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  • Alistair Braidwood

East Neuk Festival: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Talks To Svend McEwan-Brown & Esther Swift...

For the latest Scots Whay Hae! podcast Ali spoke to festival director Svend McEwan-Brown and composer, harpist, and singer Esther Swift to hear all about this year's East Neuk Festival - the 20th anniversary no less - which runs from 26th-30th June.

Svend tells us about the history of the festival, it's aims and how it has developed and grown over the years, before giving details of this year's lineup, and just some of the highlights to come.

One of those highlights, undoubtedly, will be Zulu which sees Esther creating an atmospheric evocation of the story of the Zulu fishing fleets, once ubiquitous in East Scotland.

It's this year's Big Project for the festival, and Esther takes us through the inspiration and process behind this collaboration, which brings together community and professional musicians to evoke the boats and the communities that depended on them.

She also talks about her wonderful new album Expectations of a Lifetime which is out now.

The East Neuk Festival is one of the musical highlights of the year, and 2024's could just be the best yet.

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