And we’re off and running for this year’s Outwith Festival! Outwith 18 is dramatically bigger than last year’s inaugural event with over 200 artists delivering comedy, music, theatre, film, literature and art in more than 23 venues over five days in September. There are exciting names coming to town including one of the UK’s most successful screenwriters Gregory Burke, John Maclean who was the founder of The Beta Band and
Glasgow has Tenement TV, Washington has Tiny Desk, London has Sofar Sounds and now Dunfermline has The Loop, an ambitious new project from Loopmaniac Studios. The Youtube-hosted show features live music sessions from performers – local and from further afield – whose music makes the hair on the back of producer Liam Saunders’ hair stand on end, as well as interviews and coverage of art exhibitions and other cultural events.
Two impressive line ups are planned for next two Tae Sup Wi Fifer events at Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre in May and June. On Friday 18 May, the ever brilliant Withered Hand – aka Dan Willson – appears alongside Ian McMillan and Grace Petrie. McMillan is a writer and broadcaster whose latest poetry collection To Fold The Evening Star was published last year. As well as presenting BBC Radio 3’s
Here’s a superb tv appearance by Barbara Dickson, the first and by many people’s reckoning the best, Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. Blood Brothers is currently on a 30th anniversary UK tour featuring The New Seeker’s Lyn Paul in the lead role and it’s coming to the Alhambra from 23-28 October. Tickets start at £25 and you can book yours here.
Big name band Alabama 3 famous for, among other things, providing the iconic theme tune to The Sopranos, come to Dunfermline on 23 April to play PJ Molloys. Tickets are £20 and are available here.
Young Finnish blues star Ina Forsman takes to the stage at the Carnegie Hall on Saturday 11 February with an ace band featuring Fife guitar great, Robbie Hill. Also on the bill for the ‘Blues Afternoon’ are The Troublemakers together with Dunfermline’s own Chris Agnew playing a set of boogie and blues. Lights Out By Nine perform for a one off show with ex-frontman and solo blues star Al Hughes
This Christmas Eve, get into a mellow, festive mood at the Fire Station, Dunfermline. Talented, young jazz singer Megan MacPhie will be performing all the smooth Christmas favourites including Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland and It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas. Megan will be accompanied by guitarist Aydin Ersoy and other vocalists will be joining her on stage. The evening kicks off at 6.30pm and finishes in time
You may still be in denial that Christmas is happening but we’re going to tell you about a festive market anyway. This year Fire Station Creative is hosting its first Christmas market complete with mulled wine and mince pies. Timed to coincide with the Dunfermline’s High Street Christmas light switch-on Saturday 19 November, the market will be open from 10am until 4pm, with live music by Opus 8 at 2.30pm.
A great music event next week for Dunfermline when legendary songwriter and long term Glen Campbell collaborator Jimmy Webb comes to the Carnegie Hall. Even better, he is supported by David Scott of Pearlfishers. It promises to be a superb night of storytelling and song and it’s a good excuse to post a clip of Galveston which, along with Wichita Lineman, is one of Webb’s finest. The show is at
Gorgeous live classical music on Thursday 21 July as the Chamber Philharmonia of Cologne perform a repertoire of Vivaldi, Bach, Rossini, Paganini and Mozart in the atmospheric setting of Dunfermline Abbey. The show starts at 7.30 and tickets are available from the the Abbey and the Tourist Information Centre in Dunfermline .