22 March Event – Dunfermline – Performers

Our free event, open for everyone to attend, is in Dunfermline on 22 March 2018

We are pleased to announce that our forty-eighth event will start at 7.30 p.m. and finish at 9.30 p.m. on Thursday 22 March 2018 in The Canmore (was the Bruery) in Dunfermline. The doors open at 7.00 p.m. A bar is available.

Presenting:

Alastair McIntosh

Alastair has been described by BBC TV as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners.” A pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland, he helped bring the Isle of Eigg into community ownership. On the Isle of Harris he negotiated withdrawal of the world’s biggest cement company (Lafarge) from a devastating “superquarry” plan.  Alastair guest lectures at military staff colleges, most notably the UK Defence Academy, on nonviolence. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (written while he was living in Kinghorn, Fife), Love and Revolution (collected poems) and his most recent major work is Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey. His talk during the evening will include readings from Poacher’s Pilgrimage, copies of which will be available for signing, and he will speak about the importance of the bardic tradition for today. Find out more about Alastair on his website http://www.alastairmcintosh.com/  and Twitter @alastairmci

Linda Menzies

Linda is a Dunfermline writer who has spent her working life in journalism and public relations. Over a number of years, her short stories and poetry have appeared in magazines, e-zines and anthologies, including New Writing Dundee and East Lothian Life, and she has won a number of prizes for her work. Her first collection of poetry, Epiphanies, was published in 2009. Into the Light, her second publication and launched in October 2014, is a collection of poems and short stories and charts a new journey along life’s road, tackling universal themes of family, relationships, as well as love, life and death.

George McDermid
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George came to Fife from Edinburgh via Aberdeen, Glasgow and various satellite towns. He started writing poetry when a teenager, but became distracted by becoming career-focussed in his thirties and stopped writing. After a 20-year silence he started writing again and very soon had poems published in various anthologies. He is a founding member of And then the cow woke up – see – https:\\andthenthecowwokeup.wordpress.com – a small group of Fife-based writers. He promises not to be career-focussed ever again.
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Konrad

Increasingly popular in the Central Belt of Scotland, the musical palate the full Konrad band provides is difficult to categorise. It encompasses blues, funk, jazz and folk music. Four key members of the band have agreed to share some of their songs with us.

Davy MacFarlane – Guitar, vocals, harmonica and songwriter. Davy has played in various roots rock blues bands including the Best Dressed Blues Band, The Hoolits, Little Wolves and Bad Boogaloo. He has also recorded with Irish legends Doctor Strangely Strange on their 1996 CD Alternative Medicine alongside Gary Moore. Davy also toured with the band and recently appeared with them in a showcase gig in Dublin. He was awarded a New Singer Songwriter award in 2000 by the Scottish Arts Council for his original compositions.

Carolyn Konrad – Vocals and percussion, Stirling born Carolyn is a professional actress and singer who has worked alongside Fish and also interpreted Ricky Ross’s lyrics in the award winning production of On The Line at Dundee Rep. As well as many theatre productions she has also appeared in Taggart, Still Game, Take The High Road, Yugoslav Hitman and many dramas for children’s BBC. Carolyn combines singing and acting and starred at Greyfriars Kirk for The Edinburgh Festival in “The Bruce”. She has recently gained an Art Degree in Stirling but continues to sing with her band Konrad on a regular basis. Davy writes new songs for Carolyn’s beautifully textured voice and she loves the co-operation with the band which brings her great joy. For more about Carolyn seehttp://carolynkan.co.uk/

Gary Johns does percussion and vocals and Will Goodall does guitar and vocals. Will famously toured with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Davy has known Will, from his University days. Both band members have long standing careers in various bands in Scotland and England. Gary and Davy have played together for over 20 years, and played together in the infamous Best Dressed Blues Band and many other bands. For more about Konrad seewww.konradband.net

Members and friends and the public are cordially invited to our free event

If you are not a member then why not join – it’s free. Come along to the event, enjoy yourself and and join there.

Location and Car Parking

The Canmore is located at 25 Canmore Street, Dunfermline and is only a 3 minute walk from the Bus Station – see map on the Canmore website. Car parking is available directly across the road in a Council car park, (free in the evening).

Hope to see you there

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