SAT 1ST JUNE |   7.30pm   |  £12

Còig is like no other, thanks to the unique mix of four different talents. They all have traditional roots, but each brings something more. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley has touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Jason Roach has a jazz degree, Darren McMullen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.) has worked everywhere from Irish to rock groups, and fiddler Rachel Davis is the most Cape Breton trad, but with folk flavours as well.

The energy is off the scale, with audiences from New England theatres to European festivals "hootin' and hollerin' and clappin' and stompin' and goin' on," according to McMullen. They're also falling for the group's vocal numbers, including Rove's standout, a Celticized version of Peter Gabriel's “Solsbury Hill.”

The best in trad music, in a non-traditional way. That's Còig.

Dark Sky Jazz: Norman Wilmore Quintet

 FRI 7th JUNE |   7.30pm   |  £10

There’s a buzz about this young  man’s playing among the regular cognoscenti of the Cardiff jazz scene. The word is that Norman Willmore is a name to look out for. (TheJazzMann)

The monumental cliffs, swelling ebb and rural village politics of the Shetland Islands are the inspiration behind the music of the Norman Willmore Quintet. All the musicians in the band are working towards a common goal with no ego present, and not one person ever standing out. Playing together for 3 years in the same line-up has given the band a distinctive sound
that is soft and inviting but always with the feeling of momentum and power behind it. They are often all improvising together in a tasteful dialogue, taking the audience on a journey to the last house at the end
of the last road.

CatStrand Youth Players

A Night of Comedy

 FRI 14th JUNE |   7.30pm   |  £6/£4

CatStrand Youth Players present a night of comedy. 

We’ll Be Home Tomorrow by Wayne Denfhy

A wryly observed comedy on everyday family life. As summer holidays approach, the family have to decide where to go for their annual break. We follow them as
they ‘enjoy’ their summer break, some of the scenes will definitely be recognisable to many and evoke memories of past family holidays!

Cinderella, the Sequel by Isabella C. Rae

A more boisterous comedy taking a hilarious look at the not so ‘happy ever after’ life of Cinderella and Prince
Charming! After 10 years of marriage, Cinderella is revealed in her true colours - a clothesaholic, granny-bashing, husband-beater!! Cinders is constantly giving the wimpish Prince a hard time and comparing him to the more macho Buttons who has become a very successful multi- millionaire hotelier. Once again the Fairy Godmother appears and works her magic
to wreak revenge on Cinderella


SUN 16th  JUNE  |  2.30pm   |  £5/ FREE U18

European concert pianist Cathy  Nardiello   hosts   an   introductory   recital of classical pieces for children and families to enjoy and a chance for any budding pianists to have a go on our baby grand piano.

Suitable for ages 4+


FRI 21ST  JUNE  |  7pm   |  £12/ £4 U25S

Workshop for adults & young people 4-6pm 

to book a place email

Elisabeth  Schilling  returns  to  CatStand   with another wonderful interpretative dance performance supported by our young Choreo Skills dancers and other dancers from 
the community who have been participating in a workshop with Elisabeth and developing work throughout the year.

How does fabric make us see, hear, touch, react - and move?

FELT is an installation and a performance inspired by touch. It is rendered by movement, music and shape.

A sculpture becomes an amorphous creature-like structure appearing almost as an inhabited being. Skin and cloth,
constantly transformed by bone and muscle, unfold in a cascade of moving landscapes and flowing lines.

Music and movement combine in this intimate performance from an internationally renowned choreographer,
Elisabeth Schilling, and her collaborators.


with Mary Smith & Keith Kirk

FRI 28TH  JUNE  |  7.30pm   |  £5

(12  places available)


Way-marked circular walk approx. 1 hour.
Indoor writing workshop (with tea & biscuits) approx. 1 hour

Following their successful winter sunset poetry walk, author and poet Mary Smith and wildlife expert and photographer
Keith Kirk, will lead a golden hour walk through fields and woods by the River Dee, as the sun lowers behind Threave
Castle (sunset approx. 10pm).

