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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caithness Arts Week - 30th July - 7th August We're about to organise publicity materials for this week of events. Could everyone who has an event planned - however modest - please make sure details are sent for inclusion in leaflets/posters, etc.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra visits Strathpeffer, Thurso and Culloden Following successful concerts in Findhorn, Fortrose and Kingussie in early June, the second leg of the SCO Highlands Tour 2005 takes place in July with three more concerts around the Highlands. Under the baton of Roland Böer, the Orchestra performs in Strathpeffer (Pavilion, Thursday 7th July, 8pm), Thurso (High School, Friday 8th July, 8pm) and Culloden (Academy Theatre, Saturday 9th July, 8pm).
Scotland's first Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers Will Launch At Piping Live. The first ever World Amateur Solo Piping Championships are to be held this year as part of the Piping Live festival in Glasgow this August, it was announced today.
Lybster Heritage Trust/Lybster Harbour Society Sat 25 June 2005 - 11a.m.- 6p.m. Just one of many events for the family on Silver Darlings Day is this from Scotia Review.
Caithness Arts is compiling the next What's On, which will include details of events taking place throughout Caithness during July/August. To include your event, please send details to [mail]katrinathurso[AT]aol.com[/mail] by 24th June.
OEDIPUS THE CHIEF, a new play by George Gunn will be performed by Grey Coast Theatre Company at LYTH ARTS CENTRE, Caithness at 8.00 pm on Saturday 18th June. A dynamic presentation directed by Eric Tessier-Lavigne in a moved reading with JULIA DALKIN, ADAM ROBERTSON, BRIAN SMITH, FINLAY MACLEAN and HELEN MACKAY with a community chorus.
Caithness Music Association 51st Music Festival (2005) Winners A photo gallery of the competitors can be found here. Monday 6th June Trophies Rajkovic Memorial Trophy (247) Dunbeath Primary School Miss Mary Webster Shield (228) Watten Primary School Caithness Glass Company Bowl (229) Nicola Love + Alison Smith Castletown Choral Shield (230) Bower Primary School Mrs Boyd Shield (241) Christopher Stone Forbes Craighead Memorial Trophy (243) Philip Todd Robin Mellor Trophy (242) Colin Stone Eric Mcpherson Trophy (13/14) Ruth Potts Wick Accordion & Fiddle Cup (156/157) Douglas MacKay Wick Accordion & Fiddle Club Shield (152/153/156/157) Kenneth Stone Thurso Strathspey & Reel Society Cup (152) Ruth Potts Music Committee Shield (153) Kenneth Stone Buchanan Shield (130/131) Sandi Polson Jack Duncan Memorial Shield (120/121/122) Lyndsay Vines Mentiplay Cup (123/124) Ruth Potts Tuesday 7th June Trophies Henrietta Sinclair Shield (46) Bower Primary School Ferguson Shield (194) Thrumster Primary Alliance Building Society Cup (193) Halkirk Primary Hamilton Shield (187) Bower Primary School Morven Trophy (186) Thrumster Primary Roseburn Cup (197/198) Colin Stone + Robert Beaven Mackay Shield (7/8) Kieran Begg The Stroma Cup (214/215) Eleanor Tunn Edgar Cup (218/219) Aileen Banks Agnes Custer Memorial Shield (22) Ruth Potts Wick Junior Scroll (111) Lynsey Vines + Mark Johnston Manola Harper Cup (102) Anna Fields Katrina Geddes Shield (97/98) Jayne Paterson Johnstone Shield (99) Ruth Potts Tuesday Evening 7th June Trophies Leslie Sheppard Cup (200/204) STRING THING Margaret Green Quaich (77) Audrey Mackinnon Treble Clef Trophy (69) Matthew Todd Margaret Henderson Memorial Salver (203) Caithness Handbell Ringers Wednesday 8th June Trophies Lady Jessamine Harmsworth Shield (56) Halkirk Primary School Mrs E M Miller Cup (54) Caithness & North Sutherland Childrens Choir William Rankin Wilson Cup (48) Miller Academy Steven Trophy (49) Halkirk Primary Grover Cyne Centenary