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NEWS, FORTHCOMING & PAST EVENTS

 
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Yes we know it's only January, but here's early notice anyway of an extensive programme of exciting events for the Mayfest annual Festival of arts and music taking place in mid May 2016. To see what is on just click on the thumbnail below - and get it in your diary!

Mayfest 2016 poster
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Past Events (Recent)

St Andrew’s ART & MUSIC Festival 2015 Success.

As in previous years, the three-day St Andrew’s Festival in Milton of Campsie Village Hall was a success – thanks to the great support of communities beyond the village.

Milton of Campsie Art Club put on a fine display and musicians came from far and wide – giving their services to help the Hall. This proved very popular with those from the wider G66+live area and beyond.
Opening Night St Andrews Fest 2015 opening         Some appreciative supporters 2015 Nov audience

Visitors enjoyed the great variety of art, music, dance and refreshments, as documented in the Visitor’s book. Local Member of Parliament, Stuart McDonald, opened the Festival, After this, while the pictures were being viewed, some delightful music was provided by Darcy Howat, clarsach, and Rhona Boyle, violin. Milton of Campsie Art Club members provided fine hospitality with Fair-Trade drinks and table service by Diane Neely
A trusty band of helpers from the village made this event possible. Those to be thanked for giving help with refreshments in event breaks included Fiona Quirk, Margaret Boyle, Ann Pert, Mary Bannatyne, Mia Casey and Syd Sharp. Thanks also to the ‘heavy gang’ dealing with equipment set-up and clearing: Syd Sharp, Andrew Morton, Jim Pert, Stan Quirk, Derek Gray, Arran Summers, Michael Boyle and Alistair Heatherwick.
The Art Club excelled in displaying over 60 framed paintings for sale. Buyers could also choose from a print selection and a table-sale of good-value originals. Visitors voted for their favourite picture and the winner this year was Etta Dunbar. Nearly 20% of pictures were sold. Again the Art Club produced an excellent Calendar showing their paintings. These were also sold for 3.00 at the Post Office in Milton of Campsie and the Auld Kirk Museum: as last year it was a sell-out.

The folk lovers enjoyed the local Campsie Scottish Folk Players who played compositions selected from the new book of their own compositions. Their new CDs sold like hot cakes. Stan Quirk sang a lovely Irish Air with the band. The popular Willow Moon Singers provided close-harmony singing. The lively music from the nine-piece Campsie Ceilidh Band ensured that almost everyone was dancing. Interlude songs from Bill Forrest and Rena Scott were much appreciated, as was the clarsach of Darcy Howat.
Willow Moon performs
2015 Willow Moon            Campsie Scottish Folk Players 2015 Nov CSFP           CSFP with singer Rena Scott 2015 CSFP + Rhona
 

An enthusiastic audience had a rare treat in the orchestral programme presented by the St Vincent Baroque Players: Christmas Baroque music, Renaissance dances and Christmas carols. A highlight was the remarkable solo performance of Italian guitarist Marco Ramelli. The audience participated as an improvised ‘fun’ percussion band for Mozart’s Toy Symphony and other pieces, under the direction of the bass singer, Frank McCamley. The concert finished with everyone joining in the carol singing.
  2015 SVBP   St Vincent Baroque Players in action  2015 SVBP 2

The large Sunday afternoon Jazz audience enjoyed the 11-piece Black Diamonds Havana Band under John Power: they got people jiving.  The fest concluded with the swinging guitar of David Findlay and his trio including gorgeous singer, Celia Somers.
The music-appreciation visitors greatly enjoyed the artwork on display and purchased pictures!
2015 Jazz Jazz at St Andrews Fest, Milton of Campsie  2015 Jazz 2

The organisers acknowledge support from G66+live which made this festival a success.


Art Club 2016 Calendar
Following the success of the club's 2014 and 2015 calendars, we produced another for 2016 which sold out very quickly indeed, both at the St Andrews Art Exhibition (report above) and at local outlets. Purchasers were delighted not only by the quality of the calendar but with the quality of art displayed in the club artists' individual contributions.
            2016 calendar front    2016 calndar rear


***** These were our more recent events. To see Past Events (Older), just click HERE  *****