Arts festival teams up with musician to spread love across Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is working with musician Grant Dinwoodie to perform Garden Gigs & Doorstop Songs in every corner of the region, shedding light on the plight of musicians across the UK.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16th October 2020, 2:30 pm
Updated Friday, 16th October 2020, 2:31 pm
Grant Dinwoodie is performing in gardens and on doorsteps across Dumfries and Galloway
Grant Dinwoodie is performing in gardens and on doorsteps across Dumfries and Galloway

The music industry has been left hanging in the balance due to the coronavirus pandemic, with restrictions prohibiting almost every pathway to performance.

The arts festival put out a call for commissions back in July to support artists during the pandemic, allowing them to create pieces of work that responded to the theme of love as part of its Arts Live year-round performing arts programme.

It was inundated with proposals and Grant’s proposal stood out above all as a proposal that really spoke to the times.

Grant has decided as part of filming for the music video for his new single, to tour every corner of the region, filming in gardens and doorsteps.

Supported by the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, they are working in partnership to honour the missing live gig experience and bring it back to people in their very own garden or doorstep showing that no matter the situation, music and love will prevail.

Both Grant and the arts festival have taken into consideration the Government and created a plan to ensure these events can still take place in a safe and socially distanced way.

After a call out to the people of the region, it was clear audiences are also missing the live music experience as over 160 applications were received to host a garden gig.

All the names were then put into a hat and then randomly chosen with five gigs happening in total over October.

Grant has planned to do several doorstop songs along the way to each of his gigs and is also planning a very special gig for those that weren’t lucky enough to have him perform in person.

The finished video will be aired by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival later this year, with a special Q&A session that will showcase the work that Grant and the festival put into this project.

The pandemic has hit this region and in fact the world very hard this year, with many people struggling to cope with what 2020 has thrown their way.

Grant has been inundated with requests to perform to those most in need and is taking this project further and extending the application process to the end of November and perform a doorstop song to those who need it most during this time.

Grant said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded a commission by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival to be part of its Arts Live programme.

“My aim is to raise awareness and to highlight the plight of the industry. We can’t currently perform in our usual way or make money like we usually would, economically many of us are struggling and it is hitting musicians hard.

“I want to highlight that this was the only way I could perform, and I hope that it spreads some joy to those who have dealt with so much during this time.”

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival’s Autumn/Winter Arts Live programme is running until December with a full schedule of digital work that showcases local and national artists.

To get more information about the festival’s Arts Live programme and Grant’s project visit