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Hazel Findlay - The Climb Within

Speakers from the Edge present
Hazel Findlay – The Climb Within
Wednesday 25th September 7.30pm
£17.50 (includes booking fee)

One of the best young climbers in the world, Hazel Findlay presents a talk about her life and climbs, exploring how we can use a sport such as climbing to put us in hard places that push us beyond what we thought we were capable of and how, in this struggle, we can discover the way our minds work and how to ‘hack’ them, so that we can enjoy the experiences we want without being limited by fear.

Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 28 years, and started out trad climbing (with climbing ropes) on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. She dabbled in competition climbing, having been the British junior champion six times, but at 16 yrs old decided to give it up to focus on climbing on rock - especially trad climbing, her main passion.

Hazel was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, a technically challenging route, and repointed (free climb) El Capitan in Yosemite, which she has now done four times, and many other challenging climbs.

Hazel is particularly interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes.

Price: General Admission £17.50

Date: 25/09/2019

Music of the Night

Music of the Night
Colleen Nicoll, Jerome Knox, Andrew Johnston
Friday 11th October 7.30pm
£12/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

For all lovers of a good tune and music to fill the soul! Join us for an intimate evening of song with soprano Colleen Nicoll, baritone Jerome Knox (Jerome replaces the tenor David Douglas who has had to withdraw owing to unforseen circumstances) and pianist Andrew Johnston.

Following their sell out performance in February this year, this talented trio are delighted to return to Birnam Arts for a musical extravaganza, spanning opera to Broadway and everything in between.

“The soprano Colleen Nicoll had indeed the voice of an angel effortlessly soaring over the audience”

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 11/10/2019

Treppenwitz: Inspiring Jazz!

Treppenwitz
Thursday 17th October 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

Inspiring Jazz!

TREPPENWITZ are three young, up and coming jazz musicians – Matthew Aplin on piano, Tom Riviere on bass and Steve Hanley on drums.Formed in January 2014 in Leeds, a vibrant milieu for jazz, they were well placed to start gigging and quickly became part of the established music scene there.

From initially exploring music from the free jazz movements of the 1960s, they now have an organic approach to improvised performance, exploring sounds, textures, harmony and rhythm… jazz in its purest form, with passages of explorative beauty and space sitting alongside energetic bursts of freedom.

This year, Treppenwitz released their second album on New Jazz Records, The Kennedys at Beaver Point, which has a dusky, opaque and almost secretive appeal to it.

“Intense and fearless…the strong musical relationship between these three leading young jazz musicians allows them to delve deep into improvisation, with beautiful original melodies and fascinating rhythmic structures…”  ILKLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 17/10/2019

The Stornoway Way

Dogstar Theatre Company in association with An Lanntair
presents
THE STORNOWAY WAY by Kevin MacNeil
Directed by Matthew Zajac
Friday 18th October 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 + £1 Booking Fee

“The best Scottish book since Trainspotting…full of wisdom, jokes, poetic language and mind-burning imagery.”  THE SCOTSMAN

Adapted by Kevin MacNeil from his best-selling novel, THE STORNOWAY WAY is a musical tragicomedy full of wit and wisdom, both a romantic evocation and a scabrous critique of the Isle of Lewis, “a great and symbolic chip off Scotland’s shoulder!”

Birnam Arts | The Stornoway Way | Friday 18th October

The play tells the story of Roman Stornoway, a struggling musician, and his best friend Eilidh. Both are disaffected underachievers, who use alcohol to fuel and delay their dreams of escape from the island.  They eventually manage to make their way to the city, where Roman is smitten by the mysterious Hungarian student Eva.

With a variety of voices from Lewis and a musical soundtrack featuring original and traditional songs in Gaelic and English, The Stornoway Way is irreverent, witty and honest, a bittersweet theatrical romcom, twisted, squeezed out and hungover, a story about the search for the ideal, the desire for happiness and the struggle to come to terms with who you are, versus who you want to be.

