Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Kirkmahoe Concerts

The first in a new venture of Kirkmahoe Concerts got off to a brilliant start on 2 September when more than 90 people made their way to the Barony Church, Dalswinton for an evening of poetry, traditional music and jazz.

Tom Pow got the proceedings underway with a selection of poems from his considerable back catalogue. His ‘Galloway Cow’ thrilled the audience, as did his wonderful account of trains and train sets in years gone by.

Nick Spencer and Derek Spence (fiddles) and Lionel McLelland (guitar and vocals) then took to the stage for a driving set of tunes and Lionel’s self penned songs. His provocative ode on the Westminster expenses scandal was well received and the audience were bowled over by brilliant fiddle harmonies and virtuoso playing including a set of tunes from Shetland, the heart-rending Slockit Lights, a Scott Skinner piece as well a tunes from Ireland and North America.

The beautiful autumn night and the excellent efforts of the Kirkmahoe Community Council allowed refreshments to be served by candlelight outdoors before Cumbria-based jazz trio Chameleon (pictured) played a set of superbly executed modern jazz compositions. Stuart Johnson (saxophones), Avril Greenhow Parker (keyboards) and Joel Allison (bass) were totally at home with the works of Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Pat Metheney and made excellent use of the church’s wonderful acoustics. Cumbria fans who travelled to see them were not disappointed and the band won over a lot of new interest by the end of the set.

The sense of enjoyment and pleasure was palpable as the audience spilled out into the moonlit evening, where they were ably assisted by a small team of volunteer car parking stewards.

David Clark, who organised the non-profit event with help from a a willing group of other enthusiasts, said: “The concert has exceeded expectations. The Community Council really got behind it and helped in several ways. Dumfries and Galloway Arts and Gaelforce supported us. The performers were brilliant. And the audience seemed to love it.”

He added: “the next concert in the Barony Church will be at 2pm on the afternoon of 13 November and will feature the great Robin Williamson, founder member of the Incredible String Band, multi-instrumentalist and a true genius of storytelling”.Tickets are £8, with one child going free with each paying adult. For more details and to reserve a ticket call David Clark on 01387 740045.
Photos Courtesy of Carla Corlett-Svensson

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