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issue106 MAY 2011

inc. full Eden Court film guide

“Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.� Still being dandy, Adam Ant live at Ironworks (& on film at IG:LU).

What’s on at the Pavilion this month?

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The multi-award winning lead singer of Ultravox and co-founder of Band Aid plays an acoustic set.


Tickets from Pavilion Office 01997 420124 or


08444 771000

Dingwall Choral Society:


With professional soloists.


Antiques Valuation Day with Bonhams Auctioneers. Organised by Friends of the Pavilion. Valuations £3 per item.

Richard Smith & Julie Adams Fabulous guitar and cello – an evening of wit and great music.


FRIDAY 20 MAY, 8pm TICKETS £12 CONC. £11

The St Kilda Tapes

David Allison with Maeve Mackinnon A thought provoking emotional journey with beautifully evocative live music and film.

Paul Rose A talk from the presenter of BBC’s Britain’s Secret Seas (showing on BBC2 from Sun 8th May at 8pm)


FRIDAY 27 MAY, 8pm TICKETS £16.50 CONC. £15.50

Karen Matheson Band The voice of Capercaillie is joined by James Grant, Donald Shaw and Ewen Vernal. FRIDAY 10 JUNE, 8pm TICKETS £12 SENIORS £10 OTHER CONC. £5

SCO Scottish Chamber Orchestra play Rossini, Weber and Prokofiev. Directed by Alexander Janiczek.

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May at a glance. . . 15 reasons to read on. . .

Ooh, you’re not going to eat much this month, are you. There is so much on, you’ll be pushing over phone boxes for a few extra pennies to buy more tickets, never mind funding T*sco’s UK takeover plans... Quite apart from the LEGEND that is ADAM ANT gracing our illustrious Ironworks, there are other WORLD famous music talents such as BILLIE JOE SPEARS, LENA MARTEL, PENDULUM, CHASE & STATUS, BBC SSO, LIZ CARROLL & JOHN DOYLE (who’ve performed for Barak Obama!), MIDGE URE and FOSTER & ALLEN; comedy greats DOM JOLY, CRAIG HILL, JENNY ECLAIR, MILTON JONES, RICHARD HERRING; a CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW, top ART HAPPENINGS, great new films, including PIRATES 4, THOR, PINA and 13 ASSASSINS; truly dramatic Dance from JASMIN VARDIMON, Drama from local fave DES DILLON and poet laureate CAROL ANN DUFFY, a musical with CLAIRE SWEENEY; plus the excellent NORTHERN ROOTS FESTIVAL, local rock acts LITTLE MILL OF HAPPINESS, THE BOOSTS, WILDFLOWERZ, BRONTO SKYLIFT, ALWAYS THE SIXTH, TOECUTTER and THE BALL DEEP. More this way >>> Six Black Candles, Eden Court, 10/11 May


Des Dillon’s latest, also with stage productions from poet laureate, CAROL ANN DUFFY and KING OF SCOTLAND...

Dom Joly plays Eden Court, Fri 13 May



Chase & Status at Ironworks, Sat 21 May



Also find PENDULUM with MC VERSE, JAPANESE POPSTARS plus NOISEMAKER, ADO, and a first ever outing of legendary local night NEW SOUL CITY at city hotspot, Hootananny...

ART Adam Ant live at Ironworks, Sun 22 May

FILM P14-16

ROCK P32-35

Johnny sails the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise once more - plus PINA, THOR, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, 13 ASSASSINS, TREE OF LIFE and more...

plus MIDGE URE, RETROFRETS, ZOEY VAN GOEY, SPOKES, JUFFAGE, GoNORTH 2011 and more... NB: Don’t miss ADAM ANT expo at IG:LU (P13)

Billie Jo Spears plays Eden Court 12 May

Tell Me On A Sunday at Eden Court 24-28 May

BID Classic Car Show Inverness City 14 May

BBC SSO play Eden Court 20 May

FOLK P24-28




Craig Shepherd at HUNG through May

Jasmin Vardon ‘7734’ at Eden Court 17 May

Ben Aigan Hill Race at Craigellachie 25 May

Colourful food... Our latest Eating Out

ART P8-13


SPORT P44-45

FOOD P57-61



Featuring CLAIRE SWEENEY - also on, DIE FLEDERMAUS and Scottish Opera’s RIGOLETTO...

A truly stunning production - with hidden meaning! Also SHAOLIN WARRIORS perform...

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Thomas visits Eden Court, Sat/Sun 04/05 June


Salsa Celtica play Findhorn, Tue 17 May



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On Stranger Tides @ Vue, from Fri 20 May


ica • CRAIG SHEPHERD @ Hung, Lombard St, Inverness, from 29 Apr We did tell you that the area around Church Street (and coincidentally Iglu and the ICA offices) was about to become the city’s creative hub and it looks like we were right. Latest additions to what is surely going to be dubbed the Artists Quarter are a boutique Red Cross shop and a new gallery called Hung. The first exhibition at the latter is by Craig “Shep” Shepherd, a graduate of Gray’s School Of Art in Aberdeen who draws on influences like Zen Practice, De Stijl philosophy and Automatism for his abstract creations. There are some interesting works on show and hopefully it’ll be the start of great things for Hung. Welcome to our world.

SPRING EXHIBITION @ Kilmorack Gallery, until 30 Jul Kilmorack Gallery can usually be relied on for some interesting Scottish art and the spring exhibition is no exception, especially since it includes Helen Denerley’s latest major creation, a domestic cow called ‘Daisy’ which has shovels for a backside and plough shares for flanks. There is also a large fountain sculpture by Laurence Broderick and an opportunity to see Allan MacDonald’s most recent landscape paintings. It’s an extensive show with other highlights including Jane MacNeill’s Garden of Eden paintings, James Newton-Adam’s naive figures reflecting Highland folklore, Kirstie Cohen’s rich landscapes and impressive works by Colin Brown (below) and Christopher Wood. Well worth a visit and to get a preview of some of the works on show, check out their website at



RICHARD ROTH @ HICA, Dalcrombie, Loch Ruthven, Dores, 01 May-05 Jun Never shy of presenting stuff from the more conceptual end of the art spectrum, HICA are putting on an exhibition called Vernacular Modernism by American artist Roth. It’s certainly a challenging instillation as Roth reiterates the theory that displayed objects become artworks in their own right, a concept stretching back to Marcel Duchamp’s “readymades” a hundred years ago. In this case we’re presented with everything from eye-shadow compacts and house-paint colour charts (below) to paper targets for rifles and printed business forms, all shown as deliberately neutrally as possible. Whether that makes for great art is for you to decide, but it’s certainly lobbing a few questions into the fray.

NEW EXHIBITION @ The Bike Shed, Merkinch, Fri 06 May onwards You can always rely on the Bike Shed to come up with something a little different. And so, alongside a show by artists Laura Collins and Joanna George, they’re putting on a special event on Sat 14 May from 2-5pm based around the creation of a Senbazuru. . A Senbazuru is a collection of 1000 handmade paper cranes and it’s a Japanese tradition that whoever creates such a thing will be granted a wish. And so the organisers are hoping to do just that, with a collective wish for peace, something which surely has to be encouraged right now. People are welcome to turn up to The Bike Shed anytime between 2pm and 5pm on the 14th to help with this mission. Paper and instructions will be provided and volunteers will be on hand to help out. People can bring their own recycled paper if they like. The cranes will be exhibited in The Bike Shed and will then be placed somewhere in the environment to slowly decompose. Entry is free and it’s suitable for all ages.

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‘BodiddleyQaQa’ - to lead up to his Inverness show on Sun 22 May, a CELEBRATION of ADAM ANT on screen, showing: n Derek Jarman’s legendary ‘JUBILEE’ n loads of ADAM & THE ANTS videos n the best of ADAM’s other films, including: LOVE BITES, DROP DEAD ROCK, TRUST ME, DESERT WINDS and more!!

Mon-Fri 11–4; Sat&Sun 12–5 | FREE ENTRY www. theIG. LU /event6 n plus very limited after-gig party with the LED & more – txt ‘IGLU’ then your name to 07786 206955 for your chance to be there!


May brings an exciting array of colour to Beauly Gallery with works from David Body. Davids familiar use of bright blocks of colour to depict the Highland Landscape never fail to draw admiration. Also showing this month, Christine O’Keeffe, Janis Mennie ,Merrill MacWilliam and Suzanne Gyseman making a welcome return to Beauly Gallery with her fantasy inspired paintings.


Laura Collins & Joanna George, from Fri 6 May, 5pm-7pm, Alongside this exhibition is a one-off event: Join in making a Japanese Senbazuru on Sat 14 May, a Senbazuru is a collection of 1000 handmade paper cranes that grants the maker a wish. 2pm - 5pm.

BRODIE CASTLE, Forres Pictish Throne

Exhibition, An opportunity to see this recreation of a Pictish throne, the first to be made in over 1000 years, by master craftsman Adrian McCurdy, who took his lines from ancient stone carvings.


to 21 May, A special exhibition marking ten years since the opening of the Castle Gallery, with about twenty new watercolour paintings and wood engravings by Gillian Jones.


Kingussie LIZZIE FAREY, BASKETMAKER, to 5 June, Traditional and contemporary techniques are used to weave willow and other natural materials to create vessels and sculptural shapes inspired by the natural world.


to 30 July, This show reflects the weight Kilmorack has acquired in the Scottish art-scene and includes Helen Denerley’s latest major creation, a domestic cow called ‘Daisy’ which has shovels for a backside and plough shares for flanks. There is also a large fountain sculpture by Laurence Broderick and an opportunity to see Allan MacDonald’s most recent landscape paintings. And much more.

MORAY ART CENTRE Edwin Smith (1912-1971)

14 May - 2 July, Regarded by John Betjeman as ‘a genius at photography’  and who left the nation with an unofficial visual study of the British Isles of traditional landscape and architecture. As well as a selection of photographs the exhibition will include a number of Smith’s paintings which have never been seen in Scotland before.


During May and June the gallery will host a long-awaited major exhibition of new work by Michael Stuart Green, a painter and printmaker working from Lochcarron. In the largest exhibition of his long career, Michael Stuart Green shows more than thirty examples of his diverse output, ranging from delicate dry-point etchings to a huge, figurative woodcut, by way of paintings (both oil and watercolour) and other media including original digital printmaking, a technique in which he is a respected pioneer.

MYCHAEL BARRATT & TREVOR PRICE, from 28 May Mychael Barratt’s work draws inspiration from sources as diverse as fairy tales and Shakespearean dramas to paintings by “Great Masters” and 1960’s pop culture. Trevor Price’s subject matter, is a reflection of his life.


As I See It - 3-28 May, by Mary Black – the coastline of North East Scotland. YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW 1-28 June, by Moray Arts Club.


Vernacular Modernism, Richard Roth, 1 May - 5 June, Roth’s practice combines Minimalist abstract painting with the curating and installation of collections of contemporary artifacts. For HICA, Roth will present a substantial installation of pieces from his collections.


CRAIG SHEPHERD, May, Inverness’s newest exhibition space opens with an exciting show of Craig Shepherd’s work. Employing modern and traditional materials influenced by Zen practice, De Stijl philosophy and the approach Automatism, drawings are constructed without an end result in mind, exploring what happens and playing with variables that might influence the materials.


IMAGE OF THE HIGHLANDS, from 3 June Students studying the NC Portfolio course at Inverness College are proud to present an exciting range of location studies that capture the scenic beauty of Inverness and beyond.

TORE art gallery painting, printmaking, gifts, cards, jewellery, ceramics ... with a warm welcome, even coffee! ten minutes north of Inverness

:Inverness Old Town Art: IOTA public art projects are percolating away and currently hitting the Highlands in different ways: intriguing entrances appearing at the Victorian Market, MIKE INGLIS’ artwork completed on Crown Wall, new innovative partnership launched in association with THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND at Culloden Battlefield with three artists (CATHERINE BERTOLA and ROGER&REID) appointed to develop ideas and build relationships within the local community.  

The Conch [Sound Studio] by WALKER & BROMWICH has taken to the road after its initial launch at the Housing Expo and has been recently spotted at the harbour in Caithness. Artist, GEORGINA PORTEOUS (The Conch’s Guardian) has been interviewing people as it moves from location to location and is an enthusiastic advocate for the impact its making:  

“It’s been a joy to see how people have come together with thoughtful conversations happening inside the Conch”   Conversations recorded have been staggeringly diverse both in content & location; contributions have been made by international surfer dudes, nuclear energy commentators, community activists, professional dancers & choreographers and local residents around the Highlands.  

THE CONCH [Sound Studio] continues its voyage and is coming to numerous places in & around Nairn (Health Centre), Culloden and Inverness from MONDAY 16th May to FRIDAY 27th May. Please check out the IOTA website for specific times or phone Susan Christie on 01463-724383.  

Photos: Susan Christie, Georgina Porteous, Frances Glover

Culloden Project & The Conch commissions are partnerships between IOTA and Highland Council and The National Trust for Scotland,  funded through the Creative Scotland Rural Innovation Fund.

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PINA @ Eden Court Fri 20–Thu 26 May Legend

ary German director WIM WENDERS (‘P aris, Texas’, ‘W ings Of Desire’, ‘Bue na Vista Soci al Club’) was persuade d to recomm ence this project after the untimely death of it’s subject (choreograph er PINA BAUSCH) by he r company of dancers. What is prod uced is a revo lutionary approach to showing danc e on film - stunning choreographi ca lly and with an excitin g take on 3D - trying to have the ca meras behave as much like a pair of ey es as possible . Prepare to have your breath taken.

Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: ON STRANGER SHORES @ Vue Cinemas from 20 May (tbc) And so the franchise sails ever onwards, sweeping through the seven seas of commerciality in search of shiny doubloons from the cinema-going public. This one’s subtitled “On Stranger Tides” and early reports suggest it’s something of a return to the excellence of the first two. Directed by Rob Marshall, whose only notable credits are “Memories Of A Geisha” and the TV movie of “Annie”, it finds Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embarking on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love or if she’s a ruthless con artist. Swashes will be buckled, or buckles swashed, that’s for sure.

THOR @ Vue Cinemas from 29 April (tbc) Superheroes have very nearly had their day and the year ahead looks set to be dominated by films remaking old fairy tales, but before that there’s one last hurrah in the form of the warrior Thor, cast out of Asgard to live with the humans and defend them from the bad guys. It’s directed, curiously, by Kenneth Branagh, who will no doubt invest things with an epic Shakespearean vim, while the lead role is taken by one-time star of Home And Away and Neighbours, Chris Hemsworth. Also popping up on screen are the always good value Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman who obviously decided to bank as many roles as possible (from the majestic Black Swan to the dire Your Highness)before giving birth. Whether this one will pay for the child’s college fund remains to be seen.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS @ Eden Court, 27 May–06 June (& Vue, tbc), The consistently underrated Reese Witherspoon and the inexplicably popular Robert Pattinson star in this story about a student joining a travelling circus during the Great Depression as a vet. Based on Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel you can expect a love story set against the often cruel world of early twentieth century circuses. Dumbo it ain’t.




COLD FISH @ Eden Court 27/28 May 13 ASSASSINS @ Eden Court, 03–09 June (Vue tbc - released 06 May) The latest flick from one of the world’s most prolific directors, Takashi Miike, this is a remake of Eiichi Kudo‘s 1963 film of the same name, which at the time drew some fire for being a bit too much like Seven Samurai, something which is, to be honest, no bad thing. In the era of the Shogun, an evil young lord rapes and kills, assured of immunity by law. But he doesn’t count on the Thirteen Assassins. A feared secret force, each with their own deadly skill, the Assassins undertake a suicide mission to wipe out the Lord. As he embarks on a perilous journey, the Assassins close off his escape route and ambush him in a village of death. But little do they know, they are outnumbered four to one by the Lord’s crack team of bodyguards. Plenty of wonderfully choreographed action awaits.

Based on a true story apparently, this Japanese film directed by Sion Sono promises a rather gory tale of murder and underworld shenanigans set against, get this, “the bizarre world of tropical fish retailing.” What’s not to love?

TREE OF LIFE (released 27 May) By the time you read this, TREE OF LIFE may well have picked up the Palm D’Or at Cannes, which would be a fitting tribute to the writer and director Terence Malick, the man responsible for some of the greatest films ever made, particularly Badlands and Days Of Heaven. He works sparingly so each of his movies is widely anticipated among film fans and this is no exception. The plot has been kept top secret, but rumours are surfacing that it’s an impressionistic story of a Midwest family in the fifties with lots of unreconciled relationships and musings on the origin and meaning of life. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star, though Heath Ledger was signed up to the project at one time. It could well be mystifying and ravishing in equal measure.


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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.


ABEL @ EDEN COURT CINEMA About a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. ORANGES AND SUNSHINE @ EDEN COURT CINEMA ARCHIPELAGO @ EDEN COURT CINEMA THOR (3D) @ VUE CINEMA


LIAF FAMILY SHORTS @ EDEN COURT CINEMA, 11.30AM, 2PM A programme of extra-special films selected for our most extra-special audience – plus whichever grown-ups they want to bring along. Suitable for 7-14 year-olds, these films bring the wonder of animation onto the big screen. They’re entertaining, thought provoking, colourful and enchanting – without a toy or games ad in sight!


OUT OF THE PAST @ EDEN COURT CINEMA, 7.30PM [PART OF IFF’S FILM NOIR SEASON] A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.


THE PRINCESS BRIDE @ EDEN COURT CINEMA, 6.15PM A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing.


LITTLE WHITE LIES @ EDEN COURT CINEMA HANNA @ EDEN COURT CINEMA / VUE CINEMA KILLING BONO @ EDEN COURT CINEMA WATER FOR ELEPHANTS @ VUE CINEMA A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet. INSIDIOUS @ VUE CINEMA A family looks to prevent evil spirits from


to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the “guidance” of three convention veterans. Starring ‘that guy from the hangover’ - Ed Helms.


CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (3D) @ EDEN COURT CINEMA Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

AN EDUCATION @ NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE , 8.45PM Jenny (Mulligan) plays a bright Oxfordbound schoolgirl in 1960s London. Then playboy David (Peter Sarsgaard) comes on the scene. BODY HEAT @ EDEN COURT CINEMA, 8.45PM [PART OF IFF’S FILM NOIR SEASON] In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.


THE WAY @ EDEN COURT CINEMA An American father (Played by the brilliant Martin Sheen) travels to France to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling “El camino de Santiago” from France to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). PRIEST (3D) @ VUE CINEMA A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.


A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM @ Elgin Museum. Elgin Museum Family Event. Screening of the Ben Stiller movie at 7pm. No charge. Tel 543675 or email curator@




MILDRED PIERCE @ EDEN COURT CINEMA, 7.30PM [PART OF IFF’S FILM NOIR SEASON] After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can’t win the approval of her spoiled daughter.




THE BIG SLEEP @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. [PART OF IFF’S FILM NOIR SEASON] Private detective Philip Marlowe (played by the big shmooze Humphrey Bogart) is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.


WATER FOR ELEPHANTS @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. ESSENTIAL KILLING @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. COLD FISH @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. WAKE BLOOD @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. THE HANGOVER 2 @ VUE CINEMA Phil, Stu, and Alan travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding only to find themselves in another post-blackout misadventure. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2 @ VUE CINEMA Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.





PINA (3D) @ EDEN COURT CINEMA SOURCE CODE @ EDEN COURT CINEMA An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Directed by David Bowie’s Son, Duncan Jones. CEDAR RAPIDS @ EDEN COURT CINEMA Tim Lippe has no idea what he’s in for when he’s sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa




DOUBLE INDEMNITY @ EDEN COURT CINEMA. [PART OF IFF’S FILM NOIR SEASON] An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator’s suspicions.


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ica • THOMAS & FRIENDS LIVE ON STAGE: A Circus Comes To Town @ Eden Court, Sat 04 & Sun 05 Jun Even in the most remote of rainforests you get the impression that anyone under eight is driven to a state of almost catatonic excitement by THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE and his railway pals, such is the impact that the tales continue to make, over sixty years after the character was first introduced to the world by the Rev W. Awdry. When writer/

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN @ Eden Court, Mon 06 Jun Terry Gilliam has made some fine movies in his time and one of his most charming retold the traditional tale of Baron Munchausen, locked in an asylum for allegedly telling lies and using the only way he knows to escape, his imagination. It’s an amazing story that even stretches as far as the moon and manages to captivate old and young alike. Now it’s the turn of The National Black Light Theatre of Prague to bring the yarn to the stage as Mark Rind for Gingerbee Productions presents the UK premiere of a show that’s already picked up accolades all over the world. As you dive into the world of fantasy you will meet giants, sea monsters, and flying people all cleverly created (without wires) live on stage, in a production full of amazing stories, mesmerising illusions and incredible tricks accompanied by unique multivisual effects including animation and interactive film projections. “It has no

borders,” says NBLTP’s Jakub Marek. “If you’re an adult, you look at the show trying to figure out how we do it. If you’re a child, you get caught up in the story and the fun.” Have a sneak peek at what’s in store at


producer Britt Allcroft mortgaged her house in 1979 to bring the series to TV she not only revitalised the franchise, but also ensured that for a whole generation Ringo Starr became more famous for his narration than any of that drumming business in a sixties pop group. Now Thomas is taking a break from tootling up and down various railways across the country, including Hampshire’s lovely Watercress Line, to pay a visit to Inverness alongside a colourful cast of circus performers in an engaging story that demonstrates the importance of friendship and coopera- tion. When our hero makes a big mistake, all the engines on the Island of Sodor must work together to prepare for the exciting event under the Big Top and Thomas must prove he’s a really useful engine once again. Find out what happens as he’s joined by Percy, James,


Gordon and of course The Fat Controller.

CLOCKWORK @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, Wed 08 Jun @ Eden Court OneTouch, Fri 10& Sat 11 Jun A collaboration between Visible Fictions and Scottish Opera, adapting best-selling author Philip Pullman’s short story about a character called Fritz telling a magical story to the townsfolk of Glockenheim as they’re gathered around a roaring fire, safe from the winter weather outside. Pretty much like any night in Inverness then. Apart from the fact that in this story, a tale of

“kings and queens and clockwork machines”, past meets present, man merges with machine and fiction becomes reality. Visible Fictions can be relied on for hugely entertaining productions as their most recent Shopping For Shoes showed and this looks like being every bit as rewarding.

ONE LITTLE WORD @ Eden Court, Wed 25 May Another bold idea from M6 Theatre Company, this time a play with just one spoken word. What is it? Well that would be giving the game away. All you need to know is that it’s a lovely story of friendship and creative play as two characters explore new space, new objects, dressing up and taking turns, but struggle when one of them wants to be the only captain of the ship. Some big lessons for later life there presumably. It’s performed by two actors with a specially composed soundtrack by Tayo Akinbode.



Special Events JUNIOR BOOK GROUP @ Keith Library. Open to everyone in P6 or P7.


Misc CREATURES OF THE NIGHT @ Falconer Museum, Forres. Up close with insects and reptiles and even a bit of stargazing. A night of wonders at the Falconer Museum.


A FISHTASTIC FESTIVAL @ Helmsdale. The area’s rich fishing history has shaped the community and one of Scotland’s oldest working fishing boats, The Isabella Fortuna, will be sailing into town There will be a BBQ, sea shanties, storytelling, and the ultimate fish-tastic quiz.


HENNA HANDS @ Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie. Hands on Henna Workshop14 and 15 May:10.30 am - 12pm and 1pm - 2.30pmAdvance booking required www.groamhouse. 01381620961 Art ‘STARTING A COLLECTION’ CERAMICS WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer, 11am. To launch ‘The Things Children Collect’, youngsters are invited to indulge their creative side with a hands-on ceramics workshop. Adventure CREATURES OF THE NIGHT @ Elgin


Museum. Enjoy a special screening of the Ben Stiller movie ‘Night at the Museum’, and experience the wonders of the Elgin Museum at night with the chance to investigate the world of creepy crawlies. This is a fun night of activities for all the family and a unique chance to experience the wonders of the world at night. Misc A FISHTASTIC FESTIVAL @ Helmsdale. INVERNESS CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW @ Inverness City Centre. Classic and Vintage vehicles on display in Church Street, Inglis Street, High Street and Falcon Square. Music and family entertainment, Food Taste Trail, Parade Finale High Street 2.45pm. Free Vintage bus rides on the “Monarch of the Glen” bus (trips depart outside Ramada Jarvis, Church Street).For more information and late entries contact 01463 714550.


Misc HENNA HANDS @ Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie. Hands on Henna Workshop14 and 15 May:10.30 am - 12pm and 1pm - 2.30pm. Advance booking required www. 01381620961 Art COLLECTOR’S FAIR: FOR TODAY’S YOUNG COLLECTORS @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer, 2pm. This is a rare opportunity for youngsters to exhibit their collections and encourage others to start collecting too.



Drama/Kids ONE LITTLE WORD @ Eden Court One Touch, 4pm. A beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play. 01463 234 234


ONE LITTLE WORD @ Eden Court One Touch, 10.30am, 1pm. A beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play. 01463 234 234


THOMAS AND FRIENDS LIVE ON STAGE: A CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN @ Eden Court Empire, 11am, 2pm, 5pm. When Thomas makes a big mistake, all the engines must work together to prepare for the exciting event under the Big Top and Thomas must prove he. 01463 234 234




Theatre CLOCKWORK @ The Universal Hall, 7.30pm. An adaptation of an original work by Philip Pullman. Fritz unravels his tale of kings, queens and mysterious clockwork machines. For ages 8+ and their adults. 01309 691170





A chance to get your thoughtful silences and inevitably vociferous applause captured for posterity as this concert from the prestigious BBC SSO is to be recorded for broadcast in the future on Radio 3. It s an appealing sounding programme with baritone and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Henk Neven singing a selection of arias, and Lawrence Renes (rather than, as originally advertised, Pablo Heras-Casado) conducting the orchestra in two popular symphonies, Prokofiev s Classical (which pays homage to Haydn and Mozart) and Beethoven s Pastoral . There are also works from the aforementioned Mozart as well as Handel and Britten. To read more about the BBC SSO and its future programmes, go to

ARTEM ARKOPYAN @ Nairn Community Centre, Sat 28 May

Young Russian pianist Arkopyan has been playing since the age of five and at a mere eight years old made his solo debut. Recent visits to these parts have demonstrated his prodigious talent which should again be on show as he performs works from Beethoven, Turina, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Janacek and Chopin.

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, Sat 04 Jun @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Fri 10 Jun

The award-winning SCO guarantee sell-out crowds when they play up here so you have a couple of chances to catch them playing a concert of popular classics under the baton of Bulgarian conductor, Danail Rachev. The Orchestra s brilliant young bassist Nikita Naumov will perform the Koussevitsky Concerto framed by Mendelssohn s overture The Fair Melusine and Haydn s Symphony No 101 The Clock .


ica • JAPANESE POPSTARS @ Ironworks, Wed 11 May

In just four years Japanese Popstars have risen from nowhere to become the go-to guys for any party starting requirements, thanks to their in-

vigorating electrostomp. With their forthcoming album Controlling Your Allegiance (featuring collaborations with The Cure s Robert Smith, Jon

Spencer and Chicago House Legend Green Velvet set for release in June) this could well be the year they go massive. Now they re back in the

Highlands on a short tour leading up to what s bound to be a spectacu-

lar Rock Ness show and anyone who buys tickets for this will be entered into a draw for VIP tickets to the festival itself.

