Floating room only as musicians perform 'On the Water'

There will floating room only as The Galloway Agreement perform from the shores of Loch Ken at the Galloway Activity Centre next month.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 11:15 am
Wendy Stewart is preparing to perform on the banks of Loch Ken
Wendy Stewart is preparing to perform on the banks of Loch Ken

The ’On the Water’ event, at 6pm June 10, is a first for South West Scotland, with the audience taking to the water to appreciate the bankside performance.

The Galloway Agreement is a collaboration featuring four of the region’s best known traditional musicians; Wendy Stewart (clarsach, vocals), Ruth Morris (alto and tenor nyckelharpa), Gavin Marwick (fiddle) and Stuart Macpherson (double bass).

Their current repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and favourite tunes and songs from Scotland and other European traditions. This event will feature a new line up which brings cellist Beth Porter into the group.

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Attendees are welcome to bring their own boat or rentals are available from the Galloway Activity Centre.

The event is a collaboration between the Glenkens Community & Arts Trust, the Loch Ken Trust and the Galloway Activity Centre, supported by Galloway Glens Scheme and Creative Scotland.

GCAT’s arts culture and heritage manager, Aidan Nicol, said: "This will be our first live music event since we closed CatStrand for the first lockdown.

"We’re so delighted to be showcasing the talented musicians we have here in the region and making a splash with an event we hope will draw attention back to the vibrant arts scene locally as well as connecting people to our beautiful landscape.

"I’m pleased to be offering this event as a playful return to live programming for GCAT in the Glenkens.”

Barney Fryer, Loch Ken Trust officer, added: “We are delighted to be working with GCAT to help reopen activities around Loch Ken in a really unique way.

"We are here to provide facilities and activities for everyone in our communities, whether you are looking for thrill-seeking adventures or something a little bit more sedate.

"This event brings together a bit of both, with our audience taking to the Loch to combine the beautiful melodies of The Galloway Agreement with the stunning views of Loch Ken that you only see from on the water.”

To book your ticket, visit https://gcat.scot/event/on-the-water.