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Summer

Comar

What’s On May – August 2014

Theatre Music Exhibitions Family Shows Dance

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GRIT Fest 4 Theatre 10 Music 16 Exhibitions 25 Family Shows 29 Dance 32 Adventure Talk 33 More Information 34 Booking Call the Box Office 01688 302211 Email bookings@comar.co.uk Buy tickets online comar.co.uk In person An Tobar, Argyll Terrace, Tobermory. Explore Mull, Ledaig car park, Tobermory. Visitor Information Centres at Craignure, Strontian and Oban. Please book your ticket in advance as many performances sell out. You may pay for your tickets at the time of booking, otherwise you will have to guarantee them against a debit/credit card and pay for your tickets at the door. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the performance, otherwise we will deduct payment in full.

Out of office hours Details of any available seats will be on our answerphone and website. Remaining tickets will be available at each venue for 30 minutes prior to the show starting. Concessions apply to Comar members and under-18s.

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Comar Welcomes Summer

Another season presents another collection of world-class art events. The Grit Festival welcomes revered Scottish and international musicians to a host of Tobermory venues and Mull Theatre is set to create a comedy riot with its ingenious production of Whisky Galore. Family shows, visual art exhibitions and dance performances look fit to create a summer of events to remember. Alongside a brimming summer schedule of events, we are pleased to introduce our new website.

Our online presence is home to the Comar story, all our latest news and events, as well as our new online ticketing feature. Now all audiences can book their tickets to any Comar event online. Explore and book now – comar.co.uk Caroline Winn Chief Executive Comar

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Pachamama Productions in co-production with Comar and Tramway in association with Richard Jordan Productions

Grit


GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story

An ambitious new Scots-Canadian site specific production based on the inspiring life and music of one of Scotland’s most innovative, pioneering and influential musicians, Martyn Bennett Fri 20 June Sat 21 June Sun 22 June Druimfin 7.30pm £14/£12

“Scots music has never sounded like this before. No music has ever sounded like this before.” MOJO

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Conceived and Directed by Cora Bissett (Olivier award-winning RoadKill/ Smash hit political Musical ‘Glasgow Girls’) and written by Kieran Hurley. (‘Rantin’,’ Beats’, ‘Chalk Farm’). Reflecting Martyn’s own ScotsCanadian heritage, GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story will be an ambitious International collaboration with Montreal’s renowned choreographer Dana Gingras and some of Canada’s finest circus artists who will work with an ensemble of some of Scotland’s most distinctive dancers and actors, and featuring at its core Martyn’s groundbreaking dance music in its original form. This production will tell the painful yet inspiring story of a young man’s phenomenal musical imagination, and his fierce fight against the cancer which ultimately robbed him of his short life at 33. His passion, his fierce love of life, music, the country and people who inspired him from Skye to Edinburgh, Glasgow to eventually Mull- are evoked and explored visually and physically in this high octane musical journey. “It’s not how long you live, it’s what you do with the time you’ve got”

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Grit Fest

To coincide with GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story we have curated Grit Fest; a special series of performances of musicians that worked with and were inspired by Martyn and his music. The musicians performing on Mull over Grit weekend have been chosen because of their connections with Martyn. Lau’s fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke included a beautiful piece called One For Martyn on his 2007 solo album commissioned by An Tobar. Much of that record was written by Aidan in the studio in An Tobar where Martyn used to work. Lau will be supported by Skye singer/songwriter Hector MacInnes, who recently won the Martyn Bennett commission award at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. Mr McFall’s Chamber will be playing Birds & Beasts, the music of Martyn Bennett arranged by Robert McFall, demonstrating the extent to which Martyn was respected in the world of contemporary classical music.

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Grit Fest

Young Lewis musician Mischa MacPherson brings her trio fresh from their appearance at the Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall where they were given the Young Folk Award. Martyn was always a great supporter of young musicians and the music from the Gaelic heartlands. India Alba, a Scotland/India collaboration, features the outstanding young piper Ross Ainslie, spotted by Martyn and tipped for a great career in music. Martyn also loved the tonality of Indian music. Mull musician Sorren Maclean was inspired by Martyn as a teenager, and played electric guitar on the Grit track Liberation.

