Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Societys Young Artist Award, internationally acclaimed concert pianist Clare Hammond comes to Catstrand with a programme that showcases the best the piano has to offer. With the quiet beauty of Mendelssohns Songs Without Words, vitality of Beethovens third sonata, eerie calm of Sally Beamishs Voices in Silence, and joyful exuberance of Gershwin, this promises to be an exhilarating and inspiring afternoon.Programme:Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, Op. 67 (15) Beethoven Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3 (27) ★★ Schumann Humoreske, Op. 20 (26) Sally Beamish Voices in Silence (2004, 10) Earl Wild / Gershwin 3 Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin, Nos. 7, 4 and 6 (9) i. Fascinatin Rhythm ii. Embraceable You iii.I Got Rhythm
Sat 5 Sep
An evening of authentic Americana from two of the American South's best acts… With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching Country Blues like you never heard Its up, its down, its soft and loud, its dark and lonesome too, theres hurt and shame and some mean old pain but theres love in what they do! Theres a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylons blues Simply put, its exactly what it says on the tin. Joined by the seriously talented Hannah Aldrige, with songs that linger on the dark side of swampy Americana; the daughter of Alabama and Nashville Hall of Fame writer Walt Aldridge, and with 2 album releases under her belt. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling. with hard, sweet lyrics about whisky, men, demonic possession and the passing of time.'cool, powerful presence…can fill a hall with her own electricity…' Daily Record
Fri 6 Nov
Newcastle University's unique folk and traditional music degree - the first of it's kind in England - forms a new collaboration with CatStrand. We are offering final year students an opportunity to perform professionally and showcase the freshest sounds coming from the next generation of musicians. Janice Burns Jon Doran were selected from a group of submissions from this years degree programme to participate in our Spring programme. Janice Burns and Jon Doran Janice Burns Jon Doran are a folk duo based in the North-East of England who formed in 2017 after discovering their shared love for traditional song. A connection with vibrant repertoire captures feelings of familiarity, unveiling a clear respect for tradition whilst remaining relevant. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and thoughtful interplay between mandolin and bazouki.
Thu 1 Oct
From Scottish duo Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach, and Filmmaker Hamish Macleod, Air Iomall (Scottish gaelic for On the Edge) is a film and suite of new music, inspired by now uninhabited islands deep in the North Atlantic- some of Scotlands most remote, and remarkable places.Travelling aboard the Dutch tall ship Wylde Swan, the duo visited and wrote music inspired by the histories, people, and landscapes of these mysterious, wild places, including: The Shiant Isles, North Rona, The Flannan Isles, Sula Sgeir and St Kilda. Macleods film documents the duo on this once in a lifetime experience, providing a visually stunning, sensitive insight in to these under-documented and enigmatic landscapes. It culminates with a concert of their new music on St Kilda on the 88th anniversary of the evacuation of it's native population.Accompanying the film is the duo's release of a studio album, of the same title, which features their entire live performance on St Kilda.
Thu 1 Oct
Mezcla are a Glasgow based world/jazz fusion ensemble currently making waves throughout the UK. Led by bass player David Bowden (BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017), The name Mezcla means mixture and the music draws from a wide range of genres and moods. Skilfully fusing modern jazz with African, Latin-American and RnB music influences, Mezclas music is distinguished by its uplifting melodies, shimmering textures, and visceral improvisation. The lineup includes Michael Butcher on tenor sax, Joshua Elcock on trumpet, Alan Benzie (Berklee Billboard winner) on keys, Ben MacDonald on guitar, David Bowden on bass and compositions, Stephen Henderson (Jazzwise One to Watch 2018) on drums and Steve Forman (veteran LA studio musician) on percussion. Nominated for 'Best Band' at the 2018 Scottish Jazz Awards, the band have been touted by Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3.
Thu 1 Oct
Run time: 85 minsThe story of Christs death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilizations greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.
Tue 23 Mar
Roddy Woomble is widely regarded as one of Scotlands finest songwriters.Known for his enigmatic lyrics, warm baritone voice and consummate gift for a tune, Roddy has released five solo albums to date - 'My Secret Is My Silence' (2006), Before The Ruin (2008, with Kris Drever and John McCusker), 'The Impossible Song Other Songs' (2011), 'Listen To Keep' (2013), and The Deluder (2017). Roddys first poetry collection Instrumentals was released in 2016.For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.
