Hardeep Singh Kohli’s hysterical take on love; an historically important song project by some of the region’s top trad musicians; contemporary words and music by popular hip-hop artist Stanley Odd;
plus award-winning theatre, some of the country’s top musicians and an opera on wheels are all due to perform in the east of the region during this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.
This year sees an exciting mix of events for all tastes and all ages, including an enhanced programme for younger people who can enjoy the festival’s half-price ticket offer for the under 26s.
On Friday, 22 May, TV’s colourfully turbaned funnyman, Hardeep Singh Kohli, will entertain Annan’s audiences at the Corner House Hotel with his hilarious take on love. On Saturday, 23 May, BBC Radio Folk Award Singer of the Year 2014, Bella Hardy, brings her With The Dawn Tour to the venue and, on Saturday, 30 May, Andy Cannon will present Oor Rabbie – an introduction to Scotland’s national bard for kids.
Witty, talented and coming to the Corner House on Sunday, 24 May, is the hugely popular Glasgow hip-hop band Stanley Odd who are regulars on the summer festival circuit. As well as giving an evening concert, they will be on hand to help kids with “making stuff rhyme” in an afternoon workshop with the group’s frontman Dave Hook.
A rare collection of little-known Scottish songs will be sung back to life
in a remarkable project specially commissioned by the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival. Galloway songwriter Ali Burns, together with top traditional Scots musicians from the region – Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Robyn Stapleton, Aaron Jones, Claire Mann and Wendy Stewart – will perform Macmath: The Silent Page at the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, on Wednesday, 27 May.
Scottish Opera comes to Annan Academy on wheels on Saturday, 30 May and, at Moffat Town Hall, Scots trad legend Dick Gaughan will give a concert on Saturday, 23 May; while Moffat Music Live and Friends present Liz Lochhead on Thursday, 28 May.
Still in Moffat, the Old Well Theatre, hosts one of Glasgow Evening Times’ top five shows of 2006: Isosceles Theatre’s On Our Way to Lisbon (or The Italian Job) on Friday, 29 May.
The 15th century Elshieshields Tower, Lochmaben, provides the historical setting for a concert bringing the Renaissance to life by the Galloway Consort on Sunday, 31 May, while Lockerbie Little Theatre hosts popular local band The Getz Group for an afternoon of smooth jazz on Sunday, May 31.
A number of lively Fringe events will also take place during the ten days between 22 and 31 May, which include a visit by X-Factor winner Joe McElderry; popular Irish band Altan; Ireland’s king of country, Mick Flavin; and Langholm Town Band will celebrate their 200th anniversary with a concert with the Co-Operative Funeral Band. These events take place at Langholm’s Buccleuch Centre.
At the Richard Greenhowe Centre, Gretna, a new musical theatre production will tell the story of the thousands of women workers who came to HM Factory Gretna during WWI. The Timbertown Girls will be staged on Saturday, 30 May.
Tickets for all the events (apart from Fringe performances) are available from the Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries, on 01387 255383. Fringe event tickets are available from the venues.
The Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival takes place between 22 and 31 May. Programmes are available at retail outlets across the region and online from our website.