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Grit Fest at a Glance Thurs 19 June Lau and Hector MacInnes

Aros Hall, Tobermory

8.30pm

£14 / £12

Fri 20 June Grit Mr McFalls Chamber

Druimfin, Tobermory An Tobar

7.30pm 10pm

£14 / £12 £10 / £8

Sat 21 June The Mischa MacPherson Trio Grit India Alba

An Tobar Druimfin, Tobermory An Tobar

2.30pm 7.30pm 10pm

£8/£6 £14/£12 £10/£8

Sun 22 June Sorren Maclean Grit

Calgary Gallery Druimfin, Tobermory

2.30pm 7.30pm

£8 / £6 £14 / £12

Festival Tickets Special Deals One performance of GRIT plus any one band One performance of GRIT plus any two bands

£4 off total ticket price £6 off total ticket price

Festival Ticket one performance of Grit plus all band performances

£50

Individual shows, as priced above. Concessions are for Comar members and under-18s (with proof of age)

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Mr McFall’s Chamber Fri 20 June An Tobar 10pm £10/£8

Lau and Hector MacInnes Thurs 19 June Aros Hall Tobermory 8.30pm £14/£12 Lau have picked up three consecutive BBC Folk Awards for Best Group (2008 – 2010) with their take on modern folk music. Their sound is a collective musical journey that retains all the strengths of the original acoustic trio (Kris Drever vocals/guitar, Martin Green accordion, Aidan O’Rourke fiddle). Lau refer to Martyn Bennett and his musical output as “legendary”. As Aiden O’Rouke explains, “We are lucky in this world of folk to have had many great visionaries which means the music evolves and progresses with a keen eye on what’s gone before. This generation had Martyn Bennett. Respect. Liberation.”

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Renowned for their innovative approach to programming and their informal take on classical music, Mr McFall’s Chamber. They weave through tango and jazz to rock and contemporary classical, taking in quite a lot more besides. The strings of Mr McFall’s are joined by Fraser Fifield (pipes/whistles), Paul Harrison (piano), Tom Bancroft and James Mackintosh (percussion), and they will be performing Martyn’s music as recorded shortly after his death on the Birds & Beasts album. “…potentially the most important single development on the Scottish music scene for a long time” Herald

India Alba Sat 21 June An Tobar 10pm £10/£8 A collaboration between two Indian and two Scottish musicians creating a unique sound. Since their debut album Reels and Ragas, they have developed a sound which reflects the broad common ground between their traditions. Many themes (raga gats), particularly those from the borders of the Himalayas, have close relatives in the melodies of the highlands and islands. For both, sounds of the bagpipes or the tampura play an important part. India Alba performed recently at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Delhi International Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Indian Music Conference – Goa and the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Box Office 01688 302211


The Mischa MacPherson Trio Sat 21 June An Tobar 2.30pm £8/£6 A stunning new band to look out for: this year has already seen them scoop the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award to add to their prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award.

Sorren Maclean Sun 22 June Calgary Gallery 2.30pm £8/£6 Mull musician Sorren Maclean was commissioned by Celtic Connections to write a piece for their New Voices series in 2012. This concert in Calgary Gallery will feature Sorren with strings performing the songs from his new record, Winter Stay Autumn.

“…a fantastic voice…the next Julie Fowlis maybe? Folk Radio

Mr McFall’s Chamber

The Mischa MacPherson Trio

Sorren Maclean

India Alba

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Theatre


A Slow Air Borderline Theatre, in association with The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock Tues 29 Apr Druimfin 8pm £9/£6 You can feel blood. You can. Even after all this time. Morna and Atholl are brother and sister but they haven’t spoken to each other for 15 years. Now Morna’s son, Joshua, is turning 21 – and he’s planning a party. It’s going to be a night to remember! A Slow Air was first performed at the Tron Theatre in 2011 and then transferred to the Edinburgh Festival, New York and London. This will be the first time it has toured in Scotland.

