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Mountain Melodies returns to St Margaret’s, Braemar this July for musicians aged 14-17

St Margaret’s Braemar, in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland, will host a week-long music and composition project during the 2019 Summer holidays called Mountain Melodies, for talented young musicians from the local area, combining composition workshops, one-to-one tuition, talks, seminars and performances.

A few places are remaining for the project running from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 July 2019 in Braemar. Application deadline extended to Friday 28 June 2019. 

To apply contact Kirsten Hunter for an application form: kirsten.hunter@livemusicnow.org.uk

Musicians should have a keen interest in Scottish traditional music, be aged 14–17, and of Grade 4 or above* standard on one of the following instruments: fiddle, pipes, piano, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, voice.

*Age range and level are for guidance, and participants need not have sat exams at Grade 4 level – if this is the case, students should discuss with their teacher if they would be suitable.

Participants will work with award-winning Scottish traditional band Barluath and composer Simon Thoumire to develop instrumental skills and work together to create new music – inspired by the local area – that will then be performed in community venues and in a public performance in St Margaret’s Braemar.

The project is being offered completely free-of-charge to participants, but those taking part should be available for the whole period: there is also performance from Barluath on Wednesday 10 July, and a final performance on the evening of Sunday 14 July 2019. Please note accommodation is not available for participants.

Barluath is a diverse and innovative Scottish folk band that embraces both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America. The band has delighted many audiences since forming in 2010, and is well-known on the traditional circuit, having made appearances at festivals such as Celtic Connections (where they won the 2012 Danny Kyle Award), Linlithgow Folk Festival and PipingLive!,as well as in Germany, Denmark and Belgium. In November 2011, the band was invited to Washington DC as part of the ScottishGovernment’s St. Andrews Day celebrationsin the USA, culminating in performances at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the British Embassy.

Simon Thoumire is a virtuoso concertina player and composer originally from Edinburgh now living in Glasgow. He has performed across the world playing Scottish music and new compositions, both as a soloist and with bands including the Simon Thoumire Three, Simon Thoumire and David Milligan and Keep It Up. Simon wrote the first Celtic Connections New Voices in 1997 and went on to write Music for a New Scottish Parliament, The Scottish Requiemand more recently writing new music for the Strathspey and Surreal Society. Simon also works with Hands Up for Trad – a development organisation that promotes Scots traditional music across the world.

St. Margaret’s Braemar is considered to be one of Scotland’s finest churches, designed in the late 19th century by renowned Scottish architect Sir John Ninian Comper. The St. Margaret’s Project is a partnership between The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust and the St. Margaret’sTrust. Its primary aim is to restore and develop the building into a renowned, high quality performance and arts venue which will attract local, national and international performers and audiences. The project also aims to record and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and history of the building and the surrounding area.

Live Music Now was established in the 1970s by the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and is now theUK’s foremost music outreach organisation, reaching into the heart of local communities, working in old people’s residential and day care centres, adult resource centres, secure units and schools –including for those with additional support needs, and rural areas. In Scotland, Live Music Now works with around 100 musicians in chamber groups across all musical genres delivering around 750 performances a year, as well as a programme of training and professional development.

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Violin Tutor Required: Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop

Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop is small fiddle workshop based at Strachur on the Cowal peninsula.

They are seeking a traditional tutor for their adult classes, ranging from beginners to competent players.

Hours offered will depend on uptake of members – previously classes were held on two evenings over 26 weeks, however this may reduce to one evening if numbers fall.

For further information please contact Alison Duncan on admin@fiddleworkshop.co.uk

www.fiddleworkshop.co.uk

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Marketing and Communications Assistant – TRACS

Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) are looking for a Marketing and Communications Assistant to carry out a range of marketing and communications tasks, who can also bring their creative flair and passion to engaging with the Traditional Arts Networks in fresh ways.

Creative with a sound knowledge and interest in the rich tapestry of Scotland’s traditional arts scene, you will be an excellent communicator with sound copywriting, editing and proofreading skills. Ideally you will have experience in a similar role with exposure to databases, social media, marketing e-tools and CMS.

