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We are delighted to announce our annual Mayfest arts event will take place 12th - 14th May 2017. The poster below will give you a flavour of what's on - just click on the image!
Past Events (Recent)
OctoberFest 2016 Success!
Our three-day OctoberFest held in Milton of Campsie Village Hall was a great success, thanks to the support of the communities over a wide area.
This Village Hall Trust benefit event raised a total of £383. As always the Art Club put on a fine exhibition and sold 18% of the paintings on display. Musicians, many from afar, gave their services in aid of the Hall and its renovation work.
Visitors enjoyed the impressive variety of art, music, dance and refreshments, especially the Scottish Real Ales provided by MoC Coop for the organised tasting event! The chair of the Hall Trust, David Stirling, opened the show. Then tasteful background music was provided by Andrew Greig (piano) and Elliott Summers (guitar) while the pictures were being viewed. Milton of Campsie Art Club members ably provided the hospitality with Fair-Trade drinks and table service. A trusty team of helpers from the village made this whole event possible. Those to be thanked for giving help with refreshments include Fiona Quirk, Margaret Boyle, Ann Pert, Mary Bannatyne, Anne Sharp, Mia Casey and Laura of MoC Coop. Thanks also to those who helped with staging, equipment and furniture – Andrew Morton, Jim Pert, Syd Sharp, Michael Boyle, Geoff Foord, Arran Summers and Susan Murray.
The Art Club exhibited 63 framed paintings well up to their usual high standard. Buyers bought 11 of these and chose a dozen pictures from a print selection and table-sale. Visitors voted for their favourite picture and the outright winner this year was Carla Faulkner. The Art Club again produced a high quality Calendar featuring members' paintings. It’s now on sale for only £3.00 at the Post Office in Milton of Campsie and at the Auld Kirk Museum - a unique stocking-filler present. Thanks to East Dunbartonshire Arts Council for support with the calendar, and to the technical skill of George Smith.
A packed hall of folk lovers enjoyed the local Campsie Scottish Folk Players who played a mixture of traditional music and their own compositions. The ever-popular Willow Moon singers gave a brilliant close-harmony performance. In the ceilidh dance interludes songs from Stan Quirk and Rena Scott were a delight and the fine accordion playing of Calum Low was much appreciated. The nine-piece Campsie Ceilidh Band got the joint jumping, with everyone on the floor for the final Orkney Strip the Willow.
Rena Scott with a Scottish song Close harmony with Willow Moon Stan Quirk in full voiceCeilidh dancers in full swing Jan Winder from Torrance and Marcos from Spain playing with the Campsie Ceilidh Band
On Saturday evening the nine Lydia De Rosa Singers gave a really professional presentation of music, ancient and modern – a magnificent show with lots of fun.
The Hall was packed to capacity for Sunday afternoon Jazz. The audience enjoyed trad with Stevie's Up-Town Band, followed by the fine voice of Chris Clark with guitar.
Capacity audience enjoys Stevie's Uptown Band Hot jazz from Stevie's Uptown Band Chris Clark sings from the Great American Songbook
The organisers acknowledge financial help from G66+live, MoC Coop, Kenwil printers, and the Kirkintilloch Herald for their support in making this festival a terrific success.
Many thanks to all involved in raising money for the Village Hall Trust’s Hall restoration.
Art Club 2017 Calendar
Following the success of previous years' calendars, we produced another for 2017 which is selling very well, both at the Octoberfest event (report above) and at local outlets. Purchasers have expressed their appreciation of the quality of the calendar and the quality of art displayed by club artists' individual contributions. There are only a few left for sale at The Auld Kirk Museum and at MIlton of Campsie Post Office, so buy your copy as soon as you can!CAMPSIE MAYFEST 2016 : Art & Music festivalThe pictures show the extent and the great success of 'G66+live' Campsie Mayfest 2106, promoted by Milton of Campsie Village Hall Trust.The art events started with a public painting demonstration by renowned professional artist, Nicole Stevenson.The Opening of the big Art Exhibition started the weekend of events. Both our MP Stuart McDonald and MSP Rona Mackay were there in support. Rona did the honours for the official opening, and she informed a large audience that this was her first public engagement since the election! 14 artists from Milton of Campsie Art Club covered the main hall walls with 70 pictures. Delightful live music on piano, guitar and lute accompanied the picture viewing.The Opening of the Art Exhibition & the Festival weekend by our new MSP, Rona Mackay. Our local MP, Stuart McDonald, enjoys the exhibition of paintings.
Here she is being welcomed by the Chair of the Milton of Campsie Hall Trustees, David Stirling.
Elliott Summers entertains the art-lovers with his guitar. Nine of the fourteen Milton of Campsie Art Club exhibitors.Next came Factor Forte, a cover band with stupendous arrangements of the greatest pops and three fine singers. Their beat really got people dancing. The 'Open Stage for our Young Folk' resulted in a capacity audience of over 100. 27 children performed superbly in a very varied programme with players of the clarsach, violin, saxophone, guitar, keyboard, banjo and whistles. The music varied from ancient Celtic melodies to fine modern pop tunes. The supple Lorraine McDonald Dancers provided lively entertainment in both halves of the programme.
Rocking & Rolling among the paintings to Factor Forte playing Beatles' hits. Rhona Boyle plays to a crowded hall at the Young Folks' concert - surrounded by MoC Art Club pictures.This same afternoon the small hall was filled with superb creations from five contributors to the Craft Fair, including MoC Artists.
One of the five craft-workers, MoC Art Club member, Carla Faulkner, displays her creations at the well-supported Craft Fair.
The children's art workshop, run by professional caricaturist, Derek Gray, had very enthusiastic participants who learnt a lot - creating faces which included the queen and Andy Murray!
Professional caricaturist, Derek Gray (Hon Member MoC Art Club), with two of the children at his art workshop.The recorder band ARCARA presented an astounding programme with great variety. There was much interest and appreciation from a large audience.The grand finale was the jazz afternoon. The Allander Band presented good fun trad at it's best, and this was followed by Aubrey Gerber's fine swing band, The Sounds of Jazz. That was the end of a terrific Campsie Mayfest.The organisers on behalf of the Village Hall Trust thank all helpers and all members of the Art Club for their great show. Financial support from East Dunbartonshire Arts Council is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks also for publicity help from Scotland Voluntary Arts and the local Coop.THE PHOTOS TELL IT ALL !!****************************************