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Comar

Part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 Whisky Month

Comar presents a production from

Mull Theatre

directed by Alasdair McCrone

Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie adapted by Paul Godfrey

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On tour throughout Scotland in May – see comar.co.uk

Wed 7 May Thurs 14 Aug Thurs 21 Aug Mon 25 Aug Druimfin 8pm £10/£8

Thurs 8 May Fri 15 Aug Mon 18 Aug Fri 29 Aug Bunessan Hall 8pm £10/£8

A night of riotous comedy as three hapless but frightfully nice actors in evening dress gather in a 1940s BBC drama studio and attempt to recreate the hilarious story of the valiant people of the Island of Todday, using their skills, wit, ingenuity, 100 unlikely sound effects – and one very overworked and exasperated studio manager!

It’s WW2 and due to rationing, there is not a drop of whisky to be had. Then the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground and the crew has to abandon the cargo – 50,000 cases of the best quality export whisky! Min age 8 “Brilliant… played with terrific enjoyment and confidence… one of the most purely enjoyable evenings a modern Scottish theatre audience could wish for…” Joyce McMillan, Scotsman 

Mull Theatre’s tour of Whisky Galore May Fri Sat Sun Mon Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

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Oban Phoenix Cinema Appin Village Hall Three Villages Hall, Arrochar Cove Burgh Hall Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William Aros Centre, Isle of Skye Lochan @ Dornie Hall Macphail Centre, Ullapool Carnegie Hall, Clashmore Mortlach Memorial Hall, Dufftown Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill Angus Arts @ The Retreat, Glenesk New Pitsligo Village Hall Birnam Arts Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Tarbert Village Hall Campbeltown Picture House Craighouse Village Hall, Isle of Jura Bowmore Hall, Isle of Islay

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Uncle Varick

La Tragedie Comique

Rapture Theatre

Plutôt La Vie

Sat 24 May Druimfin 8pm £9/£6

Sun 25 May Druimfin 8pm £9/£6

What happens when the rock and roll of swinging 60s London collides with the rock and moss of remote Scotland? Sandy Sheridan: pretentious art critic and self-proclaimed cultural icon returns from London, and home to his Scottish country pile – with his new, much younger, wife in tow. Waiting for him are his stoical daughter Shona and his acerbic ex-brother in law: Uncle Varick. John Byrne’s raucous adaptation of Chekov’s classic Uncle Vanya, relocated to 1960s rural Scotland, is full of comedy, pathos, and some very dodgy chainsaws.

Performer and director Tim Licata returns to Mull following the success of By The Seat Of Your Pants. In La Tragedie Comique, a one-man show, a fantastical character persuades his timid actor on to a quixotic journey of self discovery: staring down the devil and facing the fears and joys of life. Tim’s unique blend of clowning and physical theatre creates a beautiful, tender and daring adventure.

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“…sequence after sequence of inspired comedy… a torrent of creativity, and a profound playfulness!” Joyce McMillan on By the Seat of Your Pants Scotsman 

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A Walk on the Edge of the World Magnetic North Fri 25 July Druimfin 8pm ÂŁ10/ÂŁ8

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A performance inspired by the art of walking, which involves the whole audience going for a walk together. A performer talks about his fascination with walking along the coast, sharing sounds and images, and leading the audience along the many paths his mind followed. The hidden secrets of the landscape and the constantly shifting border between land and sea lead him to understand that the past is always with us, whether we realise it or not.

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Ryan Keen & Support

Twelfth Day

Tues 22 Apr An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8

Tues 13 May An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8

Ryan’s unusual guitar style and his husky, comforting baritone explores the light and shade of life and love, with a series of songs that are remarkable for their subtly rich arrangements and his intimate style of playing and singing – you can hear him draw breath and feel the scrape of his fingers on the fretboard. Following a busy 2013 on the festival circuit, and a support slot with Newton Faulkner and Leona Lewis, we’re delighted to welcome this bright young talent to An Tobar.

