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whatson inverness


issue105 APR 2011

inc Eden Court film guide

DANGER: The Hard Man is here... Alex Ferns in Jimmy Boyle’s story at Eden Court.

What’s on at the Pavilion this month?



Tickets from Pavilion Office 01997 420124 or


08444 771000



Showstopperz: Golden Ticket


Another entertaining musical mix from the Highland company that combines professional singers with talented amateurs FRIDAY 8 APRIL, 8pm TICKETS £12/£10/£5

La Bohème Scotland’s exciting new company, Opera Bohemia, with their critically-acclaimed production of Puccini’s great opera SATURDAY 23 APRIL, 8pm TICKETS £18.50/£17

Dominic Kirwan One of Ireland’s finest entertainers, with a rich voice, vibrant performing style and wide repertoire SUNDAY 24 APRIL, 8pm TICKETS £10/£9

Phil Kay A marvellous freewheeling, ever-effervescent comedy troubadour show by the man Time Out hailed as “a mesmerizing genius” THURSDAY 5 MAY, 8pm TICKETS £12

Jimmie MacGregor One of Scotland’s most enduring and popular entertainers talks about his life, stories, songs and interviews

What do you expect from your next Conference Venue? Efficient Service? • Friendly & Professional Staff? State of the Art AV Equipment? Good Food? Strathpeffer Pavilion delivers everything you’d expect but with a twist that makes your event stand out from the crowd. The Pavilion is a registered Charity and Social Enterprise which exists to keep the restored iconic Victorian building vibrantly central to Highland life. Your business is supporting its future.

Strathpeffer Pavilion - We’re Good! Tel: 01997 420124 • email:

Multi award-winning children’s theatre group Catherine Wheels, with a modern version of Beauty and the Beast. Suitable for all beauties and beasts aged 8 and over!

Are you up to the challenge? Help us fundraise for your local community Action for Children needs you to get involved in forthcoming fundraising events, to help us continue to support the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the Highlands. We have a range of exciting challenges coming up for you to get involved in, which are not only fun, but will raise vital funds for our charity to continue to support your community. From May to October you can take part in events such as abseiling, skydiving, adrenaline drops, marathons and 10k and 5k runs – there is something for everyone. So, take up a challenge and help us help those who need it most!

To find out more call us now on 01463 717 227 or email

Registered charity no. 1097940/company no. 4764232. A charity registered in Scotland no. SC038092 Produced by Action for Children 02/2010. 10/11 0460

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Essential April ‘11

8 reasons to be cheerful this april, me hearties! Never mind recent announcements of MORRISSEY, JIMMY CARR , BOYZONE coming up - for now, we’ll happily take this month and all she has to offer. To wit: rock in a contemporary vein (TWIN ATLANTIC) and of solid gold vintage (ALVIN STARDUST); drama most horrid from Eastenders baddie-Scot turned, erm, Scots-baddie (THE HARD MAN); a dual explosion of comedy (SARAH MILLICAN, SEAN HUGHES, PHIL KAY, ED BYRNE, HOWARD MARKS) and dance (Scottish Ballet’s ALICE, David Hughes’ RED ROOM, Plan B / Shooglenifty’s the SHOOGLE PROJECT, and the truly spectacular CHOUF OUCHOUF); a mass rocket launch celebrating 50 years since Yuri G’s first space flight; three great PUPPET shows; new films (how to choose between KILLING BONO and THE BALLAD OF NESSIE?), 10th anniversary art show for CASTLE GALLERY; a stunning proposition from Japanese ‘New Romantic’ TATSUYA YAMAUCHI; US country old and new from (WOODY PINES, THE WILDERS, LARKIN POE); return of 90’s clubbing legends (PAUL DALEY, THE BOMB); and SO. MUCH. MORE. Read on, read on... Tue 12 Apr


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight. Be part of a global celebration with a mass rocket launch and films and starwatch in the evening. SPECIALS P35-6

Thu 21-Sat 23 Apr

THE HARD MAN @ Eden Court This month’s cover star ALEX FERNS stars in Jimmy Boyle’s gritty, groundbreaking drama. DRAMA P48

Mon 25 Apr


One of Japan’s most treasured musicians makes a rare visit with his New Romantics ensemble. CLASSICAL P18

ART Sat 30 Apr

A trippy take on Alice In Wonderland. And there’s a slice of North Africa from Collectif Acrobatique du Tangier. DANCE P46

Ex of Leftfield, the iconic DJ and remixer puts in an unmissable appearance. Plus the return of The Bomb and a cardboard nightclub. CLUBBING P20


Sun 01 May

Thu 21 Apr

Thu 14 Apr/Sun 24 Apr

We talk to the Glasgow band ahead of their new album and return to the Highlands. Also news of JON FRATELLI and ALVIN STARDUST: ROCK P26

Ragtime, blues and country as Woody Pines bring the spirit of New Orleans in a great month for lovers of Americana and folk. Wilders, Larkin Poe and The Shee too. MUSIC P22

The laconic Irishman heads up another strong month for comedy with SARAH MILLICAN, ED BYRNE and PHIL KAY also coming to Inverness. COMEDY P42

pages 73–76

art >> pg 08-10

film >> pg 12-13

kids >> pg 14-17

Castle Gallery & more...

Pooh, Nessie, Bono...

Puppets and Rockets...

music >> pg 18-32

specials & talk >> pg 33-35

sport >> pg 36-37


Egg Hunts & Charity events...

Biking & Running ...

theatre >> pg 42-53

the back end >> pg 54-80


Eating Out, Surfing, Jobs, etc...

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WAY OF THE WARRIOR @ Inverness Museum and Art Gallery until 23 Apr IMAG seem pretty good at hiding their lights under a bushel so you may not be aware of this rather splendid sounding exhibition. Way of the Warrior is a visually stunning touring exhibition of movie arms and armour, used in epic historical blockbuster movies. All the movie armour and costumes are historically based, many representing highly accurate reconstructions of warrior equipment and weapons spanning the last 2500 years. The exhibition includes props from some of the biggest historical movies including Gladiator, Alexander, King Arthur, Kingdom of Heaven, The Last Samurai, Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down. To complement the exhibition, some of the collections of the museum are being shown to give a Highland perspective to the displays. Targes, broadswords and a ‘Brown Bess’ flintlock are just some of the Highland warrior’s armoury included.

THE TIN ROAD @ Moray Art Centre, until Sat 30 Apr An exhibition of digital prints and mixed media work exploring ideas and themes found in the stories and recollections of Scotland’s Travelling people - tinsmiths, horse dealers, hawkers, pearl fishers, and itinerant labourers who made their living on the road. It’s a way of life that’s all but disappeared, but storyteller Bob Pegg from the Black Isle is one of the people who’s kept the tales alive and enlisted long time friend and collaborator John Hodkinson to create a series of digital prints to represent the stories visually. Hodkinson says ,“I wanted to explore ways of illustrating stories using contemporary media and approaches, and avoiding consciously nostalgic, sentimental or well established visual clichés.”. Each print has been created digitally of mixed media constructions from found objects, which relate to


ART individual stories. As Hodkinson says “The stories used various methods to drive them forward, personal memory and anecdote, specific landscapes, metaphor and so on, and I have used equivalent visual techniques in driving the images.” The eponymous work The Tin Road is an elegy based on a phrase of Alec Williamson’s whilst reminiscing about days on the road, as the old ways were changing, and it was “the end of the days of tin, horses, and plastic coming in.” Another, entitled “Outwitting the Devil”, as told by Alec Williamson tells of an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman and their contract with the Devil. Hodkinson says of his work “In my ‘retelling’ of these stories, the viewer must look out upon the world from within the focus of a unique point of view, ‘hearing’ or telling these stories in his or her own way.”

GILLIAN JONES @ Castle Gallery, 30 Apr-21 May Castle Gallery is ten years old and to celebrate they’re putting on a show by Gillian Jones who was the first artist to exhibit there a decade ago. Brought up on the Isle Of Skye, she paints mainly in watercolour and works outside giving her paintings an immediate, confident and energetic mark. Her strong and beautiful use of colour reflects the Highland landscape that surrounds her. Over the years she has also worked in several printmaking disciplines. Her wood engravings display a meticulous attention to detail whilst her linocuts and screen prints are concerned more with a love of colour and space. Her work is featured in numerous private and public collections worldwide including that of The Highland Regional Council, The Piper Bravo Platform and The Great Western Hospital, Edinburgh.



FIONA STEVENSON features in the main body of the Gallery Exhibition, new works in oil capture the remoteness of the Highlands. Also showing: David Body,Eileen Addly, Gwen Black, Sheila Maclean and Janis Mennie. Plus a selection of poetry tiles from IRIS MILWARD.


JOE MACRAE & DAVID LLYOD Sat 9 April, 2pm-5pm Photography by Joe Macrae of the local area with stunning images of Inverness and its surrounds.  Plus, Paintings & found objects by David Lloyd from Elgin. His work explores the sea and its impact on the people who work and live on the coast.


GLEN CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY during April After twelve years in Australia, Glen has returned to Scotland with his wife Kristina and young children. The Highlands will once again be home as Glen turns his fine photographic skills on one of Europe’s last great wilderness regions.


his own position and help him to build a spiritual connection with existence.


THE TIN ROAD BY JOHN HODKINSON to 30 Apr An exhibition of digital prints and mixed media work exploring ideas and themes found in the stories and recollections of Scotland’s Travelling people.

DUE TO OPEN MID–APRIL An exciting new contemporary crafts and art gallery opening smack, bang in the centre of Inverness - at 5 Lombard Street. Showcasing Re-opens 8th April with an Easter Exhibition both emerging and established local artists/ featuring paintings by CARA MCKINNON makers across every discipline, with a little from further afield. Watch this space for more CRAWFORD and others. info next month. 07735 010290


Limited edition prints by Fiona Matheson.


WAY OF THE WARRIOR to 23 April Way of the Warrior is a visually stunning touring exhibition of movie arms and armour, used in epic historical blockbuster movies. All the movie armour and costumes are historically based, many representing highly PICTISH THRONE EXHIBITION accurate reconstructions of warrior equipment from 1 April An opportunity to see this and weapons spanning the last 2500 years. recreation of a Pictish throne, the first to The exhibition includes props from some of the be made in over 1000 years, by master craftsman Adrian McCurdy, who took his lines biggest historical movies including Gladiator, Alexander, King Arthur, Kingdom of Heaven, The from ancient stone carvings. Last Samurai, Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down. To complement the exhibition, some of the collections of the museum are 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION show to give a Highland perspective to the from 20 April A special exhibition marking ten displays. Targes, broadswords and a ‘Brown years since the opening of the Castle Gallery, Bess’ flintlock are just some of the Highland with about twenty new watercolour paintings warrior’s armoury that will be included. and wood engravings by GILLIAN JONES, HIGHLAND DEAF COMMUNICATION an artist who has been associated with the PROJECT An exhibition of photographs and gallery since before it’s opening and even a DVD capturing the unique style of signing helped paint it’s walls! used by older deaf signers in the Highlands. This is Gillian’s first solo show in over a The signers talk about their lives, memories, decade, and is eagerly awaited by admirers and growing up deaf in the Highlands. It is of her work, including the musician and the first time deaf Highlanders have been artist Donnie Munro who will be opening included in a social history recording and the exhibition. He describes Gillian’s work is probably going to be the only record of as ‘poetic, dynamic and deeply engaging. ‘fingerspelling’ (their particular way of signing) They bring to the viewer a real sense of the ever made. pleasure with which the artist has engaged with the landscapes of her native Highlands and Islands. The Scottish Gaidhealtachd is emerging as an area which has a strong, FROM HOPEMAN TO THE CAIRNGORMS, tangible and distinct visual culture of which Gillian Jones is both inheritor and exciting oil paintings by ANDREW WELCH on show exponent.’ this month, alongside Scottish castles and fishing rivers. New works arriving weekly.





PETER WHITE to 22 April Peter White looks within himself for concepts whose presence have been sensed but whose description, form and boundaries are yet to be articulated, he avoids presuppositions and strives towards a fresh recognition. Using painting as a means to explore the world and his relationship to it, his discoveries enable him to comprehend

IG:LU’s PhotoGlobal exhibition ran from 7–13 March and featured images from over 300 contributors worldwide, posting over 11,000 images during the week, 1200 of which were printed and displayed, the rest being projected. Particularly poignant was the Friday as messages of support for Japan started appearing from all over the world as the news of the tsunami spread. The standard of submissions was excellent making for a mesmerising experience in the live projections room. www.theIG.LU

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WASTE LAND @ Eden Court, Fri 22-Mon 25 Apr An extraordinary, Oscar nominated, documentary from British filmmaker Lucy Walker which follows prominent Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he embarks on a grand art project on the world’s largest rubbish dump, the Jardim Gramancho on the outskirts of Rio.

WAY OF THE WARRIOR SEASON @ Eden Court In association with the Inverness Museum and gallery’s “Way of the Warrior” exhibition (see P10) Eden Court are showing several related flicks over the next couple of months. This month it’s the turn of Ridley Scott’s Oscar winning BLACK HAWK DOWN on Thu 14 Apr and Keira Knightley from back in 2004 starring in the epic tale of KING ARTHUR on Thu 21 Apr. After you’ve seen the films you can head over to the museum to see the genuine costumes, weapons and props used in the movies.



Come on, it’s something we’ve all thought of when he starts commenting on everything from the fate of Tibet to the price of fish. In fact this is a comedy flick, based on Neil McCormick’s memoir about two brothers who attempt to be rock stars but can only look on as their secondary school friends go on to be the biggest band in the world, U2. The screenplay is, oddly, by veterans Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, but a strong cast includes MARTIN MCCANN, ROBERT SHEEHAN (aka Misfits’ uber-popular Nathan), PETER SERAFINOWICZ and, especially, the late, great PETER POSTLETHWAITE.


KILLING BONO (pic) @ Vue from 01 Apr (tbc) @ Eden Court from 06 May

WINNIE THE POOH (+ THE BALLAD OF NESSIE) @ Vue from 15 April (tbc) Not quite sure why it’s entirely necessary to go making a new version of Winnie The Pooh, especially since it brings in characters that never featured in the original stories. And it’s narrated by JOHN CLEESE. What’s more interesting is the support, a short animation, again from Disney, called THE BALLAD OF NESSIE. BILLY CONNOLLY’s narrating this time as we’re told how the young Loch Ness Monster and her friend, erm, MacQuack first found themselves here. Be warned, it’s a farfetched tale (unlike everything else to do with Nessie), though we rather like the touch about Nessie defeating an evil developer who wants to build a golf course. And there’s something rather good about it’s being hand-drawn and having aspirations to recreate the spirit of the classic Disney shorts from the 1940s.




MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS @ EDEN COURT CINEMA, 8PM Part of the IFF WONG KAR WAI SEASON. One of Wong’s most recent adventures takes us on a trip across America where we see Norah Jones take on the role of a soul-searcher, seeking some resolve about her love life.


