A’ the way to Galloway with Jo Miller & Friends – A CatStrand ‘Slow Tour’

A’ the way to Galloway is an exciting new project which puts the traditional music of Galloway centre stage during September and October.

Audiences can attend concerts and workshops, and learn more about the history of local music making at a conference hosted by the ‘Glenkens Story’.

The performers, who all have close links to the area, are Jo Miller (song and fiddle), Amy Geddes (fiddle and viola), Robyn Stapleton (song), Neil Sutcliffe (piano, song, accordions and concertina), and Steve Sutcliffe (concertinas).

They have recently launched a CD, described as ‘an outstanding and totally enjoyable album whose considerable virtues don’t need to shout or dominate in order to enchant or delight’ (David Kidman). It features items from local song-makers, including ‘Buchts o Knockreoch’ by Logan Paterson of New Galloway, older repertoire such as ‘Braes of Galloway’ by William Nicholson – ‘The Bard of Galloway’ – as well as new tunes and song settings by the group. This music has thrived in intimate environments like homes, rural schools and small halls, and the musical arrangements and performances recreate that intimacy. Audiences will be able to participate in chorus singing and perhaps even a dance!

Instrumentalists of all ages can get to know the music better by coming along to one of the workshops with Amy and Neil, focusing on tune learning and accompaniment. Singers can join Robyn and Jo to sample Galloway’s rich song tradition. Music reading is not essential!

You can join the musical journey A’ the way to Galloway:

  • Sat. 1st September, Quarrymen’s Arts Centre, Creetown (tune workshop 2pm, concert 7.30pm)
  • Sun. 2nd September, Cresset Hall, Locharthur, Beeswing (tune workshop 12pm, concert 3.30pm)
  • Sunday 10 September, Dalry Town Hall (song workshop 10.30am-4pm)
  • Friday 6th October, CatStrand, New Galloway (concert 7.30pm)
  • Saturday 7th October ‘Music Making in the Glenkens’ conference – expert talks and music from the archives

Tickets and further information from CatStrand website, or phone 01644 420374

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