Daniel Ruiz, Mestre Jonas & Bruno da Tavares (Sambasupercollider) came from Rio de Janeiro and visited Huntly in May-June 2012. Ceilidhamba kick started Huntly's year of Samba, Marakatu, Coco and other Brazilian rhythms, that was continued later in the year with the project Nordeste/North East - Ceilidhcatu.
During their research visit Sambasupercollider looked at opportunities for cultural exchange with our Scottish parading and music traditions. Numerous workshops with schools and informal groups were staged, as well as a parade, during the Portsoy path opening ceremony, ending in a community celebration with Brazilian cocktails in our garden. The highlight of their stay was a jamming session that included piper Donal Brown, fiddlers from across the town, songwriter Ewen McVicar, guitar and many more local instruments playing next to the ubiquitous samba drums.