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Woody Guthrie – Old Man Trump with Will Kaufman

Woody Guthrie – Old Man Trump
with Will Kaufman
Friday 18th January 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Friday 18th January

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved his family into a new apartment in Brooklyn’s Beach Haven. His new landlord it turned out, was none other than Fred Trump, father of the US president. Over 60 years later, Donald Trump would proclaim on the campaign trail: “My legacy is my father’s legacy” - Woody had his own, very strong opinions on what would be Fred Trump’s legacy.

In 2014 Will Kaufmann discovered, buried in the archives, Guthrie’s previously unpublished song lyrics and other writings on his perception of Fred Trump - he’s now turned these discoveries into a music and spoken-word presentation.

Kaufman – singer, multi-instrumentalist, and Professor of American Studies, is recognised as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie. He is the author of Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011), Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues (2017) and Mapping Woody Guthrie (forthcoming 2019).

In WOODY GUTHRIE AND “OLD MAN TRUMP” we hear Woody Guthrie speaking and singing from beyond the grave, bringing to life all the heartfelt anger and contempt that he felt.

“No one can understand the American people without listening to Woody Guthrie. Will Kaufman's doing important work here”. TOM PAXTON

 

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 18/01/2019

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns
by Gillian Duffy, starring James Mackenzie and Morna Young
Wednesday 23rd January
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Heartbroken author Ariel Winters takes herself away to her aunt’s old cottage in Ayrshire to get over her cheating ex. As she celebrates Burns night alone, wishing that the right man would show up, she gets a visitation slightly different than what she’d hoped for. The ghost of Rabbie Burns appears to give her some dating advice – and he knows what he’s talking about!

Featuring the great songs and poems of Burns, such as ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Charlie is my Darlin’ and of course ‘Auld Lang Syne’, this hilarious new comedy proves that love and relationships haven’t changed that much in 200 years after all.

 

“Gillian Duffy’s writing takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion” Goodreads.com

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 23/01/2019

Whiskey Shivers

Whiskey Shivers
Saturday 2nd February, 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

A diverse group of masterfully talented musicians who stand out like a sore thumb from the traditional bluegrass world, WHISKEY SHIVERS have made a name for themselves with a genre-pushing sound that the Washington Post called “Apocalyptic Americana”. Frontman and fiddle master, Bobby Fitzgerald’s exuberance is contagious, and it bleeds through… crowds notice this lot. Fitzgerald says “Whiskey Shivers isn’t just the five of us on stage, it’s everybody in the room.”

The band members also landed a role in the film Pitch Perfect 3, which hit cinemas in December 2017, appearing both in acting and musical roles, alongside a returning cast that included Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld and Rebel Wilson. The big screen is the perfect place for Whiskey Shivers - an eclectic, charismatic gang of characters, they had their first major breakout when their horror-movie influenced music video went viral.

“The fierce inertia of Old Crow Medicine Show, the ramshackle folk punch of Felice Brothers and the punk energy of a pre-sobriety Deer Tick.”  ROLLING STONE

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • Adult (£12.00)

Date: 02/02/2019

Baroque at Dusk

Baroque at Dusk
Saturday 9th February
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Following on from the success of last year’s Handel by Candlelight, we’re delighted to welcome back three of Scotland’s rising stars, local soprano COLLEEN NICOLL, Ayrshire tenor DAVID DOUGLAS, and pianist ANDREW JOHNSTON to perform some of the most glorious soprano and tenor arias and duets from the wonderful Baroque repertoire.

The trio delve into the darker side of opera from the Baroque era with plenty of well know tunes, as well as some hidden gems. The programme will include music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Gluck and Rameau. A visually stunning and emotive performance for both classical music lovers and those new to the genre, we guarantee you’ll be bowled over by the sheer beauty of the music and its emotional intensity. 

“If any couple have the voice to suit music of this genre and the skill to deliver it to perfection, it’s them”  GARRY FRASER, THE COURIER

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • Adult (£12.00)

Date: 09/02/2019

Flute Ensemble Beginners

From Saturday 9th February
Beginners: 10am-11am: £6 each session

Learn the flute for complete beginners in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere with Jerry Randalls, DRSAM Post Grad RCM (London)

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 09/02/2019

Flute Ensemble Grade 2&3 Class

From Saturday 9th February
Grades 2 & 3: 11.15 am-12.15 am: £6 each session

For the more experienced player, this class (with Jerry Randalls, DRSAM Post Grad RCM London) is aimed at improving musicianship skills and participation in ensemble playing.
 

