Mark Steel's In Town
15th August 2012
Mark Steel's In Town
Location: Lyth Arts Centre
Age suitability : 14+
Comedy - Mark Steel's In Town,
Mon 1st Oct 8pm, age 14+
Mark Steel is one of Britain's top stand-up comedians. He is regular on panel shows such as the BBC's Have I Got News For You, QI, Mock the Week and Radio 4's Newsquiz. He has also published several books and writes a weekly column for The Independent.
An active social and political campaigner, he was a member of the Socialist Workers Party until 2007 and has appeared several times on the BBC's Question Time. His comedy is informed by his left-wing politics, often combining history and current events with an incisive comic instinct for the absurd.
Mark Steel's In Town is a series which celebrates the quirks of small-town life in a country of increasingly homogenised high streets. Each show is painstakingly researched, drawing on local history, politics, tourist brochures, current events and, yes, good old-fashioned stereotypes, to create material unique to each town he visits. Steel's observations on the small, sometimes forgotten, towns of Britain go right to the heart of British culture today, championing the very people who shape the places we live in now.
*** Note this event takes place in Tempest Cafe Thurso ***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.
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.
*** Note this event is in Thurso High School ***Donizetti's sunny comedy takes to the road, touring 17 smaller venues around Scotland. Dynamic young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend (Rodelinda 2013) take their inspiration from the world of P.G.
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.
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.
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).
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