A team player who can also work independently, you will have proven organisational and time management skills, as well as the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines, with a varied and demanding workload.

Closing Date for applications: Thursday 20 June, 5.30pm
Late applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26 June at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (EH1 1SR)
If you know this date is a problem for you, please flag with your application and we will do all we can to accommodate your situation.

To apply – please send your CV and a Cover Letter, outlining your interest in the role and relevant experience, utilising the responsibilities and requirements in the job description, to:

Lindsay Corr
Marketing and Communications Manager

Email              lindsay@tracscotland.org with “M&C Assistant Application” as subject line
Post                TRACS, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Enquiries        0131 652 3272 (Lindsay or Annemarie)

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Voice of Youth: The Next Generation of Storytelling

The Scottish Storytelling Forum (SSF) is a membership organisation, dedicated to keeping the art of live oral storytelling alive and growing in Scotland – a diverse network of storytellers and individuals supporting Scotland’s vibrant storytelling community.  It’s Facilitated by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) and based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

The SSF blog series hopes to introduce you to the many different strands within the storytelling scene in Scotland and beyond.

This month, Ailsa Dixon, a young storyteller and student from Aberdeenshire, tells us all about her wonderful mentoring experience with storyteller Lari Don, as part of the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘What’s Your Story?’ scheme, a development programme for 14-17-year olds from across Scotland interested in telling stories.

‘Many people believe storytelling is the preserve of grandparents, or that it faded out of our culture at the point when an average adult began to spend more time on electronic devises than asleep. But when another young person responds to my love of stories with a story of their own, I know that nothing could be further from the truth.

‘I’m a 16-year girl from Aberdeenshire, and I do normal, teenage things – revise for exams, listen to music, watch YouTube, have sleepovers with friends, walk the dog – but I love storytelling. Completely and absolutely. And having young people who are obsessed by finding, telling and reworking stories is essential. As a young person, I understand the value of being listened to when so often you’re dismissed as irrelevant, hormonal or immature. The power of storytelling, particularly as a teen, is the power of being listened to, the joy of sharing something integral to you with another human being. This power is transformative – it makes you feel worthwhile and reaffirms the fact that teens do have something important to say. And storytelling is so often the best way to say it.

‘Unfortunately, for young people, especially those who live outside the central belt, storytelling can be a hard thing to get into. The art of storytelling relies on learning from those more experienced, perfecting your technique through others criticism and, above all, constant practice. This is easier said than done, especially for young people who rely on public transport, juggling exams and social lives, as well as usually lacking the confidence to believe that they might have a place in the centuries old tradition of simple, human imagination and creativity.

‘Originally, I got into storytelling through music. I love trad music, and since late primary I have sung at local folk clubs and played cello with ceilidh bands. (The current project is learning Clarsach, which is progressing slowly!) Karine Polwart has always been one of my contemporary trad heroes, and while obsessively listening to ‘A Pocket of Wind Resistance’, the album of her sensational stage show ‘Wind Resistance’, I began to marvel at the way she weaved words through her music, and how the stories she told seemed old and relevant at the same time. Gradually, I began to realise that the stories she told were part of a whole different world.

‘Around the same time that I was obsessively listening to this album, as well as trying to find out about more stories, I applied to a fantastic scheme run by the Scottish Book Trust called ‘What’s Your Story?’ This is an intensive development programme that selects seven 14-17-year olds from across Scotland interested in any form of telling stories – from short stories and novels, to poetry, blogs, podcasts and illustration – for intensive mentoring by a professional in their medium, as well helping plan events like Storycon and culminating in a showcase.  Somehow, I managed to get selected and was paired with the ever wonderful Lari Don (storyteller, author of the ‘Spellchasers’ series, ‘Fabled Beast’ Chronicles and a variety of trad story collections).

‘Mentorship is a unique thing. It’s somewhere between guidance and teaching, and Lari was amazing. For a whole year, she allowed me to ask stupid questions, lent me books, told me stories, read my manuscripts and suggested alterations, read and answered rambling, exclamation mark filled emails, gently coaching me through the first stumbling blocks of storytelling.