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 09/02/2019

Purely Jazz for Woodwind and Brass

Purely Jazz for Woodwind and Brass. Late Teens - Adults
From Saturday 9th February: £6 each session
12.30pm – 1.30pm

The jazz-nervous especially welcome! Release the creativity in you that you never knew you had – starting off with improvising a straightforward and effective12-bar blues in a fun, supportive environment, you’ll then be taken through a step-by-step course to develop the knowledge, tricks and good habits of playing jazz. You should be around grade 2-3 on your instrument. No previous improvising experience necessary. If you’re younger and want to learn jazz, contact arts@birnamarts.com

With jazz educator Jerry Randalls, DRSAM Post Grad RCM (London) 

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 09/02/2019

Generation Science - Space Base: The Secrets of Space

Space Base: The Secrets of Space
With Generation Science
Wednesday 13th February
11am
£6
Ages 7-12yrs

SPACE BASE: SECRETS OF SPACE is a planetarium show that explores the wonders of our solar system, the scope and scale of the universe and our place within it. Starting with the movements of the sun across the sky, you’ll find out how scientists historically observed the movement of stars and planets to create theories about the formation of the solar system.

After exploring the solar system in more detail - our solar system’s structure has a star (our sun) at the centre, with planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets and satellites all moving in approximately circular paths around it -  we’ll then look at how scientists observe celestial bodies today. Lots of interesting facts and interesting things to look at!

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 13/02/2019

Leo Houlding

Speakers From The Edge present
Leo Houlding: The Spectre Expedition
Friday 15th February
7.30pm

£15 

Leo Houlding is one of Britain's top climbers, world renowned for audacious ascents of epic faces and free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world, as documented in award-winning movies, such as The Asgard Project, The Wildest Dream and The Last Great Climb.

Twenty years of extreme adventures have taken him from BBC 2’s Top Gear to the top of Everest, from devastating injury to major world firsts, and from terrifying BASE jumps to glorious summits of the most remote and difficult peaks on every continent. In 2014, Leo took on and fronted a major Discovery TV adventure series, Lost Worlds.

In this new show, he talks about his life of climbing, the first climb to link three Bugaboo summits in 24hrs, and his incredible expedition to summit the most remote mountain in the world, Antarctica's Spectre. 

“You don't have to be crazy to do what I do - you'd have to be crazy not to”

from The Independent

Price: General Admission £15.00

Date: 15/02/2019

DNA - We Know What You're Thinking: Live UK Tour

Beyond Presents by arrangement with Industry Live Agency
DNA: WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING
LIVE UK TOUR
Tuesday 5th March,Doors 7:30pm

 

Following their astounding appearances on the eleventh series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, mind reading duo DNA are taking their brand new show called We Know What You’re Thinking out on a UK tour from 6th February – 29th March 2019.

Andrew and Darren, best known as mind reading double act DNA, took the nation by storm when they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 with their incredible telepathic ability known as "The Gift". Wowing the judges, live audience and viewers at home, the duo went on to reach the live finals of the hit ITV talent show. Their first audition has reached almost 10 million YouTube views alone.
Performed completely live, they can ask volunteers to concentrate on the name of celebrities, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, a word in a book, the name of the street they grew up on, a relative’s name... literally anything. With devastating speed and accuracy, the pair are then able to reveal what that name, number or word is, every time.

Price: General Admission £13.50

Date: 05/03/2019

The Way of the Drum

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers presents
The Way of the Drum
Saturday 9th March
7.30pm
£15/£10 U16s

FREE WORKSHOP AT 4.30PM FOR TICKET HOLDERS!
(limited places - needs to be booked in advance)

"This latest show is something else. … drumming as theatre… exhilarating to behold. Even if you've seen them before, you'll be gobsmacked." THE HERALD

 

The Way of the DrumThe MUGENKYO TAIKO DRUMMERS create a fusion of primal rhythm, energy and choreographed movement with an infectious humour, captivating to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Performing at some of the country’s most prestigious venues with TV and film appearances, touring across continents, and collaborating with different musicians from countless genres, members of Mugenkyo now return to the roots of Taiko drumming with a lively and entertaining concert, performing an array of traditional Taiko, whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a dramatic but intimate show.

Experience the thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko – Japanese drumming - in a dynamic and captivating show, and gain a unique insight into the world of this powerful art form.

Lighting up the stage, this show is an incredible experience of rhythm, movement and good humour – prepare to be wowed!!

