The fruits of my Atomic Doric project is available now to stream/download:
Thursday 10th October
Will be roaming around Cupar during the day with the Song Shop and then performing in the evening @ Gino’s with a bevy of performance poets
Friday 11th October
Will be performing my soundtrack to John Grierson’s “Drifters” @ Woodend Barn in Banchory for their Sound And Image Weekend
Saturday 12th October
Back in Cupar for more Song Shoppery
People of the Highlands and Islands!
Quite a busy Festival for the Knee this year:
1) Playing compositions by Daniel Padden for Sarah Kenchington’s Wind Pipes at Trinity Apse on 8th and 19th August
2) Whatever Gets You Through The Night returns @ Queens Hall 20-25th August
3) Playing at the Pale Imitation Festival @ Henry’s supporting RM Hubbert 17th August
29th-31st July 2013 I’m doing a micro-residency in and around the Mar Lodge Estate as part of Woodend Barn’s Atomic Doric programme. I’m planning to make work in response to Nan Shepherd’s ‘The Living Mountain’. On Tuesday 30th July I’ll be doing a group silent walk inspired by this passage from the book:
'The presence of another person does not detract from, but enhances, the silence, if the other is the right sort of hill companion. The perfect hill companion is the one whose identity is for the time being merged in that of the mountains, as you feel your own to be. Then such speech as arises is part of common life and cannot be alien. To ‘make conversation’, however, is ruinous, to speak may be superfluous. I have it from a gaunt elderly man, a ‘lang tangle o’ a chiel’, with high cheek bones and hollow cheeks, product of a hill farm though himself a civil servant, that when he goes on the hill with chatterers, he ‘could see them to an ill place’. I have walked myself with brilliant young people whose talk, entertaining, witty and incessant, yet left me weary and dispirited, because the hill did not speak. This does not imply that the only good talk on a hill is about the hill. All sorts of themes may be lit up from within by contact with it, as they are by contact with another mind, and so discussion may be salted. Yet to listen is better than to speak’.