RIO 2D/3D @ VUE INVERNESS When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams. MARS NEEDS MOMS 2D/3D @ VUE INVERNESS A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away. NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU @ EDEN COURT CINEMA An anthology film joining several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York. FAIR GAME @ EDEN COURT CINEMA CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration. HOWL @ EDEN COURT CINEMA As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. PAUL @ EDEN COURT CINEMA Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.



A documentary on the mysterious and influential pianist.


ANIMAL KINGDOM @ EDEN COURT CINEMA Tells the story of seventeen year-old J (Josh) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU @ EDEN COURT CINEMA The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. SCREAM 4 @ VUE INVERNESS Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. RED RIDING HOOD @ VUE INVERNESS Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. WINNIE THE POOH @ VUE INVERNESS Eeyore loses his tail and Pohh and his friends are faced with the task of trying different replacements.


IFF Members Choice. Delicate travelling romanticism with exceptional performances and eye pleasing cinematography.


THE COMPANY MEN @ EDEN COURT CINEMA The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. SUBMARINE @ EDEN COURT CINEMA 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an exlover who has resurfaced in her life. (Film Stills below)


CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELLIOT SPITZER @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.


DIRTY DANCING @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. Catch Swayze & Baby doing their thang.

CHINATOWN @ NAIRN COMMUNITY & ARTS CENTRE, 7.30PM The gritty, multi-award winning Polanski detective thriller with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunnaway showing in Cinema Nairn in recognition of the international critic’s award as the ‘best film ever made’.



ORANGES AND SUNSHINE @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom.

THE WAY BACK @ EDEN COURT CINEMA Siberian gulag escapees walk 4000 miles overland to freedom in India.



ROUTE IRISH @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend’s death and sets out to discover the truth.

CLOUD MAN @ The Bike Shed, Grant Street, Sat 16 Apr, 2pm It’s the national Puppet & Animation Festival this month so what better time to take in some puppetry? Unfortunately two of the most interesting kids’ shows are scheduled for exactly the same time on the same day, but hopefully some flexibility of timing can be engineered so that you get a chance to take in both. “Cloudia” is the heroine of the piece, a dreamer and cloud expert who’s always wanted to see the Cloud Man of the title, a rare creature that lives in the sky. Follow the clues that lead to the top of Cloud Mountain in a blend of puppetry, storytelling and sumptuous visuals. Tickets are £3 per child, with accompanying adults free. Available in advance from Merkinch Enterprise 01463 240085

Zenwing Puppets – TREASURE ISLAND PUPPET SHOW @ Spectrum Centre, Sat 16 Apr, 2pm Here’s the other show taking place at exactly the same time as Cloud Man and it’s such a shame that maximise audiences at both? We’ve raved about the gloriously creative Zenwing Puppets Company before and this looks like being every bit as good as their previous shows as you get to join Jim Lad, Billy Bones and Long John Silver in this lively puppet show, set in, Bristol, with sing-a-long sea


as things stand, people are going to be forced to make a choice. Could something can be done to

shanties. Age 5+

SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE (pic) @ Eden Court OneTouch, Fri 22 Apr More puppetry, this time at its most basic in the form of a couple of socks with eyeballs attached. Not for the easily shocked or younger viewers (so only over 12’s allowed), but very nearly family entertainment as you’re subjected to an entertaining barrage of puns, songs, pastiches and high-pitched Scots accents. Creator KEV F SUTHERLAND has ensured a cult following thanks to YouTube saturation and it’s earned them appearances on The Culture Show, The One Show, BBC3, GMTV and more. If you want to check out a little of what to expect before you go, you can see their Johnny Cash tribute at

ROCKETS FOR YURI @ Nairn Links, Tue 12 Apr, 12 noon 12 Apr is YURI DAY, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight and kids all over Britain (and indeed the world) are going to celebrate by simultaneously launching toy rockets into the sky at noon. The rockets are recommended for use by children from age 3 plus, but are great fun for anyone of any age. They’ll be supplied at this family day out for a small donation. You can read more about associated Yuri events on our Specials page (p32) and at


imag info: Opening Times: We are open from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Exhibitions: Enjoy a range of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Facilities: Browse in our shop and enjoy refreshments in the ‘Cuach’ coffee shop.

Find us behind Inverness Castle:

Access: The museum is fully accessible, and there is a platform lift for access to the ground and first floor galleries. Two parking spaces are available for disabled visitors.

Why not stop in to our excellent Coffee Shop for Lunch?

Contact Details: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Wynd, Inverness. IV2 3EB. Tel: 01463 237114. Email:

just 5 minutes walk from the Bus & Rail Stations and central parking.



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Easter Kung Fu Camp Monday 11th to Friday 15th April Monday 18th to Thursday 21st April age 5+, Daily 2pm - 3pm £3 per class, £12 for 1 week, £20 for 2 weeks

Hidden Gem Easter Nest Baking Tuesday 12th April,

10am-10.30am & 11am-11.30am, age2+, £2 per child

Tuesday 19th April, 2pm-2.30pm & 3pm-3.30pm, age2+, £2 per child


Wednesday 13th April, Wednesday 20th April age 4-12, 11am-12 noon, £2.50 per child

Saturday 16th April, Saturday 23rd April age 4-12, 10am-12 noon, £2.50 per child

Zenwing Puppets

Treasure Island Puppet Show Saturday 16th April 2pm-3pm, age 3+ £3.50 per ticket, under 3s go free

To book call: 01463 221842


THE CALL OF THE LOONBIRD @ The Universal Hall. Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present this magical story about the life of Little Eagle as he grows from small boy to adult through adversity, illness and success as a storyteller. 01309 691170


CAGED @ Strathpeffer Pavilion.


MERKINCH NATURE WALK @ Merchinch Nature Reserve, 2pm. Enjoy life at the sea side on this walk along the sea wall in the green gem that is Merkinch Local Nature Reserve. Meet at the ferry turning circle at the end of Kessock Road, Inverness.



MUSICAL JUNK @ Falconer Museum, Forres. Make musical instruments from junk and recycle your yoghurt pots.


GRANTOWN PLAYGROUP DAFFODIL TEA @ Grantown Playgroup, Heathfield Rd, Grantown, 10am. Car boot sale, stalls, raffle, kids treasure hunt and face painting, refreshments available. DAFFODIL TEA @ Brodie Castle, Forres.


DAFFODIL TEA @ Brodie Castle, Forres.

ZUMBATRONIC @ Spectrum Centre. Age 4. 01463 221842 CAGED @ The Universal Hall.. 01309 691170


HAND PRINT ART @ Falconer Museum, Forres. Can you make a hedgehog, owl or flowers from your handprint?. BABY CHOONS @ Nairn Leisure Pool. Multi sensory baby disco for ages 0-5yrs. MULTI SPORTS & ROUNDERS @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Burn some energy playing different games or have fun with the rounders tournament. Suitable for P1.

KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842


ZUMBATRONIC @ Spectrum Centre. Age 4. 01463 221842 CLOUD MAN @ The Bike Shed, Grant Street. Puppet Show for ages 4yrs 7yrs, part of the national Puppet and Animation Festival. Tickets are.



HELMETS & TIARA WORKSHOP @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. Suitable for children 5+ Ness Island walk @ Ness Islands, 2pm. Watch the river and its wildlife flow by as you wander along the Ness Islands. Meet at the bridge onto the Ness Islands from Bught Road, at the corner with Bught Drive, Inverness. GIRLS PAMPER NIGHT @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Come along and make your own face mask, get your hair styled and nails painted. Suitable for P7 upwards. Booking essential. KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842





BOUNCY CASTLE & CRECHE @ Strathpeffer Community Centre.


KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842

KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842



HIDDEN GEM EASTER NEST BAKING @ Spectrum Centre. Age 2. 01463 221842


KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842

KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842

EASTER CRAFTS AND EASTER BONNET COMPETITION @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer.

HIDDEN GEM EASTER NEST BAKING @ Spectrum Centre. Age 2. 01463 221842

Culloden Walk @ Culloden Avenue, 2pm. Visit the sculpture trail and marvel at the tall trees as you look for signs of spring along the historic avenue. Meet at the Doocot car park, off Barn Church Road, Culloden.

ZENWING PUPPETS – TREASURE ISLAND PUPPET SHOW @ Spectrum Centre. Wonderful puppet company with what’s bound to be a fine show. Age 5. 01463 221842

BOUNCY CASTLE & CRECHE @ Strathpeffer Community Centre.

Centre. Play guitar hero, table top football, pool, use the internet or just catch up with your friends.

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. A chance for children to learn to make some simple tasty food and then sit down and share with the group. Suitable for P2 upwards. Booking essential. SCRAMBLED ARTS @ Eden Court. 4 days of different activities with a jungle theme, including drama, crafts, dance. 01463 234 234 DRAMA-TASTIC CHILDREN’S DRAMA @ Eden Court. 4 days of drama activities leading to a short performance for parents and friends. 01463 234 234 YOUNG MOVERS CHILDREN’S DANCE @ Eden Court. 4 days of dance activities leading to a short performance on the Thursday for parents and friends. 01463 234 234 KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842


SCRAMBLED ARTS @ Eden Court. DRAMA-TASTIC CHILDREN’S DRAMA @ Eden Court. EASTER CRAFTS AND EASTER BONNET COMPETITION @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. Suitable for children age 5 up. Please book in advance. YOUTH HUB @ Strathpeffer Community

YOUNG MOVERS CHILDREN’S DANCE @ Eden Court. KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842 ZUMBATRONIC @ Spectrum Centre. Age 4. 01463 221842


SCRAMBLED ARTS @ Eden Court. DRAMA-TASTIC CHILDREN’S DRAMA @ Eden Court. HELMETS & TIARA WORKSHOP @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. Suitable for children age 5 up. Please book in advance. YOUNG MOVERS CHILDREN’S DANCE @ Eden Court. KUNG FU CAMP @ Spectrum Centre. Age 5. 01463 221842


HELMETS AND BODY ARMOUR WORKSHOP @ Inverness museum & gallery. Suitable for children age 7 up. Please book in advance. THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT @ Tbc.


EASTER OPEN DAY @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. HELMETS AND BODY ARMOUR WORKSHOP @ Imag. CADBURY’S EASTER EGG TRAIL @ Brodie Castle, Forres. Enjoy following the trail around the grounds then claim your Easter egg. Extra children’s’ activities available. THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT @ Tbc.ZUMBATRONIC @ Spectrum Centre. Age 4. 01463 221842


CADBURY’S EASTER EGG TRAIL @ Brodie Castle, Forres.

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ica • INVERNESS TOWN HOUSE CONCERTS: A couple of interesting sounding concerts at Inverness Town House this month. On Fri 15 Apr at 1pm, AT ONE WITH MUSIC presents a lunchtime concert by AISLING AGNEW (flute) and MATTHEW MCALLISTER (guitar). Taking a short break from their busy international career, Aisling and Matthew return to Inverness by popular demand with a mixed programme of classical arrangements and works composed especially for them. Admission £5 / £4 / £1 at the door from 12.30pm. Later in the month on Wed 27 Apr at 8pm Inverness Chamber Music presents a concert by PURE BRASS. In a concert postponed from last December because of weather conditions this brilliant ensemble of recent graduates from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama will be playing a mixed programme of works written for or arranged for brass quintet. Tickets £12 / £11 / £3 from Eden Court Box Office (01463 234234) or at the door on the night. For further information please contact James Munro (01463 710363 or

SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE @ Eden Court OneTouch, Thu 07 Apr, 8pm The final concert of the Scottish Ensemble’s season sees the return of Anthony Marwood as guest director. They’ll be playing Orlando Jopling’s arrangement of Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Morton Gould’s Pulitzer Prize winning Stringmusic and Mendelssohn’s final string symphony.

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA @ Eden Court Empire, Sun 08 May A good variety of music and a nice bit of interconnection as Brahms’ Variations On A Theme Of Haydn is followed by Haydn’s own Cello Concerto in C Major. The programme is completed by Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony No 4. Conductor is Olari Elts, while Jean-Guihen Queyras plays cello and Jane Atkins viola. There’s a pre-concert talk at 7.15.

GOULD PIANO TRIO @ Boat Of Garten Community Hall, Tue 19 Apr The Osprey Music Society presents the acclaimed trio performing Haydn’s Trio in E Major, ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor and Schubert’s Piano Trio in E Flat. For more information on purchasing tickets and membership contact Ann Napier: 01479 831213 or

n TATSUYA YAMAUCHI & Japan New Romantics (pic>>>) @ Eden Court OneTouch, Mon 25 Apr These are grim times for the Japanese. At the time of writing, a quarter of a million people are unaccounted for, earthquakes and fresh aftershocks are coming several times a day, whole villages are buried and nuclear power stations are on the brink of meltdown. Which kind of puts the idea of playing music into perspective. Nevertheless, art has many redemptive qualities and this special appearance as part of the Inverness Spring Festival also gives you a chance to witness one of Japan’s favourite orchestral ensembles. The name New Romantics might be more redolent over here of faces caked in make-up and a subculture of neo-Bowiephiles, but in fact they’re a group famous in their homeland for traditional and classical music. TATSUYA YAMAUCHI is one of the most famous violinists performing in Asia today and accompanied by


the Japan New Romantics Band KAORI KOZAKAI (piano), JUNYA OOKOUCHI (shakuhachi) and KENTO




STOP PRESS: Consular officials were working with Council staff

preparing to launch the concert when the devastating events of March 11 unfolded and there were fears for the safety of the musicians themselves. Fortunately they were safe and still keen to play, but unsurprisingly, the event is now a fundraiser and EVERY PENNY made on the night will go to Rotary International’s Shelterbox campaign which will provide much needed temporary accommodation in Japan. EVEN MORE REASON TO GO ALONG AND OFFER YOUR SUPPORT FOR A BATTERED NATION.

IJIRI (chero), his repertoire ranges from world, pop and classical music to his own original compositions. Yamauchi graduated from the Department of Music of Toho Gakuen Junior College, and studied at the Liszt Ferenc Conservatory of Music in Hungary. His original works are inspired by Japanese history and rural scenery and the belief they should be preserved for future generations. In addition, he has composed music for many television programmes and animated cartoons, which he performs himself. He has also been the producer and music director of international music festivals and events. Especially for their show in Inverness, they are going to play popular and classical music favourites from around the world, (including “Auld Lang Syne”, “Amazing Grace”, “Danny Boy”, “I Dreamed A Dream” (from Les Miserables), “Imagine” (Beatles), “Libertango” (Piazzolla) and “Csardas” (Monti); as well as Japanese traditional songs and original songs inspired by their country. It might be a bittersweet evening, but it’s one that fully deserves all our support. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)


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PAUL DALEY @ Cake, Sat 30 Apr When Leftfield played Rock Ness last year it gave everyone a chance to celebrate one of the most influential and enduringly brilliant dance acts of all time. The only person missing was one half of Leftfield, PAUL DALEY, who declined the chance to participate in the reunion gigs, leaving compadre Neil Barnes to carry the Leftfield banner alone. Thanks to ROBOTONE however, we’re getting a chance to see Daley in action on a strong bill that also includes WE SEE ALIENS, JAMIE B and DJ DEFAULT. No offence to the rest of the line-up, but it’s Paul’s appearance that makes this one of the most unmissable club nights not just of the month, but of the whole year. When Leftfield first burst on the scene in 1989 with the sublime and still thrilling “Not Forgotten” they attracted a Progressive House tag which they seemed to redefine with every ensuing release, bringing dub, jazz and even the vocals of punk icon John Lydon into proceedings. Their remixes, though always different guaranteed a certain, well, heft, and there are plenty of acts out there who owe the duo for extending their careers. Their most commercially successful moment came with that hypnotic Phat Planet soundtrack to the Guinness advert with the surfer and white horses and words from Moby Dick, but there’s also the business of two extraordinary albums, “Leftism” and “Rhythm

& Stealth” that remain essential purchases for anyone interested in the possibilities of dance.