Prices:
  • Students (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 09/03/2019

Sue Baxendale and Brass Ensemble

Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera presents
Sue Baxendale and Brass Ensemble in Recital
Introduced by Donald Maxwell
Sunday 24th March
3pm
£15 

Birnam Arts is thrilled to welcome an all brass ensemble featuring Sue Baxendale, Section Principal Horn for the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and fellow Scottish Opera brass players, in a recital of Opera Music gems. Well-known Scottish baritone Donald Maxwell introduces this box of musical treats, brought to us by Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera.

 

Sue Baxendale joined the Scottish Opera Orchestra in 1996, but has worked extensively in the UK, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of others. Donald Maxwell hails from Perth and has sung with all of the leading British opera companies, as well as La Scala, Milan and the Metropolitan Opera, amongst others. Join us for a Sunday afternoon of the very best of operatic music played by a stellar Scottish Opera Orchestra brass ensemble – a recital to savour.

Programme to be announced.

 

Price: General Admission £15.00

Date: 24/03/2019

Rouse Ye Women

Townsend Theatre Productions presents
Rouse Ye Women: Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers.
A Folk Opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick
Thursday 28th March
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

 In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focused the world’s attention on the plight of Britain’s low-paid women workers involved in the ‘home-working sweated industries’, hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes, with their babies and children, for 5 shillings (25p) for a 50-hour week. Led by the charismatic union organiser and campaigner, Mary Reid Macarthur, hundreds of women laid down their tools to strike for a living wage. The success of the ten-week strike more than doubled their earnings and helped to make the principle of a national minimum wage a reality.

Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the horrors of the sweated labour, Mary Macarthur’s stunning national campaign to expose the perpetrators of this appalling employment, the universal sympathy for the workers, the flood of donations, and the events that led to a final victory.

★★★★ “A powerful story, powerfully told.” Clare Brennan, THE OBSERVER

GUARDIAN readers ‘top favourite shows’ 2017

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 28/03/2019

Andrew "Finn" Magill with Sean Gray

Andrew Finn Magill with Sean Gray
Saturday 30th March
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Traditional Irish, Jazz, Brazilian Bluegrass, and Old-Time

Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina Andrew “FINN THE FIDDLER” MAGILL grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers. Finn’s built his career on Irish music, having performed with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, the Paul McKenna Band, and Martin Hayes, amongst many other Irish luminaries.

Finn’s appearing at Birnam Arts with the brilliant Ayrshire musician, Sean Gray on guitar and flute.

“Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!” (on Canto, Violino)

 

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 30/03/2019

Felt Hat Making Extraordinaire

Felt Hat-Making Extraordinaire 
Adult
Saturday 31st March 10am-5pm  £55

If you’re into wearing hats and you’d like to have something totally individual to wear, then this is the workshop for you – master felter, Ewa Kuniczak, will provide the materials you need and show you step by step in this lovely relaxed and engaging workshop how to make your extraordinary hat. If you have any accoutrements that you want to incorporate into your hat, then do bring them along – otherwise, Ewa will provide you with everything you need. A Soup & Sandwich Lunch is included in the price of the workshop.

 

Price: General Admission £55.00

Date: 31/03/2019

Simon Evans

Off the Kerb Productions and Beyond present
Simon Evans: Genius
Wednesday 3rd April
Doors 7.30pm
£14.50 (includes £1.50 booking fee)
Ages 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by adult)

Advisory: Likely to be adult content/swearing. 

“A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close” ***** THE SCOTSMAN 

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…

“Super-sharp wit” TIME OUT

"… reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent" **** THE TIMES

Price: Students £14.50

Date: 03/04/2019

Salt House

Salt House
Saturday 6th April
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Songs are central to SALT HOUSE - new songs that sound as if they’ve always been here, ancient ballads woken up, poems given the tunes they’ve long deserved. Singer, guitarist and harmonium player Jenny Sturgeon is described by R2 Magazine as “a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill.” Her songs are earthy and wise, sung with both beauty and power.


Singer and guitarist Ewan MacPherson brings to Salt House a wealth of understanding and experience gained from Fribo and Shooglenifty, with poetic songs sung plaintively and straight from the heart.
Fiddler, viola player and vocalist, Lauren MacColl, Rant and The Rachel Newton Band, is a prolific and award-winning soloist, her arrangements demonstrating a rich, deep darkness filled with warmth, wisdom and soul.