PENDULUM DJ SET/MC VERSE @ Ironworks, Sat 04 Jun

Another DJ set from an act who ve crossed from the underground to a wider audience with some aplomb. There won t be many festivals this

summer that aren t soundtracked in some part by Pendulum so here s a chance to experience something a little more intimate with their DJ set supplemented by the lyrical outpourings of their very own MC Verse. Another good night guaranteed.

CHASE AND STATUS DJ SET @ Ironworks, Sat 21 May

Saul Milton and Will Kennard (pic below), producing under the name Chase & Status, have achieved

much in eight years not least their aptly named debut album More Than A Lot and more recently No

More Idols . Crossing over from the underground scene they ve been lauded by dubstep royalty as well as counting Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell among their fans.


THE NOISEMAKER @ Cake, Sat 07 May

Audiolife s Alan Macpherson spends many of his late nights trawling the virtual ocean of the internet looking for fresh catch to feed to the Inverness clubbers and he may just have found a hidden treasure. Riccardo Piovesan (aka The Noisemaker) grew up near Venice and collaborates with artists and labels such as Emote, Wood n Bass, Genesa, Par, Suicide, Cirque Du Minimaliste and other splendidly monikered people. The sound? Well, hypnotic bass lines and post-industrial atmosphere, all accompanied by very deep percussion seems to be the order of the day. Or night. This is his first UK visit so take him to your hearts. Before he plays there s a live gig from Retrofrets and Filthy Little Secret. Read more about that on our rock page.




Each month Cake seems to provide a whole heap of interesting looking nights and were it not for the fact that we have to sleep every now and then, it s quite possible we d never leave the place. This month we re particularly excited by the visit of Wax:On Music s Ado on Sat 21 May. Making waves across the country for his DJing and production, he s been playing alongside the likes of Erol Alkan and 2manydjs as well as remixing for Fatboy Slim and Kissy Sellout. Support comes from Polymath, Mykol Blyth, Abraham Thunderwolf and The Boomshank Redemption. The organisers are bringing up Glasgow s finest visual and lighting team Broadcastr Visuals , so expect something special. And there are free CDs for the first 50m through the door. Other highlights of the month include the launch of XX on Fri 13 with DJs Becci Brennan, Juste, Wuz and Hooker Barbie playing Techno, psytrance and hard dance, Bounce on Fri 27 May, billing itself marvellously as a night of fidget and wonk from Dirty Wee Decks and Twidget and Ambiance on Sun 29 May with chillout and minimal house from Aurora, Alottarhythmmam, Pluto with special guest Juste and Eron. For all the latest Cake info go to

NEW SOUL CITY @ Hootananny, Fri 20 May

A bit of Northern Soul spirit comes to Hootananny courtesy of the always excellent New Soul City. Downstairs will be table free for dancing, following a set by local funksters Leonard Jones Potential.

MIAMI New Nightclub for Inverness Coming Soon

Opening in the former Bakoo Nightclub in May, MIAMI will cater for a range of music tastes - popular Dance will be to the fore for obvious reasons, but you ll also find Rap, Hip-Hop, Electro & RnB, plus 70/80/90 s and Rock. The people behind the venture are bringing between them 45 years of experience in the industry and are focused on creating a big city club atmosphere. More details in these pages soon - meanwhile keep yer eyes & ears peeled, check and miamiinverness facebook.


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COUNTRY & FOLK: LADIES OF COUNTRY @ Eden Court Empire, Thu 12 May


A terrific triple bill for fans of country, both of the American and European varieties. From not too distant lands there’s LEA MARTELL and the always hugely popular PHILOMENA BEGLEY, Ireland’s Queen Of Country, but we’re most excited about the prospect of seeing the wonderful BILLIE JO SPEARS, the woman responsible for such classics as “What I’ve Got In Mind”, “Blanket On The Ground” and “Misty Blue”. A true country icon, making this an essential show.

DUNCAN CHISHOLM @ Eden Court OneTou ch, Sat 21 May

The greatest of folk and traditional music is all about feel and instinct, put proficiency also pla ys a part and there are few fidd lers who make what they do look as easy as Chisholm does. A glorio us sense of the spirit of Highland airs is allied to a rare talent, making for inspiring performances. It’s litt le surprise then that at the time of writing, this show, where Chisholm will be joined by TONY BYRNE fro m Dublin on guitar, and ALLAN HE NDERSON from Mallaig on piano / fiddle, is almost sold out. Get you r tickets while you can. eden-cou

It’s a good month for fans of what you might call “heritage” folk at Eden Court, with Irish duo FOSTER & ALLEN playing on Thu 19 May and giving you all your favourites from a career that stretches back to the seventies, while on Sun 29 May, THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS will be demonstrating their uniquely Scottish take on the traditional/folk thing with a body of work that also stretches back forty years. Both gigs should show what a broad church the genre is.


Living up here we perhaps don’t realise how lucky we are to see some of the best folk musicians around playing regularly right on our doorsteps. Take SESSION A9 (Universal Hall, Findhorn, Wed 25 May) for example. As a combo who at times has featured many of the people on these pages, most notably Duncan Chisholm and Lau’s Kris Drever, they also include ADAM SUTHERLAND, one of the finest fiddlers in the country, who’s also played with Peatbog Faeries and Croft Number Five among an extensive list of collaborations. Not only is he playing with Session A9 at the above gig, but he’s also appearing alongside old buddy and fellow Crofter JOHN “Box Club” SOMERVILLE (Hootananny on Sat 28 May). SOMERVILLE is also playing on his own (Hoots Fri 13 May). Finally, no list of recommendations of gigs by local folk musicians would be complete without pointing you in the direction of ex-Daintee and adopted Highlander MARTIN STEPHENSON, whose songs are always a delight. He’s at Ceol Mor on Sat 14 May.


Northern Roots Festival Bogbain Farm 3-5 June 2011 Folk • Country • Bluegrass • Blues Lorraine Lucas • Dan Cassidy & James Hickman • The Bonfire Band Comedy Songs Concert • Mainline North • Edwina Hayes • The New Rope String Band • Dylan 70th Birthday Tribute • Kieran Goss • Archie Fisher • The Paul McKenna Band Tickets: £15 per night/ £40 all weekend from Eden Court 01463 715125,

LAU @ The Stables, Cromarty, Sun 15 May


We can be proud that some of the most innovative exponents of modern traditional music hail from these

parts with Lau seeming to go from strength to strength. Highly regarded musicians in their own right, when

Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O Rourke combine they come up with something quite awesome as a host of awards demonstrate. Their most recent album, Arc Light is their best yet so expect to hear plenty from it in a ferociously dynamic live show.


Phone 01381 600354 or email to reserve tickets.

LIZ CARROLL & JOHN DOYLE @ Eden Court OneTouch, Tue 03 May

For aficionados of Celtic folk, they don t come much more impressive than the duo of Liz Carroll and guitarist and singer John Doyle. The latter was a onetime member of the Irish American supergroup Solas, but it s with Carroll that he s making perhaps the best music of his career. And winning fans in influential places with the duo having played for none other than Barack Obama. Well worth checking out.

KAREN MATHESON @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Fri 27 May

Who s got the most beautiful voice in Gaelic music? You can have all the arguments you like, but for some of us, there s only one answer and that s Karen Matheson. She first came to fame as co-vocalist for Capercaillie, immediately attracting fans for a voice that has the same warm purity as someone like Karen Carpenter, investing her songs in Gaelic with a swooping beauty. Oddly she even represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 with a song in Breton. Whether she ll reprise it here is debateable, but you ll get plenty of reasons to understand why she s so captivating.

THE POOZIES @ Eden Court OneTouch, Tue 31 May

One of the most influential all-female groups in folk, The Poozies have always had an admirably fluid approach to their line-ups, one of their best known previous members being Kate Rusby. Other members have come and gone over the years, one prodigal daughter in the current line-up being founding member Sally Barker meaning that they re just about as impressive as at any time in their history. If you ve not heard their mixture of traditional instrumentals and heartwrenching harmonies you re in for a treat.


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NORTHERN ROOTS FESTIVAL @ Bogbain Farm, 03-05 Jun

As if to emphasise the strength of folk music up here, not only is there the wealth of great gigs detailed on these pages, but it s also topped off with the annual Northern Roots Festival at Bogbain, run by Blazin Fiddler Bruce MacGregor. He s firmly established his farm as an essential part of the cultural landscape with not only notable gigs by the likes of Broken Records and Dick Gaughan, but also the recent inaugural Whisky Festival. The line up for this year s Northern Roots Festival is still promising some more surprises, but acts booked already include The New Rope String Band, The Bonfire Band, Edwina Hayes and the legendary Archie Fisher. For all the latest announcements about the line up and clips of some of the acts who ll be performing, check out the festival website at


ica • SALSA CELTICA @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, Wed 18 May

Sometimes genres are there to be blown wide open and that s very much the case with this lot. Salsa Celtica s music is a synthesis of Afro Latin Salsa with Scottish and Irish traditional and that s just the starting point. Their line up combines some of the most exciting traditional Celtic musicians with a stellar group of world, jazz and salsa players ensuring that shows positively throb with sassy invention. Their most recent Universal hall show was recorded for their marvellous En Vivo En El Norte album, so this is something of a triumphant homecoming.

BUDAPEST CAFE ORCHESTRA @ Glen Urquhart Public Hall, Thu 19 May

Love music, love goulash? Tonight s for you, with both included in the ticket price. The New Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful, driving folk-based music from Eastern Europe, inspired by the music of European gypsies. Comprising violins, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika, the five musicians play an impassioned but often tender mixture of Hungarian Czardas, Russian and Ukrainian folk songs and dances from Romania and Bulgaria, as well as their own electrifying compositions. Tickets £15/£12/£6 including food! Family ticket £34.



EDUARDO NIEBLA @ Eden Court OneTouch, Thu 12 May

The king of gypsy jazz will, of course, forever be the mighty Django Rheinhardt, but the spirit is being kept alive and taken in lots of fine new directions by those who have followed in his wake. Check out child prodigy Andreas Varady on YouTube for just such an example or, better still, go and see Niebla who, for the last four decades has been investing proceedings with his own flamenco jazz flourishes. He ll be playing stuff from his well received new album My Gypsy Waltz as well as compositions from his hugely successful and influential career, accompanied by guitarist Carl Herring.

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR @ Eden Court Empire, Sun 22 May

Of all the places in America, perhaps it s Harlem that is most synonymous with Gospel Music. And of all the gospel choirs performing around the world, it s the Harlem Gospel Choir that s widely regarded as the very best. Back in the UK for the first time in six years, this is a rare opportunity to witness one of the finest arguments around for accepting the transformative power of music as the choir, founded back in 1986, spread their message of love. There ll be dancing in the aisles and no mistake.


It s a packed month for fans of jazz, world and roots so, if you find yourself with a spare thirty seconds after taking in everything else on these pages, may we recommend the following: The Wilders at Universal Hall on Thu 05 May with their joyous hillbilly bluegrass, the startling guitar work of Richard Smith and Julie Adam at Strathpeffer Pavilion on Sat 14 May, the slinky rhythms of Orquestra Latina del Norte at Ceol Mor on Sun 15 May and a World Music Week at Hootananny which includes the Afro fusion Baobab Gateway on Mon 16 May (complete with an afternoon drum workshop in The Bothy in the afternoon) and ace reggae from Glasgow s Rudy Alba on Sat 21 May.


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ADAM ANT AND THE GOOD, THE MAD & THE LOVELY POSSE @ Ironworks, Sun 22 May Hyperbole has to be the worst thing in the world ever. Or the best. We always forget. Whatever, there’s no denying that Adam Ant is the one crucial link between the glorious, transgressive force of British punk rock and the self-aware sophistication of the current pop arena. Lady Gaga, The Killers and The Vaccines wouldn’t exist without him. Fact. Stuart Goddard dropped out of art school and got caught up in the punk maelstrom, changing his name to ADAM ANT and forming his band while in the audience at a Siouxsie & The Banshees gig. One of a gaggle of scenesters who starred in Derek Jarman’s seminal “Jubilee” film, his band’s first album Dirk Wears White Sox remains an extraordinary record over thirty years after its release, combining the irresistible clatter of barely proficient instrumentality with sexually investigative lyrics and a general air of outsiderdom. Hanging around with Malcolm McLaren inspired him to adopt the Burundi drumming blueprint of Bow Wow Wow and, with the album Kings Of The Wild Frontier let him start to develop a musical and visual aesthetic that drew on everything from vaudeville and candy pop to something that hadn’t even been invented yet. After that, posterity perhaps got too hung up on the pop element (although only Blondie and Madness can lay claim to producing such a string of commercially memorable singles), but to have witnessed that moment of transition was a thing of wonder. Which means there’ll be plenty of old fans (including us) shouting for Beat My Guest, Cleopatra and Car Trouble as well as lovers of Stand And Deliver, Goody Two Shoes, Ant Music et al when he comes to Inverness with his new combo, going under the name of The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse. The name’s a nod to Adam’s bipolar condition which has caused him to burn as many bridges as he built. In their ranks you’ll find his co-writer and guitarist, Chris McCormack, (with whom he’s been making new songs at Chris’ self-proclaimed House Of Noise) as well as Georgina Baillie, perhaps better known as the woman at the heart of Russell Brand’s Sachsgate scandal. There’s a new album in the pipeline and hopefully we’ll get some tastes, but we’re also promised hits ahoy, so get ready for the best pop songs you’ll 32 ever hear at Ironworks. See, you can always rely on hyperbole to get things right.

