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Jan Jamieson Foundation launch – interview with Sandy Jamieson – audio

Sandy JamiesonSandy Jamieson has worked tirelessly since the passing of his wife, Janice Jamison, last year, to raise funds in her memory. Jan died last year after a long battle with cancer and he’s raised thousands of pounds for an educational project in Malawi. This Tuesday evening (25th August) sees the launch of a charitable foundation to handle the funds raised and, Sandy hopes, many more thousands, to help an increasing number of children get the educational opportunities they deserve and believes it is a fitting way to remember his late wife, who was a well known and greatly respected local teacher.

There’s a Facebook page for the foundation: facebook.com/JanJamiesonMemorialFoundation15

Alive reporter, Mark Smith, caught up with Sandy over the weekend, to chat about the launch and the foundation itself:


Kate Kyle – live from Kings Coffee & Books on 06.08.15 – audio

kate kyle1Full recording of the acoustic event broadcast live from Kings last night, with Kate Kyle. An enthusiastic crowd gathered to enjoy an evening with one of the region’s most promising up and coming singers. At only 13, Kate’s performance has a maturity far beyond her years and she kept her fans enthralled throughout the set:


International Musicians Platform Launches In Style

A gala performance on a grand scale featuring some of the world’s best-loved classical music stars, is the penultimate highlight of this year’s alex mcquistain – the 10-day classical music festival at venues across Dumfries and Galloway.
The festival kicked off on Friday evening (31 July) at the Cally Palace, near Gatehouse, with a stunning performance by Russian cellist Karine Georgian. Saturday saw full house at Greyfriars Church in Dumfries when world-renowned violinist Tasmin Little gave a rousing programme which included works by Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Franck. Pianist Sasha Gynyuk dazzled his enraptured audience at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms in Thornhill with works by Schubert, Blake and Chopin.
On Tuesday, the Aurea String Quartet will give an intimate chamber concert at 2pm in Portpatrick’s Fernhill Hotel. The quartet members, all award-winning graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, have played in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
On Wednesday, at 7.30pm, celebrated young Polish violinist Bartosz Waroch, will give one of his world-class concerts at the Cally Palace. The programme includes Mozart’s Sonata in E flat major for piano and violin K.380; J.Cage, Six melodies for violin and keyboard; Lili Boulanger’s Nocturne; Beethoven, Romance in G major op.40 for violin and piano; G Bacewicz’s 2nd sonata for solo violin; and S.Gubaidulina’s Dancer on a tightrope for violin and piano. Bartosz will be accompanied by pianist Mei Yi Foo.
Thornhill’s beloved tenor, Nicky Spence, returns to the region on Thursday evening to perform at Greyfriars Church, Dumfries.
Since his early beginnings singing in school concerts at Wallace Hall Academy, Nicky has reached the top of his profession, performing with a number of international opera companies, plus giving solo performances and recitals in some of the world’s biggest stages.
The festival is delighted to welcome him home for this very special concert which starts at 7.30pm and includes works by Vaughan Williams and Elgar.
Nicky will be accompanied by the perfect strings of the Aurea Quartet and John Thwaites on piano.
Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo will prove why she is an internationally-acclaimed classical musician when she performs Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Chopin on the resident grand Blüthner piano at the Cally Palace on Friday at 7.30pm.
Saturday’s spectacular gala performance in Greyfriars Church sees opera megastar Susan Bullock performing alongside tenors Nicky Spence and Richard Berkeley Steele. Susan is the world’s most sought-after British dramatic soprano with a CBE under her belt and this is a very rare chance to see and hear her perform outside the world’s biggest stages.
The singers will be accompanied on piano by Simon Lepper and the exciting programme, which begins at 7.30pm, includes rousing works by Verdi, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Léhar.
The festival ends on Sunday with an afternoon of music and song inspired by Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Nicky Spence and Simon Lepper will give a performance at 3.30pm from the works of Britten, Schubert, Haydn and more.
Tickets for all performances may be booked in advance from www.absoluteclassics.co.uk or on the door at the event. Owing to the popularity of these festival concerts, advance booking is strongly advised.

Three major festivals will see visitors flock to Annandale and Eskdale this Autumn

Three superb festivals and events that take place within a month of each other are certain to attract thousands of visitors to Annandale and Eskdale this Autumn.

The three festivals and events will be of huge appeal to local people, and by virtue of their diversity, attract different audiences and many new visitors from tourism target markets to the region.