Paul has been in demand as a DJ, remixer

and producer in his own right, turning out killer dancefloor ammunition for, among others, Slam (‘Alien Radio’), Dub Pistols (‘Six Million Ways’) and Bolz Bolz (‘Take A Walk’ - which went on to be synched to a Smirnoff commercial), plus the sunset-tinted ‘Adios Ayer‘ for long-time friend Jose Padilla (Café Del Mar) and a rework of Massive Attack’s ‘Butterfly Caught’. In 2004 he produced a single for the curious alliance of funk renegade Afrika Bambaata and robo-synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan, who teamed up on a new version of Numan’s 1979 track ‘Metal’, resulting in an electro floor-curler with a commanding presence. Though operating in the shadows for much of the last decade, there have been opportunities for those in the know to catch one of the most imaginative DJs around, including a residency at Ibiza’s uber-cool country club The Underground for the last 5 years. So what can you expect? Well not a nostalgia fest for starters. He’s got a reputation for finding the best new stuff around and keeps the impulse straightforward. “My laws are still the same as when I was DJing at

my sister’s house parties in the mid seventies,” he says. “Which is, if the people aren’t dancing then

it’s not happening. I still get the same buzz I got when I was 12 years old playing records in my bedroom, it’s the same feeling but I’m sharing it with hundreds of other people.” As we said, unmissable. Tickets £10 adv Available from: The Music Shop Inverness Oscars Bar Dingwall ESP Elgin




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The always excellent Filth gets your Easter weekend going with a line up headed by hot young duo Clouds. Drawing on influences as diverse as Animal Collective and Green Velvet, their musical dexterity is more than apparent in their musical creations, joining the dots between driving electro, bumping house and crunching techno. Check out their skills at They’ll be ably assisted by Ross Lyall, Andrew McGibbon, Euan Williamson and more.

INSPIRE @ Hush, Fri 29 Apr Something for the more seasoned clubber with an over 21s/dress-to-impress code. This new trance night organised by DJs HG Wells and Pete Lewicki aims to bring some of the Balearic spirit to the Highlands, capturing the feel of clubs like Amnesia and Lush. We’re promised some big names in the months ahead, kicking off with Si Paul (Lost Witness). Tickets available from Hush, Zoo Clothing and various street teams who’ll be seen about town.

DIMENSION BANK HOLIDAY WEEKENDER @ Ironworks, Sat 30 Apr Dimension’s Mayday Weekend events are legendary and this year there’s a twist as there’s not only the usual Hardtrance/ Hardstyle madness, but also lashings of fresh, funky Techno music spread over two rooms. The Twisted Techno night hosts Aidan Hunter, Becci Bexter and others, while Kid Kaos, Kutski, Mark EG and last event’s competition winner Kris Murray are just some of the other names to delight you. Laser show, dancers, CD and glowstick giveaways enhance the sounds, which should make for an ace night.



THE BOMB @ Cake, Sat 23 Apr.

and reignited that original spark.

The return of a much loved local institution. Here’s

House, Deep House, Downbeats, Dubstep and

the story of THE BOMB in their own words:

Techno on the main floor. Playing music from the

Expect to hear

“It started when three like minded young guys wanted to


get the music they loved so much heard. Inverness at the


time had a void in the club night calendar and the boys decided the only thing for it was to assemble The Bomb! The very first Bomb event went off with the boys taking a bus lot of revellers from Inverness to Chevy’s skate/snow

ROBERT HOOD, AUDION, JOY ORBISON, MODE SELEKTOR, PLASTIKMAN and many more. Head upstairs for some Hip Hop, Funk and Soul,

bar in Aviemore to party, with the place full to capacity

Dub, Breaks and Drum & Bass. This will be varied

and more, they played into the early hours before bussing

at each event.

their new party friends back to Inverness. Keeping the momentum going the second and subsequent nights were raved up in the Raigmore Motel Venue where they played out to small loyal crowds with their 5k sound system

The Easter weekend night, Sat 23 Apr, will see LEE URQUHART (Leeroy B) and DJ DAN TIERNEY (Resident of NSC) providing the beats for the

with DJ sets of House, Hip Hop, Techno and all that was

upstairs room, whilst the Bombers: JAY G, NIKMAK

in between. These monthly shindigs proved popular and

and MIKE FRASER will be ‘jacking’ the main floor.”

soon the boys were looking for a venue whereby they

Check out their Facebook page (Inverness

could have a second sound room for different music from the main dance floor. That search ended when The Bomb moved to the Drover in Hilton. The Drover gave the boys loads of room for two dance floors, cheap drinks and the freedom to arrange the décor of venue however they wanted. With these new changes they also took the opportunity to bring guest DJ’s from down south as well as guesting other local DJ’s. These

The’Bomb) for further info and taster mixes. THE BOMB TOP 5 1. JOY ORBISON - Wade In 2. THEO PARRISH - Ugly Edit 11 3. DJ ROLANDO - Hiatus 4. FUSIPHORM - Green Chocolate 5. ALEX UNDER - El Encuentro

nights ran for a year or two before the Bomb crew moved on to new things. Sadly a return to Chevy’s in Aviemore never happened as the Bar was torn down to make way for a hotel development but the boys did also do one off

AMBIANCE @ Cake, Sun 24 Apr If the above sounds a little bit frantic then why not

nights in Dingwall and Blue in Inverness. This was all over

take in the regular Sunday sessions of electronic

ten years ago.......”

chill/minimal house with residents AURORA,

A lot has changed since 1998 but the boys’

ALOTTARYTHMN and PLUTO plus this time’s guest

passion for their music hasn’t wavered, and the

DJ ESKQ. It’s two squid to get in runs from 7pm-

calling to play out some more has re-united them



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THE SHEE (pic) @ Eden Court OneTouch, Sat 23 Apr All female sextet whose music features original compositions alongside a wealth of traditional material. Their adventurous brew of Scottish folk, Gaelic song and bluegrass has earned them a fast growing reputation and they’ve demonstrated an eager passion for making music by performing with acclaimed traditional music groups such as Scottish folk orchestra The Unusual Suspects, The Kathryn Tickell Band and Scandinavian group, Frigg. You can expect something of a celebration.

DAVEY COWAN @ Ironworks, Sat 16 Apr A launch for Cowan’s album “The Journey” with an opportunity to get hold of a copy before anyone else. Mixing folk and country with a whole melting pot of musical influences, his songs capture the spirit of the Highlands with lyrics even referring to the “rusting meccano oil rigs” on the Cromarty Firth. Davy will be joined on stage by his band “The Storm Chasers” - featuring ROBIN ABBOTT & DEREK URQUHART, both rhythm section for Inverness’s own alt-country combo “Lush Rollers”. Also RACHAEL PARKER ex Coinneach fiddler, Alan LECKIE (organ) & STEVE SPENCE, another ex Coinneach man on keyboards.

ROSS AINSLIE & JARLATH HENDERSON @ Eden Court, Wed 27 Apr New stars of celtic music, Ross and Jarlath have been playing together since 2003 and they’re picking up plenty of fans among their peers as well as the general public. Henderson is an award-winning Uillean piper from Co. Tyrone, Ainslie a Border pipes player from Perthshire. Together they’re pushing the boundaries of what their instruments can do and what “traditional” music is supposed to sound like, in all sorts of thrilling new directions. Takes place in the OneTouch Theatre.




ABAGAIL GREY (pic) @ Ironworks Room 2, Fri 22 Apr Local musician CLAIRE CAMPBELL’s lovely indie-folk combo, whose second album, Apple Cherub Dove, produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, Snow Patrol), is released in May. There’s even a few disco influences rearing their head in the occasionally dark narratives. Should be interesting to see how they’re developing.

LIZ CARROLL & JOHN DOYLE @ Eden Court OneTouch, Tue 03 May A dynamic collaboration bringing together the folk and Celtic worlds, fiddler Liz Carroll and guitarist and singer John Doyle make music that ranges from haunting waltzes to more rumbustuous numbers, an almost telepathic link between the duo making their live shows quite an extraordinary experience.

BEN HOWARD @ Ironworks Room 2, Tue 26 Apr Highly rated young singer/songwriter from Devon who numbers John Martyn and Joni Mitchell among his influences and has supported the likes of Finlay Napier and Angus & Julia Stone. People of Inverness, here’s an idea: Why not get along and support aspiring folk musicians like this as they start their careers rather than waiting until they’ve won a BRIT before jumping on the bandwagon? You never know, you might just enjoy it...




LARKIN POE @ Eden Court OneTouch, Sat 09 Apr Rebecca and Megan Lovell are sisters, whose elder sibling Jessica used to play with them under the slightly unoriginal moniker The Lovell Sisters through an incarnation that went from the stage of the Grand Old Opry to collaborating with Elvis Costello. Now a proper band fronted by Rebecca and Megan, they invest the natural storytelling qualities of country with contemporary vim and should appeal to anyone who likes Dixie Chicks, Indigo Girls and their ilk. Sounds good to us.

TOO MANY KOOKS @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, Fri 06 May A bit of a Marmite of a band name, but the sound more than makes up for any doubts. The acappella singing group have an admirably broad repertoire that takes in traditional and contemporary Scottish songs, pop, gospel and even African. And it reminds you what a thing of wonder is the human voice.

TODD GORDON: The Tony Bennett Songbook @ Eden Court OneTouch, Thu 28 Apr Recently, Todd, one of the country’s finest jazz and swing singers, met the legendary crooner and subsequently received the go ahead from the Bennett family to devise and produce a show devoted to the songs Mr B is passionate about. The result is a fine affair featuring The Good Life, I Wanna Be Around, Smile, For Once in My Life, Something, Maybe This Time and, of course, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

HIGHLAND HEAT @ National Hotel, Dingwall, Sat 16 Apr Latin & Salsa dance in aid of Rape and Abuse Line featuring the top Latin Big Band in the north, Orquesta Latina del Norte and pre-dance instruction from Salsa North. The Highland based national counselling charity, Rape and Abuse Line, has been established since 1982 and held its first, successful dance last October in Dingwall. There’ll also be recorded traditional Scottish dance music for anyone who wants to take advantage of a ceilidh atmosphere during the break between the hot Cuban and Latin rhythms provided by the band. Tickets £10 (inc dance instruction) £5 dance only, or payable on the door. Tickets from Salsa North ( or RAL PO Box 10, Dingwall IV15 9HA





WOODY PINES @ Eden Court OneTouch, Thu 21 Apr Woody Pines have a rather marvellous promotional video (which you can see at http://tinyurl. com/6h4wwgy) that, were it not for the occasionally idiosyncratic item of modern clothing, could well have been shot in the 1930s. Rather like Jack White, they seem to be old souls transported from a different age on a mission to take you back to the Mississippi Delta to get blasted on moonshine. Comprised of Woody on guitar, banjo, harmonica and lead vocals, Zack Pozebanchuk on upright bass, Nathan Taylor on drums, and Darin Gentry on fiddle, their mix of blues, ragtime and country has marvellous titles (“Chew Tobacco Rag” being the standout) and an irresistible heart. New Orleans was for a while something of a home from home for them and indeed they recently made a guest appearance in “Treme”, the TV drama about the city. After seeing them, you might just want to live there too.

THE WILDERS @ Eden Court OneTouch, Wed 04 May Label mates of Woody Pines and sharing the same sense of exuberance, The Wilders’ visits to Eden Court are always something pretty special so there are bound to be devotees out in force for their mix of honky tonk, fiddle tunes and more. And, for one night at least, Inverness will be the furthest outpost of Kansas.


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TWIN ATLANTIC @ Ironworks, Sun 01 May


While they’re apparently not too keen on the Biffy comparisons, but TWIN ATLANTIC certainly share the same audience as their Scottish peers. And their increasing populari ty looks set to be consolidated as they release their first full length release “Free”, the follow up to last year’s mini album “Vivarium”. With big riffs and lots of that light and shade business, the Glasgow quartet have found a sound that works even better in front of big crowds than in back rooms of pubs, so the festival circuit looks theirs for the taking. The Ironworks show should be quite a night and we caught up with Twin Atlantic’s bassist ROSS MCNAE to find out more: You never seem short of confidence in what you do. Can arrogance be an underrated virtue? > I think you have to believe in whatever you do and I suppose belief and confidence can sometimes come across as arrogance. I think if you’re trying to make a statement about something you truly believe in then you have to appear confident, after all if you don’t believe in what

you’re trying to say then who else will! Was keeping your Scottish accent when you sing a conscious decision? > I don’t think it was ever really a decision Sam or any of us for that matter ever really thought about. It was just the natural progression from being in bands when we were younger and trying to imitate the sound of American bands we looked up to at the time. I think some people have never really stopped imitating as they grew older and that’s what feels natural to most of the rock world so they just continue to do it. Not having a go at any other bands or anything but it just feels like they should be asked, was dropping your Scottish / English / Irish accent a conscious decision, rather than the other way around. You wouldn’t tell a story in a funny voice, would you? Where do the songs come from? Are sources of inspiration these days different from when you started? > Sam tackled the lyrical content of this album in a whole new way. He seemed to focus much more on broader issues instead of his personal life which opened our songs up to the rest of us in a way that they never were before. I think you can’t fail to have different inspiration after 3 or 4 years of being in a band and that’s hopefully why we’ll always develop and change as we grow up.


Any bands that have impressed you recently? > The new Mogwai record has been on my iPod quite a lot as have the Two Door Cinema Club and The Joy Formidable records. The new Wombats and Foo Fighters singles have me pretty excited for their records too. Our new record? Shameless little plug.

How was the recent gig in Dingwall? You always seem to have a good time in the Highlands. > The show was really great, actually. We’re lucky to always be treated well whenever we venture north which is incredible. Looking forward to coming back to Inverness to play the Ironworks at the start of May!