ART MIDGE URE @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Sat 28 May


In his long career Midge Ure has been in Slik, Ultravox and even, briefly, Thin Lizzy. For the latter he had to learn all their songs on a flight to America, cursing for once the fact that he’s been booked on Concorde! A co-founder of Band Aid and Live Aid, his contribution has been rather overshadowed by Saint Bob, but he can know that he’s done some good in his life. He’ll be performing acoustic versions of his hits and a pound to a penny there’ll be a point where everyone in the building howls “Ooooooooooooooh Vienna!”


A gig prior to the club night by NOISEMAKER and a good example of how to cross-pollinate this wonderful musical world of ours. Glasgow garage rockers have a charismatic frontman in SEAN BROADLEY (who carries off youthful anger with some pizzazz) and a hatful of fine songs that change pace with joyous abandon. Fellow Glaswegians FILTHY LITTLE SECRET make a splendid racket influenced by The Cramps, MC5 and The Ramones which should make for a wonderfully bracing evening. Champion!

JUFFAGE @ Mad Hatters, Mon 09 May

Multi-instrumentalist Jeff T. Smith aka JUFFAGE lives in Leeds but has spent much of his time in Chicago where he spent time in studios with the likes of Steve Albini developing his lush multi-layered sound, complete with surprisingly sophisticated loops and whirls, combined with good oldfashioned cassettes. Very much one to watch. Check him out at

SPOKES @ Mad Hatters, Wed 11 May

Manchester’s Spokes are doing their best to dispel any lingering notions of that city being made up entirely of chaps in baggy jeans or Factory/Smiths/Oasis acolytes, making as they do an inventive post-rock sound that draws on folk and even shoegazing without lurching into any kind of easy adoration for such genres. They’re a bit complicated, but all the better for that.


A special night under the banner Singles Club from Edinburgh’s Tape Studios, bringing together a couple of bands who feature on their newly released split-single. DBR are part of the Bear Scotland Collective, bringing together disparate artists from diverse backgrounds. They’ve always been admirably open about the fact that they used to sound rubbish, but now seem to have developed a rather fine Animal Collective-y sound, complete with synths, tribal drumming and the all important yelps. THE MACHINE ROOM were assembled by John Bryden, ex-bassist in The Vivians, but in this incarnation the sound is appealingly floaty folkatronica...


@ Ceol Mor, Sat 28 May

Something of an Inverness supergroup, featuring as they do various members of Shutter, Lush Rollers and Low Tide Revelry. They’re drawing on influences as diverse as Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Screaming Trees and The Doors, creating a hefty musical backdrop to the never less than impressively gravelly vocals of STEVE OBERN. While they’ve more experience between them than just about any band in town, there’s an energy to what they do that puts the young whippersnappers to shame. This should be great - might just be the sound of a band coming into their own...



THE BOOSTS @ Ceol Mor, Fri 06 May

Colin Fraser, Paul Elliot, Jake Bolt and Mark Williamson have only played a handful of gigs together so far, but there’s something promising going on there with catchy songs allied to an energetic swagger.

TOECUTTER @ Mad Hatters, Fri 06 May

Sharing a bill with Roadway this Toecutter reunion suggests they’ve stirred from their slumbers to unleash some more noise on the people of the Highlands. Healthily unhinged.

THE WILDFLOWERZ @ Ceol Mor, Sat 07 May

First gig of the year for the band originally formed as a studio project by Rainland’s Mark Allison. They’ve shifted their sound from acoustic roots to something beefier and there’s even talk of featuring on a compilation album in America. Definitely on the way up.

BRONTO SKYLIFT @ Mad Hatters, Thu 12 May

If you’re heading along to see New Zealand trio Die Die Die (who come with a great reputation having been signed to the prestigious Flying Nun label) make sure you get along early to see the duo of Niall Strachan and Iain Stewart playing merry hell in their heavy jazz Helmet manner.

ALWAYS THE SIXTH @ Ceol Mor, Fri 13 May

Excellent punk from Wick courtesy of a band who even managed to cover Livin’ La Vida Loca and get away with it. Could there be a burgeoning Caithness scene about to take us by the scruff of the neck? If so, these are right at the front.

THE BALL DEEP @ Mad Hatters, Fri 27 May

Steady as she goes for the local quartet who are succeeding in building quite a following for their spiky indie rock while picking up coverage from 6 Music and even picking up some influential fans in the form of The View. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop this year.


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ZOEY VAN GOEY @ Mad Hatters, Sun 22 May

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now As a long-term (long-suffering) fan of the band who were formative in my musical coming of age, I’m delighted to be able to say that their new long player is their best since losing founder member Bill Berry 15 years ago.

JOHN GRANT - Queen of Denmark Matt from ZVG turned me on to this and Adam our newest recruit saw him play an excellent gig at Celtic Connections. Grand, darkly comic, melodic songwriting.


Fresh from touring with Belle and Sebastian in Europe, Glasgow’s delightful indie-folksters ZOEY VAN GOEY are coming to town. With Lou Reed among their fans and an album, Propeller Versus Wings, on Chemikal Underground inspired by the glorious Powell and Pressburger film A Matter Of Life and Death, they’re obviously rather special. So if you like Yo La Tengo, Magnetic Fields, Dirty Projectors and their ilk, you’re in for a treat. We asked Michael John “MJ” McCarthy from the band to give us an insight into their influences. This is what he’s been listening to.

PJ HARVEY - Let England Shake I come & go with PJ, not as huge a fan as some people I know, but this is worthy of the critical hosannas. A collection of songs with a political edge that manages to be both angry and considered, and dare I say entertaining, without being pretentious or hectoring. NIALL CONNOLLY - Brother The Fight Is Fixed Would strongly urge people to check out this NYC-based songwriter of Cork origin. He also has the gift of writing ‘political pop’ (don’t let that put you off!), something I wish I could turn my hand to with the same degree of assuredness. SUN RA - Interplanetary Melodies Bit of an odd one this, caught my attention via a Yo La Tengo cover of one of its tunes. I gather Sun Ra’s more famous for jazz-fusion madness, but this collection of songs he wrote and produced for doo-wop groups is thing of joy.

GoNORTH @ Various venues, Inverness, Thu 09–Fri 10 June

One of the few times in the year when the various disparate venues around the city stop getting all quietly grumpy with each other and embrace the capacity of the place to celebrate enthusiastic creativity is during GoNorth. There’s something lifeaffirming about going from witnessing Glasgow indie bods in one place to stumbling across punks from the Faroe Islands down the road and ending up dancing to panglobal funksters, so we’re eager to know what to expect from this year’s event, which has ex-Undertone (and vociferous spokesman for digital rights) FEARGAL SHARKEY as keynote speaker. This year they’re not going to be present at RockNess, deciding instead to tour BELLADRUM, WICKERMAN, LOOPALLU and SUMMER IN THE CITY, but before that there’ll be the smorgasbord of new acts popping up at venues all around town. We’d love to tell you exactly who, but for now they’re keeping all under wraps, so check out www.wh or the GoNorth website at for all the latest updates - or just scan this QR for line-up! 35




LIZ CARROLL AND JOHN DOYLE @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. See Preview P27


JOOST @ Market Bar.


SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions.

Findhorn, 8pm. There is something for everyone in their repertoire, including African songs, gospel, traditional Scottish and Irish melodies, and contemporary numbers www. ROCK

THE BOOSTS & THE WHISKY RIVER BAND @ Ceol-mor, 9pm. The Boosts make their much anticipated return to the Ceol Mor following last years not so secret debut gig which recieved raving local reviews. Send an email to to get exclusive free tracks.



JIMMIE MACGREGOR @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm. The enduringly popular entertainer has met Tarzan, John Wayne and Jimmy Shand. 01997 420124.

ROADWAY EP LAUNCH, WITH TOECUTTER @ Hootananny Madhatters, 10pm. Local rock acts with what should be the loudest shows in town this month. JUDE @ The Room.




AMY HENDERSON @ Hootananny. Fine DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore. accordionist bringing traditional tunes FOLK to a whole new generation. COAST @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm. JAZZ/WORLD 0871 789 4173 THE WILDERS @ The Universal Hall, 7.30pm. The Wilders from Kansas City, SATURDAY CEILIDH @ The Gellions. Missouri, play storming roots-of-country, MISC. bluegrass and hillbilly. 01309 691170 WHISPERS @ Market Bar. MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ The Elgin Museum Hall, Elgin High Street, ROCK THE WILDFLOWERZ @ Ceol Mor. 8pm. Details of whos playing when THE RETROFRETS AND FILTHY LITTLE SECRET @ Cake, 8pm. BLIND & DEAF @ Dows Bar. JUDE @ The Room.

ROBIN & BILLS @ Market Bar.



HOODJA @ Hootananny. LOST CITY SOUL/RUSSIAN NINJAS @ Mad Hatters. Dundee five piece LCS, fresh from supporting The View are joined by highly promising young Fort William combo Russian Ninjas.

JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore. ANDY MURRAY @ The Gellions. FOLK/ROCK


TOO MANY KOOKS @ Universal Hall,



TWISTED BLUES @ Eden Court Maclean Room, 3PM. The much acclaimed locally based Blues trio play a rare acoustic set. ROCK


BILLY MORRISON @ Market Bar. ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions.


THE JAPANESE POPSTARS @ The Ironworks, 8pm. See Preview P22. 0871 789 4173 FOLK

PEARL & THE PUPPETS @ Hootananny. Elton John is a fan of Pearl’s remarkably assured songwriting. SPOKES/THE WHISKY TALKING @ Mad Hatters. Manchester quintet who swoop from soaring, ascendant post-rock to pastoral indie. Rather good indeed. FOLK/ROCK


FERGUS & GREG @ Market Bar.


DJ STEVE T @ The Vault, Aviemore. FOLK

OBI FOLK CLUB @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 9pm. Live Traditional Music Session with John Somerville, Ross Ainslie and friends. 01479 811 137 FOLK/ROCK

EMMA SHEARER’S COFFEE SHOP SESSIONS @ The Coffee Shop, Strathpeffer, 12am. Special guest - Megan Blyth folk rock vocalist/guitarist. JAZZ/WORLD

EDUARDO NIEBLA IN CONCERT @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. A formidable flamenco-jazz guitar virtuoso, Eduardo Niebla is a master of today’s generation; technically superb, breathtaking versatile, supernaturally talented. MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ The Elgin Museum Hall, Elgin High Street, 8pm.


SCHIEHALLION @ Hootananny.

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions.

WOODENBOX AND A FISTFUL OF FIVERS @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 9pm. Indie folk party starters who always go down particularly well up here. 01479 811 137

DINGWALL CHORAL SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 7.30pm. This very talented choir delighted a capacity FOLK audience at the Pavilion with their concert in BEN ARTHUR + JOHN COLETTA @ Ceol February. 01997 420124 Mor. Ben Arthur is a singer-songwriter currently based in New York who CLUBBING has since opened for artists such as THE NOISEMAKER @ Cake, 10pm. See Tori Amos, Shawn Colvin and Dave Preview P23 Matthews Band.



ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions.


THE WILDERS @ Eden Court One Touch, 8pm. Every time “the hillbilly hurricane” from Kansas City, Missouri, (aka The Wilders) blow into town,they’re amazing. 01463 234 234

LINDSAY AND THE STORM @ Hootananny. The Storm’s unique sound consists of a languorous cello, soaring harmonies, an African djembe drum and a glockenspiel. Plus Linsay’s hauntingly ethereal vocals.


LIVE MUSIC @ Bogbain Farm. Alternate Sundays Bruce MacGregor’s trad music sessions and Emma Shearer’s Music Cafe for songwriters. 01463772800


LADIES OF COUNTRY @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm. See Preview P24. THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN @ Ironworks Room 2, 7pm. A unique and sensitive concert. Keith James presents


Leonard Cohen’s songs in their most bare and honest ROCK

ROBIN & BILLS @ Market Bar.

BRONTO SKYLIFT/DIE DIE DIE @ Mad Hatters. Die Die Die are a New Zealand pop punk trio on the influential Flying Nun label who’ve been produced by Steve Albini. Bronto Skylift are reassuringly unhinged. Top night.


XX - OPENING NIGHT @ Cake, 10pm. With djs Becci Brennan, Juste, Wuz and Hooker Barbie. Techno - psytrance - hard dance.£5 (£3 with flyer). NOISEBOX PRESENTS ALEX KIDD & MALLORCA LEE @ The Vault, Aviemore. Hard dance innovator Alex Kidd is joined by maverick MC/DJ/Producer Majorca Lee for what should be a splendid night.


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


MARTIN STEPHENSON @ Ceol Mor. Martin Stephenson is a supremely gifted singer, songwriter, musician and performer, whose career in music stretches back now almost twenty years. Born in County Durham, in the North-East of England. Martin was initially fired up to play in a band when the Punk Rock phenomenon went overground in the late 1970’s. Then, as now, however, Martin’s free spirit incorporated a love for an eclectic range of musical styles, from Rockabilly, show tunes, through to straight ahead rock and full-tilt Punk. STRATHPEFFER & DISTRICT PIPE BAND SATURDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE @ Strathpeffer Square, 8.30pm. The pipe band parade in Strathpeffer Square. The event lasts about one hour with a showcase of Highland Dancing - weather permitting.


JOHN SOMERVILLE @ Hootananny. Sometime Box Club and Croft Number Fiver whose way with traditional tunes is always a delight. CAPTAIN TOM @ Mad Hatters. JAZZ/WORLD

EDUARDO NIEBLA @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, 8pm. The flamenco-jazz guitar virtuoso and composer tours his new album. This is intricate, passionate flamenco fused with a myriad of Eastern colours and a Gypsy-jazz edge. MISC.

