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The first of our two Arts & Music festivals this year will be held from Mon 7th to 13 May 2018. See events on the posters below (click for expanded version) and mark your diaries! Some great events on - not to be missed.

2018 Mayfest general poster                                    2018 Mayfest Folk poster                                   2018 Mayfest Jazz poster2


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Brilliant OctoberFest 2017!


OctoberFest presented by Milton of Campsie Village Hall was a great success – thanks to the support of the communities throughout a wide area, East Dunbartonshire Arts Council, MoC Community Council and the COOP.

Milton of Campsie Art Club put on an impressive 72-painting display and sold 11% plus many special bargain pictures and prints. Joint winners of the Art Prize for the best-liked picture were Elke Hinton and Geoff Foord. 32 musicians gave their services, and donations were gratefully received from visitors to help the Village Hall in its impressive refurbishment project.

160 visitors enjoyed the great variety of art, music, dance and refreshments, especially the Scottish craft-brewed ales provided by MoC Coop! The Chair of Milton of Campsie Community Council, Jamie McGuire, opened the show followed by appreciative viewing by all present. Music was provided by Elliott Summers (guitar) and members of Campsie Scottish Folk Players, while Art Club members provided fine hospitality.

OctFest17 Opening      OctFest17 Beer

                    Artists & Visitors at the Art Exhibition Opening                                                   Sampling the Real Ales


A Hall full of jazz-lovers enjoyed the Sunday afternoon with JazzCo and trumpeter Robert Henderson playing, with Chris Clark's singing and guitar. Andrew Greig's Factor Forte got a packed hall dancing on Saturday - including a lot of young folk enjoying their Beatle numbers and rock-pop. The  ARCARA recorders playing on Friday evening were sheer magic and the music by the Bucher String Trio on Saturday afternoon was a delight.

OctFest17 Factor Forte     OctFest17 ARCARA    OctFest17 Bucher String Trio

Factor Forte                                                                                                          ARCARA                                                                               Bucher String Trio

OctFest17 JazzCo       OctFest17 Chris Clark

               JazzCo                                               Chris Clark


The Art Club's excellent Calendar, show-casing their paintings, sold quickly and they are now on sale for only 3.00 at the Post Office in Milton of Campsie and the Auld Kirk Museum. Thanks to George Smith for technical skill in the production and to East Dunbartonshire Arts Council for support. 

2018 Calendar                           2018 Calendar Rear
Front Cover - Och Aye The Moo!........                                          .........and the Back Cover


Teams of helpers from the village made this event possible. Those to be thanked for assisting with refreshments include the organiser, Mary Bannatyne, with Anne Stevenson, Josie Dunipace , Fiona Quirk, Kazia Shand, Susan Murray, Mia Casey and Laura Mellor of the COOP. Thanks also to  the 'heavy gang' organiser, Elliott Summers, for dealing with staging, equipment and furniture together with Andrew Morton, Gregor Summers and Neil Kitchener. Michael Boyle helped greatly with event organisation and Sue Baxendale with social media team advertising.

The strong support for this community event was much appreciated.


Milton of Campsie Art Club laid on a fascinating and very instructive painting demonstration of three seascapes by professional artist, Roseanne Barr. This was enjoyed by an audience of 30 art enthusiasts.
  Roseanne Barr demo             Roseanne Barr                                               Audience at RB demo           Attentive audience!

The weekend of events kicked off with the main Art Exhibition. The official Opening on Friday evening was carried out by our newly-elected local councillor, Mohrag Fischer, this being her first public engagement. 15 artists from Milton of Campsie Art Club featured on the main hall walls with 68 pictures displayed. Delightful background music accompanied the picture viewing, provided by Sieglinde Bucher, violin, with her husband on cello. Elliott Summers also entertained with some nifty guitar work.
Cllr Fischer, MP Stewart McDonald      Cllr Mohrag Fischer, MP Stuart McDonald       Audience at OpeningArtists and public at the opening.

Later, the hall was packed for an outstanding concert by St Vincent Baroque Players, with the great bass-baritone, Frank McCamley, providing fine Scottish Renaissance songs.
Some of SVBP     Members of SVBP            Full Ensemble SVBP   Full Ensemble SVBP!

On the Saturday afternoon the 'Open Stage' for our musical young folk was strongly supported by a full capacity audience. The varied programme included singers, dancers and players of the clarsach, violin, saxophone, guitar, keyboard, and recorder. The Lorraine McDonald Dancers provided lively entertainment from the teenage and the ‘toddler’ groups. Those attending the concert also enjoyed the superb creations from six contributors to the Craft Fair as well as the Art Exhibition.

There was another full house for the Celtic folk concert on Saturday night, in which the Campsie Scottish Folk Players presented a superb programme of their own recorded compositions and their sensitive arrangements of traditional Irish tunes. Frances Diamond’s singing of Burns’ songs was magical. Outstanding was the music of the guest artists, Rhona MacKay Trio with Eddie McGuire on flute. Their CDs sold like hot cakes!  Such renowned performers bring in the art-buyers too.
Rhona MacKay trio Rhona Mackay Trio  CSFP & Rhona Mackay Trio Both bands on stage!   Mike Clayton & Frances DiamondMike Clayton & Frances Diamond

The Sunday jazz afternoon provided the grand finale. The unique Black Diamonds Havana Band presented trad jazz at its best, with two fine singers. This was followed by the fascinating sounds of Richard Burton’s JazzCo. After this, the eagerly awaited announcement of the best-liked painting was made. The painting chosen by over 200 viewers as their favourite was, by a significant margin, “Glasgow Lights" by Carla Faulkner.
Black Diamonds Havana Band Black Diamonds Havana Band    JazzCoRichard Burton's JazzCo

So ended a memorable Campsie Mayfest 2017, possibly the best yet!

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                              Willow Moon                                   Stan Quirk        
                                                         Rena Scott with a Scottish song                                   Close harmony with Willow Moon                                            Stan Quirk in full voice

October dancers                                                     Jan Winder
                                                                                                  Ceilidh 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.

Jazz concert 1                       Jazz concert 2                            Chris Clark
                                                      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!

     2017 Cal Front Cover                              2017 Cal Rear Cover


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