From the mid eighteenth century the Lancashire cotton industry began to grow at a spectacular rate, attempting to keep pace with the explosion in demand for cotton goods.
Four families from the Parish of Kells found themselves at the centre of this dash for growth. Each individual received a sound grounding during their apprenticeships and went on to build businesses that came to dominate fine cotton spinning, centred on Manchester. Members of all the families, broadened by wealth and marriage, returned to Galloway and played a leading part, both here and in Manchester.
William Kennedy, the great great grandson of one of these pioneers, will relate the amazing story of these families from the Glenkens.
Their stories are also the subject of his book: To Grasp an Opportunity .
Doors, tea and cake from 7pm.
Based on RC Sherriff’s play and novel of the same name, Journey's End is set in March 1918 as C-Company, led by a war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin) arrives in northern France to take its turn in the front-line trenches. Told that a German offensive is imminent, Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before war. They are joined by Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), a young new officer fresh out of training excited about his first real posting, and a chance to serve under Stanhope. Raleigh’s naivety serves as a stark contrast to the other men’s impending fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.
Two of the British folk scene’s top performers have teamed up for some duo/double header shows to perform their own and each other’s music.
Since Daniels landmark solo statement What’s Here What’s Gone in 2014, he’s put down several more markers on the musical map.
Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th century’s closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the polyphon, to modern transcription.
All of this, in the context of a career playing melodeon for acts like Jethro Tull and Riverdance.
Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation, and has to date won 6 Folk Awards from BBC Radio 2: 2015 Folk Singer of the Year • Horizon Award 2000 • Best Duo 2003 and again in 2011 with James Fagan.
This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity .
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAY
SAT 23RD NOVEMBER| 11AM-4PM | FREE
Join us for our annual Christmas Fair featuring crafts from local makers and artists – the perfect time to sort out all your Christmas presents in one go!
Festive music, mulled wine and mince pies are all part of the festive ambience.
Run Time: 87 minutes.
Spanish with English subtitles
with thanks to Take One Action.
Can small people, in small places, doing small things, change the world?
The film screening will be followed by a discussion on local sustainability led by a panel selected by the Stewartry Climate Group.
The people of a small community in Veracruz, Mexico are the guardians of one of the ecosystems facing the most risk in the country: the cloud forest.
They are trying to redesign their own culture: needs, food, education and relationship with other people and with nature, searching for a simpler and sustainable life. One of Mexico’s most remarkable ecosystems, the cloud forest, is under threat as coffee plantations, cattle grazing and an increase in human population all take their toll. In response, the people of a small town in Veracruz take it upon themselves to “be the change” and protect this unique habitat.
Building their own homes, schools and farms, they set out to restructure their entire culture, from the food they grow to their children’s education, radically redefining their relationship with nature – and each other – along the way.
With birdsong, the sound of water flowing and the wind as its only musical soundtrack, this gentle, contemplative documentary offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of community resilience
The music of Elmøe & Hoffmann is Nordic in its essence: Inspired by the traditional dance music from their ancestors, mixed with the classical chamber music tradition and several modern symphonic elements, achieved with a blend of the cittern, the violin and the piano. All of the music is freshly composed and arranged by Elmøe & Hoffmann, and the roots of the band members musicianship can be heard throughout the repertoire, whether it be the Swedish polska, Norwegian heavy metal (!), or Bach.
In 2015 Elmøe & Hoffmann started as a duo as a part of the young, growing Danish folk music scene. Emma Elmøe and Villads Hoffmann knew each other from the neighborhoods of Vanløse, Copenhagen, and shared a friendship even before they discovered their musical bond. Together they released a digital EP, and won the “new talent” prize at the DMAFolkDanish Music Awards 2015.
Dumfries & Galloway author Karen Campbell will talk about her experience of books which have inspired and informed her own writing, from which she will also read. Following on from questions, the evening will open out into a wider conversation with Karen, discussing what it is to be a writer and / or reader. Café-style lay out in the auditorium. CatStrand bar and café will be open for the duration of the event. Karen Campbell is the author of seven novels, including, most recently, The Sound of the Hours (Bloomsbury Circus, 2019). A graduate of Glasgow University’s Creative Writing Masters, she also teaches creative writing.
Supported by Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership. A Book Week Scotland event.
Scotland meets Cape Breton Island in this unique fusion of harp, fiddle and stepdance.
Ailie Robertson (Ailie Robertson - Composer Harpist) is one of Scotland’s finest clarsach players, and is in great demand worldwide as a performer and teacher.
Mairi Rankin is of the hugely influential Rankin Family. She plays fiddle and step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians.
The two have been playing together for nearly a decade in their band The Outside Track, but this is their Scottish debut as a duo.