Bowl (210-211) Andrew Mackay Thurso Choral Society Cup (25) Matthew Todd Owen Calcott Cup (24) Kirsten Todd Anita Oberlander Cup (21) Ruth Potts& Karyn Johnston Phillip Sinclair Trophy (19) Matthew Todd Wick Town Improvements Cup (216) Lyndsay Vines Wednesday Evening 8th June Trophies Practice Chanter Shield Primary (143) Shaun Gray Practice Chanter Shield Secondary (144) Aileen Banks Bagpipe Challenge Shield March (146) Jack Cowan Bagpipe Shield Strathspey & Reel (147) Jack Cowan Thursday 9th June Trophies Mrs Mackenzie Cup (39) Canisbay Primary Mount Pleasant Shield (36) Pulteneytown Primary Mabel Dick Shield (37) Lybster Primary Peter Pan Cup (31) Hillhead Primary Mrs J Gill Cup (33) Canisbay Primary Lewry Shield (41) Mount Pleasant Wick Quartercentenary Trophy (185) Ruth Potts & Karyn Johnston Wick Rotary Club Cup (180) Ruth Potts Zelda Chaiken Linekar Cup (177/178) Kirsty Gunn Mark Smith Shield (217) Jack Beaven Thursday Evening 9th June Trophies Lobban Shield (80) Alison Vines & Brian Johnston Margaret Henderson Memorial Trophy (201) The Young Traditionalds Friday 10th June Trophies Flo Dixie Cup (47) Miller Academy The Pentland Cup (212/213) Katie Rose Macdonald Thurso Town Improvements Cup (236) Hazel Banks Field of Noss Quaich (232-236) Katie and Lyndsey Vines John Munro Shield (235) Katie Vines Henrietta Munro Shield (233) Lyndsey Vines Paperweight Trophy (237) Mary Smith Omand Shield (234) Siobhan Clark James M Gunn Dialect Quaich (232) Sarah Gunn Edinburgh Cup (175) Lyndsey Vines Dorothy Cup (220) Katie Vines Masks Of Comedy & Tragedy (224) Kathryn Cartwright Friday Evening 10th June Trophies Thurso & District Round Table Shield (214-221) Eleanor Tunn, Reay Henry Rosie Memorial Shield (9-15) Joanna Harper, Miller Academy Mrs Fred Shearer Bowl (87) Caithness WRI Choir Wick & Pultneytown Mercantile Debating Society Cup (92) Thurso West Church Choir Church of Scotland Presby Cup (93) Melvich Gaelic Choir Thurso Town Council Cup (89) Melvich Gaelic Choir Viscount Thurso Cup (91) Thurso West Ladies Choir.
The Highland 2007 Community Programme is an excellent opportunity for small Caithness groups and charities to fund projects that will take place in 2007, or that take place in 2005 and 2006 with a 2007 finale. A local Highland 2007 Management Group has already been set up to consider applications and now welcomes applications for projects from all walks of Caithness life: arts, sport, heritage, science, environment and language.
Caithness Cultural Trust are showing that they are willing to tackle a range of arts and music ventures in the course of their development. The latest is E Rock Concert featuring some of the well known local bands.
A Google Search Engine has been set up for the new Arts Index but is awaiting the magic touch of the Google boys to make it operate. This should happen within the next few days.
With a great amount of assistance from Caithness Arts we are gathering together all our information on the arts in Caithness. Our county has a much more diverse range of artists and arts that many people would give credit for and the purpose of this section of Caithness.Org is to help promote the arts, of whichever kind, to the world.
The answer has to be yes. Caithness Arts are taking forward the study Revealing the Vision of Caithness and aiming to have a strategy to move forward the ideas contained in it.
In March 2003, after the failure of the bid by Inverness to become City of Culture, Jack McConnell announced Highland 2007 as a project that would celebrate Highland culture across Scotland. Whether you're inspired or cynical about this project, Caithness artists can seize the opportunity to benefit from funding offered by the tri-partite partnership of the Scottish Executive, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Highland council.