C-RED @ Dows Bar. ROCK

STETSONHEAD @ Market Bar. BIRO @ The Room. ANDY CHUNG @ The Gellions.. ROCK/PUNK

ALWAYS THE SIXTH @ Ceol-mor. Wick-based pop punk rockers who caused a stir with their cover of “La Vida Loca” and have followed it up with a new EP.www.myspace. com/alwaysthesixth.


INVERNESS CHORAL SOCIETY - DREAM OF GERONTIUS @ Eden Court, 7.30pm. Inverness Choral Society is bringing together two of the Highland’s leading choirs with full orchestra, plus distinguished soloists for what promises to be a memorable evening.


DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore. Charts SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions. and Requests free entry -til 3.

ALLY MACKENZIE @ Hootananny. One of the finest accordionists around, playing traditional tunes. FOLK

LAU @ The Stables, Cromarty, 7.30pm. Three of the finest.


RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm. Originally from Kent, Richard started playing guitar at 5 years old and?was invited to play with his hero Chet Atkins on stage in London when only 11. He has since toured the world, with his brothers as the Richard Smith guitar trio, and with his wife American cellist Julie Adams. He has also performed with other guitar greats, like Tommy Emmanuel, Les Paul and Martin Taylor, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius and a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar. ?Tickets from Pavilion 01997 420124. 01997 420124


ORQUESTA LATINA DEL NORTE @ Ceolmor. Inverness’s own 16 Piece Salsa band returns to get you ready for summer. www. MISC.


ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions. NETSOUNDS ACOUSTIC/ROBIN ABBOTT/ STEVEN MILNE/GRAHAM BROWN @ Mad Hatters. An acoustic night showing the breadth of the genre.


OBI FOLK CLUB @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 8pm. Live Music with LAU. Internationally acclaimed, award winning folk trio. £14. 01479 811 137 ROCK

BILLY MORRISON @ Market Bar. BAOBAB-GATEWAY - HWMW @ Hootananny. Roots fusion band from Edinburgh bringing some African rhythms to the party. There’s also a drum workshop in The Bothy in the afternoon.


LOCAL MUSICIANS @ Glachbeg Centre, 7.30pm. For performers and listeners, with performances from Fiona Mackenzie and Gil Anderson.




SALSA CELTICA @ The Universal Hall, 7.30pm. Enchanting blend of Afro Latin Salsa with Scottish. 01309 691170


ANDY DUNCAN @ Market Bar.

KEVIN FRASER @ Dows Bar. KINKY KARMA @ The Room. LITTLE KICKS/LITTLE BUDDHA/LOST IN AUDIO @ Mad Hatters. Melodic Aberdeen quartet who’ve got their own hometown club night and a growing legion of fans. ROCK/COUNTRY

PORCH SONG ANTHOLOGY @ Market Bar. Rather lovely Glaswegian Americana. ROCK/POP

PEARL AND THE PUPPETS/PETE LAWRIE @ The Loft. Pearl is much admired by Elton John while Lawrie makes “Southern blues country rock skiffle hop tronica”. 01343 850111


ANDY CHUNG @ The Gellions. Edinburghbased songwriter who’s much loved on the folk and world music scene.

LIVE MUSIC @ Bogbain Farm, 12am. Alternate Sundays Bruce MacGregor’s trad music sessions and Emma Shearer’s Music Cafe for songwriters. Free admission. 01463772800



DJ STEVE T @ The Vault, Aviemore. Charts, requests and dance anthems free entry -till 3. FOLK

BUDAPEST CAFE ORCHESTRA @ Glen Urquhart Public Hall, 8pm. A mixture of Hungarian Czardas, Russian and Ukranian folk songs and dances from Romania and Bulgaria, plus original compostions. £15/£12/£6 INCLUDING SUPPER! Family ticket £34. IAIN MORRISION @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm. 0871 789 4173



MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ The Elgin Museum Hall, Elgin High Street, 8pm. Details of whos playing when ROOT MA TOOT SWING BAND @ Hootananny. Hoots World Music Week somewhat oddly reaches out to embrace a local 20 piece Big Band with an understandable love of swing.

a showcase of Highland Dancing - weather permitting. FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions.

ORGAN RECITAL BY GEORGE MACPHEE @ Old High Church, Inverness, 7.30pm. RUDY @ Hootananny. Rudy Alba is a big Opening recital on the newly refurbished name on the Glasgow reggae scene and now Father Henry Willis Organ. it’s our turn to celebrate a sound heard far too rarely in these parts.


SESSION A9 @ The Universal Hall, 7.30pm. With players from Capercaillie, Peatbog Faeries, Fiddlers Bid and Blazin Fiddles. 01309 691170

FOSTER & ALLEN @ Eden Court Empire, 7pm. One of Ireland’s most popular acts. 01463 234 234 ROBIN & BILLS @ Market Bar. STEVIE REBEL @ The Gellions.


BBC SSO @ Eden Court Empire, 7.15pm, 8pm. 01463 234 234 CLUBBING

ALT X @ Cake, 10pm. JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore. Mash up of monster tunes free entry -till 3.





CHARLIES RANCH @ Market Bar. One of several combos providing creative outlets for local musicians Robin Abbot and Marc Clement. Expect emotional country rock.



JUDE @ The Room.

CHASE & STATUS DJ SET @ The Ironworks, 10pm. See Preview 22. 0871 789 4173

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions.

TAPE CLUB @ Mad Hatters. Two young Edinburgh bands, Dead Boy Robotics and The Machine Room who’ve just released a split single on the Tape label run by the recording studio of the same name.

ROSS MACEWAN @ Market Bar.




STETSONHEAD @ Mad Hatters.

THE LONG NOTES @ Hootananny. Combining the revered talents of accordionist Colette O’Leary, fiddler Jamie Smith and banjo and mandolin player Brian Kelly. Celtic tunes from stars of the London folk scene.

THE FUMES @ The Room. Rock music.

NOEL CASSIDY DUO @ Mosset Tavern, Forres, 8pm. Live Irish music. FOLK LIVE MUSIC @ Bogbain Farm, 12am. SCHIEHALLION @ Dows Bar. Alternate Sundays Bruce MacGregor’s trad music sessions and Emma Shearer’s Music BRYAN BENNER AND HAZEN METRO Cafe for songwriters.Free admission. 01463 @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 10pm. 772 800 Traditional music and folk rock from sometime members of the highly KASSIDY @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 9pm. regarded King Arthur’s Men. 01479 Dynamic harmonies and surging guitar 811 137 melodies make for a Scottish band who are zooming rapidly to very big things. 01479 JAZZ/WORLD 811 137 THE LJP @ Hootananny. A+ funk, pop and soul from Leonard Jones Potential.

STEVIE REBEL @ The Gellions.





Preview P33. 0871 789 4173



FERGUS & GREG @ Market Bar.

MUSIC AT THE CROWN @ Crown Church, 8pm. Light classical choral music, including Verdi’s ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’, Schubert’s 23rd Psalm, and pieces by Rachmaninov, Faure and others. CLUBBING/CHART

DJ STEVE T @ The Vault, Aviemore. FOLK

OBI FOLK CLUB @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 9pm. Live Music with folk legend Mike Heron (ex-Incredible String Band). A rare opportunity to see one of the true greats of the genre. 01479 811 137 FOLK/ROCK


EMMA SHEARER’S COFFEE SHOP SESSIONS @ The Coffee Shop, Strathpeffer, 12am. Special guest - Viper Central (mandolin, banjos, vocalists, guitarists, violin) playing grass roots music all the way from the Rocky Mountains. JAZZ/WORLD

MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ The NULLIGAN @ Eden Court Maclean Room, Elgin Museum Hall, Elgin High Street, 3pm. The world premiere of a Gerry Mulligan 8pm. Details of whos playing when (the king of ‘cool jazz’) tribute band.

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR @ Eden Court, 7.30pm. Forget the imitations, this is the ADO @ Cake, 10pm. With support real spirit of New York gospel. An uplifting, from Polymath, Mykol Blyth, Abraham extraordinary choir. 01463 234 234 Thunderwolf, The Boomshank Redemption, Butterscotch and Science Phyction. Free CDs for first 50 through the door.


ROBIN & BILLS @ Market Bar. MAN AT THE WINDOW @ Mad Hatters. Nine piece reaggae band from Glasgow.


DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore. Charts and Requests free entry -til 3. FOLK

DUNCAN CHISHOLM @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. See Preview P25. 01463 234 234 STRATHPEFFER & DISTRICT PIPE BAND SATURDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE @ Strathpeffer Square, 8.30pm. The pipe band parade in Strathpeffer Square. The event lasts about one hour with



ZOEY VAN GOEY @ Mad Hatters Fresh from touring with Belle and Sebastian and certainly sharing much of the spirit of Murdoch et al. Catchy as the dickens.


ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions.

BOUNCE @ Cake, 10pm. A night of fidget and wonk from Dirty Wee Decks and Twidget. Special guest TBA £5 (£3 with flyer).

ADAM ANT @ The Ironworks, 9pm. See

JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore.

JJ GILMOUR @ The Loft. JJ has built up a staunch fan base across Europe, and is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s most distinctive singer/ songwriters, able to fuse moving, intelligent lyrics with melodic harmonies. 01343 850111

event lasts about one hour with a showcase of Highland Dancing - weather permitting. DAVY COWAN @ Market Bar.

JOHN SOMERVILLE/ADAM SUTHERLAND @ Hootananny. Leaders of the new generation CLUBBING of traditional musicians, maintaining the JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore. Mash up vigour that gave the genre its appeal in the of monster tunes free entry -till 3. first place.




KAREN MATHESON @ Strathpeffer Pavillion. See Preview P27. FOLK/ROCK


D.B.F @ The Gellions.


LITTLE MILL OF HAPPINESS @ Ceol-mor. A veritable local supergroup featuring members of Shutter, Lowtide Revelry and Lush Rollers. Atmospheric original numbers and ace covers. thelittlemillofhappiness.


THE RAT PACK IS BACK @ The Ironworks, 7pm. The Dick Feeney Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin lets you relive the magic of the Rat Pack. 0871 789 4173 DONNIE LIVINGSTONE @ Market Bar. THE MYSTIC SHOES @ The Room. STEVIE AND THE MOON/THE BALL DEEP @ Mad Hatters. Strong melodies and intimate lyricism combine to set this Glasgow balladeer apart from the folky pack. He’s supported by excellent local act Ball Deep. SELECTIVE SERVICE @ Flannagans Bar, Elgin, 7pm. Popular Glasgow act combining blues, funk and reggae.


ARTEM AKOPYAN @ Nairn Community Centre, 8pm. A young prize-winning Russian pianist includes works by Tchaikovsky, Turina, Debussy, Janacek, Chopin, and Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ sonata. 01667 455701, 01667 453476

STRATHPEFFER & DISTRICT PIPE BAND SATURDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE @ Strathpeffer Square, 8.30pm. The pipe band parade in Strathpeffer Square. The

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA @ The Universal Hall, 8pm. MENDELSSOHN Overture, The Fair MelusineKOUSSEVITSKY Concerto for double bass and orchestraHAYDN Symphony No 101 ‘The Clock’Danail Rachev conductor, Nikita Naumov double bass. 01309 691170

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions.


MYSTIC SHOES @ Mad Hatters. MIDGE URE @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm. 80’s is back. 01997 420124


AMBIANCE @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness. Sunday Sessions of electronic chill / minimal houseResidents: Aurora, Alottarythmn, PlutoGuest DJ: Stina. FOLK

THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS *CELEBRATING OVER 40 YEARS OF PRETTY GOOD MUSIC* @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. The Tannahill Weavers are Scotland’s beloved musical ambassadors with scores of recordings and countless tours over more that forty years to their credit. 01463 234 234

SANDRA MACBETH @ Hootananny.


ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions.


DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore. Charts THE POOZIES @ Eden Court. See Preview P27. and Requests free entry -til 3. FOLK


PENDULUM DJ SET @ The Ironworks, 10pm. See Preview P22. 0871 7894173

A*S*Y*S AND BRIAN M VS MCBUNN @ Cake, 10pm. Support comes from Nicco, MISC. Desudo, Maddog, Tiny, Variaudio, Roy Fraser, DON’T BRING FRANKIE @ Dows Bar. Tweek, Robbie N and Dirty Wee Decks.


FIONA MACKENZIE WITH BOSIE @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, 8pm. Born and raised on Lewis, Mackenzie effortlessly blends traditional folk, soul and jazz – delivered with her distinctive, smoky voice. Price: £10 / £8 /£6 U-16’s (concessions).


OBI FOLK CLUB @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 9pm. Bank Holiday Special with KAN. £12 (or £6 if bought alongside LAU ticket). 01479 811 137

SHOOGLE @ Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. The Old Bridge’s new funk/soul/disco night with live band and resident DJs. 01479 811 137



BOGBAIN MUSIC CAFE SESSIONS @ Bogbain Farm, 12am. With special guests. 01463772800


MORAY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT @ The Elgin Museum Hall, Elgin High Street, 8pm. Details of whos playing when


DJ STEVE T @ The Vault, Aviemore. JAZZ/WORLD

DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore. FOLK





Errata, Death Watch + Supports @ Flanagan’s Bar, Elgin. 8pm. Errata, Death Metal from Edinburgh, recently reformed make their first visit to Elgin. Support comes from the sludgey Death Watch from Aberdeen who will be promoting their new demo.


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

THE MORAY JAZZ QUARTET @ Eden Court Maclean Room. A chance to enjoy the sounds of the ‘house’ band from the Moray Jazz Club, Elgin. Admission £6. 01463 234234.


DJ STEVE T @ The Vault, Aviemore.


JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore. MISC.




