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Wanted - Test Candidates For New Scottish Music Exams
The Royal Scottish Acadamy Of Music and Drama (RSAMD) have announed they are to pilot new exams for fiddle, accordion and Scottish harp to take place on 20 September 2006.   The exams will be in Grades 1 through 5, to be run on the same day in four Scottish cities.  
Wildcat Traditional Music Association - March 2006 NewsletterThumbnail for article : Wildcat Traditional Music Association - March 2006 Newsletter
Well Folkies, the monthly concert is once more nearly upon us! Jim Hunter & Jim Michie will be appearing at The Pentland Hotel, 17th of March....   Anyone who was there the last time the two Jims visited 2 years ago will tell you what a fine night of entertainment was served up, and I'm sure it'll be more of the same on the 17th.  
Six Of The Best + One At Skinandi's
On Sunday the 9th of April 2006, Skinandi's in Thurso will be host to six of the best bands in Caithness.   New music promotions company, Rot'nRoll are staging a Benefit Concert to aid the quality of life for a quality family living with cancer.  
The Callanish StonedThumbnail for article : The Callanish Stoned
Lewis novelist and poet Kevin MacNeil, internationally acclaimed for his writing, has joined forces with the local professional theatre company theatreHEBRIDES to produce an original new play, The Callanish Stoned.   "I had a great deal of fun writing The Callanish Stoned," said Kevin MacNeil, whose recent novel The Stornoway Way was hailed as a classic of contemporary Scottish literature.  
Atlantic - FOREST?Thumbnail for article : Atlantic - FOREST?
Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm in Mackay's Hotel, Wick Just which uncharted waters is the Pictish naval commander steering his vessel into now? Well, seeing is believing - isn't it? In his autobiography, Time Bends, playwright Arthur Miller describes the vivid impression left on his six year-old mind when he saw his first 'movie', an open-air affair screened against a sheet in a make-shift theatre on the roof of the apartment block his Jewish family shared in Harlem, New York, around 1920.   Miller is fascinated by the story flickering in front of him - and totally bewildered when the 'people' disappear: Now the light went out - the whole thing had lasted only ten minutes or so - and I asked my father where these people were'.  
Musik Link Media - A Chance For Young Folk To Get Into MusicThumbnail for article : Musik Link Media - A Chance For Young Folk To Get Into Music
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! .  
Teaching Artists Day
Your are invited to come to… "Teaching Artists' Day" This event is free to attend! Wednesday 22nd March 2006 At: La Tortilla Asesina, Castle St,Inverness Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm - Coffees, Tapas Lunch and Refreshments provided.   As a celebration of the end of Artsplay Phase 2, I would like to ask artists, musicians, drama workers and dancers who teach, workshop and are active in the community to come along to the day to discuss various issues that have arisen during the course of ArtsPlay and are relevant to everyone working in the community.  
'Atlantic Forest' - A New Work - 16th March
A unique collaboration in poetry & music between two sons of Caithness Gordon Gunn & George Gunn with Brian MacAlpine on keyboard will perform this new work - a 'love poem for the planet' - for the first time.   Also John Aberdein reads from 'Amande's Bed' - 2005 Saltire Society/Royal Mail Scottish First Book of the Year Award 'It refuses fake heroism.  
Film's Answer To The Arctic Monkeys - Online AuditionsThumbnail for article : Film's Answer To The Arctic Monkeys - Online Auditions
Finding funding for a film is difficult unless you have practical experience.  It's even harder to get practical experience without any funding! Enter Grass Roots Media, film's answer to the Arctic Monkeys, a new production company dedicated to showcasing and promoting young talent from the ground up.  
Brodie McHaggis Goes Under The Hammer For Local CharitiesThumbnail for article : Brodie McHaggis Goes Under The Hammer For Local Charities
Update on Brodie McHaggis.   He is quickly capturing the hearts and minds of those who have followed him through his first adventure and they are asking when they can read his next adventure.  
Opportunities For Young People In Music And Film At New Project In Caithness
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.  
Configure8 Ensemble Coming To Thurso For ConcertThumbnail for article : Configure8 Ensemble Coming To Thurso For Concert
The ensemble Configure8 are well known for their concerts allover the UK.   The talented group consists of 8 musicians and five of them (Strings) will be appearing in Thurso at the High School as part of the Thurso Live Music Association season of music.  
National Theatre Of Scotland Offers Free Theatrical Events Including CaithnessThumbnail for article : National Theatre Of Scotland Offers Free Theatrical Events Including Caithness
A completely unique, never-to-be-repeated event: ten inspiring directors, ten surprising locations, ten brand new pieces of simultaneous site-responsive theatre created across the country to mark the launch of the National Theatre of Scotland.   In Aberdeen, Caithness, Dumfries, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness Shetland and Stornoway With 10 directors - Graham Eatough, Scott Graham, Stewart Laing, Matthew Lenton, Kenny Miller, Anthony Neilson, Alison Peebles, Gill Robertson, John Tiffany and Wils Wilson.  
24th February, LYRA CELTICA.  (Now a four piece band) PENTLAND HOTEL, THURSO.  
Caithness Arts Week 2006 - Dates Confirmed As 16 - 24 September
This week is now confirmed as an opportunity for local arts organisations and individuals to showcase their talent and ideas.   If you would like to organise an event as part of this new annual Arts Festival in Caithness get in touch with Christine Russell at Caithness Arts.  
Crimson Tide CD CompetitionThumbnail for article : Crimson Tide CD Competition
We have one of Crimson Tide's latest CDs on offer.  We will randomly select a winner from whoever can answer the following question - Forget the question just email your name and address and we will make the draw.  
Guitar 3 At The Mill Theatre - Wednesday 22 February 2006Thumbnail for article : Guitar 3 At The Mill Theatre - Wednesday 22 February 2006
Caithness Arts Bulletin The next item on the Thurso Players Professional Programme is to be a musical one.   On Wednesday 22 February 2006 we see the welcome return of Martin Taylor to the Mill Theatre, Thurso.  
The Old Bachelor's Yarn - Or, The Scornfu' MaidenThumbnail for article : The Old Bachelor's Yarn  - Or,  The Scornfu' Maiden
Thanks to Hugh Ross for preparing another David Grant Poem from the Huna Book The following Ballads were inserted here at the request of Dr.  Sinclair of Wick.  
CAB Spring Concert
The Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau are holding a Spring Concert at Thurso High School on Friday March 10th 2006 at 7:30pm to raise funds and the profile of the work that Citizens Advice Volunteers do for the public.   Performing at the concert will be: Caithness Junior Pipe Band Carol-Anne Mackenzie Karen Anderson Caithness Schools Wind Band Matthew Fields Leo Shelley The Big Band Willie Mackay The performers are all donating their time to the concert and are very enthusiastic about the concert.  
BBC Radio 3 Choir Of The Year Competition
BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Announces New Competition - Search For Britainıs Best Amateur Singing Groups Now On BBC Radio 3ıs Choir Of the Year the UKıs largest national amateur group singing competition - is looking for Scotlandıs most talented and diverse choirs and singing groups to take part in this yearıs competition.   In last yearıs competition Inverclyde Schoolıs Junior Choir reached the Finals.