“Does for the Western Isles what Rankin and Welsh did for Edinburgh.”  THE TIMES

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 18/10/2019

Alan Carr: Work In Progress

Alan Carr: Work in Progress Tour (SOLD OUT)
Plus Support
Thursday 24th October
Doors 7.30pm
Age 14+, U16s to be accompanied
Tickets £18 + booking fees

SOLD OUT

Join Alan Carr for a night of work-in-progress comedy, along with support act, Kelly Convey - this is your chance to see Alan trying out new material in this work-in-progress tour!Carr’s unique style of humour and effortless stage presence has made him one of Britain’s most successful and treasured comedians.

With sixteen series of Channel 4’s Chatty Man under his belt, Alan has won a multitude of awards, including the publicly voted National Television Award for Best Chat Show Host, a prestigious BAFTA and a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

Kelly Convey is a So You Think You’re Funny Finalist and she was voted by The Metro as ‘1 of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for’ in 2017.

Book quickly – tickets will fly!

Price: General Admission £20.00

Date: 24/10/2019

Fresh Tracks Unknown Animal

Fresh Tracks – Unknown Animal with Loki
Sunday 27th October
Doors 7.30pm
£10 + £1 Booking Fee

FUNDRAISER

Have we got a brilliant multi-genre songwriting collective for you - FRESH TRACKS UNKNOWN ANIMAL with – wait for it – DARREN ‘LOKI’ MCGARVEY with his hit Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Scotland Today’ – all appearing at Birnam Arts doing a charity gig for our fundraising efforts - SPOILT!!

Loki will be first on with his show and then, after a short break, the songwriting circle will take possession of the stage, featuring an array of established and emerging gifted musicians/performers, including Becci Wallace, Rosie Bans, Johnny Cypher, ABInormal, Lorna Reid, Maaike Siegerist, Jonni Slater, Alan Kerr, Jigsawtiger, Ivan Bunner, Geoff Peel and the London Rock and Roll band, David Sinclair 4, no less.

There’ll be new material, collaborations and diverse creative energies – the place is going to be buzzing – DO NOT MISS!

Price: General Admission £10.00

Date: 27/10/2019

Rendition

Tragic Carpet Theatre presents
Rendition
With Freda O’Byrne
Written by Sylvia Dow
Marionettes by Lyndie Wright
Friday 1st November 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

ON THE MORNING OF 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2001, THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER

Four coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States – the first since Pearl Harbour – set in motion a response that quickly became known as The War On Terror.
Tragic Carpet’s radical new work, RENDITION, is based on the Rendition Project, set up to monitor abuses that followed the aftermath of 9/11, and tells  the story of one man’s nightmare experience as the first suspect to be taken into the CIA’s detention programme.

First performed at Hidden Door Festival in May 2017 and then at Manipulate Snapshots at the Traverse in February 2018, Rendition uses an innovative mix of puppetry, music, soundscapes, visual theatre and installation art – these puppets are harrowing works of art, capable of producing deep emotions in the watching audience. This play will live with you, deep within your heart.

Q&A session will follow the performance.

 “...a profoundly moving piece of total theatre… beautiful, exquisitely made show driven by a quiet but fierce sense of humanity and compassion” JOYCE MCMILLAN, THE SCOTSMAN ★★★★

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 01/11/2019

The Voyage of the Hector: Music Weekend

The Voyage of the Hector Music Weekend
With John Somerville
Sat/Sun 2nd/3rd November
10am-6pm
£75 plus £1 Booking Fee

The Hector Ensemble weekend first came to Birnam Arts last year and was so successful that we’re running it again. This ensemble weekend is a wonderful opportunity for amateur and intermediate musicians to experience the thrill of playing together in a giant instrumental Scottish folk orchestra.

Based around a suite of music depicting the legendary 1773 voyage from Ullapool to Nova Scotia, of the ship Hector, composed by leading Scottish accordionist, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland lecturer, composer and band musician (Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica and a host of other bands) John Somerville, you’ll be expertly guided through the arrangements and parts written for Fiddle, Border Pipes, Whistle, Guitar, Piano, Accordion and Clarsach/Harp, but other instruments are welcome. A reasonably good degree of sight reading, or ability to play easily by ear, is necessary.  

A CD and tune book of all the written parts can be purchased from Feis Rois at https://feisrois.bandcamp.com or directly from John by emailing:  Johnsomerville5@gmail.com

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an engaging, fun and interactive musical experience!
A soup and sandwich lunch is included in the day: Please book well ahead for this workshop.