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SHAOLIN WARRIORS: THE SPIRIT WITHIN @ Eden Court, Sun 29 May Last time Shaolin Warriors visited Inverness they were so popular that an extra show had to be added. This new show for 2011 promises to be equally in demand so get your tickets this very moment. It’s a fully choreographed spectacular featuring 22 professionally trained Kung Fu masters who’ve used Buddhist Meditation and rigorous martial arts training to perform incredible feats of agility, strength and skill from qigong and animal imitation boxing to drunken sparring and fighting with 18 different dangerous weapons. The latter two sound pretty much like your average Saturday night out in Inverness, but we’re sure this will be rather more elegant with brilliant scenery, atmospheric music, superb lighting and hundreds of costumes.

FESTIVAL OF MUSEUMS Fri 13-Sun 15 May A Scotland-wide event aiming to “ignite the imagination” with all sorts of galleries and museums putting on events both before and after dark. A new initiative, it’s good to see people joining some dots at last and showcasing a whole load of invariably underappreciated resources. We never tire of banging on about how well worth a visit the Inverness Museum is, yet there are still plenty of locals who haven’t even thought of stepping inside its doors. The same’s the case for a whole host of museums throughout the area so hopefully something like this will get folk to realise what a wealth of great experiences are there to be had. The organisers are making noises about it being a perfect way for “staycationers” to pass some time, but we prefer to see it as an opportunity for the ordinary person to see some extraordinary things. And the events taking place up here have a wide appeal, ranging from Henna Workshops at Groam House on The Black Isle, lectures on Pictish archaeology in Fortrose and an all nighter at the Falconer Museum in Forres to a festival of fish in Helmsdale. For full details see our listings on page 38 and check out the festival website at

CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW @ Inverness City Centre, Sat 14 May, 11am-3pm A day to remind you that modern cars are rubbish. Now back for the third year, this display of vehicles in Church Street, High Street, Inglis Street and Falcon Square is a total delight, featuring everything from a tiny Austin Seven to a great big bus, every vehicle showing off a gorgeous design aesthetic that has been discarded in this age of homogenised silver grey people carriers. There’s a parade from the High Street starting at 2.30, plus music and street entertainers. You can learn much more about all the vehicles on show at


MARIE CURIE EVENTS There are a couple of foodie events on this month to raise funds for Marie Curie Highland, beginning with a cookery demo at Dingwall Academy on Thu 09 Jun from the always engaging Lady Claire Macdonald, cookery writer and creator of award-winning Scottish cuisine at Kinloch Lodge on Isle Of Skye. She’ll be ably assisted by sous chef for the day, Rocpool’s Steven Devlin, who’s not half bad himself. Tickets cost £15 (01463 238328 or text ‘ Lady Claire’  to 07515 190240). If it’s eating rather than cooking that you’re interested in, then there’s a fundraising Ladies Lunch at the Dairy at Daviot, Inverness on Sat 14 May at noon. Tickets are £30 and you get a three course lunch with wine, plus Prosecco on arrival. There’s also music from In Cahoots. For tickets and info contact Debbie on 01808 511466, email or text ‘dairy’ to 07884 073385



The Monster Science festival returns in June and you’ll be able to read much more about it in next month’s issue. Before that there’s a special talk from one of the stars of last year’s festival, renowned author and evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins. Exploring the question of beauty, and why we appreciate it, he’ll be looking at the roots of aesthetic attraction and sexual selection. He’ll also be posing the question, is science itself among the highest aesthetic experiences? Always an entertaining and informative speaker this should provide much food for thought. Tickets cost £10 and booking is essential.   Online booking preferred (see, but you may also book by phone: 01463 273000. The main Inverness Monster Science Festival will be running from 11 to 19 Jun.  Full details on

HIGHLAND HOSPICE MOONLIGHT MEANDER @ Brahan Estate, Ross-shire, Sat 21 May, 8pm Highland Hospice’s popular ladies-only sponsored walk, the Moonlight Meander, is set for a new look this year, with the introduction of a fun, fluffy flashing pink halo for each participant. Held for the first time on the Brahan Estate it’ll provide a scenic route for the ten mile stroll. Highland Hospice’s Events & Community Fundraiser Amanda Mackay says, “The Moonlight Meander is always a fun and lively event for the hundreds of ladies who join us in support of Highland Hospice. It should be a spectacular sight to see a sea of flashing halos as dusk settles! This is a perfect opportunity to get dressed up and have lots of fun with your female friends and relatives, whilst raising important funds for Highland Hospice to help us care for our patients and their families.” The Moonlight Meander will also feature a chocolate fountain to keep energy levels up for the walk (any excuse for chocolate frankly), and a barbecue afterwards with plenty of rewarding treats.  Free buses to and from the event will be available from Tulloch Inverness Caledonian Stadium.  If you are interested in joining the fun please visit or call 01463 227913 for further details.





Misc SPRINGTIME ALONG THE RIVER AVERON @ Alness, 1pm. Wander the River Averon looking for sandpipers and dippers and learn about the history of the sandstone crags. 01349 868563 Adults £3 Concession £2.


Annual GIRLZONE LUNCH @ Mambo’s Inverness, 1pm. Misc INVERNESS BUSHCRAFT DAY @ Abriachan, 12am. Try your hand at making a shelter, building a fire and foraging for food, with experts on hand to guide you. 01463 710786 for info.


Misc ANTIQUES VALUATION DAY WITH BONHAMS @ Strathpeffer Pavilion. Regular LGBT CURRY NIGHT @ Wetherspoons, Church Street, Inverness, 6.30pm.


Annual THE LOCH NESS WHISKY FESTIVAL 2011 @ Fiddlers, Drumnadrochit.

ART FAIR @ Strathpeffer Community Centre.

recording every living thing in Abriachan Forest. There will be activities for all the family. 01463 710786 for info

‘STARTING A COLLECTION’ CERAMICS WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer.

Adventure LOCH NESS FILM FESTIVAL 2011 @ Craigmonie Centre & Abriachan Hall.

CREATE A SENBAZURU @ The Bike Shed, Grant St. It is a well know Japanese story that whoever creates a 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. As part of our exhibition we will be trying to make 1000 cranes for a collective wish of peace. People are welcome to turn up anytime between 2pm and 5pm on the 14th to help with this mission. Paper and instructions will be provided. People can bring their own recycled paper if they like. Entry is free and it’s suitable for all ages.


HENNA HANDS @ Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie. Hands on Henna Workshop. 01381620961 A FISHTASTIC FESTIVAL

@ Helmsdale.

ART FAIR @ Strathpeffer Community Centre.


Misc THE DARK MYSTERIES OF BLACK ROCK GORGE @ Evanton, 12am. Learn about the chasm of Black Rock Gorge and the folklore that goes with it. Meet in village car park. 01349 868563 for more details.


Misc CREATURES OF THE NIGHT @ Falconer Museum, Forres. falconermuseum.



Charity MOONLIGHT MEANDER @ Brahan Estate, 8pm. See Preview P41.


Annual THE LOCH NESS WHISKY FESTIVAL 2011 @ Fiddlers, Drumnadrochit. LADIES LUNCH @ Dairy At Daviot, Inverness. Raising funds in aid of Marie Curie Highland. Festival FESTIVAL OF ENLIGHTENMENT @ Merkinch Community Centre , 10.30am. Misc RIVERSIDE WANDER @ Kilmorack, 12am. Lovely walk along the riverside with scenery, wildlife and stories. Phone Corinne Hambly on 01463 710786 for more details. RED KITE DAY @ Talla Nan Ros, Kingussie, 12am. An afternoon of crafts and fun activities to celebrate a beautiful bird of prey. Duncan Macdonald on 01540 673907 for more details. Free. HENNA HANDS @ Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie. Hands on Henna Workshop. 01381620961 A FISHTASTIC FESTIVAL

@ Helmsdale.

INVERNESS CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW @ Inverness City Centre. See Preview P41.

Annual FERINTOSH COMMUNITY MARKET @ Findon Hall, Culbokie.

Misc COMMUNITY MARKET @ Crown School, 12am.


GORDON CASTLE HIGHLAND GAMES @ Gordon Castle. Revival of the original Gordon Castle Gathering which was held on the estate in the 1920’s and 30’s. £7.50 for adults, £5 for concessions, children £2.50 and under 5s free.


Misc RUDDY TUFTY TEAL AND OTHER BIRDS @ Loch Kinellan, Strathpeffer, 7pm. An evening stroll to look and listen out for the ducks and grebes of the loch. 01349 868563 for more details.


Misc SEABOARD COASTLINE @ Hilton Of Cadboll, 12am. Explore the coastline north of Hilton looking out for plants and bird life of the dunes and foreshore. 01349 868563.


Annual BIG BIO BLITZ @ Abriachan. 24 hours of


Annual BIG BIO BLITZ @ Abriachan. Adventure LOCH NESS FILM FESTIVAL 2011 @ Craigmonie Centre & Abriachan Hall. Annual SAIL CALEDONIA @



Misc SPRINGTIME @ Drummondreach Oak Wood, Black Isle, 12am. Take in the sounds of our feathered friends inthe oak wood as they sing for a mate at the open-air pulpit. Adjacent parking at Teandore, Alcaig to Findon Road.01349 868563. INVERNESS CD & RECORD FAIR @ Thistle Hotel, Millburn Road, Inverness. As part of Beatles Day,Massive selection of Vinyl,CDs. CRAFTS WEEKEND FAIR @ The Stables, Cromarty. Wood, textiles, pottery and ceramics, jewellery, prints and more from some of the Highlands’ most skilled craftspeople and makers. Regular LGBT BRUNCH @ Macnabs Bar And Bistro, Columba Hotel, Inverness. Visit


Misc CRAFTS WEEKEND FAIR @ The Stables, Cromarty. Wood, textiles, pottery and ceramics, jewellery, prints and more from some of the Highlands’ most skilled craftspeople and makers. 01381 600354 Misc BEAULY & FIRTH PIPE BAND & HIGHLAND DANCING @ Beauly Square, 12am. Scottish music followed by Highland dancing and a performance from Beauly Firth And Glens Pipe Band.


Charity FASHION SHOW @ Strathpeffer Pavilion. In aid of Blythswood. 01997 420124


Misc ORCHIDS @ Merkinch Local Nature Reserve, 12am. Orchids are some of our most beautiful flowers and Merkinch LNR has plenty. No booking required. Phone Katy Martin on 01463 710786 for info.


COOKERY DEMO WITH LADY CLAIRE MACDONALD @ Dingwall Acadeny, 7.30pm. Ably assisted by ‘sous chef’ Rocpool Restaurant’s, Steven Devlin. Marie Curie Highland event, Tickets £15, 01463 238328.

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CITY OF INVERNESS 54 HOLE OPEN @ Inverness Golf Clubs, Fri 27-Sun 29 May With the last day of the US Masters having staked a claim for being one of the most gripping sporting events of recent years and excitement building about the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in July, golf is getting good again. There ll be plenty of entrants hoping not to fall apart quite as spectacularly as poor Rory McIlroy in this event taking place at Torvean Golf Club (27), Inverness Golf Club (28) and Loch Ness Golf Club (29). Entry forms from

RUN !!!

Plenty of opportunities to pound the Great Outdoors this month with running events aplenty. Here’s the best of the bunch:

BENROMACH 10K @ Benromach Distillery, Forres, Sat 07 May, 2.30pm

Part of the Northern Scot series, this takes place on a flat course starting and beginning at the distillery. For more details and registration go to


This is the 13th staging of the Culbin Forest Run ‒ a 5-mile trail run in one of Scotland s finest forests. This race first came about in 1999 when the villagers of Dyke were raising money to build the new village hall that was eventually opened in 2001. The first run was such a success that within 3 years, two other village halls, and more recently Forres Guides, came together to help stage the Moray Forest Runs Series, with other races taking place at Roseisle, Quarrelwood and Monaughty. The series has gone from strength to strength, adding junior races and establishing itself as an important community fund raiser as well as an enjoyable festival of trail running for all ages. Registration will be open from 6 pm. The Under 12s race will start at 6.45pm.The Under 16s race will start alongside the 5-mile race at 7.15pm. The flat-rate entry fee is £4 which you can pay online at Cheques for any postal entries should be made payable to Dyke & District Hall and you can also pay cash on the day. There is no additional levy for unattached runners.

WHOLE HOG RUN @ Glenside Farm, Balfron, Sat 21 May

Now in its third year, the Marie Curie Whole Hog is a half day cross country run with a twist, combining an adventure assault course with the challenging environment and wild terrain of the Scottish countryside. Set against the backdrop of some of the region s most beautiful scenery, this innovative event finishes in grand style with a hog roast party, hence the name. It s a six mile course involving scrambling up waterfalls and, inevitably, getting muddy, but should make for much team bonding. And of course it s in a very good cause. Participants must be aged 18. An outdoor clothing kit list will be provided upon booking. For entry forms ring the events team on 08700 340 040 or go to

BEN AIGAN HILL RACE @ Fiddich Park, Craigellachie, Wed 25 May

If you want something a bit more challenging than flat roads then how about a bit of hill racing? This is a 6.4K run with a climb of 326m. Just the thing for working those hamstrings.

HIGHLANDS, ISLANDS & GRAMPIAN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS @ Queens Park, Inverness, Sat 28 May, 9am The regional champs and lots of opportunities for Chariots Of Fire moments.

ELGIN STREET MARATHON @ Elgin City Centre, Sun 05 Jun

The eleventh Street Marathon that they re calling the Marafun . Do you see what they ve done there? And you don t have to run the whole 26 miles because it s a relay event for teams of five. Each runner does eight circuits (5.2 miles) and runners of all abilities are welcome. Each team is asked to pledge £150. The afternoon will also feature stalls, displays, musical entertainment, new and classic cars and the popular show and shine event , which sounds intriguing.


