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.