Price: General Admission £75.00

Date: 02/11/2019

Karen Marshalsay

Karen Marshalsay
Friday 8th November
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

A concert with a difference - one of Scotland’s leading harpers, Karen Marshalsay, has just released a new album of traditional harp music and original compositions, The Road to Kennacraig on Cramasie Records.

Karen’s a master of all three Scottish harps – the warm sounding modern gut-strung Lever Harp which is her workhorse, the clear ringing wire-strung Clarsach of the Highlands and Gaelic culture and the Baroque Bray Harp with its buzzing sitar-like effect – and she features each of them across the Kennacraig album.

In a recent interview with London Jazz News, Karen said she “wants listeners to be moved… absorbed by the music and leave uplifted”, and described the pieces as a “variously sad, thoughtful… strong and celebratory, and a bit mischievous at times.” – Karen will be featuring the album songs in this gig… a real treat for anyone who appreciates Scottish traditional music.

In addition to this concert, Karen will be taking her harp to the local school to encourage children’s interest in the instrument – date TBA.

As well as appearing in solo concerts, Karen is currently a member of Irish folk music legend, flute and whistle master and singer Cathal McConnell’s Trio and has also produced new works for Celtic Connections’ New Voices series, Hands up for Trad’s Distil showcase concerts.

Harper Karen Marshalsay sets out her stall beguilingly with her title composition – notes plucked from wire-strung clasarch, hanging in the air before morphing into rippling piobaireachd-style variations. JIM GLICHRIST: THE SCOTSMAN****

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 08/11/2019

Scouting for Girls

Beyond presents
Scouting for Girls
Thursday 14th November
Doors 7.30pm
Ages 14+, U16s to be accompanied by an adult
£23 + Booking Fees

During their last tour SCOUTING FOR GIRLS played to more people than they’ve ever played to before - they were celebrating ten years since they first released their 2007 self-titled debut, a record that went on to become triple platinum and birthed the generation-bridging anthems of She’s So LovelyElvis Ain’t Dead and Heartbeat. 2017’s accompanying Ten Add Ten record bundled that now-classic debut with ten new songs, proving that the band’s joy, energy and ability to write an instantly catchy chorus hadn’t gone anywhere.

“We had such a huge age range across the audience for that tour, from kids to people who’ve grown up listening to us,” explains vocalist Roy Stride. “It was such a lovely feeling. It almost feels like you’re playing to family. It was actually more fun than we’ve ever had before, but I find that with the band. The longer it goes on, the more fun it becomes.”

It was a chance to celebrate the journey they’ve been on, with people who’ve been on it as well. “Every time we do a tour, it’s special because we only do it every two or three years. It’s almost like a reunion, getting back together with a load of old friends.” Scouting For Girls didn’t need to remind people who they were though: they’re a British institution.

In the decade since ‘Scouting For Girls’, the band have released Everybody Wants To Be On TV (2010), The Light Between Us (2012), and Still Thinking About You (2015) plus the mega hit single This Ain’t A Love Song. They’ve picked up nominations for four Brits, an Ivor Novello and played everywhere from a sold out Wembley Arena to countless festival stages. Last year they released England I Still Believe as a cheeky, unofficial World Cup anthem, which is a very Scouting For Girls thing to do.

Price: General Admission £23.00

Date: 14/11/2019

Chris Difford: Up The Junction Tour

Chris Difford
Up the Junction Tour
Saturday 14th March
£16
Ages 14+

PLEASE NOTE: THIS GIG WAS ORIGINALLY SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST AND IS NOW ON SATURDAY 14TH MARCH 2020

sometimes I do gigs on my own, sometimes I do them with a band called SQUEEZE

 CHRIS DIFFORD is a rare breed, co-founder of SQUEEZE, Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist, who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite for over 40 years.

With his collaborator, Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love, Tempted and many others. Squeeze returned with a new album The Knowledge in October 2017, followed by extensive world-wide touring into 2018.

Apart from this extensive UK solo gig tour, setting aside Squeeze, Chris also hosts song-writing retreats, and has done so for over 25 years, some in prisons, some in rehabs, but mostly in Somerset with the Buddy Holly Foundation. He is one of the country's most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who's who of the industry.

Enjoy, enjoy!!

Price: General £16.00

Date: 14/03/2020

 

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