‘I spent two days in Inverness at Moniack Mhor where I got my first taste of how effective well honed, polished storytelling could be. Its wild, fluid, iridescent, and feels like breathing. Good storytelling is planned and practiced, with an almost imperceptible rhythm, but feels both to the teller and the listener like something brand new being born out of thin air. Its power can overtake you, which I found when you’ve pretended to kill a dragon in the middle of the Starbucks queue and quite a lot of people are looking very confused – but they are intrigued, and this is the key to human interaction. I learnt to find stories from books, (Otta Swire, Ian Stephen, Tom Muir and Patricia Monaghan, you have my thanks), and from other storytellers, I learnt how to plan and imagine a story or whole other world from a snippet in a book and, perhaps most importantly, that it’s OK to change a story.

‘Perhaps this is what young people are best at – changing things up. Maybe it’s why we need more young tellers. As a young woman, some stories I encountered just felt wrong, like ‘The Selkie Bride’. For those of you who don’t know the myth, it’s about a man who tricks a female selkie into becoming his partner through lies and deception. Parts of the story personally felt uncomfortable but some aspects, like the selkies playing in the moonlight, I really loved. Thousands of people know it, it’s in countless anthologies and collections, but it’s a tale old enough to look after itself and I realised my updated version – where the selkie’s sister rescues her and hits the fisherman over the head with his own violin – is not going to bring the ancient traditions crumbling down around my head.

‘Despite this, when performing at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) in October 2018, I still felt nervous about sharing a remastered version of ‘The Five Sisters of Kintail’ (who want to stay young forever to have fun, be free and not have to marry) in case it was against a previously undiscovered storytelling bylaw. However, even though I was the youngest performer there and the only school age person to attend the storytelling in education workshop, everyone was incredibly lovely. If I didn’t already know that storytelling was my passion, SISF told me. It felt like an extended family – everyone knew everyone else, happily showed you about and introduced you to new people, shared stories and offered advice. I essentially lived in the Scottish Storytelling Centre Café for a week – with my wonderful mum, now also a convert to the storytelling cause – soaking it all in, performing, learning, reading and generally trying to make a permanent imprint of it all on my brain.

‘What’s Your Story?, Lari Don and my amazing experience at the SISF taught me so much about storytelling, but I still have lots to learn. At some point in the future I’d love to take part in the Storytelling Apprenticeship, and work towards getting on the Directory of Storytellers, and I hope to study Scottish Ethnology at university. Currently, it’s hard to get opportunities to tell stories as a young person outside your school environment, and within school it can also be hard – I’d be very grateful to anyone who could persuade my teachers that storytelling is a worthwhile thing to be doing with your life. Very grateful indeed! Exams also seem to eat time (I should probably be studying instead of writing this, but maths should always be balanced out by stories. That should probably be the law).

‘Currently I’m working on a project that is essentially my response to Brexit. With a Dutch mum and an Orcadian dad, sometimes I feel like I’m being split in half. This feeling of dissonance between my two passports has grown in the last few years, and I realised that while I tell numerous Scottish trad tales, my knowledge of Dutch folklore was obscure to say the least. When I was investigating Dutch stories, I began to wonder how many of my Polish, French, German and other myriad nationalities of friends and acquaintances knew any stories from their own countries.

‘I am asking my friends, teachers and acquaintances for their childhood stories as well as their own personal stories, and to share them out – a German story to my Polish friend, a Dutch story to a French teacher. It’s fascinating as through this process I’m hearing more and more of my teenage friends, who never understand why I spent my evenings researching, practicing and telling stories, share stories of their own. I’ve told my English class a tale from Ecuador, heard Syrian folktales and stories of flying into Aberdeen for the first time on bonfire night with fireworks in the sky. Also, a friend once made my cry by telling me five wonderful polish folktales as a birthday present.

‘I’m not entirely sure where this project is going. All I know is that more and more young people are beginning to find their stories and share them. More and more young people are beginning to connect through story to people from different continents and cultures. And right at this moment, the more connected we are, the better. Scotland is the Scotland it is today – music, story, infrastructure, food, dance, culture and beyond – through people from different places sharing their knowledge and imagination. And I want to be able to tell that story.’

