CAMPSIE MAYFEST 2016 : Art & Music
The 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.
entertains the art-lovers with his guitar.
Nine of the fourteen Milton of Campsie Art Club
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 !!
St Andrew’s ART & MUSIC Festival 2015 Success.
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 Some appreciative supporters
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
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
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
Campsie Scottish Folk Players
CSFP with singer Rena Scott 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
St Vincent Baroque Players in action
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!
Jazz at St Andrews Fest, Milton of Campsie
The organisers acknowledge support from G66+live which made this festival a success.
Art Club 2016 CalendarFollowing
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.