From opposite ends of Scotland, Orcadian Catriona Price (fiddle/vocals) and Esther Swift (harp/vocals) are at the forefront of innovative, alternative British folk music. With a fresh, openminded approach to song and instrumental writing, the duo create an entirely unique sound, interweaving masterful fiddle and harp playing with beautifully harmonised vocals in stylish and dynamic arrangements. Twelfth Day are set to tour the UK and Ireland for the launch of their new album The Devil Makes Three. This follows last year’s EP Speak From The Start, and their acclaimed debut album Northern Quarter in 2010. In 2012, they released Fiere, a collaborative album with Gaelic singer Joy Dunlop. Recently, Twelfth Day won the Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition to undertake their international folk music sharing project Routes to Roots. The project sees them travel to Canada, Malawi, Brazil and Mongolia to work with local musicians, and will culminate in them bringing musicians from each country over to Scotland to record and tour a collaboration binding the music of these five vibrant traditions together.

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Kris Drever

Ethan Johns

Thurs 15 May Bunessan Hall 8.30pm Fri 16 May An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8

Mon 19 May Iona Hall 8.30pm Tues 20 May An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8

He may be best-known as the guitarist with the bravely experimental trio Lau (who have been crowned Best Group three times now at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards), but Orcadian Kris Drever’s voice and guitar forms part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots scene and stands on its own ground. Equally admired as a solo artist and as a musical collaborator with Donald Shaw, Roddy Woomble, Kate Rusby and Eddie Reader to name but a few, Kris’s individualistic, genre-cutting guitar style and expressive, sturdy vocals are both authentic, masterful and full of integrity.

Producer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Ethan has built up an impressive list of collaborators, including Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright and Tom Jones. After working with such an incredible list of performers, he has now become a recording artist in his own right, releasing an atmospheric, strippeddown country and blues album, If Not Now Then When?

“The folk revival has a new standard bearer” Q “Kris Drever is a serious talent” MOJO

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Fence and Comar present

King Creosote’s “ World Tour of Mull” Tues 3 June Duart Castle 8.30pm Wed 4 June Creich Hall 8.30pm Thurs 5 June Calgary Gallery 8.30pm Fri 6 June An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8

Scottish indie-folk troubadour King Creosote is an artist like no other, and Comar is delighted to present this “World Tour of Mull” in collaboration with the Fifer’s own Fence label. King Creosote has an incredible back catalogue of more than 40 albums, yet the evidence is clear that he is still making music at the very top of his game. His collaboration with John Hopkins, Diamond Mine, was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2011, and 3 On This Island, recorded in An Tobar on Mull, will be hotly anticipated when released on vinyl prior to this tour of Mull. Email bookings@comar.co.uk

This series of exclusive, acoustic gigs, taking in four of Mull’s intimate venues, will feature songs from the new album performed by a hand-picked line up of musicians, including including King Creosote himself, 70s rock god Rich Young on keys, our very own Gordon Maclean on bass and Captain Geeko the Dead Aviator on percussion. It truly will be an experience not to be missed.

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Budapest Café Orchestra Sun 8 June Druimfin 8pm Mon 9 June Bunessan Hall 8pm Tues 10 June Iona Hall 8pm £10/£8

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We welcome the return of Budapest Café Orchestra with their powerful folk-based music from Eastern Europe, inspired by the music of Balkan gypsies. Four fabulous players of violins, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika play an impassioned but often tender mixture of Hungarian Czardas, Russian and Ukranian folk songs and rousing dances from Romania and Moldavia as well as their own electrifying compositions, evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires.

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Robert Gillies

RM Hubbert

Fri 27 June An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8

Tues 22 July An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8

Scottish-born Robert Gillies wears his heart on his sleeve with his latest collection of songs which delve ever deeper into the heart of Americana music. Robert’s unique sound is crafted from both his classical training and his love of American pop rock, which grew throughout his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and he has created sincere, positive, authentic songs which search for a close and meaningful connection with his audience…music in the vein of singer-songwriters such as Damien Rice, James Taylor and Paul Simon.