SCOTTISH SIX DAYS TRIAL @ Fort William. Three hundred riders come from round the world for the centenary of the SSDT,

Sat 14 May

PBW WRESTLING @ The Ironworks, 6.30pm. The best wrestling talent in Europe. 0871 789 4173 Shinty CO-OPERATIVE MACTAVISH CUP SEMI FINALS full match listings at BALLIEMORE CUP QUARTER FINALS full match listings at:


Sat 07 May

Athletics BENROMACH FORRES 10K @ Forres, 2.30pm.


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Sun 08 May

Athletics RACE FOR LIFE @ Bught Park, 1pm. 5K run. Join the girls in Inverness and walk, jog or run to help beat cancer.Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a great day out, packed with inspiring memories and amazing moments to share with your family and friends. Enter now and raise money for our groundbreaking work that has saved millions of lives. Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by the public and we need your support to continue to make progress and give hope to people affected by cancer.

Mon 09 May

Football KEITH V COVE RANGERS @ Keith.

Thu 12 May

CITY OF INVERNESS 54 HOLE OPEN @ Inverness Golf Clubs. 27th Torvean Golf Club 28th Inverness Golf Club 29th Loch Ness Golf Club Entry forms can be obtained by emailing

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Athletics CULBIN FOREST RUN @ Culbin Forest, Near Forres. The first race in the 2011 Moray Forest Runs Series Welcome to the 13th staging of the Culbin Forest Run – a 5-mile trail run in one of Scotland’s finest forests.

Sat 21 May

Outdoor 10 UNDER THE BEN @ Fort William. Now in its 7th year it’s a must do for all mountain bike enthusiasts. A 10 hour endurance event for individuals and teams. WHOLE HOG CHALLENGE @ Balfron. Half day cross country run with a twist, combining an adventure assault course with the challenging environment and wild terrain of the Scottish countryside. finishes in grand style with a hog roast party. NAVIGATION FOR NUMPTIES @ Near Fort Augustus, 12am. Orienteering afternoon. For more info:: 01320 366633.

CITY OF INVERNESS 54 HOLE OPEN @ Inverness Golf Clubs


Sun 29 May

CITY OF INVERNESS 54 HOLE OPEN @ Inverness Golf Clubs. 27th Torvean Golf Club 28th Inverness Golf Club 29th Loch Ness Golf Club Entry forms can be obtained by emailing


Mon 02 May

Sun 05 Jun

Athletics ELGIN ROTARY CLUB’S 11TH AND ORIGINAL CITY CENTRE RELAY MARATHON RACE @ Elgin. City centre relay “Marafun” in aid of charity.

Athletics CHALLENGE 66 @ Bught Park. Andy McMenemy is aiming to run a world record 66 ultra-marathons on 66 consecutive days for charity. Get along to support him.


ica • DOM JOLY: Welcome To Wherever I Am @ Eden Court Empire, Fri 13 May “I’M ON THE PHONE!!!” Wonder if that’ll be Joly’s obituary? Perhaps carved on a tombstone shaped like a giant mobile phone. It seems like a lifetime ago when he first unleashed his prankster persona onto the small screen with Trigger Happy TV, though much of it still tickles. Since then he’s popped up all over the place, from travelogues to reality shows and now he’s taking to the stage to recount some of his adventures. We’re promised some most peculiar holiday snaps as well as accounts of being arrested in Switzerland while dressed as a yeti, discovering he went to school with Osama Bin Laden and of course, what it was really like in the jungle with Gillian McKeith (shudders).

JENNY ECLAIR: Old Dog New Tricks @ Ironworks, Thu 26 May Rearranged from last year, this is a chance for Eclair to show why once upon a time she was one of the groundbreaking breed of young female comedians, picking up a Perrier award and inspiring a whole bunch of women to take to the stage in her wake. More recently she’s rather languished in her role as spokesperson for Grumpy Old Women on the TV show of the same name, but hopefully she’ll revisit the sparky persona that shaped her.

RICHARD HERRING: Christ On A Bike - The Second Coming @ Ironworks, Sun 08 May Erstwhile partner of the peerless Stewart Lee, Richard Herring is equally unafraid to take on the more intriguing subjects in his comedy. Having previously investigated the iconic nature of Hitler’s moustache and why it got snatched from Charlie Chaplin, he’s now looking at the notion of Christianity and his own alarming, er, affinity with the messiah. He’ll also be posing the big questions along the way like, “Why did Jesus always call Simon ‘Peter’? Is it like the way

Trigger always calling Rodney ‘Dave’?” . Tremendous.

CRAIG HILL: Why Don’t You Come Down The Front? @ Eden Court OneTouch, Fri 03 Jun A regular visitor to Inverness and, as the title of the show suggests, not averse to a bit of the old double entendre. It’s surprising how such an approach allows a performer to get away with far more outrageous remarks than more straight-ahead shock comics, particularly when wrapped up, as is the case with Craig Hill, in a cheekily engaging persona. There’ll be plenty of fans out in force so book your ticket now.




Lion Whisperer @ Eden Court Empire, Sat 21 May Up until fairly recently Milton Jones was something of a secret pleasure for those who’d caught his quietly surreal Radio 4 show (imagine Harry Hill meeting Spike Milligan) or chanced upon a live performance. In the last few months however he seems to have popped up increasingly regularly on everything from Mock The Week to the Comedy

Roadshow. Which, we guess, means he’ll be touring the stadia soon, so now’s the best time to catch a gloriously unhinged imagination while he can still see the whites of your eyes. Wholeheartedly recommended. We asked Mr Jones to tell us more about his place in the whole comedy lark. Here’s what he said. What’s it like in the bear pit of Mock The Week? Ruthlessly competitive? Yes. It’s like shaking hands before the start of a race There never seem to have been so many outlets on TV for comedians as there are now. Do you think there’s a danger that it can breed laziness? No, every time we go back on the circuit we can feel the competition from other comics What first inspired you to want to make people laugh? Not being good at anything else

We’ve always loved your Radio 4 series which seems to nod at the likes of Round The Horne and the like. Was that golden age of radio comedy a defining influence? More of a Goon man myself. But comedy slowly moves on like a glacier.


Can you remember your first gig? Yes, I threw pizzas at the audience and then ran away

Who makes you laugh these days? The Simpsons What can we expect from your show? You won’t learn anything. It’s stupid, stupid, stupid.


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DINNERLADIES SECOND HELPINGS @ Eden Court Empire, Mon 30 May Victoria Wood’s unashamedly old fashioned sitcom set among the world of dinner ladies was as well-written as you’d expect from a women with a fine ear for the absurdities of everyday conversational interaction matched only perhaps by Alan Bennett. And it featured some splendid, charming performances from its ensemble cast, gathering a cult following and perhaps creating a space for more recent hits like “Miranda”. Now it’s transferred to the stage with a new cast, though Andrew Dunn will be reprising his TV role. Wood herself is, alas, absent, but the strength of her writing should shine through.


I’M A SHAKESPEARIAN CHARACTER GET ME OUT OF HERE @ Glen Urquhart Public Hall, Thu 02 Jun Charioteer Theatre was founded in 2004, and is based in Morayshire, where it puts on regular acting courses for both professional and potential actors, as well as community and audience involvement. The accent is on the process as much as the end result, making for invariably interesting productions. This one finds Prospero having kidnapped all Shakespeare’s characters, keeping them on his island and giving them all the satisfactions they need. But not all of them are happy. Hamlet, Lady Macbeth and Puck decide to escape and get back to the real world. Prospero gives them a chance, via a game show, to justify their existence, making for a most unusual take on the Bard.


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ica • 7734 @ Eden Court, Tue 17 May One of the most creative groups around, Jasmin Vardimon Company was founded in London in 1997 and has risen to become a significant element within the British dance theatre scene. The company is dedicated to the choreography of Artistic Director, JASMIN VARDIMON – Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells since 2006 and last visited Eden Court in 2008 with the well-received Yesterday. Renowned for her uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style combining physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance, Vardimon accentuates her work with an acute observation of human behaviour. With sharp instincts and provocative daring, she has developed an individual choreographic voice, distinguished by her beautifully detailed movement, insightful humour and


DRAMA engaging drama. The company’s works manage to balance social relevance with not just passion and skill, but also accessibility, something that many equally ambitious companies often seem to ignore. This is a gutsy piece about man’s inhumanity to man and how it never ceases to stun each generation. In 7734 the company question the human forces and weaknesses that have manufactured hell on earth, whilst illuminating both “our capacity for survival and the poetry of hope”.  Combining stylish choreography and video with text, music and spectacular performances by a nine-strong company of international performers. 7734 features a specially commissioned script by Soho Theatre’s Pamela Carter.  And why 7734? Look at the title upside down for the only clue you need.


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ica • SIX BLACK CANDLES @ Eden Court Empire Tue 10 & Wed 11 May Des Dillon just can’t keep away from Eden Court. Not content with his own solo appearances, he’s also seen his tremendous “Singing I’m No’ A Billy He’s A Tim” staged several times and now it’s the turn of one of his earlier works to get a welcome revival. Six Black Candles was first performed at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh in 2004, but hasn’t been staged in Scotland since. Not that it hasn’t been a success though as it’s proved an unlikely hit in the Ukraine, showing (in translation by the son of an oligarch) twice monthly in Kiev for years. Dillon has said that he thinks of himself as the Bruce Springsteen of writers, fascinated by “white trash” characters and their situations, using simple language and powerful images. That might be to understate the force of his works, but they’re certainly accessible to all. So what’s Six Black Candles all about?

“Six sisters, their Maw and their Granny gather to take revenge on Caroline’s wayward husband. Six black candles, one black affronted Maw, two gallons of vodka, one crazy old Irish Granny, a pile of burning boxer shorts, barrels of bickering, a hit man, a pentangle and a frozen head in the fridge. Enter one adulterous husband and one unsuspecting Catholic Priest.” And he knows exactly who it’s going to appeal to.

“A play for hen nights? Totally. Men get it in the neck, and women leave with big smiles on their faces.” Set in present day Coatbridge against a backdrop of superstition, witchcraft and venomous sisterhood, it’s a fine piece of storytelling and should ensure loads more members of the growing Des Dillon Fanclub.


ART DRAMA KING OF SCOTLAND @ Eden Court OneTouch, Fri 27 & Sat 28 May Another regular visitor to Inverness is JONATHAN WATSON (pic) of “Only An Excuse” fame. And he’s back again in the second production from new company Glasgow Actors, who debuted with Julie Tsang’s play

“Like This...” It’s written and directed by Iain Heggie, the writer of Wholly Healthy Glasgow, American Bagpipes, the Sex Comedies and recently the hugely successful

Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer. His previous directing credits at the Tron are Martin McDonough’s Beauty

Queen Of Leenane and his own adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s Hollywood. When “King Of Scotland” was first written it picked up a well deserved Fringe First award and it’s been updated to tie in with the Scottish elections. It tells the tale of long term unemployed Tommy McMillan (Watson), who joins a government funded retraining scheme ‘Up The Ladder’. Cited as a shining example of the government’s employment policies and chosen for a media profile, Tommy is taken on by The Department of Upward Mobility. The department gets more than they bargained for when they discover just how far up the ladder Tommy is expecting to go. Featuring trouserless bankers, talking dogs, flying taxis and a razor-sharp parody of the workings of the Scottish politics this looks like being not only hugely entertaining, but also

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ica • MUSICAL THEATRE Scottish Opera: RIGOLETTO @ Eden Court Empire, Thu 09 & Sat 11 Jun There can’t be a whole heap of shows starring a hunch-backed jester, but such is the role of Rigoletto, title character of Verdi’s extraordinary operatic take on Victor Hugo’s play. Set in the court of the Duke Of Mantua, it’s a richly tangled story of intrigue, paternal failings and troubled love affairs. As you’d expect from Scottish Opera this UK premiere promises to be one of the year’s most exciting productions, with a host of big names involved. Director Matthew Richardson is at the helm and English baritone Eddie Wade takes on the role of Rigoletto. Edgaras Montvidas, (Nemorino in the recent production of The Elixir of Love) sings the role of the Duke while Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Nadine Livingston brings a fresh innocence to the role of Gilda. Tobias Ringborg, well known to Scottish Opera audiences from 2009’s Cosi fan tutte, conducts. Although it’s sung in Italian with English surtitles, there still might be some who are a bit wary of the opera experience, so it might be worth taking advantage of the excellent Rigoletto Unwrapped, a free hour-long taster introducing the characters, plot and some key scenes from the production, as well as letting you in on some of the theatrical secrets behind the show. Featuring the orchestra of Scottish Opera, singers and back-stage crew. Contact the box office to book tickets.

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY @ Eden Court Empire, Tue 24 May



Well, Lindsey Corkhill’s come a long way from Brookie hasn’t she? Actress CLAIRE SWEENEY got her acting chops in the Scouse cul-de-sac that had a higher per capita murder rate than Midsomer, but has since carved a career as an all round musical entertainer, much in the mould of the person for whom this piece was first created, Marti Webb. The lead role has in the past been taken by the likes of Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman and Denise Van Outen and now it’s Sweeney’s chance to front the tale that charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success, companionship and, of course, love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether - in fact - she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. www.

