we aim to do this safely, and with a strong sense of community, where folklore can be accessed and enjoyed by all.”

One exciting performance that participants can look forward to is that of The Sanquhar Fairies delivered by Mostly Ghostly’s Mary Wood as she reprises her role as Old Mother Mary.

Cumnock Chronicle: Lily Owens.Lily Owens.

Viewers can access live craft workshops and create props, helping them bring the story to life from their own homes.

But the team are also keen to spotlight the talents of young performers:

Kathleen said: “We are pleased to welcome two young performers, who will share their incredible talents. Nine-year-old author L.M. Owens will present a story, sparked by her interest in the famous Sanquhar Knitting Pattern, and young harpist, Hector McQuarrie-Parkes, will enchant us with his beautiful music.”

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