RM Hubbert combines techinical prowess, flamenco guitar and gallows humour in his intimate performances, and has gained a reputation as an unmissable live performer. His Alex Kapranos-produced debut album Thirteen Lost & Found features collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Aidan Moffat, Alex Kapranos and Emma Pollock. It, along with the follow-up Breaks & Bones, document dealing with chronic depression and the death of loved ones. HM Hubbert won the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2013. “Hubbert’s live shows provide the rare spectacle of a noisy rabble falling instantly silent to marvel at both his technical ability and the emotional impact of his music” The Scotsman 

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Amy Duncan Tues 29 July An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8 Amy’s career as a performer and song-writer hasn’t exactly followed a conventional path. She began her career playing double bass, but motherhood inspired her into song writing; a fortuitous turn of events that has really seen her find her niche. Comparisons have been drawn to Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith, and Amy’s emotionally charged lyrics, ambient, folk-inspired harmonies, haunting melodies and sheer range and power of her vocal apparatus are breathtaking. “…immediately arresting vocals” Folk Radio “When Amy Duncan sings there’s a feeling that her emotionally charged songs are a reflection of a life lived” Folk Words

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Angus Lyon and Duncan Lyall Fri 8 Aug An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8 Pianist and accordion player Angus Lyon has played with luminaries Paul McCartney and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) while Duncan Lyall is one of the country’s top bass players, currently part of Kate Rusby’s band. This double bill is a reiteration of two Celtic Connections New Voices Commissions: Lyon’s 3G and Lyall’s Infinite Reflections. 3G is an instrumental triptych evoking the overlapping experiences of three generations, from grandfather to grandson, exploring the cyclical interplay of tradition and modernity, intended to reflect the transitions of styles and attitudes that shift over time. Infinite Reflections drew inspiration from memories, and cultural references that resonated with Lyall, exploring experiences of friendship, adventure, surrealism, love, loss, determination, grit and happiness. They perform with Patsy Reid (fiddle), Innes Watson (fiddle and guitar), Fraser Fifield (sax and whistles), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles and guitar), Alyn Cosker (drums), Iain Sandilands (percussion) and Chas MacKenzie (guitar).

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Cera Impala & The New Prohibition Fri 15 Aug An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8 Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, banjo-player Cera has performed across the USA and Europe but has made Edinburgh her home. A seductive singer and prolific songsmith who forges intimate yarns from everyday occurrences, she sang with queens of harmony, The Bevvy Sisters but is now recording her 3rd album with her own band. The New Prohibition includes Dirk Ronneburg (Southern Tenant Folk Union) on fiddle, and Ben Seal on bass.

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“Graceful, eerie, tragically beautiful, it’s like she’s living with a backwoods secret she’s determined to keep” Victory Review (Seattle)

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Blazin’ Fiddles Tues 19 Aug Aros Hall 8.30pm £12/£10 Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic keyboard and guitar arrangements and you’ve got the award-winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands. And they are Blazin’. In the past decade no other band has quite captured Scottish fiddle music’s variety, energy and sensitivity in the way Blazin’ Fiddles have. Like rare single malts, each member draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the country. Blending solo and ensemble sets, aged with the occasional insightful tale, they all come together in a fiery blend to excite your senses. From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan and Kristan Harvey are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on keyboard to deliver a musically intoxicating evening for all.

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Rab Noakes & Kathleen MacInnes Fri 22 Aug An Tobar 8.30pm £10/£8 A unique collaboration between renowned singer-songwriter Rab Noakes and winner of Scots Trad Music Awards Gaelic Singer of the Year, Kathleen MacInnes. They will present an evening of Love Ballads and Murder, including songs which turn up in Scots and Gaelic cultures such as The Two Sisters/Minorie (A Bhean Iadiach) and An da fheannaig (The Twa’ Corbies), and Down in the Willow Garden, Long Black Veil and Valley of Tears. The show is about storytelling and song, some originally crafted by Rab and Kathleen, others traditional, and will be performed in Gaelic, Scots and English.

