Community Musicians News
Tuesday 28th August sees the start of a new season for the Thurso & Dounreay Strathspey & Reel Society. Old and new mebers are invited to get the instruments tuned up and come along when practice starts again at the Ormlie Lodge club, Thurso.
Local band Liquid Blue have made it through to the semi finals of 'The Ultimate Chill', a Nationwide wide contest for performers of original compositions. Competition was fierce, with over 70 submissions in total received from demo CDs and from the four regional heats held in Wick, Dundee, Haddington and Fort William throughout the summer.
The Caithness Music Festival is in full swing 4 - 8 June 2007 Photos can be seen in the Gallery at http://www.caithness.org/fpb/2007/june/gallery.php?gallery=2&start=0 .
Wick RBLS Pipe Band took advantage of the roadworks which caused the overnight closure of High Street outside the Pipe Band Hall to hold a practice prior to their visit to Germany. The practice provided an unexpected treat for a large group of German tourists staying overnight in the town.
The winners of last Saturday's BBC1 programme "When Will I Be Famous", the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have agreed to play at a Massed Pipe Band event in Wick in September. The live TV show is hosted by Graham Norton and each week 8 different acts compete for a £10,000 first prize.
Music Marathon - Sunday 18 February 2.00 - 7.00pm Every Thursday evening Wick Youth Club's Music-Link-Media offers a 'drop-in' workshop from 6pm to 10pm for young people aged 14 or over which has grown to have an average attendance of 90 members each week. Free tuition is provided in media skills, bass or lead guitar, drumming, harmonica as well as voice coaching.
Massed Pipe Bands in Wick's Market Square, Caithness. Recorded on 16th September 2006.
The event begins at 7.30pm.
The Caithness Music Festival has had another great week with lot of entries. As always the flow of children across the county from rural schools to Wick and thurso has kept the buses very busy.
The concert held in the Episcopal Church, Wick on Friday 26 May 2006, by Wick Choral. The concert was well attended and the audience were treated to items from Wick Choral, Caithness Handbell Ringers and a short Organ Recital by Margaret Widdowson.
Quayside formed during the summer of 2005. Margaret MacDonald, who has sung locally for a number of years, and Bob Turner, who plays guitar, teamed up to provide support to a charity concert in the Wick Youth Club.
Music Link Media the project that began in March based at Wick Youth Club is racing ahead with music tuition, video and a range of other activities aimed at introducing young people to music and the associated activities that make it all happen. April 2006 Photos.
The Music Link Media - May Photos May 2006 Photos .
MUSIC LINK MEDIA LAUNCHES IT'S VERY OWN BATTLE OF THE BANDS BUT WITH A DIFFERENCE YOU MUST PERFORM 3 SONGS, ONE MUST BE AN ORIGINAL COMPOSITION, ONE MUST BE A COVER VERSION OF A COUNTRY CLASSIC IN YOUR OWN STYLE AND ONE MUST BE EITHER A COVER OF A BLUES OR A REGGAE SONG. Bands can be made up of 3 to 6 members and any existing bands e.g.
The final concerts of our 25th anniversary season take place this week, on Wednesday 29 March in Wick Old Parish Church and on Thursday 30th March in Thurso High School Hall. Both concerts start at 7.30 pm and should be finished by 9.15 pm.
The exciting new music tution programme Music Link Media is now up and running with a programme of tuition already taking place. Lots of young people are already signed up to take part in lessons on all apsects of the music industry from playing through to sound and filming.
MUSIC - LINK - MEDIA FREE ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MUSIC & MEDIA? DO YOU WANT SOMEWHERE TO HANG OUT? Manage a band Make a CD PA Rigging Join A band Design a CD Cover Design Posters Sound Engineering Write your own songs If you are in S3 onwards come along any time between 6pm & 10pm on a Thursday night Beginning Thurdsay 9th March 2006 Wick Youth Club Lower Dunbar Street, Wick Also Liquid Blue playing live! .
A great new opportunity for young people to take part in music and film workshops over the next two years will soon be available in a new project Music Link Media. This well funded project will have five part time staff led by Douglas Cowie a well known local musician.
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.
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.