Loch Ken’s ‘On The Water’ Event Declared ‘a Triumph’!

On Thursday 10th June, The Galloway Agreement’s string quintet performed from the shores of Loch Ken to a sold-out crowd at the Galloway Activity Centre. This marked an important step in a partnership approach between organisations in the Loch Ken area.


The ‘On the water’ event was a first for South West Scotland, with the audience taking to the water in a selection of craft to appreciate the bankside performance of The Galloway Agreement. The Galloway Agreement is a collaboration of D&G’s best-known traditional musicians. The hour-long performance set featured Wendy Stewart (clarsach, vocals), Ruth Morris (alto and tenor nyckelharpa), Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Stuart Macpherson (double bass) and Beth Porter (cello).


The performance was very well received, with the event in its unique format being declared ‘a triumph’ by attendees.


Aidan Nicol, GCAT’s Arts Culture & Heritage Manager, said:

From the vantage point of the stage – the musicians, technicians and I could watch the multi coloured boats paddling in for the start of the performance from across the loch – one of our sound technicians commented that this was the most remarkable event they’d ever seen come together – and in that moment I’d have to agree, it felt very special to be a part of and Loch Ken with the GAC’s friendly staff to get us on the water was the perfect setting- especially for our first live GCAT event after lockdown!


Alan Smith , the chairman of the Loch Ken Trust and in attendance on the night, added:

“This really was a night to remember in so many ways. A lovely atmosphere which was enjoyed by the soaring red kites , diving swallows as well as the audience. Great to see the wide age range of attendees. We must do it again!”


The event was hosted at the Galloway Activity Centre (GAC). GAC’s Richard Hermon said:

“Well, Aidan from GCAT suggested we try an event whereby all seats were floating and the band playing from terra firma. I thought she was completely bonkers! But, what a brilliant idea. A total sell out. Well done Aidan!  A huge hit!  Dumfries and Galloway  – first in Scotland!”


The Event was organised by the Glenkens Community & Arts Trust, with the support of the Loch Ken Trust and the Galloway Activity Centre. The event was made possible through support by the Galloway Glens Scheme (using funds from the National lottery Heritage Fund) and Creative Scotland.


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