Ailsa Dixon is from Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire and enjoys storytelling and writing around her studies. She was on the long list of the annual Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2017 and was selected for Scottish Book Trust’s coveted What’s your Story? mentorship in 2018.

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Isle of Gigha Music Festival – 29th June 2019

The Isle of Gigha Music Festival may be one of the smallest festivals in the country but it is certainly one of the most vibrant and welcoming. This years festival takes place on Saturday 29 June with music across the island not just on this day, but on the Friday evening.

The main event is the headline concert on the Saturday night will feature Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, the Fiona Hunter Band and Argyll based Rhuvaal.  With the village hall only holding 150 people, its an ideal opportunity to enjoy world class traditional music in an intimate setting.

In 2012  the festival set the enviable and undisputed world record of 65 minutes for a non-stop Orcadian Strip the Willow at the end of concert ceilidh. With this years ceilidh being led by the youthful Rhuvaal, who knows what will happen!

Tickets for the concert are available on Eventbrite or by emailing booking@gighamf.org.uk

As well as the evening concert there is a packed programme of music during the day including the up and coming Campbeltown based band – The Endorphins, an open mic session, singing workshop, the Loch Fyne Pipe Band and live music across the island.

So come and enjoy a weekend of live music and don’t forget to bring your instrument if you have one. We can never have enough music.

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Unfolding Song (workshop), 16th-18th August 2019

Unfolding Song 

From Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2019

Facilitated by Mairi Campbell, Helen Chadwick,  

and Ali Mills

At Kilcreggan House

www.Kilcregganhouse.com

One hour from Glasgow on the Clyde Estuary

I’m delighted to announce our next singing workshop at the end of August. It’s perfect for people who are intrigued by the craft of songwriting and how group improvisation and play let tunes form and rhythms unfold. We’ll tend to these elements and explore how we can collaboratively let them grow into song.

We call this unfolding song because what we make emerges out of the collective experience of the group, guided by our facilitators, crafted and sung by all of us.

We are really lucky to have both Mairi and Helen collaborating on this – it promises to be very special.

The workshop is limited to around 20 people in single, twin and triple rooms. The weekend is fully catered and food will be lovely fresh and vegetarian – prepared for us by a local chef.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further questions once you’ve looked at the practicalities below and do share this email with anyone you think would like to come. As numbers are limited to a small group do book as early as  possible as places seem to go very fast!

I look forward to seeing you here. Ali x

 

Kilcreggan House

Kilcreggan House is a grand old country house sitting high above the Clyde, with spectacular views across the water to Gourock and out of the mouth of the Clyde to the Isle of Arran. The house has recently been renovated and this is our first year offering workshop space and accommodation.

There are extensive grounds to walk in, working artists studios in the grounds and a beautiful hall to sing in with wood burning stove. There is a kitchen for catering, a large dining room with open fire and an elegant drawing room with a baby grand piano.

Accommodation:

There are 6 bedrooms on the first floor of the house with 4 brand new bathrooms each with a spacious shower and one with a bath. There are an additional 6 studio rooms with en-suites in the grounds of the house. All bed linen and towels are provided. Bring warm slippers or socks for the Hall.

Meals:

All meals are provided by our local chef and are vegetarian. Everything is provided for you to help yourself to a simple breakfast in the dining room. Bring your own wine and any treats you fancy.

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Cost for 2 nights inclusive

3 people sharing a room – each person – £200

2 people sharing a room – each person – £240

Single room – each person – £320

£100 deposit will secure a place with your booking details or special offer below**

This is refundable minus £30 admin charge up until 6th July 2109.

Early-bird discounted rate £15 reduction

We also offer an early-bird rate if payment arrives before 26th May 2019

3 people sharing a room – each person – £185

2 people sharing a room – each person – £225

Single Room – £305

£100 deposit will secure a place with your booking details or special offer below**

This is refundable minus a £30 admin charge up until 6th July 2019

We need to receive payment in full by 6th July.

