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Arts Alive Summer Festival: LIVE: Music, Theatre & Story Telling

Fri, 9th July, 2021 @ 19:30pm - Sat, 10th July, 2021 @ 22:00pm


Summer Festival- Saturday evening

‘ An evening of eloquent eccentricity ‘  Tickets £12.     7.30pm


Saturday Night Summer Fest

“an evening of eloquent eccentricity”. From Scotland, two of the country’s most versatile and popular musicians, Wendy Weatherby (vocals, cello) and Sandy Brechin (accordion) will play a mixture of traditional and original material. And join internationally acclaimed artists, singer-songwriter Michelle from rural East Cork, Ireland and pianist and composer James, for a smattering of Parlour songs, new songs, tunes and shenanigans.

Wendy Weatherby and Sandy Brechin

Wendy Weatherby ( Vocals, Cello ) and Sandy Brechin ( Accordion ) are two of Scotland’s most versatile and popular musicians, playing a mixture of traditional and original material.

Wendy’s wide musical interests have led  her to perform at Folk , Jazz and Theatre events worldwide. She has composed for Theatre and Film, had major commissions from the Celtic Connections festival, hosted numerous workshops in both cello and song at festivals throughout Britain, and has recorded extensively as a solo artist  ( A Breath on the Cold Glass, Two Loves , A Shirt of Silk or Snow ) and a guest musician. She tutors in both Scots Song and Cello at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music (NCETM  ) in Plockton and continues to perform with musicians of many styles, including her own ‘Wendy Weatherby Band’, of which Sandy is a member !

An outstanding performer with a distinctive and individual approach ‘  EDS magazine

Her warm voice shines.‘     The Scotsman

Sandy is one of the great exponents of the Scottish accordion , well known worldwide as the ‘front man’ of his many bands ,including Seelyhoo, Burach,and The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience. He has released a host of albums on the  prestigious Greentrax label and his own aptly named label, Brechin All Records. Equally at home in the musical, theatre and teaching worlds, ( Sandy also tutors  at the NCETM ) his unique stage presence and sheer musicality make him one of Scotland’s most sought after performers.

An accordionist with attitude as well as loads of talent – frequently wild and hairy.’   fRoots

Michelle Burke is a singer-songwriter from rural East Cork, Ireland.  She was the lead singer with Irish-American super group, Cherish the Ladies.  Michelle’s quirky show Step Into My Parlour an Edinburgh Fringe favourite has gone onto travel the world including an invitation to New Delhi, to open the 11th International Mahindra Excellence Theatre Awards Festival. Last year Michelle unveiled a new show called The Hillman Hunter and is on the cusp of releasing a new album produced by Duke Special.


James Ross is a pianist and composer that pushes the boundaries of Scottish traditional music. He has collaborated with many top Scottish musicians and writers, including Mr McFall’s Chamber and James Robertson. James recently collaborated with author Alexander McCall Smith to create These Are The Hands, a song cycle celebrating Scotland and the Sea.

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Fri, 9th July, 2021 @ 19:30pm
Sat, 10th July, 2021 @ 22:00pm
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Sparc Theatre
Bishop's Castle, United Kingdom


Liz Still