Sun 2 May
Concise descriptions of The Unthanks range variously from music that asks youto consider everything you know and un-think it, to a take on tradition that flips soeffortlessly between jazz, classical, ambient and post-rock, it makes any attempt to puta label on them a waste of time. If Art rock aspires to elevate rock from entertainmentto an artistic statement, it the could be said that The Unthanks make Art Folk.Their approach to storytelling that makes easy bedfellows of polar opposites such asstaunch traditionalism and sonic adventure, sophisticated harmony and direct socialcommentary, glacial minimalism and heartbreaking empathy, earning them an army ofnotable fellow artists and storytellers, including Mackenzie Crook, Maxine Peake, NickHornby, Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French,Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Mangan and members of Portishead and Radiohead.Their Spring tour will draw from recent projects and favourites from their fifteen-yearrepertoire.Few of their contemporaries, within both folk music and the wider artisticspectrum, have such a keenly-honed ability to locate in a song the emotionalessence that can, in just a single phrase or vocal elision, cut one to the quick.(The Independent)The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear tolisten to them.(Martin Freeman)There are few times when you discover a band and they stalk immediately tothe heart of everything you love and hold dear.(Maxine Peake)
Thu 1 Oct
A runaway success in Londons West End, at successive Edinburgh Festivals, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and right across the USA, this is a hilarious send-up of classical music, which has established Australian pianist, David Scheel, as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge. Beautiful music, and musical fun performed in so many accents/voices that David has also been compared to the late Robin Williams, and Peter Ustinov. Hear a familiar tune played in the styles of the old masters + an i-Pod; two famous pieces played simultaneously, one with the right hand, one with the left, plus his translation of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda, already a comedy classic.As funny as any, wittier than most, and, uniquely, a concert pianist of international stature…He stands alone, in a class of his own. BBC Arts Review
Thu 1 Oct
Recommended 12A rating.In Our Hands is the story of farmers, working on the ground to transform the food system from the bottom up. The film deals with contemporary political issues such as supermarket control, low milk prices and the loss of food culture, and depicts the power of the individual to make the changes we want to see. Taking you on a journey across the fields of Britain, past the orchards of forgotten fruit and through the fields of ancient grains. The film reveals both the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young. It follows a group of different farmers and food producers over one year to observe their stories of success and the challenges they have faced. Showing a huge diversity of UK farming practices, ranging from seventh generation dairy farmers to start-up farming enterprises in the city, and how they are taking back control of their lives from the industrial food system. In Our Hands shows how we can bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato. The future is In Our Hands.The screening will be followed by a discussion on the future of farming in the region from NFUS Representatives for Dumfries Galloway.'A powerful and inspiring film' Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
Thu 1 Oct
Run Time: 30mins. Recommended for under 5s and their adultsPaper Moon is a delightful and memorable adventure show for under 5s specially created for Cumbernauld Theatre by the acclaimed Shaper/Caper featuring beautiful set and costume design by Janis Hart. The moonlight is beautiful, shining across the bedroom floor as Poppy Diddle dozes off. But is all as calm as it seems? Suddenly, Poppy wakes up to discover that the MoonMoo (the cow that jumped over the moon) has got stuck on the Moon! Poppys mission is clear! And she really needs your help to rescue MoonMoo! Will you be Poppys friend at Astronaut School and help her build paper rockets to get to space? 5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF! Join Poppy and her dog Peppy on this wonderful adventure as she launches across the canvas sky, at the speed of light, towards the Paper Moon. Throughout the show, there are lots of opportunities for children and adults alike to join in Poppys journey through movement and we actively welcome you to join us throughout so that you and your wee one have the best time ever together!
Thu 1 Oct
Lunchtime theatre at CatStrand with a sandwich box and a hot or cold drink to enjoy during or after the performance included in the ticket price.The Dock Brief by John Mortimer What happens when an unsuccessful murderer meets an even more unsuccessful barrister? Budgie fancier Herbert Fowle has murdered his wife because she laughed too much, and he is now on trial. His only hope rests with Morgenhall, his court appointed barrister. However, Morgenhall has never won a case. Can Morgenhall change his lifelong losing streak and free Mr Fowle? The Dock Brief has been performed all around the world, made into a film starring Peter Sellers and acted by two convicted criminals in Alcatraz. In the style of the treasured Ealing style comedies and written by the acclaimed writer of Rumpole of the Bailey, The Dock Brief is a delightful comedy about the law, life and love!
Thu 1 Oct
Neil Gore brings this witty, humorous and absorbing classic book to life in his one-man Magic Lantern show. Based on the famous book by Robert Tressell, it features political conjuring, music and songs echoing life in the building trades of Edwardian England. A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever.From Wigtownshire based Townsend Theatre company.Youll leave the theatre and join the struggle!Ken Loach, Film DirectorI left the theatre feeling empowered and thirsty to fight the power and change the future! Katie Leon
Fri 28 Aug
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