What’s it been like playing with bands like Gaslight Anthem, My Chemical Romance, etc? Learn anything from it all? > I think we’ve learned an awful lot from every band we’ve ever toured with. We’ve learned how to be a band and how not to be a band and everything in between. We’ve been really lucky to have made good friends that have helped us with anything we’ve needed or wanted to know. I know Sam soaks up all the experience he can from watching others as we all do to a certain extent. You always dream that one day you might be one of those bands so you try and absorb anything you can when you’re around their shows. We’re little thieves. What are the plans for the rest of the year? Are you limbering up for the festival season? > Well, we have a pretty extensive UK and European run throughout April and May and then on to festival season, yeah. No exact details yet but we’ll be at as many of them as we can physically drag ourselves too – drinking Cider from a lemon.




JON FRATELLI @ The Loft, Forres, Sat 09 Apr After The Fratellis, frontman Jon embarked on what was for many of us an even more rewarding project in the form of the lushly torchy, Brel-esque pop of Codeine Velvet Club. Their gig at Ironworks remains one of the finest performances we’ve seen at that venue. Sadly CVC seem to have disbanded and he’s playing solo these days with songs from his impressive “Psycho Jukebox” album. With material written throughout his career it verges from 60s pop to twisted psychedelia by way of a few late night weepies, showing that he retains an eclectic creativity.

ALVIN STARDUST @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Sat 16 Apr “I Love Rock’n’Roll” proclaims the title of the tour as the last of the glam rockers (or at least one of the few it’s OK to admire) sets about bringing back memories of a simpler, better time when wearing a ring on top of a glove and pointing at the camera invested his performances with the sort of daring attributed these days to the likes of Lady Gaga. We were easily pleased. Nevertheless, he’s always come across as a likeable cove and when he embarks on “My Coo Ca Choo” we might get a bit giddy.



BLACK ISLE MESSIAH TASTER DAY @ Black Isle Leisure Centre, Fortrose Academy. Your chance to get a free taste of choral singing. www.blackislemessiah. 01381 621749 or theleggatts@

THE SIDE @ Hootananny. Ever popular local act who’ve even supported Bon Jovi.


THE SCONE FAERIES @ Hootananny. Traditional Scots sounds. CLUBBING

THE VIEW @ Ironworks


PEATBOG FAERIES @ Strathpeffer Pavilion. ROCK Traditional music with a modern twist. BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar. 01997 420124 JON FRATELLI @ The Ironworks. Ex of The DAVY COWAN @ The Market Bar. Local Fratellis and the marvellous Codeine Velvet musician whose album The Journey is out Club. 0871 789 4173 this month. SCHIEHALLION @ Dows Bar. Traditional sounds. ROCK

HE SLEPT ON 57/WINTER TRADITION/ TURNING 13 @ Mad Hatters. Proving that with a bit of determination, good things can happen; HSO57 have been going strength to stregth lately, from tours to releases to music videos. We sense they’ve realised the key of marketing themselves properly & getting their name out there which in addition to playing top-notch indie-rock-pop seems like a receipe for future commercial grandeur. You won’t be disappointed if you pop along. Website & Music Video at


BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar.


RECITAL BY PEARL-LYNNE CHEN, WINNER OF 2010 MORAY PIANO COMPETITION @ Inverness Town House. Young American pianist returns to The Highlands to perform for Inverness Chamber Music. FOLK/TRAD

MIKE & ALI VASS @ Hootananny. Piano and fiddle duo. ROCK

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Market Bar.


LUNCHTIME CONCERT BY FIDDLER CLAIRE TELFORD AND ACCORDIONIST WAYNE ROBERTSON @ Inverness Town House. Outstanding performer and fiddle teacher from Fife with champion accordionist partner.Pay at door. BIRO @ The Room. Black Isle Rock Orchestra.


HYMNAID @ Methodist Church, Inverness. Spend an evening singing favourite hymns, led by Inverness Choral society. Supper and homebaking. All welcome. In aid of “Lifestraws”.

ROBIN ADAMS & SUPPORT @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Glasgow singer-songwriter promoting his new and much-acclaimed double-album release. 01479 811 137 FOLK/TRAD


AUDIOLIFE 6TH BIRTHDAY PARTY @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness. Sixth birthday of the club night started by Alan MacPherson and Darren Malley, later joined by Brian MacKenzie and Mark Munro. Vital to Inverness’ club scene.


THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL TRADITIONAL MUSIC PROJECT @ Millburn Academy, Inverness. Traditional music workshops by Claire Telford (fiddle) and Wayne Robertson (accordion) Improver, Intermediate and Advanced level. JAZZ/WORLD

KICKED AND SNARED @ Cake Inverness. Opening drum and bass night featuring djs Teknique, dropz and retrend. Upstairs: Soundclash Djs TRAD/CLUBBING

MONSTER CEILIDH BAND @ Hootananny Madhatters.Newcastle Combo mixing traditional reels with dance beats.


FILTH EASTER PARTY @ The Ironworks. Excellent club night celebrates its fifth 0871 789 4173 FUSION PAUL GALLAGHER AND ROSS KINDER @ Cake Inverness FOLK

CATTLE & CANE/DEFCON ONE @ Hootananny Madhatters. FOLK/ROCK

DAVY COWAN DEFCON ONE E.P LAUNCH @ Hootananny Madhatters. Free entry.



WASHINGTON IRVING @ Ceol Mor. Lovely Americana from a band named after a 19th century writer. There should be more of that kind of thing. ROCK

JON FRATELLI @ The Loft. Now solo after The Fratellis and Codeine Velvet Club. 01343 850111 ROCK/COUNTRY

LARKIN POE @ Eden Court One Touch. As the “Lovell Sisters”, Rebecca, Megan and Jessica Lovell toured throughout the world and graced major venues such as the Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo and Telluride Festival. 01463 234 234 EZRA @ The Room. CHARLIES RANCH @ The Market Bar. TRAD

MONSTER CEILDH BAND @ Hootananny. MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ Elgin (TRAD SET). Museum Hall, Elgin High St. A wide range of live Jazz with musicians from The Black Isle to Aberdeen. Trad, Swing, Bebop, Big Band FOLK KURT NIKKANEN (VIOLIN) & MARIA etc. Details of who’s playing when: www. LIVE MUSIC @ Bogbain Farm. Alternate ASTERIADOU (PIANO) @ Nairn Community Sundays Bruce MacGregor’s trad music Centre. New York duo play Bach, Beethoven, sessions and Emma Shearer’s Music Cafe Debussy and de Falla, and Waxman. 01667 ROCK for songwriters.Free admission. Food and 453476 ROBIN & BILLS @ The Market Bar. bar available all afternoon. Kids craft club. THE GALIPAYGOS @ Hootananny. 01463772800 FOLK/TRAD LIVE MUSIC @ Bogbain Farm. Alternate ROCK Sundays Bruce MacGregor’s trad music BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar. sessions and Emma Shearer’s Music Cafe ROCK for songwriters.Free admission. Food and LOCKSTOCK @ Dows Bar. KAMI KARAOKE @ The Picture House. bar available all afternoon. Kids craft club. 01463772800 STETSONHEAD @ The Market Bar. Ace TURNING PLATES @ Hootananny. Glasgow band with shades of Bon Iver and ROCK FOLK/ROCK Radiohead. BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar. BEN AND ASHLEY @ Ceol Mor. Top local




WASHINGTON IRVING; CATTLE & CANE; MIKE NISBET @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Contemporary folk, blues and rock’n’roll run through the music of all three acts on this special Sunday triple-bill. 01479 811 137 JAZZ

BL’AZZ JAZZ CLUB @ Eden Court, MacLean Room. Regular Sunday jazz sessions, with classic 20s/30s sounds from the Ness River Rhythm Kings.

Mon 11 Apr ROCK/FOLK

BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar.

Tue 12 Apr ROCK/FOLK

BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar.

Wed 13 Apr ROCK

FERGUS & GREG @ The Market Bar.


hits galore in a show celebrating the decade of Duran Duran, Madonna et al. 01463 234 234 BEDHEAD @ Dows Bar. Local act. JAZZ/WORLD

GONG CONCERT @ Moray Art Centre. With international Gong Master Don ConreauxFor information and workshop bookings: www. FOLK/ROCK

ANDY TUCKER AND THE SCATTERED FAMILY @ Ceol Mor. Self styled hairy Scottish singer songwriter.


Deviation @ Cake Inverness. Upstairs: Jazzfink with special guest Polymath FOLK

bar available all afternoon. Kids craft club. 01463772800 ROCK

DON’T BRING FRANKIE @ Sports Bar, Dows Bar. THE TWIST @ Hootananny. Indie popsters from Dundee. The next View?. Not yet, but scruffily enthusiastic. KAMI KARAOKE @ The Picture House, Dingwall. DAVE SHARPE @ Ceol Mor. Formerly of The Alarm/Stiff Little Fingers. Free entry. BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar.

Mon 18 Apr ROCK

BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar.

Tue 19 Apr

DAVY COWAN @ The Ironworks. Within a mercurial melting pot of ideas and styles, CLASSICAL his acoustic contemporary Folk/Roots music TOMS CONCERT GOULD PIANO TRIO @ still manages to retain the spirit. Boat Of Garten Community Hall. Piano, Violin and Cello.


MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ Elgin Museum Hall, Elgin High St. A wide range of live Jazz with musicians from The Black Isle to Aberdeen. Trad, Swing, Bebop, Big Band etc. Details of who’s playing when: www.



BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar.

LOCAL MUSICIANS @ Glachbeg Croft . Musicians from Feis Rois perform a varied programme of traditional music and song. ROCK/folk

100 MILE ORCHESTRA @ Hootananny. OBI FOLK CLUB @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Fortnightly Thursdays, free folk/ roots/blues gigs and sessions in the lounge.

TED CHRISTOPHER @ Hootananny. Highly acclaimed Scottish folk singer.


CELTIC HEART @ The Market Bar. Celtic sounds.

ROBIN & BILLS @ The Market Bar.

KASSIDY @ The Ironworks. Tipped to be one SALSA HIGHLAND HEAT @ National Hotel of this year’s Scottish breakthrough rock Dingwall. acts. Four guitars and stunning harmonies. 0871 789 4173


LUNCHTIME CONCERT BY AISLING AGNEW AND MATTHEW MCALISTER @ Inverness Town House. For more information contact James Munro on 01463 710363 or CLUBBING

MUNGOS HIFI @ Cake Inverness. Reggae & Dancehall night. Upstairs: butterscotch + guests.


OVER THE WALL @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 01479 811 137 AGIA 67 @ The Room. Their name’s a misspelling of an army rule about misbehaviour. Wonder what they sound like?. OVER THE WALL & SUPPORT @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Energetic and exciting multi-instrumentalist duo who blur the line between indie, dance and great moustaches. 01479 811 137 ROCK/FOLK

SARA BILLS AND THE HASBEENS @ Ceol Mor. Always enjoyable local act. ROCK/POP

ALVIN STARDUST – I LOVE ROCK & ROLL @ Strathpeffer Pavilion. The perennially popular rocker whose hits include “My Coo Ca Choo”. Tickets. 01997 420124 ROCK

MISSING CAT @ Hootananny Madhatters. Psychedelic blues from Edinburgh. BY HOOK OR BY CROOK @ The Room. DONNIE LIVINGSTONE @ The Market Bar. ROCK/POP

80’S MANIA @ Eden Court Empire. Eighties



NEW SOUL CITY @ Maple Court. The Highlands’ longest running soul night.

Sun 17 Apr FOLK

LIVE MUSIC @ Bogbain Farm. Alternate Sundays Bruce MacGregor’s trad music sessions and Emma Shearer’s Music Cafe for songwriters.Free admission. Food and

Wed 20 Apr




ROBIN & BILLS @ The Market Bar.

Thu 21 Apr FOLK

DEOCH N DORUS @ Hootananny. Lively ceilidh band. DAVY COWAN @ The Market Bar. Local musician whose album The Journey is out this month. FOLK/ROCK

WOODY PINES @ Eden Court One Touch. Willie Nelson once described Billy Joe Shaver as a legend, saying that he “may be the best songwriter alive today”. Impressive stuff. JAZZ/WORLD

MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ Elgin Museum Hall, Elgin High St. A wide range of live Jazz with musicians from The Black Isle to Aberdeen. Trad, Swing, Bebop, Big Band etc.

Fri 22 Apr Clubbing


NORTH SEA GAS @ Hootananny. folk /rock

RORY MCLEOD @ Cromarty Old Brewery. A one man soulband,poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. pop

KARLA BENARDIE @ Dows Bar. rock


favourites and Quicksilver-sponsored surfer/ guitarist/singer make up this Easter Special triple bill. 01479 811 137





RISE BEFORE DAWN @ The Market Bar.

THE BOMB EASTER WEEKEND NIGHT @ Cake. Lee Urquhart (Leeroy B) and DJ Dan Tierney (Resident of NSC) provide the beats upstairs, whilst the Bombers: Jay G, Nikmak and Mike Fraser jack the main floor. FOLK

AFTERNOON MUSIC WITH JAMES MACKENZIE @ The Market Bar. Afternoon tunes from Mr Aquascene. BL’AZZ JAZZ CLUB @ Eden Court, MacLean Room. Regular Sunday jazz sessions, with classic 20s/30s sounds from the “Aberdeenshire Loon” Pat Strachan and the Bl’azz Trio.


THE SHEE @ Eden Court One Touch. The allFOLK/COUNTRY female band make an adventurous brew of REBECCA PRONSKY @ Cromarty Buildings, Scottish folk, Gaelic song, and bluegrass. Strathpeffer . New Yorker with gorgeous voice and songs to take you to the bayou. ROD WEBSTER @ Bonar Bridge Hall. Songwriter, composer and acoustic guitarist. Hear more at Songs of the Land, Mountains, People and ROCK Culture BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar. NORTH SEA GAS @ Hootananny. FOLK/JAZZ

100 MEN ORCHESTRA @ The Market Bar. ROCK

THE WINDOWS @ Ceol Mor. Perth pop. KEVIN FRASER @ Dows Bar. RANT @ The Chieftain Hotel, 9pm SKINNY MACHINES @ Hootananny Madhatters. London alt-rockers cross fertilise The Cure with Biffy.


TATSUYA YAMAUCHI AND JAPAN NEW ROMANTICS @ Eden Court. One of the most famous violinists performing in Asia today, his repertoire ranges from world, pop and classical music to his own original compositions. 01463 234 234 ROCK

BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar.


PURE BRASS @ Inverness Town House. Glasgow based brass quintet brings ICM season to a light-hearted finale.For more information contact James Munro on 01463 710363 or

Museum Hall, Elgin High St. A wide range of live Jazz with musicians from The Black Isle to Aberdeen. Trad, Swing, Bebop, Big Band etc. Details of who’s playing when: www.


ALTENATIVE ‘X’ ROCK NIGHT @ Cake Inverness. Upstairs: Djs TRANCE @ Hush Inverness. New trance night organised by Dj HG WELLS & Dj PETE LEWICKI. Ticket only and dress to impress! (tickets from zoo clothing) ROCK

GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND @ Ceol Mor. Legendary Aberdeen music veteran. WILLY CAMPBELL @ Dows Bar. Local act. MYSTIC SHOES @ Hootananny Madhatters. THOUSAND STARS @ Keppoch Inn. Local band taking their first steps. Give them your support. THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room. POP

LISA COYLE OPEN MIC NIGHT @ Phoenix Bar, Inverness.