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Arrival and departure:

Friday – Arrive from 4pm

Leave from 4pm on Sunday

Getting here by car, or train and ferry

Kilcreggan is just over an hour by car west from Glasgow, but a lovely way to arrive is by train and ferry. Trains go regularly from Glasgow to Gourock which takes 40 mins and then there is a 10 minute ferry that crosses the Clyde to Kilcreggan, its a 5 minute walk then up to Kilcreggan House.

When you book please give us:

Name

Address

Email

Phone

Dietary requirements.

Food is vegetarian but we can accommodate vegan diets. Please enquire about other dietary needs.

Rooms:

Shared with 3 people

Twin

Double

Single

Payment:

For BACS payments contact: Ali Mills – 07802 928874

 

The Leaders

Mairi Campbell

From singer, dance musician, visual artist to facilitator, Mairi is a multi-award winning musician at the cutting edge of the Scottish folk scene. She is renowned for extending the boundaries of the folk tradition in Scotland, bringing a powerful combination of deep craft, groundedness and spirit to her work.

Mairi was music director of Sangstream, an Edinburgh folk song choir for twelve years and has continuously developed her improvisational practice with mentors and study over thirty years.

During Mairi’s improvisation sessions she works with simple frameworks that support ‘making things up in the moment.’ Her dynamic approach and sense of fun help everyone join in a powerful and transformative creative experience.

Helen Chadwick

Helen is a singer, songwriter, composer and recording artist, with a background in theatre. She creates unaccompanied songs and performances with Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, including site-specific works for choirs and soloists, involving local communities and responding to the places in which they are made.

Helen has been commissioned to create song theatre performances for among others the Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera, Greenwich, Salisbury and Norwich Festivals and has composed for the BBC, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Helen is the founder with Thames Festival of the mass choir charity project Sing For Water which has raised over a million pounds for water projects at Wateraid, through work led by choir leaders all over the UK, Europe and Australia.

Ali Mills

Ali’s interest in site specific singing comes in part from her career as a television set designer for the BBC. This combination of designing spaces, relating to the environment and her delight in singing has led her to create a rich song leading style.

Ali is particularly interested in the experience of singing in the moment, creating a soul space, often by candlelight, around a fire or outside on a beach or hill. She leads a singing group, Soulwind, in the village of Kilcreggan, teaching songs by ear from many different cultures in four part harmony.

Ali created a Songline coast to coast across Scotland from Dunbar to Helensburgh as part of the opening of the John Muir Way. She brought songs through six sites of interest across Scotland involving both singers from each community and a those who travelled with her.

Ali, with her partner Lawrence, is developing and running a singing and creative centre at Kilcreggan House on the Rosneath Peninsular.

For any queries: Ali Mills – 07802 928874

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Callout: dancers aged 16-25 needed to perform in The Jaialdia Mix

The Jaialdia Mix is an exciting new dance performance project for young people aged between 16 – 25 years old.

We are looking for a group of young people with some experience in traditional dance (with a special focus on highland) to be involved in a collaborative project with young people from the Basque Country. This free-to-participate international project is a unique cultural dance experience where selected participants will have the opportunity to visit, rehearse, socialise and perform together, creating a pop-up community of talented young dancers from two northern cultures sharing their indigenous music and dance.

Between June and September you will take part in 15 sessions, working with a professional choreographer and musician, to create a new dance of style that combines Basque and Scottish traditional dancing with contemporary styling.

This exciting new dance will be performed to original music in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August) and then at the Atlantikaldia Festival in the Basque Country in September 2019.

Deadline: If you are interested in being part of The Mix ask for an enquiry form which includes details of the dates of the project from allan@dancebase.co.uk by Monday 10 June at 13.00.

The young people in The Jaialdia Mix will be invited to meet at Dance Base in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh on Saturday 15 June to receive full information about the project and to take part in an introductory workshop. The performers will be selected through the course of that workshop.

  • Dates:
    Saturday 15 June
    Sunday 16 June
    Saturday 22 June
    Sunday 23 June
    Sunday 30 June
    Monday 22 – Friday 26 July
    Between Monday 5 – 11 August (Dates TBC)
    Atlantikaldia Festival – September (Dates TBC)

The Jaialdia Mix is funded by Creative Scotland and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Talent Development Fund. This is a partnership project between Dance Base, Scotland National Centre for Dance, Atlantikaldia and Etxepare Basque Institute, Basque Country with support from the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and TRACS. 

