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Wildcat Traditional Music Association Newsletter 36
It seems like ages since Tich Frier's visit on the 12th of August, and a grand night of song and laughter it was too! It was satisfying to find the wee man on great form and in good health, following his skirmish with the Big C.   But now, for your delectation: "COCKERSDALE" SATURDAY, 24TH SEPTEMBER 8:00 PM PENTLAND HOTEL,THURSO, SUPPORTED BY "CLAPSHOT" This is a night not to be missed, not necessarily because Clapshot are performing outside their usual haunt of the Commercial Bar, Thurso, but because we have one of England's top harmony groups making a rare appearance in Scotland.  
31/8/2005
'Drawn In' - 3rd to 24th September At Swanson Gallery, Thurso
Drawn from the Scottish Arts Council Bequest Collection, this exhibition shows the variety of techniques and styles that some of the country's most influential artists have employed.   You can see works by Ken Currie, John Bellany, Patricia Douthwaite and Victoria Crowe, among others.  
30/8/2005
'The Design Element' - Northlands Creative Glass International Conference
3RD-4TH SEPTEMBER 2005 For the ninth successive year it's the season when artists and professionals from all over the world converge on The Alastair Pilkington Studio in Lybster for a series of masterclasses and a weekend conference that is now a must in the contemporary glass calendar.  This year the theme is 'The Design Element', a topic which features strongly in 21st century life everywhere from sports equipment to home decoration and of course glass.  
30/8/2005
College To Launch Book Of Over 100 Musical Compositions
North Highland College Traditional Music Department are publishing a book of over 100 compositions.   They are all composed by staff and students of the college and include a few guest contributors such as Brian MacNeill, Pete Clark, Angus Grant and Gregor Borland.  
26/8/2005
Back Together On Stage - August 2005Thumbnail for article : Back Together On Stage - August 2005
Mackay's Dance Band from the fifties to the seventies together again and on stage August 2005.  The three Mackay brothers, (left to right) James, Nichol and George took to the stage in Auckengill Hall on the 27th August 2005.  
19/8/2005
Blas - A New Highland Music Festival
A new Highland music festival begins this year with preformances all over the Highlands.   From the tradition bearers appearing in 'An Tobar', to the 'young bright stars' in the firmament of Gaelic music from Scotland and internationally, Blas represents and brings Highland-wide all that is beautiful and lasting in our traditional musical culture and Gaelic language.  
Wildcat Traditional Music Association Newsletter 35
Tich Fier - Pentland Hotel, Thurso 8.00pm, 12 August 2005 "Small Guy, Big Voice, Sharp Wit" - Wild These are the words often used to sum up Tich.   Tich has been around the folk scene for more than thirty years and I first heard him with one of Scotland's finest groups, "Bitter Withy".  
Thurso Live Music Association Season Of Concerts 2005 - 2006
If you enjoy classical music but do not have the chance to get to live performances you can catch a few by joining Thurso Live Music Association.   The annual membership for the coming year is 40 and for that you get eight concerts making bargain price of only 5 per concert.  
2/8/2005
Scotia Review AGM 20 August 2005
Scotia Review invites you to attend the AGM.   Come & see who we are & what we plan.  
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2/8/2005
Caithness Cultural Trust New Web Site
The Caithness Cultural Trust is forging ahead with it plans to develop an Arts Centre in the hear of Pulteneytown.   As part of their quest to raise the profile of the group formed in Devcember 2003 they have now launched a web site with information about the group and their ambitious plans for one of the buildings in Telford Street.  
1/8/2005
Glass Artist Moje Attracts Students From Seven CountriesThumbnail for article : Glass Artist Moje Attracts Students From Seven Countries
Glass artists from seven countries yesterday concluded the first of a summer programme of master classes at North Lands Creative Glass in the village of Lybster led by Klaus Moje, one of the key figures in contemporary studio glass.   The class - "Finding New Horizons" - explored kilnforming with techniques such as fusing, bending and mold-making and also extensive use of cold-working methods.  
26/7/2005
Scotia Review Presents - BARLEY BREE STRATH & SEA
Words & Music at the Mill Theatre from Scotia Review for Caithness Arts Week Anyone who's spent this summer so far in the north must - like myself - be wondering what we've done to deserve such sunless July days.   At times like these it's not hard to understand why our ancestors raised so many hefty stone geometries - if I thought it would appease the gods of weather, I too would gladly salute them, and beg for clemency.  
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25/7/2005
Boss Hogg Won Pulse Heat Bands Competition But Cannot Make Final
Boss Hogg one of the most popular bands in the north won the local heat of the Pulse Heat Bands competition on Saturday at Viewfirth in Thurso.   Unfortunately due to other commitments they cannot head for the final at Mad Hatters in Inverness on Saturday.  
Want To Get Involved In A Monthly Jazz Bash?
The North Coast Jazz Band are doing a great job trying to establish a monthly gig in Thurso with potential for a jam, but they need more support.   They play at the Redwood, last Saturday in the month for fun, not cash and they will encourage any kind of participation.  
Wick Pipe Band Week - Video Available
For folk who missed the Wick Pipe Band Festival recently a video is now available of all of the parades.   M & M Video have produced a compilation of all of the events from the week where several pipe bands took part individually and as a massed band at the Market Square, Wick and at the riverside.  
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17/7/2005
Caithness Arts Week 30th July - 7th August 2005
Look out for our separate "Arts Week" leaflet listing even more Arts Week events.   Saturday 30th July Live music from the North Coast Jazz Band and friends in the Redwood, Thurso from 2-Pam.  
PULSE Highland Talent Trawl
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has announced 'Pulse' - a talent trawl for emerging bands and soloists throughout the Highlands, in association with Mad Hatters at Hootannany's and HUBL, the web site for Highland musicians.   A series of selection events will be around the Highlands - Inverness, Dingwall, Nairn, Alness, Thurso, Skye and Oban, culminating in a final selection in Mad Hatter's, Inverness in July.  
Wildcat Traditional Music Association Newsletter #34
Can I first of all make my sincere apologies to Dod Pain and anyone else I forgot to mention in my last newsletter who performed at the Wildcat on the Prowl evening.   I did rectify it in a later edition, of course but most of you won't have received the update.  
4/7/2005
Art Competition For Local Artists
LS Lowry painted scenes of Wick in the 1930's, now the Highland Council would like local artists to do the same in 2005, using the famous artist's paintings as inspiration.   The work can be in any medium, but must include both people and places, using the setting of Lower Puleneytown, Wick.  
Wildcat Traditional Music Association Newsletter 33
The last Wildcat night attracted a relatively small but very appreciative audience to the Pentland Hotel on a Friday evening to hear a bunch of local artists performing.  Alison Birnie and Fraser Bain gave us some of the best singing and accompaniment I've heard for many a year.