For 2017 the Festival is launching 'Feis Anster" - our celebration of traditional Celtic music and dance. 'Feis' (pronounced Fesch) is Scots Gaelic for Festival and 'Anster" (pronounced Ainster ) is Lowland Scots dialect for Anstruther.

'Feis Anster' includes


Feis Anster is sponsored by the Spindrift Guest House Anstruther, whose proprietors Ken & Christine Lawson were both involved for a number of years in Highland and Scottish Country dancing of International Championship standard

The Spindrift was a sponsor of the Anstruther Muster for many years, and Ken was the founding chairman of the Harbour Festival.  It was The Muster's tradition on the Friday evening to have a ceilidh for the visiting boats, townsfolk and visitors alike and this has been developed into a whole evening of traditional music and dance at the Harbour Festival, now given its own title 'Feis Anster'

Ken says ‘I am pleased to have been involved with the Muster and subsequently the Harbour Festival for a good number of years.  It has been a pleasure to see it grow into what it is today with all the local organisations taking part.  I am sure this will be another successful weekend and we are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather’

The Festival has live music events throughout Saturday and Sunday from noon to late at the Festival's two marquees

Saturday's music events include :

  • Jim Tribble Renaissance music workshop  at the pier marquee   12 to 1pm
  • 'Measach' ceilidh band on open stage at harbourfront marquee  4.30 to 6pm
  • 'Shedlocks' jazz/swing band  at the pier marquee 6 to 8pm
  • 'Uncle Red" rockability rock and roll band, at the pier marquee   8.30 to 11pm
  • Eric Stardust Disco 11pm to 1am

Sunday's music events include : 

  • 'Demi & Two Shades of Grey' at harbourfront marquee    12 -4pm 
  • 'Shed Duo'  at the pier marquee   6 to 8pm
  • 'Lost Shores' ceilidh band withKyle O'Neil   8 to 11pm