CLUB M @ Mosset Tavern, Forres.


EPIC 26 @ Hootananny Madhatters. Edinburgh synth popsters who namecheck MGMT among their influences.

PAUL DALEY (LEFTFIELD) @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness. Ex Leftfield bod should be unmissable.He’s joined by We See Aliens, Jamie B and DJ DeFault. Tickets:The Music Shop Inverness, Oscars Bar Dingwall, ESP Elgin.


THE SHIRE @ The Room. Hard working local act. ROCK/COUNTRY

DOMINIC KIRWAN @ Strathpeffer Pavilion. Always popular Irish singer.Tickets. 01997 420124


AMBIANCE @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness. Sunday Sessions of electronic chill / minimal house.Residents: Aurora, Alottarythmn, PlutoGuest DJ: ESKO.

ROSS AINSLIE & JARLATH HENDERSON @ Eden Court One Touch. Dubbed as the new stars of Celtic Music, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson’s pipes and flutes push the boundaries. 01463 234 234 ROCK

FERGUS & GREG @ The Market Bar.


ROBIN & BILLS @ The Market Bar. ROCK/POP

AERIALS UP @ Hootananny Madhatters. Seven piece from Glasgow. Paolo Nutini’s a fan apparently.


LIVE MUSIC @ Bogbain Farm. Alternate Sundays Bruce MacGregor’s trad music sessions and Emma Shearer’s Music Cafe for songwriters.Free admission. Food and bar available all afternoon. Kids craft club. 01463772800


BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar. EASTER SUNDAY SPECIAL @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Kitty The Lion; The Injuns; Ben HowardUp-front indie-pop; Highland


GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND @ Ceol Mor. Legendary Aberdeen music veteran. CAPTAIN STUPENDOUS @ Dows Bar. RANT @ The Chieftain Hotel, 9pm LACOVA @ Hootananny Madhatters. THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room. Room regulars.


EASTER SUNDAY SUPER PARTY @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 01479 811 137

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKENDER @ The Ironworks. Dimension return to The Ironworks for a May Day Weekender with Kutski, Kid Kaos, Lottie 0871 789 4173


OBI FOLK CLUB @ The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Fortnightly Thursdays, free folk/ roots/blues gigs and sessions in the lounge. JAZZ/WORLD



GECKO 3 @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. The New OBI monthly funk night continues with Edinburgh funk-hoppers Gecko 3. 01479 811 137


ica • HIGHLAND HOSPICE FUNDRAISER @ Ironworks, Fri 15 Apr

Let s hear it for Bob McClymont, Grant Andrews, Keith Hinds and John McKinnon, aka The Carbonauts. In June they re going to be cycling from Lands End to John O Groats in aid of Highland Hospice, a journey of 1,000 miles which they re hoping to do in ten days. A laudable enterprise that should raise much needed funds for the marvellous Hospice and to launch it all they re having a fundraiser at Ironworks. There ll be music from four bands, The Fumes, Fisher, The Revvz and Slamming Sammy s Jamming Band, plus DJs. It ll be a fine chance for them to relax a bit before all that pedalling ahead as well as reminding people what a great effort they re putting in for such a good cause. You can also keep up to date with their progress at .

GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT @ Inverness City Centre, Fri 22 & Sat 23 Apr, 11am-4pm

Don t know about you, but for us this very special weekend isn t complete without getting the chance to recreate that most memorable scene from the Bible, The Great Easter Egg Hunt. So we re delighted to find that for two days we re going to get just that opportunity. Ten eggs are going to be displayed in the windows of shops in the High Street, castle Street and throughout the Old Town, with another ten in the Eastgate Centre. Clues are going to be available and if you can find five of each of the eggs, you ll get to go in a prize draw to win one of four £50 Eastgate Shopping Vouchers. Plus everyone who hands in a completed form gets a free choccy Easter egg. Excellent. Entry forms and clues will be available shortly. Contact the BID office on 01463-714550 for more information.


YURI’S NIGHT @ Little Theatre, Nairn, Tue 12 Apr

Last month the NASA Space Shuttle came back from its final mission, an event which received barely thirty seconds coverage on the news. And perhaps explains why, sadly, the concept of manned space exploration is treated these days with such disinterest. Such a shame, so it s great to get the opportunity to rewind the clock and celebrate a time when shooting for the stars was rightfully recognised as something worth striving for. On 12 April 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, in his rocket Vostok 1 became the first man in space and, for one hour and 48 minutes, showed us the future. For the next decade the space race was at its most feverishly successful and although Gagarin himself died tragically in 1968, thus never seeing the first man on the moon, he remains one of humanity s most important pioneers. The year after his flight the Russians, who know a thing or two about acknowledging heroes began celebrating Cosmonautics Day every 12 Apr, but it s only since 2001 that the phenomenon has gone global, renamed Yuri s Day. With this being the fiftieth anniversary of Gagarin s historic flight, it demands a very special celebration and events will be taking place all over the world, including a mass rocket launch (see p 14), but there are only two places to mark the event in Scotland and Nairn the only place in the Highlands. The organisation Yuri Gagarin 50 has produced a film especially for this occasion and there will be a screening on the night Of course, as well as putting the first man into space, the Russians experimented with launching animals into space, and particularly dogs. Paul Jenkins of the Highlands Astronomical Society will add to the evening s entertainment by giving a short presentation on the Russians early experiments of launching animals in order to see if they would survive the experience. If it is a fine, clear night, the audience will also be able to take a walk to Nairn Links where people will have the opportunity to hear Jenkins give a short talk on the stars. The venue has seating for only 70 people so be sure to book in advance. And, wherever you are, be sure to say a little word of thanks on the day for a true hero. Tickets £7.00 available at Pat Fraser, 41 High Street Nairn 01667 453038. All enquiries to Elena Reid 01667 456245.



CAIRNGORM BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Film festival. 01479 811 137 BLACK HOLES - ‘NO NEED TO BE AFRAID @ Nairn Community Centre. Professor Ian Morison from Jodrell Bank Observatory. We’re not doomed.This event is being hosted by Moray’s Astronomy Club SIGMA and the Highlands Astronomical Society. 01667 453476


POKER LEAGUE @ The Picture House, Dingwall.


KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER NETWORK SHOWCASE @ Drumossie Hotel, Inverness. Knowledge Transfer Networks connect people, businesses, academic institutions and public agencies across the UK. This helps them to share expertise, funding opportunities and collaborate on ideas. The networks are free to join and are funded by the Technology Strategy Board. BLACK HOLES @ The Riverside Lounge Of The Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness. Pink Castle Philosophy Club discussion. Open to everyone and friendly towards anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.


YURI GAGARIN’S FILM NIGHT AND TALK @ The Little Theatre, Nairn. Yuri Gagarin’s film night and talk by Paul Jenkins of the Highlands Astronomical Society.


POKER LEAGUE @ The Picture House, Dingwall.


MUSIC QUIZ @ The Picture House, Dingwall.


MIKE CANTLEY,CHAIR OF VISIT SCOTLAND @ Uhi Executive Office, Inverness. In partnership with the Institute of Directors. The event will be video-conferenced and links are available across the partnership. POKER LEAGUE @ The Picture House, Dingwall.





POKER LEAGUE @ The Picture House, Dingwall


SPRING GOURMET NIGHT @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. Seasonal Tasting Menu. 01479 811 137



UNDER THE SALTIRE: SCOTLAND RUSSIA LINKS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT @ Inverness College, Longman Rd. Talk by Russian Doctor of History, Dmitry Fedosov.

MUSIC QUIZ @ The Picture House, Dingwall.





CADBURY’S EASTER EGG TRAIL @ Brodie Castle, Forres. Enjoy following the trail around the grounds then claim your Easter egg. Extra children’s’ activities available.

MUSIC QUIZ @ The Picture House, Dingwall.

INVERNESS WHISKY FESTIVAL @ Bogbain Farm. Celebrating the Highlands and Islands. 01463772800

kids matinee.

THE WILD FLOWERS OF THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND BY KEN BUTLER @ Nairn Community Centre. Highland Rock Garden Club talk. 01667 453476

INVERNESS WHISKY FESTIVAL @ Bogbain Farm. Celebrating the Highlands and Islands. 01463772800

CADBURY’S EASTER EGG TRAIL @ Brodie Castle, Forres.


THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT @ Tbc.POKER LEAGUE @ The Picture House, Dingwall.


MUSIC QUIZ @ The Picture House, Dingwall.


UNDER THE SALTIRE: SCOTLAND - RUSSIA LINKS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT @ Nairn Community Centre. Talk by Russian Doctor of History, Dmitry Fedosov. 01667 453476

UHI PUBLIC DEBATE CHAIRED BY ALICE MONGIELLO, UHI CHILDHOOD PRACTICE @ Uhi Executive Office, Inverness. Debating the introduction of a degree-level qualification for all managers of nurseries, crches, play-groups and out of school care.

PRIZE BINGO NIGHT @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Held by the Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band.

STRATH ART CLUB @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Relaxing social setting for.

GRANTOWN PLAYGROUP DAFFODIL TEA @ Grantown Playgroup, Heathfield Rd, Grantown. Car boot sale, stalls, raffle, kids treasure hunt and face painting, refreshments available, 10am - 1pm, FREE entry. DAFFODIL TEA @ Brodie Castle, Forres. Home baking from the castle kitchens in a marquee on the lawns and cut flowers will be available for sale.Live music. Free entry. Daffodil display in castle drawing room.


DAFFODIL TEA @ Brodie Castle, Forres.

POKER LEAGUE @ The Picture House, Dingwall.


LGBT CURRY NIGHT @ Wetherspoons, Church Street, Inverness.


FERINTOSH COMMUNITY MARKET @ Findon Hall, Culbokie. High quality, local food and other products. STRATHPEFFER FOOD & CRAFT MARKET @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Come and browse through a variety of stalls and keep the young ‘uns entertained with a

POKER LEAGUE @ The Picture House, Dingwall.


POKER @ The Smithton Hotel.


LGBT COFFEE MORNING @ Macnab’s Bar & Bistro In The Columba Hotel. HIGHLAND ROCK GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL SPRING FLOWER SHOW, PLANT SALE AND COFFEE MORNING @ Nairn Community Centre. Annual Spring Flower Show. 01667 453476

More cycling and another good cause with a 24-hour fundraising team challenge from Fort William through to Inverness covering 73 miles along the Great Glen Way. Participants bike 30 miles and can then choose to hike eight miles to the Bronze finish, 22 miles to Silver or go the whole way and walk 43 miles to Gold. Teams of men, women, colleagues, friends and families are all invited to take part, but they must be made up of a minimum of two and a maximum of six and all participants must be over 18 years of age. Monster 2010 saw a record number of participants take to the route, with almost 1,000 people biking and hiking along the beautiful Great Glen Way to raise funds for those affected by cancer, and raised an amazing £600,000. or call 0300 123 1801.


MAGGIE’S MONSTER BIKE AND HIKE 2011 @ Fort William to Inverness, Sat 30 Apr

BLACK ISLE CYCLE CHALLENGE @ Resolis Memorial Hall, Sat 16 Apr

The first of two chances this month to get cycling for charity, in this case raising money for Highland Hospice. This year s challenge features new routes for all abilities from a six mile family trail to a 26 mile marathon challenge. Anyone can take part so get your colleagues on board, challenge your boss, compete against your friends, take your school mates or make a day out for all the family. The organisers will send families a children s fundraising guide with hints and tips on fun ways to raise money. Once you return from your cycle challenge you can relax in the hall or on the grass and dig into the refreshments, cakes and BBQ provided. Spend the remainder of the afternoon being entertained with music and activities for everyone including having fun on the inflatables, taking part in sporting activities, winning prizes and basking in the glory of your achievement! Even if you can t take part, you can sponsor a participant so there are no excuses. For more info call Amanda Mackay at the Hospice on 01463 227913, or email


Just in case you haven t had enough of punishing your body in the great outdoors this month there are also several runs taking place. These are the best of them.


@ Glenlivet Estate, Sun 10 Apr.

One of the most beautiful runs in Scotland taking in tiny villages, ancient castles and majestic views. All in aid of those affected by chest, heart and stroke illnesses. Email events@ or Paul Corrigan on 01463 713433


@ An Aird, Fort William, Sun 10 Apr

More lovely landscapes and over sixty prizes with commemorative gifts given for all finishers.

GLEN AFFRIC DUATHLON @ Glen Affric, Sun 24 Apr

Back after a year away, the event, held entirely within the boundaries of Glen Affric, consists of an 8 mile hill run over Am meallan, an 18mile Mountain Bike ride around Loch Benevean and a final 3 mile riverside run. Spectators also welcome. www. 01456415364


Walking NAVIGATION FOR NUMPTIES @ Drumnadrochit. The third of a 6 day workshop aimed at giving people the confidence to start hill walking.








Athletics THE GLENLIVET 10K 2011 @ Glenlivet Estate. The most beautiful run in Scotland. and_running/glenlivet10k/.


LOCHABER MARATHON @ An Aird, Fort William.



Walking NAVIGATION FOR NUMPTIES @ Drumnadrochit. The fourth of a 6 day workshop aimed at giving people the confidence to start hill walking.





Athletics GLEN AFFRIC DUATHLON @ Glen Affric.



ica • SARAH MILLICAN: Chatterbox @ Eden Court OneTouch, Tue 12 Apr Just a couple of years back you might have been forgiven for seeing the name of a comedian and not really having much clue what to expect. Nowadays however, such is the ubiquity of TV opportunities for any aspiring funny person, you’re actually more likely not to go and see them because they’re never off the box. Sarah Millican has just about managed to avoid media saturation, but for a while it was touch and go with every likelihood during a period at the turn of the year that she might just pop up reading the news. With a likeable, self-deprecating persona and material that draws on her own insecurities and tribulations, she’s also an irrepressible chatterbox, hence the title of this show. Hopefully there’ll be lots of stuff you haven’t heard already as she consolidates her position as a natural successor to someone like Jo Brand.

SEAN HUGHES @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, Thu 14 Apr @ Eden Court OneTouch, Sun 24 Apr In the late eighties and early nineties, Hughes first established himself as a darkly impressive counterpoint to the scattergun hyperactivity of the first wave of alternative comedians. He had more in common with his good friend (and for many the finest comedian of the past fifty years) Bill Hicks or his musical heroes, The Smiths, managing to wrench humour from the most melancholy situations. As team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and with acting appearances in the likes of The Last Detective and even Corrie as well as his own sitcom, he was a gloomier, more surreal prototype for someone like Alan Davies, but, as the century turned he pretty much faded from view. Now he’s back, slightly portlier than before, but still just as searingly funny, with a show entitled “Ducks And Other Mistakes I’ve Made” We expect he’s about to teach the young bucks a thing or two about how comedy should be done.


