Aidan O' Rourke and Kit Downes with James Robertson present 365 Dalry Town Hall | Thursday 2nd April |   7.30pm  | £12/ £4 u25s  

Ken Words: 365 Writing Workshop Thursday 2nd April | Dalry Session House |  5.00pm- 6.30pm   | £5

£2 discount when workshop & gig booked together

A Dalry Live Event as part of Dalry’s new live events programme, run by volunteers and the Dalry Town Hall Committee. Bar available from the Clachan. In 2013, James Robertson – one of Scotland’s leading authors – wrote a short story every day for a year. It became an enchanting, roaming collection of fairytales and memories and provocations; that was only the beginning. A couple of years later, Aidan O’Rourke wrote a tune every day in response to the stories. The result is a major new body of 365 tunes – a significant addition to the Scottish traditional music canon. “365: Volume Two” presents highlights from the heart of the project. Aidan’s playing and writing are renowned for deep lyricism and off-kilter twists, here paired with kaleidoscopic harmonies of Kit Downes on harmonium and piano.

“This music is about storytelling – how to tell stories without saying too much....They are big stories, real stories, mysterious stories, old and new and weird and tender stories. Inevitably the melodies are rooted in my own background as a Scottish folk fiddler, but when Kit Downes gets involved he takes the harmonies to the most wonderous places''

This bespoke writing workshop before the evening performance of 365 is an opportunity to benefit from the creative input and experience of one of Scotland’s leading authors. Using practical writing exercises, James will encourage participants to explore ways of developing their writing through a sustained daily practice.


Wednesday 8th April |   1pm |

£10 (incl. your piece)

Lunchtime theatre at CatStrand with a sandwich box and a hot or cold drink to enjoy during or after the performance included in the ticket price

Doors and Lunch from 12.45pm Run Time: 50mins Recommended age 8+

Written and Performed by Alice Mary Cooper. 

Waves is the tale of Elizabeth Moncello and how, growing up on Gabo Island (Australia) in the 1930s, by emulating fish, penguins and dolphins to learn how to swim, she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. Combining storytelling, movement and splashes of humour, Waves is about having the courage, desire, and determination to swim against the tide of expectation. An extraordinary tale of a life fully lived.

Captivating ★★★★ The List

Roddy Woomble

Saturday 11th  April |  7.30pm   | £14 / £4 u25s 

Roddy Woomble is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters.

Known for his enigmatic lyrics, warm baritone voice and consummate gift for a tune, Roddy has released five solo albums to date - 'My Secret Is My Silence' (2006), ‘Before The Ruin’ (2008, with Kris Drever and John McCusker), 'The Impossible Song & Other Songs' (2011), 'Listen To Keep' (2013), and ‘The Deluder’ (2017). Roddy’s first poetry collection ‘Instrumentals’ was released in 2016.

For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.


Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Space Ape

Tuesday 14th April |   2.30pm | Dalry Town Hall

£8/ £4 u25/  £20 Family Ticket

A Dalry Town Hall Live Events show-

Recommended ages 6+

By Andy Cannon. Produced by Red Bridge Arts. Showing as part of D&G Arts Festival. 

Once upon a time, approximately twenty years from now, Yorick stands alone, suited up and ready to blast off in a rocket on his celebrated journey to Mars. Winner of the 2018 CATS Award – Best Production for Children and Young People Space Ape is a new science fiction storytelling performance for children aged 6+ that will take young audiences on a journey through art, science, and philosophy, and on a mission with a very special Ape. Andy Cannon, Scotland’s leading storyteller for young audiences, tells the tale, sharing his passion for space travel, using everyday objects and animation. Space Ape was originally created with support from Creative Scotland and The Edinburgh International Science Festival Thanks to Imaginate and Magnetic North for early development support.

Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art (12A)

Tuesday 14th April |   7.30pm | £7/£4 u25

Run time: 85 mins

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

Paper Moon 

Wednesday 15th April | 2.30pm | £8/£4 u25 

Run Time: 30mins. Recommended for under 5s and their adults

Paper Moon is a delightful and memorable adventure show for under 5s specially created for Cumbernauld Theatre by the acclaimed Shaper/Caper featuring beautiful set and costume design by Janis Hart. The moonlight is beautiful, shining across the bedroom floor as Poppy Diddle dozes off. But is all as calm as it seems? Suddenly, Poppy wakes up to discover that the MoonMoo (the cow that jumped over the moon) has got stuck on the Moon! Poppy’s mission is clear! And she really needs your help to rescue MoonMoo! Will you be Poppy’s friend at Astronaut School and help her build paper rockets to get to space? 5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF! Join Poppy and her dog Peppy on this wonderful adventure as she launches across the canvas sky, at the speed of light, towards the Paper Moon. Throughout the show, there are lots of opportunities for children and adults alike to join in Poppy’s journey through movement and we actively
welcome you to join us throughout so that you and your wee one have the best time ever together!


Connecting in Communities: Swinging 60s Fancy Dress Disco 

Saturday 18th April | 7pm -11pm | £5/£4 u25 

Join us a fun filled night of music and dancing here at CatStrand with Old’s Cool Disco. Dig out your kaftan, find your flares or try on your tie-dye and dance the night away to some classic 60s and 70s tunes. Bar, music, dancing, fun and games, free local bus available, proceeds in aid of Glenkens Men’s Shed.


Hannah Aldridge + The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Frida 24th April |   7.30pm | £12/£4 u25 

An evening of authentic Americana from two of the American South's best acts... With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues … Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Joined by the seriously talented Hannah Aldrige, with songs that linger on the dark side of swampy Americana; the daughter of Alabama and Nashville Hall of Fame writer Walt Aldridge, and with 2 album releases under her belt. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling. – with hard, sweet lyrics about whisky, men, demonic possession and the passing of time.

'cool, powerful presence. . .can fill a hall with her own electricity. . .' (Daily Record)


Dark Sky Jazz: Mezcla 

Friday 17th April |   7.30pm | £10/£4 u25 

Mezcla are a Glasgow based world/jazz fusion ensemble currently making waves throughout the UK. Led by bass player David Bowden (BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017), The name Mezcla means ‘mixture’ and the music draws from a wide range of genres and moods. Skilfully fusing modern jazz with African, Latin-American and RnB music influences, Mezcla’s music is distinguished by its uplifting melodies, shimmering textures, and visceral improvisation. The lineup includes Michael Butcher on tenor sax, Joshua Elcock on trumpet, Alan Benzie (Berklee Billboard winner) on keys, Ben MacDonald on guitar, David Bowden on bass and compositions, Stephen Henderson (Jazzwise ‘One to Watch’ 2018) on drums and Steve Forman (veteran LA studio musician) on percussion. Nominated for 'Best Band' at the 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards, the band have been touted by Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3.



Dalry Film Club: Red Joan ( 12A)

Wednesday 22nd April | 7.30pm | £5

Dalry Town Hall  

Dalry Film Club present Red Joan

Doors, tea & cake from 7pm.

BBFC Rated 12A

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information - including details on the building of the atomic bomb.


FILM: In Our Hands

Sunday 26th April |   2pm | £5/£4 u25 

Recommended 12A rating.

In Our Hands is the story of farmers, working on the ground to transform the food system from the bottom up. The film deals with contemporary political issues such as supermarket control, low milk prices and the loss of food culture, and depicts the power of the individual to make the changes we want to see. Taking you on a journey across the fields of Britain, past the orchards of forgotten fruit and through the fields of ancient grains. The film reveals both the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young. It follows a group of different farmers and food producers over one year to observe their stories of success and the challenges they have faced. Showing a huge diversity of UK farming practices, ranging from seventh generation dairy farmers to start-up farming enterprises in the city, and how they are taking back control of their lives from the industrial food system. In Our Hands shows how we can ‘bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato’’. The future is In Our Hands.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on the future of farming in the region from NFUS Representatives for Dumfries & Galloway.

'A powerful and inspiring film' Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall


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