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SOLAS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 LINE UP

Kobi Onyame, Niteworks, a solo performance from Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale and Solareye are among the acts for the tenth anniversary of Solas Festival this year, taking place in the brand new location of Errol Park, Perthshire.

Solas Festival is an all-age, three day celebration of the arts taking place over midsummer weekend at the beautiful, secluded site of Errol Park in rural Perthshire, overlooking the silvery Tay. Solas is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge with a wide-ranging programme of music, spoken word, theatre, dance, debate, workshops and more. There’s so much to get involved in, all in a safe, family friendly, chilled out atmosphere. Affordable weekend and day tickets are on sale now, with significant discounts for concessions, under 18s and free access for children under 12.

The Festival is being supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, through their National Event Fund Programme.

MUSIC

Kicking off the festival with a bang on Friday night are the fantastic Niteworks, with their special fusion of traditional Gaelic music and electronic influences. Hailing from the Isle of Skye, they have been setting dancefloors ablaze since 2011, winning ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2012 Scottish Trad Awards, followed by major performances at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Glasgow’s Hydro Arena, many festivals and much more.

Our Saturday night headliner, Kobi Onyame, has been making waves in the UK hip-hop scene for years and we can’t wait to welcome him to Solas. Born in Accra, Ghana but now based in Scotland, Onyame is described by OkayAfrica magazine as ‘the UK hip-hop game’s unintentional preacher of sunny vibes’, with his music a vibrant spectacle that draws heavily on African culture – both sonically and visually. His latest album, ‘GOLD’, was shortlisted for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year award in 2018 and has received widespread critical acclaim. The album mashes his Ghanaian heritage with contemporary hip-hop and creates an almost wistful echo of a yearning for home that somehow has its roots in the past and present simultaneously, inspiring a vibrant live show full of character, heart and soul.

Other musical highlights coming to Solas this year include a special solo performance from Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale, whose latest album ‘In Plain Sight’ is set for release this month amidst a string of live and festival performances. We will also welcome more Scottish hip-hop from Solareye, winner of Best Hip-Hop at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards in 2018. The big, brash sounds of Supa & Da Kryptonites will play the festival out on Sunday night with aplomb, and we also look forward to performances from the likes of critically acclaimed artists Kapil Seshasayee, Martha Ffion and Beerjacket. There will be a strong folk and traditional music presence across the weekend, welcoming back 2018 favourities Josie & Pablo, plus special slots from Savourna Stevenson & Steve Kettley, Brighde Chaimbeul, the experimental sounds of Jessica Danz and up and coming trad six-piece HEISK. Not to mention psych-folk singer-songwriter Lizzie Reid and epic camp-pop offerings fromHYYTS.

SPEAKERS, TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Solas would not be the same without its extensive programme of non-musical contributions, from spoken word artists and comedians to politicians, activists, religious thinkers and poets. Highlights on this year’s programme include Scotland’s Makar,Jackie Kay, comedian Josie Long and up-and-coming young writer Chris McQueer. We’ll also be joined by Nadine Aisha Jassat, included in YWCA Scotland’s ’30 Inspiring Women Under 30’ in 2017, poet Juana Adcock, Scottish slam champion Calum Rodger, and theatre-maker Robert Softley Gale, the artistic director of Birds of Paradise Theatre.

We’ll also have Alastair McIntosh talking about non-violence, Donald Trump and the psycho-history of Lewis. Kenny MacAskill will be talking about Red Clydeside and the events of 1919. Gutter Magazine will present a show case of new Scottish writing. Kapil Seshasayee will talk about his concept album exploring caste discrimination in Scotland and the Desi diaspora, and Pádraig Ó Tuama will discuss Other Tongues, and writing between languages with Sara Shaarawi and Juana Adcock. Henry Bell will be talking about his recent biography of Scottish revolutionary John Maclean, Ricky Ross will talk to the man behind The Vow, Murray Foote about his journey from no to yes, and the festival will also explore the future of Scotland with Gerry Hassan and Simon Barrow.

