Music festival to celebrate the Fife roots of Johnny Cash


A three-day music festival will celebrate the Fife roots of country music legend Johnny Cash. 

The Man in Black was a regular visit to the Falkland and Strathmiglo area after discovering his roots in the Kingdom. One of Johnny’s Christmas TV specials in the USA was filmed in Fife.

Now Edinburgh singer-songwriter Dean Owens has organised the new event, which will also feature Rab Noakes, Kirsten Adamson and ‘Rebus’ author Ian Rankin.  

The ‘Cash Back in Fife’ line-up will also include Martha Healy and  Hannah Rose.  

It will take place at the Woodside Hotel in Aberdour from 6th to 8th March. 

In a random meeting on a flight, Major Michael Crichton-Stuart had informed the star his surname was prevalent in Fife and that it could be traced back to the time of Malcolm IV, King of Scots in the mid-12th century. 

Records show that a William Cash sailed from Scotland to Salem, Massachusetts, with a boatload of pilgrims, in 1612.  

The family’s importance is still evident in and around Falkland with the place names Easter Cash, Cash Feus, Wester Cash and Cash Mills farm. 


Johnny and his family became regular visitors to Fife and the singer even recorded the TV special in Falkland with Andy Williams in 1981. 

During that visit, Johnny said: “I’m so proud and happy that my family background is associated with such a fine place.”









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