PHIL KAY @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Sun 24 Apr One of the few big name comedians to actually live up here, he cuts an imposing jib. Walking through Tesco’s the other day in well cut plaid and sporting a ginormous beard he had many a head turning. Just as comfortable doing shows for children as grownups, his mind is a whirl of mad imaginings, leading you to imagine that if he ever got stuck in a lift with Ross Noble the very fabric of the universe might rip apart. And let loose a cascade of butterflies and custard pies. You never know what to expect from Kay, but you can guarantee it’ll be entertaining

A new venue for comedy, presented by Ironworks and giving Irish comedian Byrne a chance to return to the Highlands. It was only a few months back that he was playing some of the more outlying spots up here, including one gig where he was


ED BYRNE @ Inverness Leisure, Thu 28 Apr

surprised to find that the organisers expected him to conduct the raffle afterwards and brooked no disagreement about him doing so. Perhaps he’ll tell you more about that or elaborate on why exactly he bought one of Prince’s guitars for a ludicrous amount of money in a show that takes in religion, cakes and his cat. Tickets from


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HOWARD MARKS @ Ironworks, Fri 29 Apr Not strictly a stand up, but an enormously engaging raconteur. And there are plenty of laughs in his extraordinary account of life as one of the world’s biggest drug smugglers (as portrayed by Rhys Ifans recently in the film of Marks’ ‘Mr Nice’ autobiography), a tale that even now seems too absurd to be true. He started off wanting to be a philosopher, but that field’s loss was a definite gain for dope smokers of the world who, for a while were statistically likely to be smoking product he’d transported. He had forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines, and twenty five companies trading throughout the world,


before it all came tumbling down and he got a seven stretch in one of America’s toughest jails. In the years since his release from prison he’s penned four books and established himself on the circuit as a man with plenty of tales to tell and a marvellously lugubrious way of doing so. This will be good. Before you go, check out his excellent website at

MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW @ Eden Court OneTouch, Tue 26 Apr The latest one woman show from the excellent MsFits Company, responsible for past hits like Sex & Chocolate, Secrets, Lies & DIY and Women On The Verge Of A T Junction. Again it’s a collaboration between actress Fiona Knowles and playwright Rona Munro, telling the tale of three different woman, old, young and somewhere in between who find themselves brought together in unlikely circumstances.





ica • ALICE @ Eden Court Empire, Wed 27–Sat 30 Apr Thanks to Black Swan, ballet has never been more firmly established in the public consciousness, aided by the current BBC4 series looking behind the scenes at the world the dancers inhabit. So, with Tim Burton’s typically hallucinogenic film interpretation of the Alice In Wonderland story still fresh in the mind, there could hardly be a better time for Scottish ballet to be touring “Alice” featuring choreography by Artistic Director ASHLEY PAGE, otherworldly designs from ANTONY MCDONALD and a specially commissioned musical score by ROBERT MORAN. After tumbling through a camera lens, Alice finds herself in a strange dreamlike place. Drifting through episodes from Lewis Carroll’s treasured stories, she meets a series of fantastical characters who each impatiently try to teach her something, and guided by Carroll himself, she has to rely on her wits to find her way out.

“When approaching this new Alice ballet, it felt important to attempt to do more than merely retell Carroll’s tales in dance form,” explains Page. “There is so much history attached to the stories and their creator - as well as much documentation of his relationship with the real-life Alice, that our creative team felt it that to delve into these magical books without making some kind of commentary on this fascinating man would be almost to miss the point. In our brand new production, we have placed Dodgson (Carroll) centre stage, alongside Alice herself, sharing the spotlight with his most famous creation and the object of an obsession that triggered arguably the most famous children’s stories of all time. And while we have episodes from the stories to hang the action on, and of course some of the authors most loved creations will feature, our Alice will feel more ‘in the spirit’ of Carroll than straight off the page.” It certainly sounds like a lot of fun, featuring a Dali-esque, tango-dancing Caterpillar but, with designer Antony McDonald, Page has created a world of delightfully curious characters that include an eccentric Humpty Dumpty with design


cues by way of late British artist Leigh Bowery,

a busking, trumpet playing Mock Turtle dressed in Harris Tweed fabric and a Cheshire Cat with showbiz style to match her enormous grin. One of the best things about shows by companies like Scottish Ballet these days is their eagerness to open up the world of the dancers and the productions to the general public and there’ll be pre-show talks and an “Insight” tour to allow you to get even more out of the experience. You can even get an exclusive glimpse before the show comes to Inverness, taking in the preparations for the first performances. From 7pm on 21 Apr, audiences can join Alice through their computer screens as Scottish Ballet broadcasts live the Company’s ‘half hour call’ before the curtain rises at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. Streamed on, fans can watch the dancers making final preparations for the evening’s performance. Free pre-show talk on Thurs 28 and Fri 29 Apr at 6.30pm. Call Box Office to reserve tickets. Insight (suitable for ages 10+) on Thurs 28 Apr at 11am. Tickets £5, concession £3. Family Insight on Sat 30 Apr at 11am.  Tickets £5, concession £3, family ticket for four people £12. Audio Described Performance on Sat 30 Apr at 12.30pm, preceded by a touch tour. Tickets from £9-£26.  Discounts available, contact Box Office. 01463 234234


CHOUF OUCHOUF @ Eden Court Empire, Tue 12 & Wed 13 Apr With all the recent citizens’ rebellions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, the sight of massed throngs in North Africa and the Middle East has become a part of our daily TV landscape. So it’s timely to find this production coming to town, even though the hustle and bustle of humanity it portrays aims simply to capture the spirit of daily life in the Medina of Morocco rather than any democratic uprising. If you enjoyed the physical exuberance of Petit Mal when they came to Eden Court last year, you’d do well to check out the COLLECTIF ACROBATIQUE DU TANGIER who, in collaboration with Swiss artists ZIMMERMAN and DE PERROT have put together a wonder of choreography, syncopation and energetic movement to evoke the atmosphere of the narrow streets and crowded rooms of the city’s old quarter. From the clips we’ve seen it looks like a triumph, precise movement combined with hypnotically fascinating sounds and explosive bursts of energy. For a taster of what to expect, look at

RED ROOM @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, Sat 16 Apr You may have seen this impressive production when it came to Eden Court, but here’s another chance to experience modern dance at its most captivating. DAVID HUGHES is one of the UK’s most acclaimed dancers, having worked with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Siobhan Davies Dance Company. AL SEED is Artistic Director of the ‘Conflux’ project, Creative Associate of The Arches and was the winner of a Fringe First 2004, and a Herald Angel 2008 for ‘The Fooligan’. Together they’ve come up with an invigorating interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque Of The Red Death, investing an already spooky story with whole new layers


of elegant horror. And the dancing is magnificent.


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THE HARD MAN @ Eden Court, Thu 21-Sat 23 Apr Author JIMMY BOYLE has a link with Inverness that’s probably not shared with anyone else having a show at Eden Court in that he spent time in this city’s jail and quite possibly drew on some of his experiences there for THE HARD MAN. Once reputed to be the most violent man in Scotland, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1967 for the murder of another gangland figure William ‘Babs’ Rooney, a crime he has always denied. During his incarceration in the Special Unit of Barlinnie Prison, he turned to art and wrote A Sense of Freedom, his autobiography. In 1977 he co-wrote The Hard Man with TOM MCGRATH and it premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. It was described by The Scotsman as ‘the most stunning play seen in Scotland’ that year. Tom McGrath was a radical Scottish poet and playwright until his untimely death in 2009 known best for his plays The Hard Man, Animals and Laurel and Hardy. The Hard Man is a fast moving story set in a variety of locations on Clydeside and in Scottish prisons. The characters are a heady mixture of accurate observation and comic strip cartoon – and the style, an unnerving blend of vaudeville and violence. Rather like the magnificent recent film Neds it reveals an alarmingly ingrained culture, but shines a light on the motivations and rationale. And it’s as relevant now as when it was first written. Playing the part of Johnnie Byrne, the lead character loosely based on Boyle, is this month’s ICA cover star Alex Ferns, best known as the villainous wife beater Trevor Morgan in Eastenders. “To

play this part is exciting and daunting at the same time” he says, ”- I hope I will do justice to Tom McGrath’s name and his work.”



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ica • GIRL X @ Eden Court OneTouch, Tue 19 & Wed 20 Apr Of course a night at the theatre can be about pure entertainment and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But live performance can also create a link with the audience, both intellectual and visceral that even the best cinema can’t replicate. Which is why something like “GIRL X” promises to be such an important piece of work for Eden Court to put on and one which is bound to trigger much debate. POL HEYVAERT directs a fascinating work co-written with Robert Softley and Bart Capelle about an eleven year old, the Girl X of the title, who has cerebral palsy and the mental age of a five-month old infant. Her condition will not improve, no matter what. Her mother believes that, for Girl X, the physical changes that accompany adolescence can only bring distress. So, to spare her the onset of menstruation, Mrs X has requested that surgeons

remove her daughter’s womb. The doctors have accepted the argument that this controversial surgery will, ultimately, improve her quality of life and have sought legal approval to carry out the procedure, but is it morally right and what should happen next? A big, troubling question, posed by a Greek chorus and spinning off into all sorts of related ethical issues as performer and disabled rights activist Robert Softley challenges the chorus by asking when private matters become public concern and whether the majority is always right. Inspired by debates on internet forums, this looks like being a powerful piece of theatre that should engender some pretty fierce discussions from anyone who sees it. Softley has been writing a blog since rehearsals began in January and it’s worth checking out at before you go to see it. More proof that National Theatre of Scotland is consistently the most impressively forward-thinking company around.


BLUE SUEDE BLUES/THE LUVVIES @ Nairn Little Theatre, Fri 01 Apr A couple of one-act comedy plays from Nairn Drama Club, “Blue Suede Blues” written by Diana Raffle and “The Luvvies” by Lynn Britney. With an entire festival of on-act plays coming up at Eden Court (more details next month), perhaps this format is enjoying a renaissance. So hats off to NDC for nailing the zeitgeist. More details at



WILDBIRD are an arts company based in Moray and work not only in theatre, but also film making,  visual arts, exhibitions, moving image and arts / community education, training and more. So you can tell already that whenever they take to the stage, they’re going to be doing something a bit special. Past productions have included everything from a story about the 1953 CIA coup in Iran, through a celebration of 250 years since Burns’ birth to a piece based on playing a round of golf with Shakespeare. And the Bard provides the starting point here as one of his most playful works is relocated to the modern day world of celebrity pop culture, performed by an all-female cast of four. “It’s the showbiz wedding of the year as the world’s biggest music promoter weds the queen of Glam-pop in the PR sensation of the decade. Only lovers are allowed in their secret Island hideaway and the relationship difficulties of four up and coming young starlets threaten to spoil the party and the headlines. Only the shadowy paparazzi can conjure perfect love from the crisis and save the day in time for the world’s biggest televised concert. One spot in the line-up remains to be filled by hopeful wannabes in a live TV talent contest, and you can’t tell the girls from the boys these days...” A bold new take on the story and one which looks like being a fairly convincing counter to anyone who says that Shakespeare belongs to the past.


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM @ Eden Court OneTouch, Sat 30 Apr


ica • MUSICAL THEATRE DIE FLEDERMAUS @ Eden Court Empire, Wed 04 May There’s a devoted audience for opera in Inverness and they’ve been well served recently by Eden Court who’ve decided, probably correctly that a weekend long production of The Ring Cycle might attract the hardcore, but for bums on seats you need something a little lighter and more accessible. Which makes Strauss’ much-loved operetta, Die Fledermaus a perfect choice. Especially because it’s given a fresh, contemporary twist by the dynamic Opera della Luna company. Since its inception in 1994 Opera della Luna has established itself as a highly original ensemble of extremely versatile singers and comedians. Led by artistic director Jeff Clarke, it takes its name from Haydn’s operatic setting of Goldoni’s farce Il Mondo della Luna. The company’s policy is to create new and innovative productions of musical theatre, comic opera and operetta, in English, which, unsurprisingly, has proved a hit with audiences both at home and abroad. This version of the story about revenge and mistaken identity makes full use of the setting of a risqué party at the home of Russian aristocrat Orlofsky to provide not just an aural but also a visually lavish treat.


SHOWSTOPPERZ-GOLDEN TICKET @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Wed 06 Apr 52

Professional singers combine with talented amateurs for a show consisting of songs and scenes from the stage and screen, including Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Toy Story and Monsters Inc.

Conceived by Ashley Page & Antony McDonald Original music by Robert Moran

World Premiere

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AGE OF AROUSAL @ Eden Court One Touch. Wildly inspired by The Odd Women by George GissingDirected by Muriel RomanesA co-production between Stellar Quines Theatre Company and The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.


THE SHOOGLE PROJECT @ Glen Urquhart Public Hall. Tickets from 01456 450528 or CHARLIE & LOLA’S BEST BESTEST PLAY @ Eden Court Empire.

THE CALL OF THE LOONBIRD @ The Universal Hall. Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present this magical story about the life of Little Eagle as he grows from small boy to adult through adversity, illness and success as a storyteller. 01309 691170


SOUTH PACIFIC @ Eden Court Empire. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Sea musical comes to the stage.

SARAH MILLICAN: CHATTERBOX @ Eden Court One Touch. The sweet and filthy Geordie’s show promises jokes about life, love and what to do when your boyfriend puts a sock on your boob during sex.


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CHOUF OUCHOUF @ Eden Court Empire. Weaving together contemporary performance and traditional Moroccan acrobatics in a poetic exploration of North African culture.

MARK THOMAS: EXTREME RAMBLING (WALKING THE WALL) @ Eden Court One Touch. Following his sell-out nationwide show ‘The Manifesto’, award-winning comedian and activist Mark Thomas returns with his brand new show.


“BLUE SUEDE BLUES” AND “THE LUVVIES” @ Nairn Little Theatre. Nairn Drama Club presents two, one act comedy plays.


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SEAN HUGHES @ The Universal Hall. Returning to his first love, stand-up, the darkly engaging Hughes is back to his absolute best. BOOK EARLY!. 01309 691170


RED ROOM @ The Universal Hall. David Hughes Dance Company present their critically acclaimed, interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale The Masque of the Red Death. Dance and physical theatre combined. 01309 691170


GIRL X @ Eden Court One Touch. Eleven year old Maggie Mills has severe cerebral palsy and the mental age of a 5-month old infant.


GIRL X @ Eden Court One Touch.


THE HARD MAN @ Eden Court Empire. The Hard Man is an intense and stylized exploration of notorious gangster turned artist, Jimmy Boyle’s early life and of the cult of male violence on the streets of Glasgow – a world dominated by struggle and brutality, success and failure, victims and perpetrators.


THE SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE @ Eden Court One Touch. The stars of BBC3’s Comedy Shuffle, MTV, GMTV and BBC1’s The One Show - bring you a brand new selection of songs, sketches, socks and violence. STAND OUT @ Ceol Mor. Stand up comedy. THE HARD MAN @ Eden Court Empire.


THE HARD MAN @ Eden Court Empire.


