24th Arran Folk Festival

Here is a message about the forth coming Arran Folk Festival, from organisers, Arran Events: Welcome to this year’s programme! Our Festival this year runs from 8th to 10th June. There will, of course, be free afternoon sessions in the wonderful Douglas Hotel, hosted by Uncle Keith. As always, feel free to bring an instrument …

Concert – The Kelvin Ensemble

The Kelvin Ensemble is coming to Arran on Saturday 2nd June. The Kelvin Ensemble is a student-run symphony orchestra based at the University of Glasgow and conducted by the very talented John Grant. They recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as an ensemble where they performed a truly outstanding Russian themed concert including Tchaikovsky’s epic 1812 …

Mary Reid Concert – Music Arran

Mary Reid, the internationally distinguished harpist, is coming to Arran next month. Her concert for Music Arran is at 7.30 on Saturday, 17th March, in Brodick Hall. Mary grew up in Edinburgh, and began learning the clarsach here, but as a teenager she moved with her family to America, and continued her musical studies there …

Brodick Quartet

They’re back! A year after their hugely successful concert in Brodick last year, the four young players of this charming and talented group are paying another visit to the island. Their concert is in Brodick Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturday, 17th February. As before the Quartet consists of Ben Norris and Katrina Lee …

duo b!z’art

Music Arran presents an intriguing concert to launch its programme for 2018, on 27th January, in the Community Theatre at Arran High School. Duo B!z’art consists of two pianists playing the same piano. André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste hail from Belgium, and specialize in what is unusual and unconventional in music – hence their name, …

Arran Singers and Friends Christmas concert

The Arran Singers and Friends are having a Christmas Concert in Whiting Bay Hall on Sunday 10th December at 2.30pm. Arran Singers also plan two concerts next year. The first is on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 7.30pm in the Lamlash Community Theatre, and then the same concert will be repeated at Lochranza hall on Saturday 2nd June …

Music Arran

An Evening of Jazz Music Arran have an exciting evening in store for jazz fans on Saturday 18th November – and not only for confirmed jazz fans, as the concert is sure to be a pleasure for all comers. New Focus, started by saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson, has been described as one …

Gelos Duo concert

Arran’s Music Society has now decided by unanimous vote at the Annual General Meeting to change its name to Music Arran. This is snappier, and I hope will convince the doubters, especially younger doubters, that the society is not a bunch of old fuddy-duddies. “Music” does not just mean “classical” music. However, October’s offering, in …

Young Talent From Arran

On Saturday 23rd September, Arran residents and visitors alike will have an opportunity to enjoy the talents of an array of young musicians nurtured by the island in recent years. It is an opportunity not to be missed. The concert, under the auspices of the Isle of Arran Music Society, will be headlined by the …

Folk for Roots

The Roots of Arran Community Woodland group held their AGM on the 15th July at The Altachorvie, followed by a musical evening hosted by Keith Robertson. An appreciative crowd listened to (and joined in with) many local musicians performing songs both traditional and modern, and the whole evening was a grand celebration of this fine …