Festival is at the ‘art’ of the community

St Andrew's Day Festival
St Andrew's Day Festival

A great range of art, music, dance and refreshments was enjoyed at Milton of Campsie’s Village Hall’s three-day St Andrew’s Celebration.

This success was the result of a magnificent community effort. The organisers thank the Thomas Muir Festival promoters, East Dunbartonshire Arts Council, G66+live and the Kirkintilloch Herald for their support in making this a terrific success.

David Stirling, chairman of the Hall Trust, opened the Festival and David Maxwell from the hall committee 
gave support.

Milton of Campsie Art Club members provided fine hospitality with excellent home baking, Fair Trade drinks and table service by Liz McLaughlin and Anne Stevenson. Villagers providing refreshment help included Fiona Quirk, Margaret Boyle, Ann Pert, Barbara MacIntosh and Syd Sharp. Thanks also to the ‘heavy gang’ dealing with equipment set-up and clearing: Syd Sharp, Andrew Morton, Jim Pert, Stan Quirk, Gregor Summers and Michael Boyle.

The Art Club excelled in displaying over 80 framed paintings for sale – with extended display facilities in the small hall. Buyers could also choose from the bargain table and print selection.

Visitors voted for their favourite picture. Joint winners of the art prize were Jeanette Murray and Mike Brooks. During viewings, enjoyable guitar music was provided by Elliott Summers and the Malcolm-McCready singing duo. Lovely lute music by Dorothee O’Sullivan Burchard was much appreciated.

The large folk concert audience enjoyed the excellent Willow Moon Singers and Stan Quirk’s singing with Geoff Foord. The Campsie Scottish Folk Players presented their fine new compositions and sold their popular CDs. The eight-piece Campsie Ceilidh Band kept the many enthusiastic dancers on their toes. Interlude songs from Bill Forrest included a rousing Scots Wha Hae while Rena Scott’s singing of Both Sides of the Tweed was very moving.

A full house appreciated the St Vincent Baroque Soloists, with swinging music of Handel, Telemann, Bach and Corelli. There were highlight performances from the amazing solo violinist Chiharu Shimano, oboist Charmaine Murdoch and pianist Andrew Greig.

Sunday afternoon Jazz featured the Allander Band with superb New Orleans trad and swing and the inventive David Findlay Trio with fine jazz singer, Celia Somers. The hall was packed with over 60 listeners. They generously gave £168 to the OXFAM Ebola Crisis Appeal. While art sales were low, the Village Hall Trust obtained £547 from this Festival: a great community achievement.