SEAN HUGHES - DUCKS AND OTHER MISTAKES I’VE MADE @ Eden Court One Touch. PHIL KAY @ Strathpeffer Pavilion. Marvellous freewheeling, ever-effervescent comedy troubadour show. Tickets. 01997 420124


ROY CHUBBY BROWN @ The Ironworks. 0871 789 4173


ED BYRNE @ Inverness Leisure. Hilarious insight into Ed’s life. Continuing his quest to turn into a grumpy old man, whether he is talking about his cat, cake, religion or potential fatherhood www.edbyrne. com.

“BLUE SUEDE BLUES” AND “THE LUVVIES” @ Nairn Little Theatre. THE SHOOGLE PROJECT @ Resolis Hall, Black Isle . Highly acclaimed dance company, plan B join Shooglenifty for a knees up with a difference. Tickets from 01381 610204 or davidgilbert938@

LA BOHÈME @ Strathpeffer Pavilion. Scotland’s exciting new young opera company, Opera Bohemia with their critically acclaimed production. 01997 420124


MAD BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW! @ Eden Court One Touch. The latest one-woman show from the award winning MsFits company.


CHARLIE & LOLA’S BEST BESTEST PLAY @ Eden Court Empire. Don’t miss everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola, in their extremely everso wonderful stage show!.

CIRCUIT @ Eden Court One Touch. New stand-up from the Gilded Balloon.


HOWARD MARKS @ The Ironworks. Once upon a time he was the world’s biggest drugs dealer, now he’s a fine raconteur. 0871 789 4173

ZENWING PUPPETS – TREASURE ISLAND PUPPET SHOW @ Spectrum Centre. Wonderful puppet company with what’s bound to be a fine show. Age 5. 01463 221842




A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM @ Eden Court One Touch. Wildbird’s adaptation sets Shakespeare’s original play firmly in the world of celebrity pop culture in a breathtaking fast paced version performed by an all female cast of four.


The Review: THE WATERSIDE 19 NESS BANK INVERNESS 01463 233065 It’s Thursday night bellringing at the Cathedral and the participants appear to be exploring some sort of free jazz experimental interpretation of campanology. Either that or there’s been a terrible accident and they’re trying to send out a clatterily discordant cry for help regarding frayed ropes and someone tangled in the clanger (technical term). Whatever, it’s quite a noise cascading across the city night and emanating barely fifty yards from the Waterside. It says quite something for their glazing that all is peaceful in the hotel restaurant’s nice conservatory with a lovely view over the river of said cathedral and the welcoming lights of Eden Court.

This stretch is a veritable hive of culinary activity, with - in addition to The Waterside - Nico’s Brasserie, Abstract and Contrast all offering choices for diners with money to spend and, even though it’s still early evening, out of season, they all seem to have a fair few customers. We notice on arriving that The Waterside currently offer no set menu (there is an option earlier in the form of the so called “High Tea” which runs from 4 to 6, with a basic choice of steak pie, macaroni cheese and the like for a tenner), so we set about taking our pick from the a la carte menu which certainly seems to adhere to Head Chef Lara McLeod’s intent to “source the best local ingredients and freshly prepare the dishes with care and imagination.” There are plenty of Scottish ingredients in evidence on a series of dishes that, by their descriptions, give a homely twist

to classical elegance. As a hotel restaurant rather than a standalone enterprise, many of the customers are perhaps also going to be residents, popping down from their rooms rather than going out to eat, so it’s a tricky balance to appeal to both people wanting something convenient and visitors on a night out. And, by and large, it’s something The Waterside pulls off. From a list of half a dozen options, I started with Isle Of Harris Mussels in White Wine, Onion, Garlic and Cream, something that’s also available as a main course. It comes served slightly incongruously in a rather old fashioned soup bowl that you sense might also serve as a receptacle for cornflakes at breakfast. Presentation apart, they were nicely cooked, moist with a perfectly seasoned sauce and showing the quality of perhaps the best mussels in


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that not only looked good, but tasted great too. My companion went for sea bass, leading us into what Wikipedia later assured us is actually a global “ferocious” debate. Should it just be called bass or is there a river bass none of us have ever heard of? Apparently there is. The Big Mouth or Black Bass, though native to USA is also found in South West France, so there is some merit in specifying sea bass after all. You can all sleep sound in your beds now and hopefully the ferocious debate has come to a peaceful conclusion without any governments being

overthrown. And so to the dish itself, Pan Seared Sea Bass Fillets. Two fillets were perched flamboyantly on top of sautéed potatoes and curly kale, with brown shrimps and caper nutbrown butter along with what looked like a stripped plume from a dandy highwayman’s hat. Not a shy, retiring dish by any means. Once more it was a well cooked piece of fish and it’s always good to see a kitchen championing brown shrimps, the far tastier, if less glamorous, relative of the too often cotton-wooly pink version. It went down well, though there were reservations about the butter, which rather overwhelmed everything else.

My pudding was Soft Baked Lemon Meringue Pie – accompanied by a “lime anglaise”, (or citrusy custard), and a showering of chocolate powder. Soft baking a meringue is a risk because you can end up with something that looks not unlike shaving foam. Uncomfortably, I found this ‘foam’ had gritty granules of uncooked sugar in it. Underneath it all there was a disc of hard pastry and an eyepoppingly tart layer of lemon curd that even the strangely successful lime custard couldn’t have tamed even if it had rounded up a posse and come to the table heavily armed. Custard with attitude again put in an appearance in my companion’s dish, this time flavoured with calvados as an accompaniment to a nicely rustic looking (and tasting) Bramley Apple and Raspberry Crumble. There was also something billed as an “almond streusel” involved and the whole thing tasted pretty good. And at a mere £3.95 was remarkably good value. A nice, if not exactly life-changing meal, but a place that exhibits some accomplished cooking showcasing the best produce the Highlands has to offer in a fabluous setting. I would think offering a set price dinner might widen the appeal still further. Outside the bell-ringers toll on, the jazzbo beatnik spirit taking them goodness knows where. Time to go. Total for 2 (exc. drinks) £52.35


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'Toilet Humour?' Something I ate the other night it seems disagreed

complete guff - so I wrote the gist of my joke down

with me and I woke up at four in the morning to a

before returning to bed. Later on then, at a more

violent argument raging in my stomach. I remember

respectable hour, so it was that with the aid of my

thinking at the time that a quick trip to the

strange spidery nocturnal scribbles I was able to

bathroom to “fulfil a pressing need” would probably

reconstruct my joke.

sort things out and then I could get back to sleep. Unfortunately, I’m incredibly averse to getting out of bed, especially at 4am on a cold not-quite-springyet-although-yes-the-daffodils-are-beginning-toflower morning. Even when - and I can’t emphasise this strongly enough - there’s an absolute necessity to do so. I was vaguely aware that a there was an idea circulating in my brain, a thought of some sort that I couldn’t quite pin down. If reckoned if I stayed in my warm cosy bed just a few more minutes, perhaps I’d have an epiphany; maybe next week’s lottery numbers would be revealed to me or the plot for the book that we’re always hearing is in all of us. Eventually the pain and discomfort got too much and I had to rush to the bathroom... the vague notion of an idea evaporating in a flash. Except it hadn’t - and there it was, on the toilet, in the early hours of a Tuesday that it happened,

HERE IT IS: “A chap’s doing his shopping and delves into the freezer for a packet of frozen Brussels Sprouts. It feels kind of heavy but he thinks no more of it and throws it in his trolley. Half an hour or so later, trolley full, he’s at the checkout. As he’s packing his bags he notices a bag of ‘Petit Pois’ that he didn’t need, want or for that matter, remember picking up. Realising they must have been some how attached to the Brussels Sprouts, he points out his error to the assistant and asks to have them removed from his bill. The assistant refuses, explaining that the ‘Petit Pois’ have partially defrosted and can’t therefore be put back in the freezer and would have to be thrown out. An argument ensues and then escalates to the level of the small claims court, where the judge rules in favour of the shop and the unfortunate chap is bound over to keep the peas.” I did say it wasn’t a great joke. I wonder though if

joke formed itself in my brain! Not, perhaps a great

that’s what comedians and comedy script writers

one, but nonetheless a joke that I feel is unique to

do? Eat something really spicy, topped off with a

me and certainly not one I’ve ever heard before.

nice chunky of Gorgonzola and a glass or two of

Now, I am well aware that thoughts which pass

a fairly potent red wine then off to bed and let

through our minds in the middle of the night and

the jokes write themselves?

seem certain to be the answer to world peace, a simpler solution to Fermat’s last theorem or a Eurovision™ winning song, often in the cold light of day are either forgotten or turn out to have been

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HOWL (15) Directors Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman I Starring James Franco, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker

USA I 2010 I 84 mins I

From hosting the Oscars, to starring in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, James Franco is everywhere at the moment. His effortless performance as iconic beat poet, Allen Ginsberg is possibly his best yet. The mix of animation and reconstructions of the famous obscenity trial provide insight into Ginsberg’s fascinating creative process and search for personal liberation that led to the poem HOWL.

FRI 08 – WED 13 APR See timetable for screening times

ANIMAL KINGDOM (15) Director David Michôd I Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver Australia I 2010 I 113 mins I

Winner Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival, 2010 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination 2011. This journey into the criminal underbelly of 1980’s Melbourne had its Scottish Premier at last year’s Inverness Film Festival and was a massive hit. Reminiscent of other gritty Aussie crime dramas like Chopper this tale of greed and betrayal follows a crime family whose world is falling apart. Pope’s on the run, Baz wants out, their nephew J must decide where his loyalties lie, and the matriarch of the family (in an Oscar nominated performance by Jacki Weaver) is so desperate to cling to power she’d do anything...

FRI 15 – THU 21 APR

Fri 15 18.00 I Sat 16 20.30 I Sun 17 17.00 I Mon 18 20.30 I Tue 19 14.00

Wed 20 19.00 I Thu 21 18.00

SUBMARINE (15) Director Richard Ayoade I Starring Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine UK/USA I 2010 I 96 mins

Directed by the king of geek chic, the IT crowd’s Richard Ayoade, and adapted from Joe Dunthorne’s cult novel, this journey inside the mind of fifteen year old Swansea schoolboy Oliver Tate is one of the best and brightest British films of the year. Featuring a superb supporting cast that includes Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine, this funny, insightful coming of age comedy will have you curling your toes as you remember what it’s like to be in the midst of your adolescence.

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Director Woody Allen I Starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin


PAUL (15) AD & S

Director George Nolfi Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp USA I 2011 I 105 mins On the verge of winning a seat in the Senate, David meets and falls for a beautiful ballet dancer called Elise. But a group of mysterious men seem to be keeping the pair apart. David then discovers that the men are agents of fate known as “The Adjustment Bureau” whose job is to guide him towards his pre-determined path. He must now choose – let Elise go and accept his destined path or defy fate and risk everything to be with her.

Director Kevin Macdonald Starring Channing Tatum, Mark Strong UK/USA I 2011 I 113 mins Channing Tatum plays a young Roman Centurion determined to restore his family’s honour who sets out north of Hadrian’s Wall on a quest to uncover the fate of the lost Ninth legion. Glasgow director Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) makes brilliant use of our stunning Highland scenery with the majority of the filming being done in Achiltibuie and Achnahaird Bay.

FRI 15 – THU 21 APR

Director Greg Mottola Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen Spain/France/UK/USA I 2011 I 103 mins Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Sean of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) re-unite as two sci-fi geeks who embark on a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland. Things don’t quite go according to plan though and before they know it they’ve befriended an alien called Paul (who’s just escaped from a top secret military base and wants to be re-united with his Mother-Ship), kidnapped a girl (accidentally) and are on the run from the Feds? Can these big hearted geeks morph from misfits to intergalactic heroes? There’s only one way to find out!

USA/Spain I 2010 I 98 mins I Woody Allen’s latest outing, featuring a superb ensemble cast, offers us a little romance, some sex, some treachery and a load of laughs. It follows the lives of a group of people whose passions and anxieties force them all into assorted troubles that run the gamut from ludicrous to dangerous.

FRI 01 – THU 07 APR Fri 01 18.15, 20.15 I Sat 02 18.15, 20.15 I Sun 03 13.30, 17.15, 19.15 Mon 04 18.15, 20.15 I Tue 05 18.00 I Wed 06 11.30, 19.00 I Thu 07 14.00, 18.15, 20.15


Fri 01 18.00, 20.30 I Sat 02 14.00, 18.00, 20.30 Sun 03 13.00, 17.00, 19.30 I Mon 04 18.00, 20.30 Tue 05 11.30 (Dream & Scream), 19.00 Wed 06 14.00, 19.30 (Subtitled) I Thu 07 11.30, 18.00, 20.30


Director Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal,, Allen Hughes, Wen Jiang, Shekhar Kapur, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman (and others) Starring Andy Garcia, Christina Ricci, Ethan Hawke, Julie Christie, John Hurt USA I 2009 I 103 mins (English, French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Yiddish) Following on from Paris, Je T’aime, New York, I Love You is the second multi-director ensemble film in the Cities of Love series. Featuring a stellar cast and iconic scenery, these weaving stories of love and relationships journey into the heart of New York’s five boroughs and the people who inhabit them.

FRI 08 – MON 11 APR

Fri 08 18.00 I Sat 09 20.00 I Sun 10 17.00 Mon 11 11.30 (FRIENDS COFFEE MORNING) 20.00

FAIR GAME (12A) Director Doug Liman Starring Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell USA/United Arab Emirates I 2010 I 107 mins From Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) this tense thriller is a fascinating glimpse inside the corridors of political power. Based on the true story of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was allegedly exposed by the government as payback for an article written by her husband.

FRI 08 – THU 14 APR See timetable for screening times

FRI 08 – TUE 12 APR

Fri 08 20.45 I Sat 09 17.45 I Sun 10 16.45 (Subtitled) Mon 11 20.30 I Tue 12 11.00 (Dream & Scream)

GNOMEO & JULIET (U) Director Kelly Asbury Voices James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Ashley Jensen, Michael Caine UK/USA I 2011 I 83 mins Shakespeare’s classic love story is relocated to the sleepy suburban gardens that are home to the Gnomes of Verona Drive. This animated, fun-filled love story boasts an all star cast of voices including: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Matt Lucas, Julie Walters, Richard Wilson and Ozzy Osbourne – all this plus music from Elton John... what more could you want!

SAT 09 & SUN 10 APR

Sat 09 11.30, 14.00 I Sun 10 11.30, 14.00


THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD (U) Director Michèle Hozer, Peter Raymont Canada I 2009 I 111 mins Twenty-seven years after his untimely death, enigmatic musical poet Glenn Gould continues to captivate. Exploding the myth behind the man, this insightful new documentary weaves together an unprecedented array of very rare archive footage and interviews with Gould's closest friends, plus never-before heard home recordings and excerpts from his private diaries. Completely engrossing, as iconic as Jim Morrison or James Dean. The LA Times.

