Grammy winner John Reischman is one of the most respected mandolinists in North America. He established his name with legendary bluegrass groups including The Tony Rice Unit and The Good Ol’ Persons and has cemented his reputation as a sought after guest instrumentalist and bandleader. John Reischman and the Jaybirds have been performing together for almost twenty years, and have numerous tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations to their name. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and double bass, their understated humour complements their impeccably performed original songs, instrumentals and traditional material.
Front man of Love and Money producing 4 best selling albums aged just 18, James Grant has done the rounds.
The tireless hours spent practicing chords in front of that boyhood bedroom mirror surface in shimmering melodies and virtuoso solos – plucked seemingly effortlessly from some grace-filled sphere. The sweet sorrow of lost love and lasting hope echoes in ‘lyrics
good enough to be poetry’ – and wrap around your heart in honeyed tones too haunting to be forgotten.
James has just released his 5th solo album, the eclectic Strange Flowers. Al Green-inflected soul rubs shoulders
with radio-friendly rock; big Bond-style ballads battle it out with contemporary folk classics.
Come and join us for a live, and lively, performance of classic 50s, 60s and 70s songs with a smattering of country and rock n roll runes thrown in. All performed by CatStrand's Ukulele band. Enjoy a free glass of wime or soft drink and a sing along with friends. Entry is free but booking is essential as this is always a full house.
An intimate musical performance of new work inspired by Oran Bagraidh, an ancient remnant of Galloway gaelic.
Join Josie Duncan, Lorcan Mac Mathuna, Gwyneth Glyn, Dominic Mac Giolla Bhride, Griogair Labhruidh, Conor Caldwell, Barnaby Brown, MacGillivray and Bragod as they sing an original arrangement and present work in Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Scots.
A mixture of traditional and original compositions, written during a week's residency at Barscobe House in 2018 as part of Knockengorroch's Off Site Programme.
Dalry Town Hall, Dalry
FRI 31st MAY | 7.30pm | £12
Cairn Chorus’ spring programme draws inspiration from the final line of Gerard Manley Hopkins poem ‘Inversnaid’, which captures the essence of the wild and rugged landscape of D&G. The songs depict nature’s success stories, such as the Red Kite, which has made a dramatic comeback to the area.
Joined by The Galloway Agreement, combining the amazing talents of Wendy Stewart (harp), Gavin Marwick
(fiddle), Ruth Morris (fiddle and Nyckelharpa) and Stuart Macpherson (bass). They will play a selection of their own compositions as well as accompanying the choir.
Studying on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland jazz course, Fergus McCreadie has been making a big
impression on festival audiences. His trio has won standing ovations at Edinburgh, Islay and Aberdeen jazz festivals.
Twice the winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, he gained valuable early experience with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland.
He went on to play and record with saxophonist Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz orchestra. With his trio, bassist
David Bowden and drummer Stephen Henderson, McCreadie won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2016.
The Trio’s debut album, Turas, has been praised for reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical tradition while also showing a firm grasp
of the Jazz piano tradition.
'Simply outstanding' Jazzwise
Talk Run Time: 45 minutes including Q&A.
Film Run Time: 90 minutes.
Ticket price includes talk & film.
As part of National Crime Reading Month, locally-based best-selling crime novelist John Dean will give a talk at Catstrand followed by a screening of classic British
crime film Brighton Rock (1947). John, whose books regularly feature in the best-selling charts on Amazon, is the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI
Jack Harris series.
The writer, who has had 17 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, will talk about where he gets his ideas.
National Crime Reading month is organised by the Crime Writers’ Association and the Crime Readers’ Association.
As part of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Surrogate Productions presents the UK Premiere of The Guitar Man by Jon Fosse translated by Louis Muinzer
and Directed by Nora Wardell.
Everything has its time, a man and a
piece of music. . .
A man makes his living singing the same songs day after day on the edge of town. He plays to an audience that is always passing him by. On a Winter’s night, he
tells us his story. Searching for answers to his past, present and future, he reaches a decision: to stop playing. Weaving text, song and silence, The Guitar Man traces the delicate balance between loneliness and longing, loss and salvation.
DALRY FILM CLUB: ISLE OF DOGS (PG)
WED 29th MAY | 7.30pm | £5
Doors, tea & cake from 7pm.
Run time: 87 mins
BBFC rated PG
Wes Anderson’s gorgeous new stop motion tale is a funny, touching, doggy delight. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are
exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of
his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the
'Expect to wag your metaphorical tail in delight over Wes Anderson’s new animated joyride into a canine universe.'