Scotland On Tour Returns To Creetown With Two Gigs This November

As part of Scotland on Tour, the exciting initiative to support the recovery of Scotland’s live music industry, Creetown will host two incredible gigs this November.


Modern rock band Kissing the Flint will play Quarrymen’s Arts Centre on Saturday 12th November, while the hugley talented Pauline Vallance and Shelagh McKay Jones will take to the stage on Saturday 26th November.


Kissing the Flint is the musical project of Leah Chynoweth-Tidy, an Australian-born singer-songwriter now based in Scotland. Leading with vocals and guitar, Leah is joined by Ken Chynoweth-Tid on bass guitar, Norval Forrest on drums, guitar and keyboard and Adrian Grogan on acoustic and electric guitar.


With her talented band, Leah creates music which is an eclectic mix of rock and pop, with warm vocals and rhythmic guitar making for light-hearted, upbeat listening.


Leah Chynoweth-Tidy, driving force behind Kissing The Flint said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of Scotland on Tour, and to be performing live to the lovely people of Creetown! My father is from Scotland, so I have always felt an affinity to the country, and it’s wonderful to now be a part of its legendary music scene.”


Singer-songwriter Shelagh McKay Jones hails from Greenock and is renowned for her talent in traditional folk music, as well as Americana, pop and world fusion. Her lyrics tell stories of love, friendship and happy times, and, when she’s not singing acapella, her words are reflected in the whimsical accompanying melodies she plays on guitar.


Pauline Vallance, also a singer-songwriter, loves sharing stories and expressing her own thoughts and experiences through music and song. Her subject matter varies from provocative and intense to lighthearted and joyful. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Ayrshire born Pauline loves to play in varied venues, from volcanoes to riverboats.


Pauline Vallance said: “Shelagh and I are really looking forward to our gig at Creetown. We love to tell stories through our music, and we complement each other well in our work. Scotland on Tour is allowing us to play live music to wonderful audiences, something we both love, so we are so grateful to be involved!”


Rosanne Service, Chair of Quarrymen’s Arts Centre said:  “Quarrymen’s Arts Centre has been so very fortunate to be included in the Scotland on Tour Initiative throughout 2022. It has allowed us,  a new small intimate 80 seat venue, to welcome live music from outstanding performers into rural South West Scotland and we finish the year in November with two particularly special performances.
“On Saturday 12th November we welcome Kissing the Flint with the talented Leah Chynoweth-Tidy. As Leah lives relatively locally to us we are very excited and expect to welcome a lot of her local supporters for the first time to Quarrymen’s Arts Centre. It will be a wonderful night of storytelling through Leah’s talents as a songwriter and her powerful voice with a touch of rock – we simply cannot wait!
“Our final  Scotland on Tour performance will be from the acclaimed Pauline Vallance and Shelagh McKay Jones on Saturday 26th November. We know that a wonderful intimate evening lies ahead for their audience as these talented singer-songwriters bring our wonderful year of Scotland on Tour performances to a close.”

Scotland on Tour supports the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at much-loved arts centres, town halls and community venues across Scotland. More than 120 artists are set to perform at more than 100 venues across the country as part of the initiative.


The project, which has been created and managed by Active Events, was made possible by £750,000 of Scottish Government backing and will focus on increasing the number of opportunities to showcase and enjoy live music, while bringing exciting acts to the doorstep of city, towns, villages and rural communities.


The year-long Scotland on Tour bill includes both emerging and established artists with genre-spanning acts appearing across the breadth and width of the country, with rock, pop, jazz, classical, folk, trad and acoustic genres all being showcased.


Tickets for these and a raft of other shows are on sale now at www.scotlandontour.com.

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