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Bella and the Bear @ The Fullarton Theatre – Friday 1st April

Bella and the Bear continue to captivate audiences across the country with their live show; setting spoken word and musical intricacies to the backdrop of folk fairy tales. Within a year, they have won 2015’s Calmac Culture award, been named Best Newcomer at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and been the recipient of a Danny Kyle award at this year’s Celtic Connections.
Comprised of Lauren Gilmour and Castle Douglas local Stuart Ramage, Bella and the Bear were formed last year after the two met at University in Ayr. They have recorded and released two EPs and produced their own short film entitled ‘A Girl Called Bella’. The film was directed by BAFTA New Talent winner Iain Henderson and was previewed to a sold out audience in Glasgow’s CCA at their launch show at the end of 2015.


The band are set to delve into the world of theatre over this year; they are the musical directors for a production with Liverpool-based theatre company Fittings and are set to work with Birds of Paradise at the end of the year; a Glasgow-based theatre company. They have a busy Summer festival season ahead and more gigs to announce in the coming weeks.
As part of their Scottish tour, the band will perform their first headline home show in Castle Douglas on Friday 1st April. They invite you to join them in The Fullarton Theatre for a very special night of music in the place where it all began.

DGWGO Spoke exclusivly to Lauren and stuart about the upcoming Gig in Castle Douglas, we asked them if they were looking forward to performing infront of a home crowd? Stuart said ” Absolutely. There’s something really special about going back to play music in the place it all started. We think people will really notice a change and a maturity in what we’re doing now and can’t wait to perform.”

RB asked ” Is this Bella and the Bears first Dumfries and Galloway gig? ” Lauren answered ” We had the pleasure of playing at Theatre Royale in Dumfries at Christmas and that inspired us to book the show in The Fullarton Theatre. The theatre setting really allows our music to do what it does best. We’ve been very lucky to play to very captive audiences and we hope we can do the same on 1st April in Castle Douglas.”

RB went on to ask ” What’s ahead for you in 2016, are you playing at any festivals or supporting any exciting?” The duo told us” We’ve got a busy year ahead. We’re working in Liverpool this month as the musical directors of a new theatre production that we’ll tour with down South. We’re releasing our new single on April 7th. We’re playing a bunch of festivals this Summer that we’re really excited about including HebCelt, Tiree, Eden, Belladrum, Kelburn and Jocktoberfest. We’re looking forward to going back to play in Northern Ireland in September too.”
Bella and the Bear will release their new single physically and digitally on April 7th but the CD will be exclusively available to buy on the 1st April at The Fullarton Theatre.

“Bella and the Bear have entered the music world and become irreplaceable in the Scottish scene.”

“With spoken word that’s so sharp and observant, it lifts the songs to another realm entirely.” – The Herald

“Loaded with nothing short of exquisite lyricism, soaring melodies and water tight musicianship.” – Tenement TV

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