Thursday, 24 February 2011

Kirkmahoe Concerts presents The Joel Allison Quartet 26th March

The Joel Allison Quartet

Saturday 26th March, 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm, Barony Church, Dalswinton

Joel Allison makes a welcome return to Kirkmahoe – this time as a band leader with his own superbly talented group. In the beautiful setting and acoustics of the Barony Church, his quartet will play a set of melodic 'chamber jazz' for a Spring afternoon.

The theme of the concert will be 're-awakenings'. Expect some standards, contemporary compositions and wonderful improvisation. Joel Allison (bass) Kenji Fenton (sax) Mark Townson (guitar) John Powney (percussion). An outstanding new quartet!

Price: £8

All tickets from:The Midsteeple, Dumfries ; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call David Clark on 01387 740045.

Thursday, 17 February 2011


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Sunday, 13 February 2011

Re Matthew McAllister of Maelasta

Kirkmahoe News has received information of Matthew's latest and MOST BEAUTIFUL solo guitar album, a taster of which is below. If you have a problem accessing the Natural Studio link to order a copy try which should take you to Matthew's album. (product ID 10309)

You can also learn more about Matthew on

The following is information direct from Matthew.

Dear friends & colleagues,

A little announcement about my latest solo album which was recently released on Natural Studio Records.

"This recording is a pairing of two works by composers whose styles would appear at first glance to be in sharp contrast. Despite two centuries separating their composition, Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No.1 ( BWV 1007) and Leo Brouwer's Suite No.2 share distinct similarities." ...continued in the liner notes of Bach & Brouwer.

Watch a short film documenting the making of Bach & Brouwer. The film contains behind the scenes recording footage on location in the Cathedral of the Isles and an interview about the recording process and the concept behind the album.

You can listen to clips, have a look at the beautiful artwork and order a copy of Bach & Brouwer here:

I hope you are inspired to add this recording to your collection. I wanted to offer a different style of recording to audiences and a recording which contrasts the majority of releases. There are many albums that serve as large collections of shorter pieces, which although performed on guitar have no real connection to each other, this can lead to a 'bitty' listening experience. Bach & Brouwer is an album which forms a larger musical and expressive gesture which I hope encourages the listener to delve deeper into the music.

Here is a very recent review of the album:

"The classically-minded listener is in for a real treat with Matthew McAllister's "Bach & Brouwer," which cleverly juxtaposes the very well-known J.S. Bach "Suite No. 1" with a lesser-known work, "Suite No. 2" by Leo Brouwer (b. 1939). The works, though separated by centuries, share interesting similarities in structure and harmony, and seem an absolutely natural pairing. The same musical sensitivity which likely led McAllister to couple the Suites is equally present in his playing. For example, it is easy to tell that McAllister truly savors Bach's slow Sarabande -- here, as throughout the entire work, he pays careful attention not only to the notes and ornaments, but also the space in between: a consideration that is so vital to an effective and affecting performance of Baroque music, but so often forgotten. The somewhat lighter Brouwer Suite is delightfully and deftly performed, while McAllister's final selection, Brouwer's "CanciĆ³n de Cuna," is a dynamic and affecting capstone to the album." © Ryan Fark


Best wishes,


Your comments are invited

Minutes Jan 2011 & Feb Agenda

The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Dalswinton Village Hall on Wednesday 16th February 2011, at 7.30pm


1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the last meeting

3. Matters arising from the minutes

4. Kirkton Village Enhancement

5. Windfarm Community Benefits Consultation

6. Treasurer’s Report

7. Councillor’s Report

8. Police Report

9. Planning Matters – Report from Planning Training Day

10. Events

11. Correspondence

12. Any other competent business

13. Date and Place of next meeting

Claire Corlett
Clerk to the Committee
9th February, 2011

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Grapevine and Senior Citizens Evening

Hello Everyone

It is time to put together another 'Grapevine' .

If you have something to contribute - to do with an organisation, about a past event, future event or something of general local interest, please could you email it to me by Friday 25th February.

Also any diary dates, changes of contact details, pictures............

and a date for your diary -

Senior Citizens' Social Evening - 7.30pm Friday 25th February in Kirkton Hall.

A variety of musical entertainment will be provided by Senior Pupils from Wallace Hall Academy
(led by Kelvin Riley).

There will be refreshment (free of charge) and raffle.

All people over 60 yrs of age are welcome.

Transport can be provided if necessary (please phone me (710216) or email)

Please tell your friends who don't have email.

Best wishes

Jean Muir