"A gentle lulling delight" THE GUARDIAN

***** FROOTS

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 06/04/2019

Bridgescapes

Bridgescapes

An Illustrated Talk with Bruce Keith
Friday 12th April
7.30pm
£10/£8/£5 U26s 

Bridge enthusiast, BRUCE KEITH, has a keen interest in Scottish history and in promoting Scotland’s rich heritage and the achievements of its people – to this end, his recent book BRIDGESCAPES celebrates the long and illustrious history of bridges within Scotland, and the contribution Scottish engineers have made to bridges around the globe. Many of these bridges are not only significant engineering achievements - they also make a major statement in terms of architectural design and form part of Scotland's cultural and landscape heritage.

With a foreword by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Bridgescapes, the book, is illustrated by an up and coming young Scottish photographer, Lewis Matheson, and supplemented by archive material. Join us for this fascinating journey through Scottish bridges!

Signed copies of Bruce’s book will be on sale at the talk, priced at £15.

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£8.00)
  • General Admission (£10.00)

Date: 12/04/2019

Edinburgh Quartet

The Edinburgh Quartet
Friday 19th April
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

THE EDINBURGH QUARTET has long been celebrated as one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, touring extensively in the UK and abroad and frequently featured in radio broadcasts for the BBC and other stations. The Quartet has always been a champion of new music and has worked with many important and prolific composers of our age including James MacMillan, Michael Tippett and Howard Blake. They have an extensive discography, receiving 4 and 5 star reviews in The Scotsman for their ‘Postcard from Nalchik’ and their James MacMillan disc ‘Visions of a November Spring’. 

Programme:

Beethoven String Quartet Op.18 No.6

Dvořák’s String Quartet in E flat Major

Selection of Armenian and Danish Folk Tunes

 

“… perky and pristine… gutsy and attitudinal… richly considered, rigorously balanced and, ultimately, a musical treat.” KEN WALTON, THE SCOTSMAN

Supported by Creative Scotland

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 19/04/2019

Heroes

Heroes
All or Nothing Aerial Dance
& Room 2 Manoeuvre
Saturday 20th April
7.30pm
£12/ £10/ £5 U26s

HEROES is a stunning new show combining breathtaking aerial acrobatics with dance, theatre and contemporary circus skills, effortlessly showcasing the performers’ expertise. Centering around a theme of idolatry, Heroes features two artists at the top of their game – Jen Paterson and Tony Mills of ALL OR NOTHING AERIAL DANCE COMPANY and ROOM 2 MANOUEVRE, with the collaboration of fellow performer and facilitator Beverly Grant.

All or Nothing, founded by Jen in 2006, is Scotland’s leading aerial dance company, considered the foremost industry specialists, with a reputation for excellence, whilst Room 2 Manoeuvre, a fresh and dynamic Edinburgh dance theatre company, embraces a multi-disciplinary approach appealing to a wide range of audiences and have a string of world-wide appearances.

Book now to have a go in a free pre-show aerial workshop.

(very limited places, for ticket holders only)

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 20/04/2019

Unspotted Snow

Unspotted Snow
By Peter Arnott
A Mull Theatre production
Friday 26th April
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

A light-hearted theatrical romp from Mull Theatre featuring starvation, scurvy, cannibalism… and some jolly tunes! UNSPOTTED SNOW is based on the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition to discover the North-West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific and its extraordinary 170-year legacy. Set partly on the barren ice floes of the Arctic and partly in the stultifying drawing room of Lady Jane Franklin, Unspotted Snow is a ripping yarn - a bold and adventurous tale of tragedy, mishap, folly, arrogance, madness and betrayal, Victorian heroism ... and ruthless news management.

Join us to explore and discover the hazy, crazy half-truths, rumours and scandals that besmirched the unspotted snow of the great white north.

“Yet rarely in Scottish theatre can there have been a more perfect match between company and script; and if you simply want a good theatrical night…they finally send the audience off into the night with the warm feeling of having had a memorably good laugh”

Joyce McMillan THE SCOTSMAN (On Whisky Galore)

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 26/04/2019

Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack

Off the Kerb Productions and Beyond present
Phill Jupitus – Sassy Knack
Sunday 19th May
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £18.50 (Includes £2.50 booking fee)
Age 14+: likely to be swearing and adult content. 
 

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved there. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian’s Wall. 

Adult themes and situations but delivered childishly.

"… a true comic talent" - Manchester Evening News

Price: General Admission £18.50

Date: 19/05/2019

 

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