Dig out your dancing shoes for an energy laden gig from Samson Sounds at Dalry Town Hall.
Leading the charge in Scotlands’ world dance music scene, Samson Sounds carry the energy towards a positive dance floor vibration. Guitar strings, brass,
vocals and digital align to form new audible experiences of World Bass music. Originating from the homemade dubwise Samson Soundsystem they are no strangers to bass weight and deliver a good time guarantee.
Characterised by their uplifting stage presence they blend elements of African Highlife and Blues, Dub, UK Steppas, Kwaito and Jazz.
The band will be joined by guest vocalist Tom Spirals – one of the UK’s emerging artists in the reggae and ska scene. Tom’s unique sound has not been short of high demand.
Through real talk lyrics, energy and a deep-rooted connection to the power of music and culture, Tom’s sound has carried him across the globe to present with respected producers in Europe, South America and most recently an international tour to Australia with sound system giants, Mungo’s Hi-Fi.
MOVIE IN THE PARK:
THE WAY WAY BACK (12A)
SUN 18TH AUGUST | 9pm | FREE
A movie on the big screen in New Galloway Park.
Screening will start after dark. Barbecue popcorn and hot drinks from 8pm. Please bring a chair or something to sit on, and dress for the weather!
The Way, Way back is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14 year old mopy teenager Duncan and his Summer vacation with his mother, Pam. Her overbearing boyfriend, Trent and daughter, Steph.
Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of Water Whizz Water Park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Ducan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world. In a summer he will never forget.
Scientifically speaking, regular grateful thinking can increase happiness by as much as twenty-five percent, and writing or receiving thank-you letters is proven
to improve relationships, self-esteem and your mindset.
Words Live is a curated collection of gratitudes, from famous proclamations to local interest, historic and contemporary letters. Some of the words shared are
penned by names you know, some by unknown people walking the streets of Dumfries hundreds of years ago and some from a little closer to home, written especially for this event. These letters will take centre stage as a concert of voices brought to life by two performers who host this inclusive performance; enveloping you in the kindness of words and the joy and laughter found in sharing them together.
Come and be part of this exciting and unique event full of warmth and happiness, celebrating those two important little words – THANK YOU
Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as 'one of the best Scotland has to offer'
With a number of high profile appearances under her belt, Iona, a mere 21 years of age, has toured throughout the UK, Poland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Canada and Australia. Iona has performed with the BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra as part of the World Premiere of Disney Pixar’s Brave in Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Released in 2019, Dark Turn of Mind is Iona’s first EP entirely in English and features six ballads and songs found in both Appalachia and Aberdeenshire and has been described as a new interpretation to the country genre.
Iona was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and won the Molloy Award at Birmingham Irish Trad Fest. In 2018, Iona appeared at Celtic Connections and was nominated for “One to Watch” and “Best Live Performance” at the
Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2018.
WED 21ST AUGUST | 7.30pm | FREE
Our open stage night returns, hosted by Alan McClure, join us for an evening of song, comedy, spoken word and music. Take to the stage with your own pieces or sit back and relax. Everyone welcome.
In Mozart’s popular comic- opera, Figaro is engaged to marry the Countess
Almaviva’s maid Susanna, but he must overcome obstacles put in his way by the Count and his friends, before eventually being united with his bride.
Sung in English by Blackbird Opera with
The Glenkens is in for a treat this August with the return of Ross Ainslie and Tim Edey.
Award-winning musical geniuses who are old friends and two of the best musicians of their generation come together for this rare demonstration of their combined
talents at CatStrand.
Tim (guitar, melodeon), is brilliant – in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he’s a
magician. As a character he’s off the scale (Colin Irwin, fRoots).
Ross, one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers (pipes, whistles, cittern) is an acclaimed soloist and prolific collaborator with a long list of high profile awards and nominations going back as far as 2005 including Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year (2015), Composer of the Year (2015)
and Album of the Year (2016).