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Lauren Godfrey: Stovies, Scallops & Scabby Man’s Heads Until Sat 17 May Gallery, An Tobar

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Comar presents an exhibition and new commission by artist Lauren Godfrey. Godfrey combines objects, text and performance to address the discrepancy between the visual and the verbal in art. Food and food culture are themes she often returns to in her work, and in this, her first solo show in Scotland, she foregrounds these gourmet motifs in her choice of exhibition title. In Stovies, Scallops & Scabby Man’s Heads (the name her Shetlander father gave to sea urchins) the artist explores the notions of rocks and islands and their relationship to stepping-stones, seafood and full stops. These metaphorical leaps between landscape, language and larder find their feet in the gallery where the artist’s soundworks and objects climb the walls and stretch across the floor in an archipelago of sculpture. To coincide with her exhibition at An Tobar, Godfrey has been commissioned to create three new lino floor designs to remain permanently in the building. We see in them glimpses of the artist’s cultural experiences of the island and its produce, images and sentences imbued with her own sense of exuberance and good humour.

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Ilana Halperin: Learning To Read Rocks Generation Thurs 29 May – Sat 26 July Opening night Thurs 29 May, 6pm – 8pm Gallery, An Tobar A new exhibition by Glasgow-based artist, Ilana Halperin. Following a series of research visits to the island, Halperin has found herself embarking on a rock hunt of sorts: from the world-renowned Tormore granite quarry near Fionnphort on Mull and a rumoured pier on Manhattan Island, to a stretch of melted rocks in Iona and a geothermal pool, aptly named Bloody Pond Hell. Her journey has resulted in a series of brand new artworks for Comar, exhibited at the gallery at An Tobar, where old and young rock will meet. As part of Generation, celebrating 25 years of contemporary Scottish art.

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Exhibitions

Rachel Maclean: The Weepers Thurs 7 Aug – 27 Sept 2014 Opening night Thurs 7 Aug, 6pm – 8pm Gallery, An Tobar The Weepers is a new solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Rachel Maclean that reinterprets Scottish fairy and folk tale to explore themes of phantasy and gender. In this show, Maclean will present a new short film work that examines the legend of the Bean Nighe or Washer Woman, a monstrous and ominous spirit that is tasked with ringing out blood from the grave clothes of people who are close to death. Shot in various locations on Mull, as well as making use of greenscreen technology, the piece will present a darkly comic and synthetically maximal exploration of the feminine grotesque.

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Rachel Maclean, The Weeper (2014)


Blue Block Studio Starcatchers Mon 7 – Fri 11 July Part of the Culture 2014 programme celebrating the Commonwealth Games. Blue Block Studio is an innovative programme of creative play for babies under 24 months. A specially designed space where babies and their carers can listen, explore, build, watch, and lie down to look and touch. Artist Host: Becki Gerrard

Mon 7 July Tues 8 July Wed 9 July Thurs 10 July Fri 11 July

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10am, 11.15am & 2pm 10am, 11.15am & 2pm 10am & 11.15am 10am & 11.15am 10am & 11.15am

Adults £4, children £2 (under-2s only). One adult per child please.

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Yellow Valley

The Pokey Hat

Starcatchers

Grinagog Theatre

Tues 8 – Fri 11 July

Thurs 31 July Druimfin, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm Adults £6, children £4

Part of the Culture 2014 programme celebrating the Commonwealth Games. Yellow Valley is a contemporary, musical-storytelling performance, created especially for children aged 2 – 4 years, inspired by Kenyan children’s book Who’s Calling by Charity Waciuma. Join us as we recreate this quirky story with live African music, electronic vocal effects and energetic performances. Tues 8 July Wed 9 July Thurs 10 July Fri 11 July

Bunessan Hall 2pm & 3.15pm Druimfin 2pm & 3.15pm Druimfin 2pm & 3.15pm Druimfin 2pm & 3.15pm

