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Its These Years Of Being - Devised Theatre Performance By Acting Students
North Highland College HNC Acting & Performance students present a piece of devised theatre called 'Its these years of being……' the material was inspired by the work of American Poet Richard Brautigan(1935-1984).   Brautigan who lived in San Francisco became an integral part of the mid- 60's scene and was part of the beat movement.  
Caithness Quilters - Another Successful Exhibition And Coffee MorningThumbnail for article : Caithness Quilters - Another Successful Exhibition And Coffee Morning
Caithness Quilters held another successful exhibition and coffee morning for charity on Saturday morning.   Raffle tickets will shortly be on sale for a quilt.  
Red Fish - Latest Grey Coast Project At Lyth Arts CentreThumbnail for article : Red Fish - Latest Grey Coast Project At Lyth Arts Centre
Saturday 10th December 8pm "RED FISH" is an exciting new development for Grey Coast Theatre Company as it is the first time the company has been awarded a Scottish Arts Council music commission which has enabled long term Grey Coast musical collaborator Andy Thorburn (of Blazin' Fiddles etc.) to write music for the company well ahead of the pressure of production.   "RED FISH" is the unbelievable story of a Klondike in the north, of a small town which literally blows up.  
Crimson Tide CD Launch 10 December 2005Thumbnail for article : Crimson Tide CD Launch 10 December 2005
Caithness band Crimson Tide will launch their new CD on 10 December at the Redwood in Thurso.   Making a night of it they have two other local bands Boss Hogg & Cyanide joining them for a gig.  
Crimson Tide To Release First Album
Caithness band Crimson Tide will release their first album on the 10th December.  The CD will feature 5 original tracks, produced by Isaac Sutherland, QPQ Productions.  
A Light In The North - A Neil Gunn Celebration
A Celebration Of The Work Of Neil Gunn in the Dunbeath Heritage Centre.   Friday 4 November 2005 7.00pm - Wine Reception 7.45pm - George Gunn with Dunbeath and Lybster Primary Schools Performance 8.45pm - Ian Stephen - Story Teller Saturday 5 November 2005 10.00am - Diarmid Gunn (The authors nephew) introduces: Dr Margery McCulloch - "Neil Gunn Re-visited" Tom Bryan - "Neil Gunn Now" Followed by George Gunn "Butcher's Broom Schools Project 2007" Lunch £3 2.00pm - 4.00pm "Butcher's Broom" & "The Key Of The chest" then Neil Gunn Reading Group led by Christine Russell Saturday Evening 8.00pm - Evening Celidh in Inver Arms & Sea Stories with Ian Stephen.  
The Unusual Suspects At Assembly Rooms Wick 4 November
Eden Court is delighted to bring one of Scotland's most incredible live acts, The Unusual Suspects, to Wick for a concert at the Assembly Rooms.   The Unusual Suspects are a 22 piece "Folk Big Band" famed for their exciting performances: "It's big, bold, brassy, and adventurous...  
Preston Reed Live At Pentland Hotel
Preston Reed will be performing at The Pentland Hotel, Princes Street, Thurso on Friday 4th November at 8:00pm.   Don't miss your chance to experience a live performance by the world renowned musician and composer who is widely known as the world's most gifted guitarist.  
Memories - 25 Years Of Bobby Coghill On 3CD's
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.  
Preparing For Another Neil Gunn Weekend At Dunbeath
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.  
Old Photo Leads To Updates On Mackays Dance BandThumbnail for article : Old Photo Leads To Updates On Mackays Dance Band
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.  
Hi-Arts Shortlisted In Dynamic Place Awards 2005
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.  
Highly Talented Singer And Musician Coming To Wick
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.  
Wick Traditional Music Workshops
Saturday, 5th November 2005 at Wick High School.  Jenna Reid - Fiddle Shetland Fiddler and RSAMD Graduate who plays fiddle and piano with the band Dòchas.  
Wildcat Traditional Music Association Newsletter 36
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 In' - 3rd to 24th September At Swanson Gallery, Thurso
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.  
'The Design Element' - Northlands Creative Glass International Conference
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.  
College To Launch Book Of Over 100 Musical Compositions
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.  
Back Together On Stage - August 2005Thumbnail for article : Back Together On Stage - August 2005
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.  
Blas - A New Highland Music Festival
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.