Keith will encourage close, seasonal, noticing of wildlife and landscape and Mary will support participants make, and
develop, their own poetic response in writing.

Arrive at the National Trust Visitor Centre (by Threave Castle carpark) for 7.30pm introduction.

Toilet facilities available by the Visitor Centre.

Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a
notebook & pencil.

Ken Words is a “Galloway Glens”
community writing project supported by


 SUN 2ND  JUNE  |  2.30pm   |  £10

This show is cancelled due to illness. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. It will be rescheduled for Spring 2020. 


The Eric Bell Trio

 SAT 8TH  JUNE  |  7.30pm   |  £16

The Eric Bell Trio

 SAT 8TH  JUNE  |  7.30pm   |  £16/£4 U25S

As  THIN  LIZZY’s  original  guitarist,  east Belfast musician Eric Bell changed the sound of rock music. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Thin Lizzy, Eric is
touring venues across Europe.

The ex-Orangefield boy is best known for his extended guitar solos – take his  blistering guitar work on “The Rocker” - hailed as monumental, and although the lyrical imagery is route one – sex, violence, music, motorbikes – it’s highly effective. Since his departure from ‘Lizzy, Eric has carved out a successful solo
career in his true passion, the blues.

A brilliantly versatile guitar player, with his heart very much rooted in the blues, the Belfast axeman is an often-overlooked songwriter. Touring Ireland, UK and
Europe playing songs from the early ‘Lizzy years, choice cuts from the new albums along with a few blues classics.

He brings with him two musicians who are also no slouches when it comes to recording and touring; Dave Wintour on bass and Romek Parol on drums, who,
between them, have a client list that looks like a who’s who of the rock’n’roll world.

GREMLINS Recorder Day

 SAT 15th  JUNE  |  11am - 4pm   |  £16/ £3 u16s

Includes lunch & performance at 3pm.

Dust off your descant or buff up your bass and come along to the inaugural Gremlin (Glenkens Recorder and Early Music Link) recorder playing day, led by guest conductor Anne Martin, musical director of the Society of Recorder Players Edinburgh branch. All levels of experience are welcome, and we are particularly keen to see young people who would like to build on the playing they have done at school. Coffee will be available from 10.30am and the morning playing session runs from 11.00 until 12.30 with a break mid way. A hour for buffet lunch gives a chance to relax and network. Afternoon playing runs from 1.30 until 3.30 and those who would like to will then give a short, informal recital for family and friends.


Cost £16 (Under 16 £3) including lunch. Any surplus will be used to buy instruments and music for recorder groups in Kells (New Galloway) and Dalry Primary Schools.


To help us plan the day, please email the sizes of recorder you play (and can bring), your preferred size and the range of notes you can play to Any questions can be sent to the same address.


TUE 18TH  JUNE  |  7.30pm   |  £7/ £4 U25S

The intensity of his fragile mind as he struggles with his art is laid bare with every mark he makes. It is the pursuit of a powerful simplicity that attracted Vincent van Gogh to the art of Japan, and the Japanese to his story.
(David Bickerstaff, Director)


Exhibition on Screen present the story of another of the greats.

“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based - VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - one can
see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without
understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.
Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find - the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today. 


SAT 22ND  JUNE  |  11am/ 1pm/3pm  |  £8/£4 U25S


( Performances start on bus from CatStrand)

Performance takes place at the Walled Garden, Garroch Estate (performance starts onboard the minibus at

Two expert fools take an audience on an outdoor adventure and journey of discovery in search of a rare egg. Join
the Institute of Eggsperts and shape what happens during this field trip into the unknown. A performance that puts
its young audience in the driving seat and responds to their decisions using character clowning, puppetry and

Meet at CatStrand where you’ll be taken by mini bus to Garroch Walled Garden at St. John’s Town of Dalry.

Spaces are limited to 14 per show so booking is essential. Children under 12 must be accompanied.

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