Two of Scotland’s best known folk musicians will be appearing as part of Wigtown’s Spring Weekend this Sunday (5 May).
Mairi Campbell, winner of the Scots Singer of the Year at the Trad Music Awards, and lyricist and guitarist Dave Francis have worked together for 20 years and are key figures in the current revival of traditional and roots music. In 2008, the pair’s version of Auld Lang Syne was used in the pivotal scene of the film Sex and the City, after Sean Connery heard them sing it live for President Clinton at the lifetime achievement awards in Washington DC.
Performed to acclaim around Scotland, their double-bill Revival! and The Red Earth tells the tale of some of Campbell’s forebears through song and story. Revival! revolves around the life of her grandfather, a herd boy from Argyll, who gave up his passion for music and dancing to join the Faith Mission in Scotland and went on to play a key role in the Lewis Revivals – a mysterious ‘moving of the sprit’ among the people in the early 1950s. By contrast, The Red Earth is about her great grandfather John Anderson, a Scottish missionary in China in the 1890s and her maternal grandmother, Marjorie, who made a long and tragic journey to Scotland from China in the 1940s.
The events is one of more than 50 that is taking place during Wigtown’s Spring Weekend celebrations, which start on Friday 3 and continues into the Monday bank holiday.
To find out what’s on, go to www.wigtownbookfestival.com. Tickets can be booked on 01988 403222. A free fair, featuring the cream of Dumfries & Galloway’s food producers and craftspeople, will also be taking place in the County Buildings on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May.
‘Revival!’ and’ The Red Earth’, 6pm Sunday 5 May, Wigtown Church. Tickets £5. Box-office: 01988 402036
NOTE TO EDITORS: Fo further information, please contact Joyce Watson on 07758 633891. Wigtown Spring Weekend is organized by the Association of Wigtown Booksellers with assistance from Wigtown Festival Company.