The first of the three festivals to mark in the calendar is the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival, to be held between August 28-31. The nostalgia tinged weekend of events, based upon World War One themes, is celebrating the 100 year birthday of twins Gretna and Eastriggs.

The Festival will feature an old style music hall evening, a stylised World War One tearoom, classic bus tours of the area, some fabulous concerts, cooking demonstrations, educational workshops on the period and many community events.

The International Sheep Dog Trials 2015 will take place on 10-12 September at Meikleholm Farm, halfway between Moffat and Dumfries, just a 15 minute drive from the M74.

The three full days of competition will see the most highly skilled dogs and handlers in the world compete for the prestigious Championship titles.  Sheep dog trialling is set for a profile boost this summer when Flockstars hits the screens of ITV on 30 July and interest in this international event is expected to be very high. Upwards of ten thousand spectators are forecast to flock to the Trials.

The Lockerbie Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a programme that promises something for everyone who loves good music.

In addition to concerts in the festival hub of Lockerbie there will be a Sunday of jazz in Moffat, a dinner jazz and blues evening in Annan and for the first time the festival reaches out to Gretna. US stars Melba Joyce and Stephanie Trick are joining the celebrations with their own special music. Singer Melba Joyce will join the Scottish Swing Orchestra who present the story of Swing while Stephanie presents her unique brand of piano jazz from its earliest days.

Lovers of big band music have two fabulous shows to look forward to and Jools Holland’s star singer Ruby Turner returns to Lockerbie and will perform a second gig in Gretna.

As the programme also includes youth jazz, blues, soul, gypsy jazz, Dixieland and jump jive, the Lockerbie Jazz Festival continues its track record of bringing world class music to South West Scotland each September.

The events are being fully backed by the Council’s unique Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017. Funding totalling £45,000 is going into the festivals, and the Pack Up Your Troubles weekend is being coordinated by the Local Authority, in recognition of the wide-ranging number of grassroots events taking place.

Councillor Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion said;

“This superb cluster of festivals and events will showcase Annandale and Eskdale and Dumfries and Galloway to great effect. The Council is doing all that it can to integrate the promotion of these festivals to ensure that we attract and retain visitors to our region, to enjoy our stunning countryside, inspiring heritage and the superb music and entertainment on offer. There is a real energy and exuberance about all these events that comes across so well.”

VisitScotland Regional Director Paula McDonald said;

“These three fantastic and very diverse festivals highlight the incredible variety of great things to see and do within the beautiful Annandale and Eskdale area.  Each of these wonderful events – which give a real flavour of the vibrancy and colour of the local culture here – provides an excellent and valuable opportunity to attract new visitors to get a taste of the amazing range of activities and attractions there are to experience and enjoy throughout Dumfries & Galloway. I hope as many people as possible, from outside of the region as well as from the local community, will make the most of the chance to be a part of these great festivals, which all look set to be unmissable dates for the diary.”

Councillor Ronnie Ogilvie, Chair of Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee said;

“Council funding of major events creates business and tourism benefits and these three great events provide the perfect reason for staycations this Autumn.  Where else in Scotland this year can you enjoy world class jazz in such close proximity to the tranquillity and fabulous craft of international sheep dog trials? We have the Tour of Britain coming through Gretna, Eastriggs and Cannonbie on Tuesday 8 September which will be a fantastic event to experience and the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival is choc a bloc with things to see and do.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017 is unique within Scotland and will provide £750,000 of grant funding to superb events projects over a three year period to build a portfolio of sustainable, nationally and internationally significant events for Dumfries and Galloway.

WIN a family pass to the Galloway Country Fair

2015_green background Galloway Country Fair, one of the Scottish rural calendar’s biggest events, returns to the beautiful Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate on 22 and 23 August 2015.

Sponsored by Border Cars, the Fair – which last year attracted around 18,000 people from across the country – promises to be more exciting than ever with more than 200 exhibitors and traders as well as entertainment, food and fun activities for all ages.

It will see the introduction of a brand new, free children’s entertainment zone, giving youngsters the chance to expend their energy and enjoy a fun-filled weekend.

Children can choose from a host of exciting activities, including a giant assault course, a bouncy castle, an inflatable slide, a bucking bronco, mini quad bikes and inflatable laser tag.

Dog image smallerDrumlanrig’s very own David Lisett, renowned dog trainer, will make his arena debut performing gundog displays on both days, while the popular Dog and Duck Display and educational Sheep Show make a return to the Fair.