FAMILIES AND ACTIVITIES

As a festival, we pride ourselves on providing a safe, relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. There is plenty of space and toys for your wee ones to play with, as well as participatory activities and performances to engage and excite them. The festival’s children’s programme promises enriching nature based activities like den-building and fire-cooking, perfect for a midsummer weekend in stunning Perthshire. Last year the children’s entertainer Mr Boom was a real hit, and the festival is delighted he’ll be back for another year! There will also be roaming street theatre for kids to get involved in with the Unicorn Dance Party, previously at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. And don’t forget that kids under 12 go free, so it really is an affordable weekend for all the family.

WORKSHOPS

From overtone singing to Indian ragas, Palestinian cooking to Scottish trad, circus skills to intimate theatre, Solas Festival will host an array of workshops to get your mind and body moving.

CHOIR OFFER

To celebrate the Festival’s tenth anniversary, Solas will also be welcoming choirs from across the country to attend the festival and form a special ‘super choir’, led by singer and workshop leader Corinna Hewat. Groups of ten singers or more are invited to attend and will receive a special 60% discount on tickets. Find out more information on the offer here.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Solas Festival

Solas Festival will take place from the 21st to the 23rd of June in Errol Park, Perthshire. Celebrating it’s tenth anniversary, Solas is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge with a wide-ranging programme of music, spoken word, theatre, dance, debate, workshops and more. There’s so much to get involved in, all in a safe, family friendly, chilled out atmosphere. Tickets are on sale now: weekend including camping £95/£60 conc/£30 under 18s and day tickets. Children aged under 12 go free. More information is available at www.solasfestival.co.uk

Follow Solas on Facebook and Twitter @solasfestival and Instagram @solas.festival.

EventScotland

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.

EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see www.visitscotland.org or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see www.visitscotland.com.

 

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BBC Radio Scotland Launches Search for Scotland’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year

BBC Radio Scotland is on the hunt for the country’s newest star with a brand new award to find Scotland’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2019.

The search will launch on Thursday 2 May on BBC Scotland’s Quay Sessions with Roddy Hart when chart-topping Scots singer/songwriter, Lewis Capaldi, performs before a live audience in Glasgow. Entrants will be able to apply online via a link on the BBC Radio Scotland website, details of which will be released during the programme.

The winner will be announced on BBC Music Day in September at a special event hosted by Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross. Ricky, an acclaimed singer/songwriter, is also host of BBC Radio Scotland’s Another Country.

Entrants, who must be over 17, will be asked to submit short videos, featuring an original composition and a cover version of a favourite song by 5pm on Friday 31 May.

The award will be judged by a panel of industry insiders. Entries will be shortlisted by the judges to 10 who will then go to public vote in early September. The top 4 from the public vote will perform at a live final where the judges will select the recipient of the BBC Radio Scotland Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2019 award.

The final four will be mentored by songwriter and producer, Davie Scott. Davie, lead vocalist with The Pearlfishers, is also a leading light in the University of West Scotland’s Masters in Songwriting course. The grand finale will take place on BBC Music Day on Thursday 26 September 2019.

Ricky Ross said: ‘Great storytelling is at the heart of a great song. The lyric, the right chord change, the story and how that connects emotionally with us every day make a great song part of our lives. This award is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring singer/songwriters in Scotland and I am delighted to be involved.’

BBC Radio Scotland executive producer, Sharon Mair, said: ‘As far as musical talent is concerned, Scotland has always punched well above its weight. BBC Radio Scotland has been at the forefront of developing musical talent in Scotland for the past 30 years and I am so pleased we are launching this award, which will provide a great platform for new talent looking for opportunities in 2019.’

More info: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p073nw31

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Fringe 2019 Tickets On Sale!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2 – 26 August 2019

The world’s largest arts festival is almost upon us again and the Centre has the usual packed programme of top-class events for children and adults, showcasing stories in all their forms.

‘an essential stop for anyone… the standard is always high, and the permanent theatre is one of the nicest venues on the Fringe.’
(British Theatre Guide)

Children’s Shows

Specifically designed for babies, Celeste’s Circus is an award-winning show that offers a first trip for wee ones into the magic world of circus with visual thrills, spills, oohs and ahhs, and plenty of bubbles.

