McLellan festival gets underway

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Tonight (Friday) sees the start of the McLellan Arts Festival with a poetry event in Corrie Hall, as previewed in the Banner. Sean O’Brien  will announce the winners of this year’s McLellan Poetry competition and read from his own work all enhanced with music from Arran Dawn.

The weekend continues with fun and interest with  the famous festival ceilidh tomorrow (Saturday) with a live band, The Drambusters, Stuart Gough calling, pipes from Angus Adamson, songs from Tim Pomeroy and jazz duo, Biff and Tom.  Ideal for all ages with children and young people at school going free (BYOB).

On Sunday at noon in Corrie Church you will be delighted with  the beautiful voices of the summer school students and in the evening in the community theatre, Lamlash, be fascinated by  Kirsty Wark talking about her life in pictures as well as her new novel with book signing afterwards.

As the week continues, on Monday September 2, there is interesting archive film being shown in Corrie Hall as well as a chance to see the all Arran comedy Uncowed  – a really entertaining piece starring beautiful Arran as well a host of Arran characters as you’ve never seen them before!

Theatre enthusiasts will welcome a new production in Brodick Hall on Tuesday 3rd September called My Name is Irrelevant. The show blends the spoken word with a live original soundtrack. A great opportunity to see new professional theatre on Arran.

Then,  in Whiting Bay Hall on Thursday September 5 don’t miss Paul Anderson, a talented and acclaimed fiddler from the North East, who will entertain alongside fellow entertainers from Aberdeenshire and Arran.

Friday September 6 is gala night at the community theatre in Lamlash when the young opera singers who have been working all week at their Summer School  at Altachorvie will perform for us. More glorious music from them, the McLellan Festival Chorus and an orchestra from the Royal Northern college who will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 9th September in the Community Theatre, Lamlash.

On Saturday September 7, more talented young people from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire –  will show case  their vibrant and excellent theatre  work in Corrie and Sannox Village Hall. Only 50 tickets for this so book early.

And don’t forget Opera Bohemia, an acclaimed professional Scottish  company who will give a fully costumed and staged performance of, perhaps the world’s best loved operetta, The Merry Widow in the community theatre on Saturday September 14.

Tickets for all events can be bought online at, The Book and Card Centre, Brodick or at the door.

Poet Sean O’Brien.

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