And thanks to funding support from VisitScotland’s Events Directorate to help celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, Galloway Country Fair will boast the largest ever Food Marquee offering a wealth of tasty produce to try and buy throughout the weekend, as well as cooking demonstrations by Cook School Scotland and a brand new Bake-Off competition.

The show is open both days from 9am-6pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £5 for 5-16 year-olds, £10 for concessions, £30 for a family pass and under-fives go free. A new three-day camping offer has also been introduced this year so that visitors can enjoy a full weekend at the Fair.

 

We’ve also got ten family (two adults and two children) passes to the give away to this year’s Galloway Country Fair? To be in with your chance to win all you need to do is answer the question below.

Name the main river that flows past Drumlanrig Castle ?
If you think you know then e-mail your name and answer to [email protected] or text WIN followed by your name and answer to 07 564 364 464 (standard network rates apply). For full terms and conditions click here, all entries must be received by midday on Saturday 8th August, entries received after will not be counted but you will still be billed if you enter by text. The winners will be notified by text/ e-mail by Saturday 15th August, and also announced here on our website.

 

Visit www.gallowaycountryfair.co.uk for tickets and further information.

Dave Bass & Andy McMillan acoustic event in Kings – listen again

Dave Bass & Andy McMillanFull recording of the acoustic event broadcast live from Kings this evening, with Dave Bass and Andy McMillan. An enthusiastic crowd gathered to enjoy an evening of top class music from two accomplished local musicians:


Dave Bass & Andy McMillan – Live from 7.30PM Tomorrow

Kings Acoustics - 23rd JulyAlive 107.3 is the home of local music in Dumfries, and tomorrow night is no exception as we bring you (in association with Dumfries Small Town Sounds and Kings Coffee and Books on Queensberry Street) yet another of our region’s local artists, Dave Bass and Andy McMillan.

Tune in live from 7PM as Lee Medd and Aaron Kelly will be joining you whilst building up to the live show, kicking off live from Kings Coffee and Books from 7.30PM – or if you prefer, why not pop along to Kings to watch and hear them perform live. They’ll have a wide range of refreshments available on sale, as well as which you’re invited to Bring Your Own Bottle (note a small corkage charge applies).

So join us live from 7PM tonight to hear another sample of the great musical talent our region has to offer.

Wickerman Festival – Top Ten Tips from Police Scotland

With the Wickerman Festival fast approaching excitement is building for what is certain to be another terrific event at Dundrennan. Police Scotland is calling on all revellers to have fun, but to keep themselves safe.

The festival is a highlight for the thousands that flock to The Wickerman, and also for the scores of people who make it happen, including officers and staff of Police Scotland.

Inspector Stuart Davidson, Event Planner for The Wickerman said –
‘I am delighted that the main event is almost upon us again. It doesn’t seem like a year since we were last at Dundrennan. But, the organisers, the emergency services and the many agencies involved have packed in a power of work in months of extensive planning to deliver what will be another world class festival. It is a true team effort.

Wickerman is a landmark event that has been built on years of the experience, know-how and good-old fashioned hard work of everyone concerned.

Some of our officers and staff have played a part at The Wickerman since its early beginnings. From a policing perspective events of this magnitude will bring their own set of challenges but it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for those involved.

Police officers will be operating within all areas of the venue. They are available to you so please take the opportunity to speak with them, particularly if you have any queries or concerns.

Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities, including the community that gathers for the weekend at The Wickerman. We want people to have fun and enjoy what is sure to be another excellent festival.

At the same time we want them to look after themselves, have respect for others and be mindful that what is against the law in Scotland is also against the law within any festival venue in Scotland.’

‘Drugs are illegal and Police Scotland adopts the same pro-active approach to the dealing and misuse of drugs across the country, no matter where it happens and no matter what the occasion or venue. Police Scotland will take action against drugs dealers and drugs misuse.

Legal highs are dangerous and are not permitted at The Wickerman. Some of these substances do contain drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1970, which means charges can be brought. Anyone who takes legal (also known as herbal) highs has no idea of what they actually contain. They could have been mixed with drugs or other substances and their use becomes even more perilous when taken with alcohol or, indeed, other substance. Anyone who feels ill as a result of taking any substances should seek medical assistance immediately and stay with the person who is unwell until help arrives.