WED 13 & THU 14 APR Wed 13 19.00 I Thu 14 18.00

Fri 15 18.15 I Sat 16 20.15 I Sun 17 14.00 (Dream & Scream), 16.45 I Mon 18 20.45 I Tue 19 19.00 (Subtitled) Wed 20 14.00 I Thu 21 11.30, 17.45

NORWEGIAN WOOD (15) Director Tran Anh Hung Starring Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi Japan I 2010 I 133 mins (Japanese + subtitles) Based on Haruki Murakami’s incredible novel, this powerful love story is set among the political upheaval and student strikes of 1960s Tokyo. Norwegian Wood centres on the life of a 19-year-old university student, Watanabe and his relationships with the two women he must choose between.

FRI 15 – THU 21 APR See timetable for screening times

THE WAY BACK (12A) Directors Peter Weir Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris USA I 2010 I 132 mins Back by popular demand! Six prisoners in a Stalin era Siberian prison escape – only to discover that life beyond the prison walls, in the freezing lifeless deserts and mountains of Mongolia and the Himalayas is perhaps equally as soul destroying.

FRI 15 – THU 21 APR See timetable for screening times


(U) Director Eric Brevig Starring Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake USA/New Zealand I 2010 I 80 mins Everyone’s favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear brings his meal-mooching ways to movies in this live-action/CG-animated adventure.

SAT 16 & SUN 17 APR

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI (15) (German language site) Director Doris Dörrie Starring Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner Germany I 2008 I 127 mins In German, English and Japanese with subtitles) Trudi and Rudi travel to Berlin to visit their children and grandchildren only to realise that they are emotionally distant and unavailable. When Trudi unexpectedly dies, a grief-stricken Rudi embarks on a life-changing journey to Tokyo. This film will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans

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THE TEMPEST (PG) Director Jaume Collet-Serra Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger

UK/Germany/France/Canada I 2011 I 113 mins Following a car accident in Berlin, Dr. Martin Harris awakens to discover his wife no longer knows who he is and another man has stolen his identity. Confused, isolated and alone in a foreign country, Martin finds himself caught up in a deadly game that makes him question his own sanity.

Director Julie Taymor brings an original dynamic to Shakespeare’s mystical play in a gender-defying twist which sees Helen Mirren as the Sorceress Prospera (as opposed to the Sorcerer Prospero). This exhilarating blend of romance, tragic-comedy and the supernatural sees Prospera reigning over the magical island in this spell-binding tour de force.

FRI 22 – MON 25 MAR Fri 22 20.30 I Sat 23 18.00 I Sun 24 19.30 I Mon 25 18.00

WASTE LAND (PG) Director Lucy Walker Starring Vik Muniz Brazil/UK I 2010 I 98 mins An extraordinary, Oscar nominated, documentary from British filmmaker Lucy Walker which follows prominent Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he embarks on a grand art project on the world's largest rubbish dump, the Jardim Gramancho on the outskirts of Rio.

FRI 22 – MON 25 APR

Fri 22 20.15 I Sat 23 18.15 I Mon 25 18.15

Director Julie Taymor Starring Helen Mirren USA I 2010 I 109 mins

TUE 26 – THU 28 APR

Tue 26 19.30 I Wed 27 11.30 I Thu 28 18.15

New Zealand I 2010 I 101 mins Troubled soul, Arthur believes he is the second Son of God and knows in his heart that he’s here on Earth for a reason. When the men’s hostel he lives in is threatened with closure, Arthur devotes himself to saving all of the residents and the place which for Arthur, and his displaced friends, is not only a home but also a sanctuary. Thu 28 14.00 I Fri 29 20.30 I Sat 30 18.00 (Foreign language site) Director Diego Luna Starring Christopher Ruíz-Esparza, José María Yázpik Mexico I 2010 I 82 mins (Spanish with subtitles)

FRI 22 – THU 28 APR

Abel is no ordinary nine-year-old. After becoming mute following his Father’s disappearance, he suddenly speaks again. Not only that, but he’s also reinvented himself as the patriarch of the house. The family simply go along with his odd behaviour but when his father suddenly re-appears, the fragile family dynamic looks set to snap. This touching directorial debut from Diego Luna, is a definite “must see”.

Fri 22 18.00 I Sat 23 20.30 I Sun 24 17.00 I Mon 25 20.30 Tue 26 19.00 I Wed 27 19.30 I Thu 28 11.30, 18.00


Fri 29 20.45 I Sat 30 18.15 I Sun 01 May 17.15 I Mon 02 20.45

I AM NUMBER FOUR (12A) ROUTE IRISH Director D. J. Caruso Starring Alex Pettyfer USA I 2011 I 109 mins Welcome to small town Ohio where John Smith, a teenager with extraordinary abilities, discovers a connection to others who share his destiny. But with three dead already and some ruthless enemies in tow, who will be number four?

SAT 23 & SUN 24 APR Sat 23 11.30, 14.00 I Sun 24 11.30, 14.00


Director Alex Gibney Starring Eliot Spitzer USA I 2010 I 117 mins As NY’s Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by some of the most powerful executives in the country, creating some very high powered enemies. After his election as Governor, many believed he was headed for the Presidency until news broke that he was on the client list of a busted brothel which saw him quickly fall from grace. With unique access to Spitzer himself, this film explores the hidden contours of ambition, sex and power.

SUN 24 APR 19.15

MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS (12A) Director Wong Kar Wai Starring Norah Jones, Jude Law

Hong Kong/China/France I 2007 I 95 mins After a traumatic break-up, Elizabeth sets out on a journey across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream and a soulful new friend... This screening will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

TUE 05 APR 20.00


In association with the Inverness museum and gallery’s “Way of the Warrior exhibition” we’ll be showing four amazing “Warrior” films over the next two months. Head over to the museum to see the genuine costumes, weapons and props used in these films as well as a collection of Highland warrior artefacts. The exhibition runs from 19 Feb – 23 April. For more info visit

BLACK HAWK DOWN (15) Director Ridley Scott Starring Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor USA I 2001 I 144 mins See this double Oscar winner back on the big screen as part of the Way of The Warrior Season.

THU 14 APR 20.15

Director Ken Loach Starring Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe, John Bishop


UK/France/Italy/Belgium/Spain I 2010 I 108 mins

Director Antoine Fuqua Starring Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd USA/UK/Ireland I 2004 I 125 mins A thrilling adventure epic telling the heroic true story behind one of history's greatest legends, King Arthur

Frankie and Fergus served together in Iraq and then returned to the conflict zone as private security contractors. But when Frankie’s killed on Route Irish, the most deadly section of road in Iraq, Fergus refuses to believe his death was accidental and begins to put together the pieces in this intricate puzzle.


Fri 29 18.00 I Sat 30 20.30 I Sun 01 May 17.00 Mon 02 20.30 I Tue 03 19.00 I Wed 04 11.30


France I 2010 I 154 mins (French with subtitles) A group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation, despite a recent traumatic event. But soon their relationships and beliefs are pushed to the limit as they are finally forced to acknowledge the little white lies they’ve been telling each other and the implications they have.

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ABEL (15) Director Guillaume Canet Starring François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard Director Rosemary Riddell Starring Rawiri Paratene, Sara Wiseman, Ian Mune

Until now, Bobby Walker has been living the American dream with his successful job, beautiful family and big house. But when corporate downsizing leaves him jobless, everything changes. Unable to find a new job that matches his executive skill set, Bobby reluctantly accepts a manual job labouring for his brother in-law’s house building company. But his initial reluctance soon gives way to the realisation that he needs to re-define his idea of success.


THU 14 APR 20.30


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Director John Wells Starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner

FRIENDS ONLY PREVIEW SELECTION Director Jim Loach Starring Emily Watson UK/Australia I 2010 I 105 mins This moving debut from Jim Loach (Ken Loach’s son) tells the remarkable story of social worker Margaret Humphreys. Against all odds she brought authorities to account and reunited thousands of families in one of the most shocking social scandals of recent times: the forced deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia.


Fri 29 18.15 I Sat 30 20.15 I Sun 01 May 19.15 Mon 02 18.15 I Tue 03 11.30 I Wed 04 19.00 I Thu 20.15

THU 21 APR 20.15

DIRTY DANCING (15) Staff Pick

Director Emile Ardolino Starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach USA I 1987 I 96 mins Queen of the leg-warmers and PA to the Management team, Jane Litster has chosen this classic as her Staff Pick because it’s the film which sparked her love of dancing “I first saw this film on video as a teenager and every time I see it I’m reminded of being a teenager and gazing endlessly at my Patrick Swayze poster on the wall! I’ve never had the opportunity to see the film on the big screen and it’s also a fitting tribute to the late great Patrick Swayze (aka – the LOVE-GOD).”

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Fri 08 18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

New York, I Love You Fair Game Howl Paul

Sat 09 11.30 14.00 17.45 18.00 20.00 20.15

Gnomeo & Juliet Gnomeo & Juliet Paul Howl New York, I Love You Fair Game

Sun 10 11.30 Gnomeo & Juliet 14.00 Gnomeo & Juliet 16.45 Paul SUBTITLED 17.00 New York, I Love You 19.15 Fair Game 19.30 Howl

Mon 04 18.00 The Eagle 18.15 You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger 20.15 You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger 20.30 The Eagle

Mon 11 11.30 New York, I Love You


18.00 18.15 20.00 20.30

Tue 05 11.30 The Eagle DREAM & SCREAM 18.00 You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger 19.00 The Eagle 20.00 My Blueberry Nights IFF Wed 06 11.30 You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger 14.00 The Eagle 19.00 You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger 19.30 The Eagle SUBTITLED

Howl Fair Game New York, I Love You Paul

Tue 12 11.00 Paul DREAM & SCREAM 19.00 Fair Game 19.30 Howl Wed 13 11.30 Howl 19.00 Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould 19.30 Fair Game Thu 14 11.30 Fair Game 17.45 Fair Game 18.00 Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould 20.15 Black Hawk Down 20.30 Little White Lies


TICKET PRICES All Tickets pre 5.00pm Adults (over 18) Adult Concession Under 18’s & Students Eden Court Friends

£6.00 £7.00 (Fri & Sat £7.50) £6.50 (Fri & Sat £7.00) £5.00 at all times £1.00 off

Fri 15 18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

Animal Kingdom The Adjustment Bureau Norwegian Wood The Way Back

Sat 16 11.30 Yogi Bear 14.00 Yogi Bear


14.00 17.30 17.45 20.15 20.30

The Way Back The Way Back Norwegian Wood The Adjustment Bureau Animal Kingdom

Sun 17 11.30 Yogi Bear 14.00 Yogi Bear 14.00 The Adjustment Bureau DREAM & SCREAM 16.45 The Adjustment Bureau 17.00 Animal Kingdom 19.15 The Way Back 19.30 Norwegian Wood Mon 18 18.15 The Way Back 18.00 Norwegian Wood 20.30 Animal Kingdom 20.45 The Adjustment Bureau Tue 19 11.30 The Way Back 14.00 Animal Kingdom 19.00 The Adjustment Bureau SUBTITLED 19.30 Cherry Blossoms IFF Wed 20 11.30 Norwegian Wood 14.00 The Adjustment Bureau 19.00 Animal Kingdom 19.30 The Way Back Thu 21 11.30 The Adjustment Bureau 14.00 The Way Back 17.45 The Adjustment Bureau 18.00 Animal Kingdom 20.15 King Arthur 20.30 Norwegian Wood Fri 22 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

Sat 23 11.30 14.00 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

I Am Number Four I Am Number Four Unknown Waste Land Submarine The Company Men

Sun 24 11.30 I Am Number Four 14.00 I Am Number Four 17.00 The Company Men 17.15 Submarine 19.15 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 19.30 Unknown Mon 25 18.00 Unknown 18.15 Waste Land 20.15 Submarine 20.30 The Company Men Tue 26 11.30 Submarine DREAM & SCREAM 19.00 The Company Men 19.30 The Tempest Wed 27 11.30 The Tempest 19.00 Submarine 19.30 The Company Men Thu 28 11.30 The Company Men 14.00 The Insatiable Moon 18.00 The Company Men 18.15 The Tempest 20.15 Dirty Dancing STAFF PICK 20.30 Submarine Fri 29 18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

Route Irish Oranges And Sunshine The Insatiable Moon Abel

Sat 30 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

The Insatiable Moon Abel Oranges And Sunshine Route Irish

The Company Men Submarine Waste Land Unknown

FRIENDS SCREENINGS exclusive screenings for Eden Court Friends. Friends Coffee Morning – Mon 11 Apr, 11.30 New York, I Love You (15) Friends Evening Screening – Thu 14 Apr, 20.30 Little White Lies (15) DREAM AND SCREAM Bring your baby to one of our Dream And Scream screenings, specially for parents and carers of new babies aged 0–12 months. Look out for ‘Dream & Scream’ on individual screenings AUDIO DESCRIBED & SUBTITLED FILMS Eden Court offers a range of accessible film screenings. Look out for the (AD) for Audio Described, and (S) for subtitled screenings.


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PIZZAS Now we all know our pizzas are the best, voted MFR’s Best Pizza In The North Of Scotland and the proud winner of the ICA Award Best Local Takeaway for 2009 and 10 as voted for by YOU, our great customers. Dough freshly made daily, special pizza sauce and only pure 100% mozzarella gives you the perfect margherita and the base for creating your own special pizza, choose from the highlands biggest selection of toppings …feel free to experiment as EVERY TUESDAY, ANY PIZZA, ANY SIZE is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

FISH & CHIPS** BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE!! a beautiful thick boneless (not guaranteed but we do our best!!) fillet of haddock is dipped in our special batter and deep fried to perfection, served with loads of chunky chips salt and a good splash of malt vinegar (your choice) cant you just taste it!!! And best of all... EVERY WEDNESDAY BUY A STANDARD HADDOCK SUPPER AND GET A SINGLE HADDOCK FOR FREE EVERY THURSDAY THROUGHOUT APRIL BUY A CHICKEN BREAST SUPPER AND GET A SINGLE CHICKEN LEG FREE (gluten free available)

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We at 1ST PLAICE FISH BAR have been working away quietly behind the scenes and have come up with a GLUTEN FREE batter mix so that you can now enjoy all your favourite foods. Frying every MONDAY and THURSDAY between 4pm and 9pm choose from our famous Fish & Chips, Battered Smokey Sausage, Battered Beef Burger, Fried Chicken (breast / leg) or our ever popular homemade Chicken Fillets, exclusively available from 1st Plaice Fish Bar @ GlenUrquhart Rd Inverness. We guarantee that all your favourite foods will be fried completely separately to our normal menu, all we ask is that you state VERY CLEARLY when ordering that it is the gluten free version you require, as we will be running our normal menu alongside.

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Culloden Inverness Nairn Dingwall Unit 2 Keppoch Rd, Culloden

Unit 2 Glenurquhar t Rd

The Bus Station, Nairn

61 High Street, Dingwall





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ICA Magazine - Issue 105 - April 2011  

April 2011 Highland Edition of ICA.

ICA Magazine - Issue 105 - April 2011  

April 2011 Highland Edition of ICA.