For older kids (5+), join storyteller Daniel Serridge at his dinner table of foolishness as he regales you with tales of disgusting banquets, salubrious suppers and measly meals, serving you a Feast of Fools. While Janis Mackay’s delightful family show Wee Seals and Selkies combines storytelling and music to create an enchanting performance, evoking the Scottish northern seashores.

Storytelling Sessions to Suit All

If you’re looking for traditional tales that suit all, Dougie Mackay has got a pocket full of Supernatural: Wonder Tales from Scotland, featuring strange places full of fantastic creatures, where the veil is thin, and the people are wise, wild and terrifying.

Telling the tale of the Viking’s arrival in Scotland, Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician/singer Neil Sutcliffe, invite you to board their long ship of music and tales at Walk the Oars.

The Golden Fly is an epic tale of a shape-shifting goddess in search of her truth. Follow storyteller Alice Fernbank and musician Graham Dickson on a storytelling voyage laden with song and myth, presented through flute and voice.

Theatre to Inspire Change

Puppet State Theatre Company are enchanting us with two of their critically acclaimed literary adaptations, starting the Fringe run with JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle, a miniature masterpiece of enchanting storytelling for fantasy fans and phobics alike, followed by The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale using puppetry and inspiring storytelling.

David Greig’s Dr. Korczak’s Example, set in 1942 in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, tells the true story of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor and writer who championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love.

Half music concert, half spoken word performance, (Can This Be) Home examines the immigrant experience of Brexit, performed by Kolbrún Sigfúsdóttir with flautist/composer Tom Oakes.

Stories with Something to Say

Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in Blood and Gold’s contemporary exploration of the legacy of colonialism and slavery by Scottish Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies, which is part of the Made in Scotland showcase.

With Jenny Lindsay’s trademark wit and lyrical dexterity – This Script combines poetic memoir with a fierce call for empathy – delving into often turbulent contemporary waters.

Looking for a fantastic night out in August? Loud Poets: Best of Fringe showcases the top spoken word talent the festival has to offer, from the laugh-out-loud funny to thoughtful and emotional, there’s something for everyone.

In his dynamic solo-performance I am Mark, Stefan Smart recreates Mark’s Gospel the way the story was once narrated – as a full-bodied drama brought startlingly to life.

Experimental/Verbatim

For those who love to explore the experimental side of the Fringe, The Red Hourglass features five characters locked up together in a mysterious research facility – a unique horror comedy from Alan Bissett.

Dispatches on the Red Dress uniquely weaves immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and genre-melding original songs, presenting new writing wrapped up in the warmth of a live gig from BBC Radio 2 Folk award-winner Rowan Rheingans.

Returning to the Netherbow stage to celebrate the centenary year of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002), On the Radical Road is an evocative, innovative, shape-shifting drama sculpted from Hamish’s poetry, music and songs.

The Night With… Evenings delivers three concert programmes over multiple days, featuring Scottish composers and poetry, aiming to showcase interesting music in informal spaces.

Scotland’s Greats

Burns for Brunch revives the nation’s favourite Scot with a twist, as the bard awakes in Auld Reekie 2019 sharing his thoughts, poems and songs, casting a satiric eye around his Scotland and ours.

Acclaimed musical duo Neil Adam and Judy Turner present the wit, wisdom, adventures and heartbreaks of the beloved author of Treasure Island, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in Sing Me A Song: The Robert Louis Stevenson Show.

Classics Retold

You can’t beat a classic, which is why TumbleDry Theatre are serving you a fine selection of horror stories by iconic authors in A Trilogy of Horrors: Vol I (Dickens, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe) and A Trilogy of Horrors: Vol II (HP Lovecraft, E Nesbit, HG Wells) – guaranteed to give you a fright.

You can call the Centre for special preview prices, family tickets, accessible performances and 241 offers on 0131 556 9579 and browse further information on the fantastic line-up online.

You can also book the Centre’s events through the Fringe Box Office:
0131 226 0000 | edfringe.com

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