Drugs will not be tolerated and anyone caught dealing or carrying drugs will be arrested. Police Scotland’s specialist drugs dogs will also be operating at The Wickerman. If you have information regarding drug misuse or dealing call Police Scotland on 101, or pass information anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

It’s common for people to relax and have a drink, but too much alcohol combined with what we hope will be a sunny weekend can pose real difficulties. Excessive alcohol consumption is a factor in crimes of disorder and violence. It also poses real health risks and can result in what would have been a memorable day being hard to recall.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids – water – to avoid getting dehydrated, eat regularly and slow your pace when drinking alcohol.’

The event organisers and their partners, including Police Scotland, offer the following Top Ten Tips to Wickerman attendees –

  1. Before setting out on your journey, plan ahead and leave in plenty of time. Check http://trafficscotland.org before setting off for advance advice.
  2. The festival medical team is onsite 24/7 to support the audience and the event, but no one wants to miss their favourite band due to a trip to first aid. Remember to pack any medication you will need over the weekend, including prescriptions, inhalers and diabetic medicines. Plus, take heed of Scotland’s changeable weather. Take time to look at the weather forecast for the weekend and bring appropriate clothing and footwear and also sunscreen.
  3. Refuel, Rehydrate and Relax – It’s a long weekend so remember to pace yourself and take some time out to eat and drink – trust us eating isn’t cheating and makes you last longer! Alcohol can dehydrate you so remember to make use of the free water points around the site. There is also plenty of food to choose from for your three daily meals, and make sure you wash your hands frequently or use the hand sanitizers throughout the site.
  4. Drugs are illegal. Anyone caught in possession of illegal substances will be dealt with in the same way as anywhere else in the UK.
  5. ‘Legal, or herbal highs’ are not permitted onsite at The Wickerman. Selling these substances is prohibited and anyone found with these substances in their possession will have them immediately confiscated. It is important that music fans understand that ‘legal’ does not mean ‘safe’ and that these substances can cause serious harm especially when mixed with others such as alcohol. The terms “legal high” and “herbal high” are often misleading as many of these substances are not meant for human consumption.
  6. Look after the festival site and each other – please put rubbish in the bins provided, take your tent home and be a good neighbour.
  7. Always report any incident no matter how big or small, to security or police, they are there to help. By reporting incidents you can help prevent further crime. If you can’t contact a police officer or steward in person, you can call 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency. If you want to pass CONFIDENTIAL information ANONYMOUSLY dial CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.
  8. Local residents – the local community is extremely supportive of The Wickerman. Please show them respect when travelling to and from the event.
  9. Only bring essential items, and don’t leave anything of value in your tent.
  10. Wristbands – you need your wristband at all times. Checks will be in place all weekend and if you can’t present a valid wristband, this could result in you being asked to leave the event. Please keep them safe.

You can follow The Wickerman on Facebook on – www.facebook.com/wickermanfestival

Police Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Division will also be updating its own official social media channels with relevant news and information – Facebook – www.facebook.com/dumfriesandgallowayconstabulary and Twitter – @GallowayPolice

Dock Park Summer Programme

An exciting new summer programme of free activities, events and music for Dock Park is now available. The programme includes new events like the Pirates and Princesses Fun Day and activities such as messy play and crafts, as well as Heritage Walks with the Friends of Dock Park.

As well as new activities and events, some old favourites are returning to Dock Park – such as Balance Bike sessions and the Fishing Fun Day. The bandstand will host live music including performances from Dumfries Town Band and Boneshaker.

Councillor Colin Smyth said, “The fantastic regeneration of the Dock Park means it’s the perfect venue for events. The summer programme is part of our commitment to continue to build on the park’s huge success and help make Dumfries an enjoyable place to live and visit. There really is something for everyone and we hope the activities will be enjoyed by local families and visitors alike during July and August”.

The programme can be found by clicking here. Please remember that all events, activities and music are weather dependent

Kings Acoustic Sessions continue – Tonight from 7PM

Alive 107.3 is the home of local music in Dumfries, and tonight is no exception as we bring you (in association with Dumfries Small Town Sounds and Kings Coffee and Books on Queensberry Street) yet another of our region’s local artists, Daz McCormick, who also joined us live on The Thursday Night Showcase last week.

Tune in live from 7PM as Lee Medd and Aaron Kelly will be joining you whilst building up to the live show, kicking off live from Kings Coffee and Books from 7.30PM – or if you prefer, why not pop along to Kings to watch and hear him perform live. They’ll have a wide range of refreshments available on sale, as well as which you’re invited to Bring Your Own Bottle (note a small corkage charge applies).

So join us live from 7PM tonight to hear another sample of the great musical talent our region has to offer. To find out more about Daz, why not check out his Facebook page.