PATRICK MONAHAN  SAT 5th OCTOBER|   7.30pm   |  £12/£4 U25S

Smart and funny observations on a new found, middle class lifestyle with ski holidays, through the prism of poor, immigrant, living-in-a-caravan roots. Patrick Monahan performs all over the UK and Europe and has appeared in far-flung hotspots including Dubai, Bahrain and Costa Rica…and now returns to CatStrand with his newest material.  As seen on The One Show (BBC), Fake Reaction (ITV), Celebrity Squares (ITV). 

Patrick is a Fringe legend and it's easy to see why DAILY MIRROR ★★★★ 

Hilarious Three Weeks ★★★★★ 

Possesses the rare ability to be hilarious without being outrageous 


WED 9th  OCTOBER |  7.30pm   |  £5

Doors, tea and cake from 7pm.

Fresh out of prison, a Scottish woman juggles her job and two children while pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star. She soon gets her chance when she travels to Nashville on a life-changing journey to discover her true voice.




FRI 11TH OCTOBER |  7.30pm   | £12/£4 U25S

Supported by Lunir.

PROPONENTS of an engrossing fusion of electronica, R&B and folk that has left music lovers and critics floored at every turn. Childhood friends Stuart Ramage (Singer, Songwriter, guitarist) and Roan Ballantine (Producer, pianist, DJ and songwriter) make up the multi-genre-bending duo of VanIves. Hailing from south-west Scotland their sound originates from the dancefloor, layering catchy hooks and immersive imagery which is quietly making this duo Scotland's most exciting export.

The duo hit the music scene this year with supports for notable artists such as SG Lewis, Tokio Myers and Be Charlotte whilst also celebrating their debut single by opening Glasgows TEDxTalk at the Armadillo and garnering airtime from outlets including BBC scotland and Amazing radio. 

They first met as ten year olds lobbying to have a skate park built in Galloway. The songs are written in a unique manner, by sampling family VHS tapes and building soundscapes and songs around the memories attached to those moments. The music is a cathartic nod to the past and a springboard to a bright future. Sonically they’ve managed to create a seamless analogue and digital blend, glued together with impassioned soaring vocals, routed in hip-hop influenced production.

Lunir, a UK/Germany two-piece meddling in soul, indie, R&B and genre-hopping will open for Van I


WED 23RD OCTOBER |   7.30pm   |  £5 

Tea, doors and cake from 7pm.

Based on a true story, ten fishermen from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties.

'as heartwarming and wholesome as a pasty on a drizzly day in Port Isaac' (FolkRadio)



SUN 27TH OCTOBER |   2.30PM   |  FREE

The first in a series of events related to climate change at CatStrand, inviting everyone to get involved in this conversation for our times.
Dougie Campbell, Dumfries & Galloway Council's newly appointed climate change champion, will talk about his emergency action planning and the progress made since a climate emergency was declared both regionally and nationally earlier this year.

Before Councillor Campbell’s talk there will be a screening of the ‘Climate Emergency Public Talk’, a film of an event staged in Penzance describing the causes of climate change and reviewing the global situation.

The afternoon will finish with an opportunity to ask questions about the council's plans and to discuss the issues raised in the film.

The Stewartry Climate Group is a network of local people who are deeply concerned about climate change. The group is working on sustainable alternatives locally and further afield.


A sociable outing to a double-bill of bird-themed events at the festival:


A Poet at the Bird Hide (12 noon) – Ken Cockburn reads from his new writing commissioned as part of his Spring Fling x Wigtown Book Festival writer-in-residency.


Off the Wing (3pm) – a performance of words and music about the birds and bird lore of Scotland.


See Wigtown Book Festival brochure for more details. There will be free time to wander between the events. Minibus departs CatStrand. Additional pick-up Twynholm (bus stop by village hall) 10.35am.

Play & A Piece: My Friend Selma

THURS 10TH OCTOBER |   1PM   |  £10

Doors and lunch from 12.45pm.

Lunchtime theatre at CatStrand with a sandwich box and a hot or cold drink to enjoy during or after the show included in the ticket price. These one act plays last between 30 and 55 minutes long. 

Terra Incognita present their show My Friend Selma. It tells the astonishing real-life story of Selma, an eight year old girl who fled war in Bosnia in 1992 to find safety in a disused boarding school in the UK. 

"Absorbing, affecting but also robustly unsentimental" ★★★★ The Herald

Recommended ages 8+.


WED  16TH OCTOBER  |  1pm   | £8/£4 £20 family 

This multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale has toured internationally for the past twelve years with repeat appearances at the Sydney Opera House and off-Broadway. Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog-puppet ever.
“Perfect for children and grown-ups”.(The Guardian) 
A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspired 
“It is very, very rare to find something that 
appeals as effortlessly to children and adults as this 
magical show.” ★★★★★ (The Scotsman)

Ages 7+ . Supported by Arts Live. 



FRI 25TH OCTOBER |   7.30pm   |  £10/ £4 U25

Saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock are Scotland’s international jazz ambassadors, having wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Acclaimed as “world class” by Jazz Journal, these master musicians spin classic songs into creative gold in concerts that are intimate and spontaneous.

Individually their musicianship and dedication have brought them awards including an OBE, for Smith in the New Year Honours 2019, and the Best Instrumentalist title for Kellock at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019.
Expect revitalised standards and ballads played with passion and tenderness and presented with the familiarity and bonhomie of musicians with a friendship and professional relationship which has endured for thirty years and produced three enthusiastically received albums. 



TUE 29TH OCTOBER |  7.30pm |  £7/ £4 U25

Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death. Part of the Exhibition on Screen series. 

Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world’s favourite artist. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of Leonardo: The Works, as EXHIBITION ON SCREEN presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen before on the big screen. Key works include The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de’ Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks, and more than a dozen others.

This film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day – through the prism of his art. To be released on the 500th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive film about Leonardo: the first to truly tell the whole story.

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