Saturday, 18 June 2011

Greenock Old and New

Check out this excellent photo blog from Chris Bradley; side by side comparison of Greenock photographs as published by Eugene Mehat taken in the '60s with their current locations taken by "Grianaig". Showing the dramatic changes in the town in a relatively short time. 
Greenock Old and New Project (now with added Gourock) Brammer.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Identity Folk Night : Reely Jiggered

Reely Jiggered have been causing a stir nationally with their incredible blend of Traditional and Contemporary Music.

The dynamic three piece ceilidh band formed in 2008 has already made their mark having played in many venues including Hafton Castle, The Tall Ship Glenlee, Gig on the Green, Glasgow University Union and performing for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music Ball, Cultural Events for the Egyptian and Bangladeshi communities, as well as weddings, birthdays, corporate and charity events. Their fresh and lively approach to Traditional music is innovative, incorporates many ethnic styles and appeals to a large audience.

Not only has the band been hailed a success, but the individual members themselves are successful soloists. Between them, the three members have performed throughout the UK, Europe and America. Such events include: the Opening of the Scottish Parliament, BBC Proms in the Park, appearances on Spanish, Mexican and Bangladeshi Television as well as broadcasts on Radio MOD, BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 3. 

You can see Reely Jiggered perform at the Inverclyde Folk Club / Identity night on Friday 17 June in the Loreto Club. Doors open 7.30. In the meantime, there's not nearly enough of this clip...

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Identity Folk Night - Davy Nicol

Davy Nicol is a singer-songwriter based in Greenock, on the West Coast of Scotland. His acoustic style songs range from stories about living and working in Scotland, to songs which also have a pop and country-tinged feel to them.

Davy is also a member of successful Scottish band The Lazarenkos.

More recently Davy has been working on video projects to support his music. This song, "Greenock Road" is a tribute to the shipbuilding heritage and people of Greenock, Scotland.

You can see Davy perform at the Inverclyde Folk Club / Identity night on Friday 17 June in the Loreto Club. Doors open 7.30.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Get Folked

Inverclyde Community Development Trust and Inverclyde Folk Club have come together to get everyone talking and singing about local heritage at a folk night to be held in the Loreto Club this Friday.

Identity is all about the different people and cultures who have passed through our area, those who moved on and those who stayed. Songs, stories and music are of course a key part of peoples cultural Identity. And it's also quite a good excuse for a wee dance.

Inverclyde Folk Club have pulled together an excellent and diverse line-up for the evening, with performances from club members, The Drams Band, local singer/songwriter Davy Nicol and a performance from critically acclaimed fiddle trio Reely Jiggered, currently putting the finishing touches to their new CD. We'll have some more information on the evenings performers through the week.

A short film about the project will be shown on the night and people will also be able to come and talk to the staff team about how to get involved.

This traditional folk night is the first in a series of cultural evenings to raise awareness of the project throughout June.

Doors open at the Loreto Club at 7pm on Friday.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Every Journey...

"There is no life that does not contribute to history." Dorothy West
There are centuries of history in Inverclyde, history to be proud of. But too often, history is facts and figures and dates. Our ambitious new project, Identity, is about people. Specifically, it's about the migrant communities who either passed through our towns on their way to the new world, or who settled here to make our community what it is today. From exiled Highlanders to German and Irish migrant workers through to the Italian community and the migrant communities of today, we'll be exploring and recording our shared heritage. 

Identity is developed and managed by Inverclyde Community Development Trust and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland.

Over the next 18 months the project will work across the Inverclyde community collecting and recording stories, songs, traditions and family histories, creating a new local archive. The material collected will be used to produce a whole range of media and events to help tell the story of the Inverclyde community and our heritage.

Identity will also create employment, volunteering and learning opportunities.

The project launches in mid-June with a series of "cultural evenings", which we'll give you more info on soon. Over the next 18 months you will see...
  • Creation of a new local archive
  • Highland Halloween Event involving local schools 
  • Winter Traditions Event involving local schools
  • Drama produced to help celebrate Comet bicentennial in 2012
  • 5000 graphic novels produced and distributed
  • 2 Outdoor drama performances
  • 1000 project books produced and distributed
  • 160 pupils attaining ASDAN qualifications
  • 120 people accessing SQA modules
  • 24 local people employed
  • Every local school involved
And as many people on board as possible. To get involved call 01475 806760

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