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Photos From the 2006 Caithness Music FestivalThumbnail for article : Photos From the 2006 Caithness Music Festival
The Caithness Music Festival has had another great week with lot of entries.   As always the flow of children across the county from rural schools to Wick and thurso has kept the buses very busy.  
6/6/2006
Subscriptions Sought for New Book About the Ryrie Family in AustraliaThumbnail for article : Subscriptions Sought for New Book About the Ryrie Family in Australia
I am preparing a book about the branch of this Caithness family who emigrated to Australia in 1825.   Stewart Ryrie (born c.1776 at Bower, Caithness - died 1852 at "Arnprior," Braidwood, NSW) had been a Commissary in Wellington's army.  
5/6/2006
Highland Partnerships Proved Powerful at Cannes Film Festival
A joint effort in promoting the Highlands and Islands at the recent Cannes Film Festival proved a very productive investment for local businesses according to Trish Shorthouse of the Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission.   Through a multi-agency approach, a Highland-base was established at Villa Belle - poque in the centre of Cannes from where the Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission, with support from Scottish Screen, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, VisitScotland, and Movie Site, promoted Highland and Islands film-friendly products to movers and shakers of the movie industry.  
1/6/2006
Latest Photos From Thurso Scottish Country Dance ClubThumbnail for article : Latest Photos From Thurso Scottish Country Dance Club
Thurso Scottish Country Dance Club season has come to an end and sent in some recent photos from dances.   If you are interested in Scottish country dancing for social nights out for fun and keeping fit check out their web page for details.  
31/5/2006
Wick Players Open Night Celebrates New PremisesThumbnail for article : Wick Players Open Night Celebrates New Premises
Wick Player's chairman Drew MacLeod welcomed everyone to the open evening to celebrate the move into the premises at Moray Street after many years of working with only a small storage space.  The new place provides workshops, rehearsal space, wardrobe space, small meeting rooms and lots of storage.  
31/5/2006
Highland 2007 Secures Transport And Accommodation Package
Support for Highland 2007 is growing within the business community as a further three organisations become official partners to the year Scotland celebrates Highland culture.   The three, Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited and First Scotrail are each contributing a substantial package of in-kind promotional support.  
29/5/2006
Don QuixoteThumbnail for article : Don Quixote
THEATRE MODO PRESENTS Don Quixote By Miguel de Cervantes Adapted and Directed by Martin Danziger Music and Lyrics by Nick Underwood Cast: Robbie Jack, Simon Donaldson, Hannah McPake At the Mill Theatre, Thurso 8.00pm Wednesday 7 June 2006 'Stylistically sleek, sumptuously sexual, voluptuously vulgar' - Total Theatre Magazine on Ubu The Show In which is recounted the never imagined adventure of the brave Don Quixote, along with other events worthy to be recorded.   Don Quixote lives in a world created by his imagination and finds in his stories the excitement and passion lacking in the real world.  
29/5/2006
Scottish Arts Council Backs Highland 2007 With £250,000 For Capital Funding
Organisations planning arts projects to mark Highland 2007, the year Scotland celebrates Highland culture, will from today (May 29) have access to the Highland 2007 Arts Capital Fund.   The Scottish Arts Council, working in partnership with Highland 2007, has made 250,000 available in capital grants for Highland 2007 related arts projects in the Highlands and Islands.  
Concert Held In Episcopal Church, WickThumbnail for article : Concert Held In Episcopal Church, Wick
The concert held in the Episcopal Church, Wick on Friday 26 May 2006, by Wick Choral.  The concert was well attended and the audience were treated to items from Wick Choral, Caithness Handbell Ringers and a short Organ Recital by Margaret Widdowson.  
28/5/2006
Council Conducts Weekend of Music
Around 250 young Highland musicians will meet in Inverness this weekend (Friday 2nd ~ Saturday 3rd June) to take part in selection events for the regional instrumental groups run by The Highland Council's Instrumental Tuition Service.   The new Regional Ceilidh Band applicants will meet in Charleston Academy on Friday evening to participate in a group session and to play their instruments to a panel of tutors who will make selections for members of the new group.  
Quayside - Play For Local CharitiesThumbnail for article : Quayside - Play For Local Charities
Quayside formed during the summer of 2005.  Margaret MacDonald, who has sung locally for a number of years, and Bob Turner, who plays guitar, teamed up to provide support to a charity concert in the Wick Youth Club.  
Music Link Media - The April PhotosThumbnail for article : Music Link Media - The April Photos
Music Link Media the project that began in March based at Wick Youth Club is racing ahead with music tuition, video and a range of other activities aimed at introducing young people to music and the associated activities that make it all happen.   April 2006 Photos.  
21/5/2006
Have You Seen It? - The Loch Of Mey MonsterThumbnail for article : Have You Seen It? - The Loch Of Mey Monster
A new Children's book is now on sale in Jim Bews Thurso, Simply Unique at East Mey and the Castle Of Mey - 'The Loch Of Mey Monster' Written by Graham Winkle and illustrated wonderfully by Rebecca R Winkle.from Scarfskerry Caithness.   'The lowlands of Caithness have and invoke so many legends and mysteries sometimes I feel I really do see the monster flying in under cover of the geese' - Graham Winkle Graham's first novel is described as a 'delightful book' by Clarence House and 'beautifully illustrated' by Little Tiger Press.  
More Music Link Media - May PhotosThumbnail for article : More Music Link Media - May Photos
The Music Link Media - May Photos May 2006 Photos .  
21/5/2006
Council Publishes Migrant Authors' Book
As part of the national celebrations for Adult Learners~ Week a book of migrant learners' writing will be launched this week (12noon, Tuesday 23rd May) at Tulloch Castle in Dingwall.   The book, called inSco, is short for "in Scotland" and the authors have all attended English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes run by The Highland Council's Adult Basic Education Service.  
18/5/2006
The Scottish Play - Auditions - Thurso Players - 7.30pm 25 May
For members Of Thurso Players the chance to audition for Macbeth is getting closer.  Joining thurso Players might be the route to stage career soa chance is there.  
Who Is The Best? - A Battle Of The Bands Competition
MUSIC LINK MEDIA LAUNCHES IT'S VERY OWN BATTLE OF THE BANDS BUT WITH A DIFFERENCE YOU MUST PERFORM 3 SONGS, ONE MUST BE AN ORIGINAL COMPOSITION, ONE MUST BE A COVER VERSION OF A COUNTRY CLASSIC IN YOUR OWN STYLE AND ONE MUST BE EITHER A COVER OF A BLUES OR A REGGAE SONG.   Bands can be made up of 3 to 6 members and any existing bands e.g.  
Clapshot in Public
Clapshot's next public appearance will be on Friday evening, 26th May at the Park Hotel, Thurso.  This will be an informal evening of various types of music in the bar, and anyone wishing to come and join in to make this a session is welcome.  
Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne At Pentland HotelThumbnail for article : Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne At Pentland Hotel
Wildcat Traditional Music Association are pleased to present Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne from Newfoundland, Canada at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso, 8:00pm, Sunday 21st May, 2006.   This celebration of Newfoundland culture will take you on a journey through stories, tunes and songs.  
15/5/2006
Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exams - Can You Help?
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) Traditional Music Grade Exams project team is working hard to ensure the new exams fit with what musicians and their teachers need.   Can you help them refine the graded exams by taking part in their research.