It’s been a busy couple of days in the music front down in here in the bottom left hand corner of Scotland. No sooner had I escaped from work than it was time for the Spooky Men’s Chorale at the school here in Kirkcudbright as part of their UK tour. It was a sell out. Not so sure that I want to embed videos in the blog as I think that on more ancient machines they can contribute to slow running but I’ll put a couple of links in where I can find them. The Spooky Men were preceeded by fellow Aussie, Kate Rowe, who kept us thoroughly entertained with a few of her songs.
For her final song, Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons, she brought on her other half, who I’m pretty sure (somewhere around 100%), is one of the Spooky men, to help lead the audience (that’s us) in the words and actions of the chorus. I was rather worried for my glass of wine – they do very civilised concerts here abouts.
More Kate here
Then it was on with the spooky men . I must say that they were excellent but it would be far more accurate for you to have a look at the links and pictures than for me to try and describe them.
Abba pah! this is the definative Dancing Queen.
Their website here
Yesterday there was more music. There was an afternoon session in the Coach and Horses in Dumfries. A fine pub to play tunes in on a Thursday afternoon – quiet with nice acoustics, probably something to do with the stone floor and brick walls,….oh yes, and nice beer.
In the evening I popped over to Gatehouse where Mary Barclay was giving a concert of mainly self penned stuff with her husband Doug Carroll. I’d only ever seen her on the internet before. She plays mostly rockier stuff with a band and apparently this kind of concert is quite unusual for her. She and Doug writes a jolly good tune and she has a quite stonking voice. The first picture here isn’t them, it’s James Smyth who came on first for a few fine tunes.
You'll notice, more wine for this concert - Dumfries and Galloway is after all Utopia.
Jamie Wright (the song that is)
Mary and co here