Adults £4, children £2

Can ah huv a can o’ skoosh an’ a pokey hat please mister? The Pokey Hat is a show performed outside in an ice-cream van. Celebrating stories from Glasgow’s East End, this musical and interactive performance is a fun-filled trip down memory lane for all the family. Especially created as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme this summer. Ice cream cones will be handed out at every show! The Pokey Hat is the latest family production from Grinagog Theatre (The Edibles, Little Ulla and Max on Holiday) “An unstinting display of inventive hi-jinks with a cleverly-crafted design, deft puppetry and a wholehearted serving of comedy mayhem from the cast. Second helpings? Yes please!” The Herald on The Edibles 

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Gallery Tidal Dance Fri 30 & Sat 31 May Druimfin 8pm £5 Where dance meets the art world. Contemporary dance interpretations of four masterpieces, performed by Tidal Dance, our local dance group, based at Druimfin. Part One: 1440 mins – A day in the life of Van Gogh’s Terrasse de Café la Nuit. Choreographed by Andi Stevens. Part Two: Take Three – Take three works of art, take three compositions by Brubeck, take three artists. One artist paints music, one artist paints dancers, one painting will be stolen. Choreographed by Ester Morrison

Royston Maldoom Retrospective Edinburgh Choreographic Project Tues 1 July Druimfin 8pm £10/£8 Following a successful collaboration in 2013, ECP’s programme is specifically devised by the renowned and multi-award-winning international choreographer Royston Maldoom. The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie the last woman to stand trial as a witch in Scotland (in 1662), this reflects the witch hunts that continue to this day. Music by renowned composer James MacMillan. Hook originally created for 14 children in Peru, set to the music of Graham Fitkin. Black Earth music by Fazil Say, one of Turkey’s best known classical composers. Adagietto No.5 this earned Royston the Foundation of France Prize for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Music Gustav Mahler.

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The Three Peaks Doug Scott Sat 19 July Druimfin 7.30pm £15/£10 (under-18s) Uncertainty of outcome is the essence of adventure, and these are tales of groundbreaking and heart-breaking adventures on the world’s three highest mountains. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time, Doug Scott shares his insights on his climbs on Everest, Kangchenjunga and K2, illustrated with his own celebrated mountain photography. Doug and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to climb Everest, and they descended without oxygen or sleeping bags – the highest bivouac ever and a ground-breaking effort. He was one of the team to climb Kangchenjunga, the third ascent of the mountain, but the first without bottled oxygen and by a new route. There were several attempts at K2, despite an avalanche, a fatality and heroic rescue. All profits from the evening will be split between Doug’s own charity, Community Action Nepal, and the local Roses Charitable Trust (based at Tavool House on Mull) for which Doug is a Patron. There will be a brief charity auction of framed mountain prints signed by well-known mountaineers and a raffle of local produce and goods.

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An Tobar Café & Shop

Other Events & Classes

Opening Hours Apr – Sept Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm

Book Group First Thurs of every month at 8pm An Tobar Café £1 Open to everyone

The Café at An Tobar is a bright and airy space where Suki leaf teas, Fairtrade coffee, hot chocolate, cold drinks, snacks and baking are served all day. Sit outside on the terrace for stunning views across Tobermory Bay. Lunches are served noon – 3pm, and each day there is a choice of fresh home-made soups, dips and crudités, salads and a selection of toasties. Daily specials are created from fresh seasonal ingredients – locally sourced where possible. A toddlers’ menu makes it a perfect venue for families. Friday is Café Curry day – so come early! Ester’s home-made curries and dhals come with a selection of accompaniments, and veggie options are available. The shop has a wide selection of unusual and creative gifts, games and books, beautiful hand-made cards, and a range of CDs. There is also an opportunity to buy unique arts and crafts, all from local makers.

Woolly Wednesdays Wed 7pm – 9pm An Tobar Café £2 Open to everyone Contemporary Dance/Jazz For Beginners, with Andi Stevens Mon 6pm – 7pm Druimfin £3 Open to all aged 15+ Mull Youth Theatre Tues 4pm – 5pm and 5pm – 6.30pm Druimfin Suitable for age 8 – 18 £2 Places must be booked in advance. Story-Telling and Movement Wed 1pm – 1.45pm Druimfin £2 For pre-5s. Open to everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Ballet Thur 3.45pm – 4.30pm (age 4 – 6) 4.30pm – 5.15pm (age 7 – 9) 5.15pm – 6pm (age 10 – 15) Druimfin £3 Places must be booked in advance. Call 01688 302211 for details of classes. NB Some classes don’t run in the school holidays.

