South African born singer songwriter Tim De Graaw began his career as a blues guitarist while harbouring a passion for songwriting. After leaving high school in England, he was accepted into the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and after graduating, he seized an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to work as a professional musician.
A good chance for families and their youngsters to spend Saturday afternoon sharing the fun of hearing live music indoors and, if it's not too cold, running around in a safe outdoor space. Birlinn Jiarg was founded by multi-instrumentalist Beccy Hurst and performs the traditional Manx music she grew up with plus new compositions.
As part of The Portskerra Storytelling International Festival, local storyteller Alexandria Patience presents "Stories from here and there" - a mix of traditional Scottish stories given an extra twist with live original music by Donald McNeill. They are joined by Mexican storyteller Ruben Corbett who has performed at some of the most prestigious arts festivals across Latin America as well as Europe and brings us some storytelling warmth (narrated in English) all the way from Mexico to Lyth Arts Centre.
Mill Theatre, Thurso Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th 2016 Act I Zombie Prom opens at Enrico Fermi High School. The students go through their daily routine ("Enrico Fermi High") and the audience meets Jonny, a rebel who spells his name without the traditional 'H.' We also meet the good-girl heroine, Toffee, and Miss Strict, the principal of Enrico Fermi High School.
Straight from her acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe Mairi Campbell brings her show Pulse to Lyth Arts Centre. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling, Pulse is the story of award-winning musician Mairi Campbell's quest to heal cultural wounds.
Combining soulful melodies with incredibly catchy lyrics, Alex Wayt showcases his American-inspired songwriting with a joyous ode to living life to the full. With an impressive and seemingly endless list of shows under his belt, including tours in the USA and live performances at Murrayfield Stadium, this well-seasoned artist always promises to entertain.
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland's finest fiddle players who have joined forces to create a rich sound that's both vibrant and evocative of Scotland's exciting new musical landscape which brings classical and traditional worlds together. Using just their fiddles and performing acoustically, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.
Over the past few days 4 - 7th August 2016, there has been a flurry of musical activity in Halkirk as they put together Tchaikovsky's epic 5th Symphony. The orchestra has warmly welcomed visiting players, from as far a-field as Iceland and Cumbria, into their ranks.
An evening of Scottish music featuring composer Ronald Stevenson We welcome a return visit to Lyth by Christopher Guild, a young Scottish pianist, graduate of the Royal College of Music, London and champion of Scottish composer Ronald Stevenson. Ronald Stevenson is probably the last truly great pianist and composer of his generation.
Originally formed as an offshoot of all-star swing combo the Loveboat Big Band, the Bevvys simultaneously channel the heritage of such classic sister-acts as the Beverleys, the Andrews and the Boswells, while their own diverse backgrounds and collective song writing skills reinvent the female trio formula. "...highly seductive vocal harmonies with their trademark mix of sweetness and sass..." (Netrhythms magazine).
Frank McElhenney is an artist and photographer who lives in Milngavie. He has an interest in nationhood, conflict and mortality.
A 5 strong group of young traditional musicians will bring their Ceilidh Trail to the Wick Pipe Band Hall. These talented musicians are part of the famous Feis Rois organisation.
The Pulteneytown People's Project is delighted that Central Superhero Events will be coming to the Pulteney Centre on Friday 5th of August 2016 with their Superhero Shows. Come along with your kids and meet the famous central superheroes Batman, Spider man, Captain American, Hulk, Iron Man and Transformer Bumblebee.
Tickets for the Blas 2016 Festival are now on sale. 9 great days across the Highlands and Argyll.
St Fergus Gallery and High Life Highland would like to invite you and your friends and family to visit our next exciting exhibition Building Blocks. Building Blocks is an interactive exhibition designed to encourage participation in an online building project using the computer game Minecraft.
This year Lyth Arts Centre is presenting three exhibitions which in various ways mark this 40th year in a broader context. 1st July - 31st August 2016 Open daily 12 - 5pm Adults: £3 OAPs: £2 Children, Students, Unwaged: £1 http://lytharts.org.uk/archive-2/2016-exhibitions/ Kilmorack Gallery Showcase An exhibition of work by some of the best artists working in Scotland, curated by Tony Davidson whose gallery near Beauly shares our taste and ambition to celebrate quality.
Originally formed in 1998, Shine combines Corrina Hewat, Mary Macmaster and Alyth McCormack's distinctive voices with two electro-harps in hauntingly timeless and modern arrangements of traditional and contemporary music. Lyth Arts Centre - 14th July 2016 - 7.30 - 9.30pm Castletown Drill Hall - 15th July 2016 7.30 - 9.30pm Tempest Cafe, Thurso - 16th July 2016 - 7.30 - 9.30pm Reay Village Hall - 17th July 2016 - 7.30 - 9.30pm Tickets £10 (Cons.£6).
Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School (RACPADS) pipe band, Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band and City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band were competing at the European championships last Saturday in Forres. Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band was placed 2nd in Novice B, Ross and Cromarty were 5th in Novice A and City of Inverness 9th in Novice B.
The 81st Annual Exhibition opens on Tuesday, 2nd August and runs until Saturday 13th August, 2016 at Thurso High School 2 to 5pm & 6:30 to 9pm daily (except Sunday). Note: final day opening hrs 10am to 12 noon.
The quilting workshop in Wick on Friday this week was completely booked out on the first day it was advertised. Consequently another one has been arranged for Saturday 25th June, 10.30am - 12.30pm.