Ross Records are releasing three CDs featuring a total of seventy tracks of accordion, fiddle and pipe music recorded by the late Bobby Coghill. The series is entitled "Bobby Coghill - Memories" Volumes 1, 2 and 3.
Next month Dunbeath Heritage Centre is hosting another weekend of events entitled Light in the North to celebrate the anniversary of Neil M. Gunn's birthday on 8th November.
An old photo of Mackay's Dance Band was found recently by a member of the band Jim Mackay. He got in touch and told us some of the story since 1957 when the band started.
The search to find the winners of this year's Dynamic Place Awards, the only awards in Scotland that recognise the country's leading design, innovation and regeneration projects, has taken a leap forward with the announcement of this year's shortlist of entries. The awards judges have reduced the list of nearly 100 entries down to 26 projects.
Clive Gregson, who is a well respected singer/songwriter is coming up to do a solo gig at Mackays Hotel on the 12th of November. Ticket prices are £8 and will be available, this weekend, in both Wick and Thurso Music Shops.
Saturday, 5th November 2005 at Wick High School. Jenna Reid - Fiddle Shetland Fiddler and RSAMD Graduate who plays fiddle and piano with the band Ḍchas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Scotia Review invites you to attend the AGM. Come & see who we are & what we plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.