We have had to postpone this event scheduled for Friday 24th May.  We hope to be able to reschedule for later in the season.

Laurence Bristow-Smith, Gordon Mursell and David Preston

An evening of entertainment through music and word

“When Laurence Bristow-Smith published his two-volume History of Music in the British Isles in 2017, it was the first book of its kind to be published for over fifty years. The two volumes – From Monks to Merchants and Empire and Afterwards – tell the story of how music has been written and played in the British Isles for over two thousand years.
This evening’s entertainment illustrates some of the most appealing parts of this wonderful story, from the seventeenth-century melancholy of John Dowland to the twentieth-century frivolity of Noel Coward. Laurence (a former diplomat) reads extracts from his books, revealing the often strange and compelling background to music that we think we know. And in order to turn words on the page into music in the air, he is joined by pianist and keyboard player, Gordon Mursell (a retired bishop), and by the fine bass voice of David Preston (a former vicar and army chaplain).

Monday 27 May 7.30pm – Faed Gallery

Chrys Salt and Richard Ingham present Weavers of Grass

 Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Event

In a multi-media performance award winning poet Chrys Salt and acclaimed saxophone player Richard Ingham explore the fascinating stories of Angus MacPhee and Ötzi the Iceman – two weavers of grass separated by 5000 years.

Angus MacPhee, a crofter from South Uist  went off to war in 1939, fell ill with a form of schizophrenia and was sent to Craig Dunain, a hospital for the mentally ill outside Inverness. For the next fifty years Angus became electively mute, but using the ancient skills of the Islands went about weaving amazing garments from the grass and leaves he harvested from the hospital grounds.

‘A wonderfully touching true story.’ The Sunday Herald

‘This is a sequence of boldness and of sympathy; as unlikely as it may seem – and as mysterious – we may call it a meeting of imaginations’. Tom Pow: poet

Ötzi the Iceman is a well-preserved mummy of a man who lived over 5000 years ago. He is Europe’s  oldest known natural human mummy. .  Bronze Age man also wove garments out of grass, something Chrys discovered when researching Angus’ fascinating story. The exact circumstances of his Otzi’s death remain unknown.

….an impressive sequence of poems about Otzi, the well-preserved mummy of a man from 5,000 years ago that was found in the Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy, in 1991.(WriteOutLoud)

These poems play on sense with music, involvement, sense of place, history and time… they are full of the music of the grass. Lynn Woolacott review  in Reach Magazine

Chrys Salt captures the life and the distress of ‘outsider artist’ Angus MacPhee in language and imagery as natural as his materials – grass-roots, hawkweed, husk and seed, moss, buttercup, vetch and thorn – weaving them into an elegiac evocation of the loss and regret he worked through in his long years of incarceration. Her deeply felt and sympathetic take on a life so nearly wasted leaves the man and his creations ‘caught like a burr on cloth / of dim remembering’ bringing him to life in the deepest recesses of our mind’s eye. Brian Johnstone poet and founder of StAnza International poetry Festival.

A rich and enthralling exploration of mental health, the creative process, human frailty and ancient traditions.

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