Mull Film Club hosts monthly screenings at An Tobar, and they are open to everyone. Email mullfilmclub@gmail.com or visit mullfilmclub.com

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Argyll Terrace, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute PA75 6PB

Druimfin, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute PA75 6QB

An Tobar is on the hill above Tobermory Bay, just a five-minute walk from the Main Street and easy to reach on foot. Look for signs pointing up the hill. The Café serves lunch noon – 3pm, and teas, coffees and home baking all day.

Druimfin, the home of Mull Theatre, is a mile or so outside Tobermory on the Salen road – a five-minute drive from Tobermory, or a 40-minute walk through Aros Park. Please call 01688 302828 for directions. Druimfin is on the bus route between Craignure and Tobermory, see westcoastmotors.co.uk for details. There is a car park beside the venue.

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At a Glance Summer 2014 Box Office 01688 302211 Email bookings@comar.co.uk Buy Online comar.co.uk April 22 29

May

7 8 13 15 16 19 20 24 25 30 – 31

June

3 4 5 6 8 9 10 19 – 22 27

Ryan Keen A Slow Air

An Tobar Druimfin

8.30pm 8pm

Music Theatre

Whisky Galore Whisky Galore Twelfth Day Kris Drever Kris Drever Ethan Johns Ethan Johns Uncle Varick La Tragedie Comique Tidal Dance

Druimfin Bunessan Hall An Tobar Bunessan Hall An Tobar Iona Hall An Tobar Druimfin Druimfin Druimfin

8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

Mull Theatre Mull Theatre Music Music Music Music Music Theatre Theatre Dance

King Creosote King Creosote King Creosote King Creosote Budapest Café Orchestra Budapest Café Orchestra Budapest Café Orchestra Grit Fest Robert Gillies

Duart Castle Creich Hall Calgary Gallery An Tobar Druimfin Bunessan Hall Iona Hall Tobermory An Tobar

8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm various 8.30pm

Music Music Music Music Music Music Music Theatre & Music Music

July

August 8 14 15 15 18 19 21 22 25 29

Angus Lyon & Duncan Lyall Whisky Galore Cera Impala & The New Prohibition Whisky Galore Whisky Galore Blazin’ Fiddles Whisky Galore Rab Noakes & Kathleen MacInnes Whisky Galore Whisky Galore

An Tobar Druimfin An Tobar Bunessan Hall Bunessan Hall An Tobar Druimfin An Tobar Druimfin Bunessan Hall

8.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 8pm 8pm

Exhibitions (free) Until 17 May An Tobar, Gallery Lauren Godfrey: Stovies, Scallops & Scabby Man’s Heads

29 May – 26 July An Tobar, Gallery Ilana Halperin: Learning to Read Rocks

7 Aug – 27 Sept An Tobar, Gallery Rachel Maclean: The Weepers

Music Mull Theatre Music Mull Theatre Mull Theatre Music Mull Theatre Music Mull Theatre Mull Theatre

Design: stephenkelman.co.uk

1 Royston Maldoom Retropective Druimfin 8pm Dance 7 – 11 Blue Block Studio Druimfin 10am/11.15am/ Family Shows 2pm (7th & 8th) 8 Yellow Valley Bunessan Hall 2pm/3.15pm Family Shows 9 – 11 Yellow Valley Druimfin 2pm/3.15pm Family Shows 19 Doug Scott Druimfin 7.30pm Adventure Talk 22 RM Hubbert An Tobar 8.30pm Music 25 A Walk on the Edge of the World Druimfin 8pm Theatre 29 Amy Duncan An Tobar 8.30pm Music 31 Pokey Hat Druimfin 1pm/3pm/ Family Shows 5pm/7pm

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