Other GORDON SMITH @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. Gordon Smith has published 9 books on spiritualism and counselling and has numerous TV appearances to his credit. 01463 234 234



Drama SCDA - FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS @ Eden Court Empire, 7pm. Festival of one-act plays. 01463 234 234


SCDA - FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS @ Eden Court Empire, 7pm. Festival of one-act plays. 01463 234 234 LOCKERBIE: UNFINISHED BUSINESS @ Eden Court One Touch, 8pm. After Lockerbie, grieving father Jim Swire found his faith in his country’s legal system shattered. His full shocking story is told in this Fringe First awardwinning production. 01463 234 234


SCDA - FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS @ Eden Court Empire, 7pm. Festival of one-act plays. 01463 234 234 Musical/Opera A LITTLE BIT OF RIGOLETTO @ Imag, 11am, 1pm. See Preview P52. Other HIGHLIGHTS CONCERT @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. The Inverness Festival Association present highlights from this year’s Inverness Music Festival as a tribute to the breadth of talent we have on display in the Highlands. 01463 234 234


Comedy RICHARD HERRING - CHRIST ON A BIKE: THE SECOND COMING @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm. See Preview P42 Musical/Opera ITALIAN SERENADE: SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA @ Eden Court Empire, 7.15pm, 8pm. Playing a pair of ideas off against each other can achieve as satisfying a musical menu as you could wish for. 01463 234 234


Drama SIX BLACK CANDLES @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm. See Preview P48-49.


SIX BLACK CANDLES @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm. See Preview P48-49.


Comedy DOM JOLY “WELCOME TO WHEREVER I AM” @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. See Preview P42.


Drama THE WORLD’S WIFE @ James Milne Institute, Findhorn Village, 7.30pm. See Preview P52 Musical/Opera St Kilda Tapes@ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm. Multi media creation based around the haunting St Kilda. 24-hour ticket hotline 08444 771000.

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY @ Eden Court Empire, 2pm, 8pm. See Preview P52.


Drama DINNERLADIES: SECOND HELPINGS @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. See Preview P44








Comedy CRAIG HILL - WHY DON’T YOU COME DOWN THE FRONT? @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. See Preview P42

Musical/Opera TELL ME ON A SUNDAY @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. See Preview P52


Comedy MILTON JONES ‘LION WHISPERER’ @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. See Preview P43.

Drama/Kids ONE LITTLE WORD @ Eden Court One Touch, 4pm. See Preview P15


Drama/Kids ONE LITTLE WORD @ Eden Court One Touch, 10.30am, 1pm. See Preview P15

I’M A SHAKESPEAREAN CHARACTER, GET ME OUT OF HERE! @ Glen Urquhart Public Hall. See Preview P44


Drama/Kids THOMAS AND FRIENDS LIVE ON STAGE: A CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN @ Eden Court Empire, 11am, 2pm, 5pm. See Preview P15


Musical/Opera TELL ME ON A SUNDAY @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. See Preview P52




Comedy JENNY ECLAIR - OLD DOG, NEW TRICKS @ The Ironworks, 7pm. See Preview P42 Musical/Opera TELL ME ON A SUNDAY @ Eden Court Empire, 2pm, 8pm. See Preview P52


Comedy STAND OUT STAND-UP @ Ceolmor. While the line up is still to be confirmed, Inverness’s new regular stand up comedy night goes from strength to strength. Headliners so far have included Vladimir McTavish, Chris Forbes and John GavinTickets £5 on the door or £4 in advance, contact the venue for details. Drama KING OF SCOTLAND @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. See Preview P48 Musical/Opera TELL ME ON A SUNDAY @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. See Preview P52.


Dance/Contempoary 7734 @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm. See Preview P46-P47.

Drama KING OF SCOTLAND @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. See Preview P48.



Drama THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN @ Eden Court Empire, 7pm. See Preview P15


Musical/Opera RIGOLETTO @ Eden Court Empire, 7.15pm. See Preview P52



Musical/Opera DIE FLEDERMAUS @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm. Strauss. 01463 234 234


Drama/Kids CLOCKWORK @ Eden Court One Touch, 1.30pm, 7.15pm. ClockworkAn adaptation of an original work by Philip Pullman. A Visible Fictions and Scottish Opera Co-production Imagine starting to tell a story but not knowing how it will end. 01463 234 234 Musical/Opera RIGOLETTO @ Eden Court Empire, 6pm. See Preview P52



The Review: IN THE PARK* LOCH NESS ROAD INVERNESS 01463 230512 Way back in January I predicted the return of the High Tea. With its traditions of dainty food, manners and quaintness, it can be more of an art form than a meal. Anyway, after much research (in the form of eating) and investigation, I discovered that what I had always called a ‘posh’ high tea was in fact a working class tradition of a fairly heavy meal served after 5pm at a high table. So the meal I was thinking of, with cucumber sandwiches, fine china and French fancies, was in fact a low tea or just plain old afternoon tea, typically served on a low table in the mid afternoon and thought to be invented by the Duchess of Bedford in the mid 1800’s to stave off that ‘sinking feeling’

between meals – I believe she was rather a large lady... So what has all of this afternoon tea nonsense got to do with my lunchtime review? Well, I’ll tell you. As part of my research into the whole ‘high tea’ revival I happened upon a rather fantastic tea here at the *LOCH NESS COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL and it really was a rather stand out, splendid affair. I thought people who can do such a spiffing job in the mid afternoon would surely be worth investigating earlier or later in the day. So that is what led me to their door – nestled as it is, quietly and elegantly, in it’s own secluded setting with lush lawns and sprawling country views – for lunch. You would be hard pushed to know you were just yards from the busy A82 and a minute’s drive from the city. Since changing hands (and name, from Dunain

Park Hotel) the interior has been beautifully transformed with the best combination of modern and classic. So, all the omens were good. The lunch time menu offers 2 courses for £9.95 or 3 courses for £12.95. Being tied to a lunchtime menu was not a problem as the choices were varied and interesting. Let me therefore, finally, get to the food. Firstly we were served with Fresh Baked Sun Dried Tomato Bread, served not only with butter but also a Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade – a nice touch and very more-ish. Starters for me was a Pistachio Crusted Crottin of Goats Cheese sitting on a bed of Beetroot Pannacotta and a Red Pepper Couli, which was a superb and original affair. The goats cheese, was firm, rich and creamy, very fresh in flavour. Presentation was exceptional,


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as I hope you can tell from the pictures. A dash of avocado & mint couli, 3 drips of a sensational beetroot couli and a sweep of red pepper couli. It looked more like an artists palette than a plate of food. I was reluctant to spoil it but alas, the aroma was so darned good I just had to - and I was duly rewarded as each little splash and dash added to the overall effectiveness of the taste of this dish. The beetroot pannacotta was an absolute first for me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I declared myself knocked out. My dining companion chose a more subdued Homemade Courgette And Lemon Soup which was obviously more of a one dimensional dish but also one full of flavour. I was sceptical at first that courgette


could provide anything other than a rather watery bland soup but this one was full bodied with layers of taste. The lemon added a fresh, light feel that countered the subtle courgette. Also on the starters menu was a choice of either a duck or salmon dish. My main course was Butternut Squash, Pine Nut & Basil Pithivier (a round, enclosed pie) with a Rich Butter Puff Pastry. This was served with a selection of flash roasted vegetables and a butternut puree. I hardly know where to begin. The puff pastry just melted in the mouth and the fillings complimented it perfectly. Anything with pine nuts is always worth a look in my book and along with the fresh basil, it was a dream. The

vegetables were an interesting selection of carrot, asparagus and artichoke. A dish that kept the interest up right the way through and had me wishing I could eat more of it than my stomach would allow for. Other choices on the mains menu were a chicken dish, scallops, steak or pork. My partner decided to test the chefs ingenuity (and waiting staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patience) by asking if they could come up with an additional vegetarian dish. This they did with aplomb. A Wild Mushroom Risotto was produced and though it is rather a standard vegetarian choice it was raised above the ordinary by the varied selection of fresh mushrooms in the dish and the brilliant herb flavouring. The texture

and consistency were faultless and to have produced it off menu was appreciated.

context was brilliant. This dish also came with a delicate Pistachio Ice Cream.

Last but of course never least, there was the dessert menu to be addressed – but before we could decide on that we were served with a little predessert of Baileys Pannacotta – creamy and delicious and just a little bit exciting.

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My partner decided on the interesting sounding Dark Chocolate and Green Tea Mousse with Wisp Puff Pastry. The velvety smooth mousse came sandwiched in between 2 wafer thin, crisp pastry slices and the sweetness of the chocolate was tempered by the drops of Green Tea mousse which on its own could be a little challenging but in

and all that... However I’m not sure that this outrageous dessert did DO me much good but it blooming well FELT good doing it! I can’t really say anything about it – just look at the picture and decide for yourself. It would be all I would eat for the rest of my life if I could get away with it. So after this splendiferous lunch I am left with just 3 questions: !) With a lunch this fabulous and at such a great price why is this place not packed to the gills? 2) Why did I not know about it before?; and 3) Why am I telling all of you? If I can’t get a table there next time, I’ll only have myself to blame. Total for 2 (exc. drinks) £25.90


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Taxidermy like you’ve never seen before.

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Interesting blog from an admirably odd novelist and satirist.

Pop up restaurants from all over the world. None from Inverness. Yet.

Match the countries to the names. It’ll help when the next revolution starts.

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Getting in a right old lava – about bulbs! by Ken Kelman

It’s the Lava Lamp I fear for, I worry we may have


seen the last of its elegant beauty. I have a giant one,

screw in the lamp

so big it has to stand on the floor - no table could



suffice. Lately though it’s has been dark and silent.



Well, I suppose technically it’s always been silent, I

in, switch her on

mean you expect them to make a gloopy, squelchy

and nip off to the

noise, but by and large they don’t, not sure why


actually, maybe it’s the thickness of the glass, maybe



it’s squelch-free lava that’s in them - who knows,



far less cares. I merely say it’s been dark and silent


because I feel the gravity of the statement calls for

there is no cause

more than one adjective.

for celebration. Coming back into the living room

It’s the bulb, I know that. All that’s needed to get old Etna (show me where it says it’s wrong to have a pet name for your lava lamp) back in to life is a new bulb. Unfortunately, and bizarrely, because of global warming, it’s not so easy getting the right bulb these days.





make mistake



with your tall skinny, you settle down with a book and await Etna’s first eruption. Maybe an hour into this exercise you start to wonder, but it’s been ages since you used the lamp and you vaguely remember that it takes some time to reach its full potential so you have another coffee and continue reading. Two

Disassembling a lamp such as Etna you’ll see that

hours into the game with the contents of Etna’s

you need a small round bulb with what’s known

glass dome still resembling a lump of purple soap

as a Miniature Edison Screw. That’s fine you think,

suspended in dimly lit bath water and you finally

the DIY shop should have plenty of those and off

concede something’s not right. The bulb may have

you trot, happy that you’ll soon have your little

fitted the screw thread and the space available ..

lunar landscape in a bottle back to soothe you.

and after a short period of intense gloom it even lit

In the emporium you are of course met with a

up just like before, however the new bulb is clearly

bewildering array of bulb-age and typically none

lacking in some necessary function and you know

perfectly match the one you extracted earlier, you

in your heart of hearts that Etna will no more regale

could ask an assistant but that would be admitting

you with her soporific gloopy charm.

do before the battle has even commenced. So you peruse the bulbs, and you continue your perusal for what seems like the best part of an hour, because it actually has been. You begin to think this is silly, I should just ask, when you eye is caught by a little bulb that looks like three curly glass pigs tails intertwined. If memory serves (you should have brought the old bulb with you, but that would have been too sensible) it’s about the size you need, and joy-of-joys it has a Miniature Edison Screw! It’s now that you make your first mistake, you buy the bulb and go home all chuffed with yourself.

They key problem is the whole low-energy nature of your modern light bulb, 8-10 watts being nowhere near hot enough to melt the lava of the lamp. Sure if you hunt around or, horror of horrors, admit defeat and ask an assistant you can get the old-fashioned incandescent bulb you need, but for how long. Soon such bulbs will be rare and/or inhibitingly expensive and we shall have to say goodbye to the lava lamp for ever. It is my fervent hope that somewhere a team of scientists are racing to


defeat and that’s not something you’re going to

develop a safe, affordable lamp-lava that melts at far lower temperatures.



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WOMEN’S PEROGATIVE: Tattoos - From The Margins To The Mainstream from Lisa McGougan at 2 Tone Tattoos

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TALKING HEADS is one of the longest standing Hairdressing salons in Inverness, having opened its doors some 17 years ago. Owner/manager Angela Mackay is a local woman with 30 years experience in the hairdressing field. Before opening her own salon, Angela had gained experience working in a variety of establishments but sought the challenge of running her own business.

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HANNA (12A) Director Joe Wright I Starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Olivia Williams

USA/UK/Germany I 2011 I 111 mins I

Raised by her ex CIA father in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been geared toward making her the perfect assassin. When she’s sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative. As she nears her ultimate target, she faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

FRI 06 – THU 19 MAY (Friends only preview screening 05 May 20.30)

THE WAY (12A) Director Emilio Estevez I Starring Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt USA I 2010 I 128 mins I

Tom (Martin Sheen) travels to France to collect his dead son’s remains. The son died during a storm in the Pyrenees while walking the famous Camino de Santiago. Driven by a profound sadness and a desire to understand his son better, he begins walking the Camino where his son left off. Before long he makes some knew friends and forms friendships which help him better understand the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”

FRI 13 – THU 19 MAY See timetable for screening times

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (U) 3D Director Werner Herzog France/Canada/UK/USA/Germany I 2010 I 90 mins I

Werner Herzog’s mesmerising documentary takes us on a journey through the Chauvet caves in Southern France, the site of the oldest prehistoric art currently known to man. A rock face collapse thousands of years ago isolated the caves and perfectly preserved the 32,000 year old rudimentary paintings which adorn the walls and reveal, for Herzog, “the beginnings of the human soul.”

FRI 20 – THU 26 MAY See timetable for screening times

Welcome to the Robertson Screens. At Robertson we’ve always been a keen supporter of the arts: from brass bands to theatre shows to music festivals and now cinema. We helped to redevelop Eden Court and we’re proud that we can continue to work in partnership with them by sponsoring the cinemas. We hope you enjoy your film. Robertson – Investing – Building – Caring

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ABEL (15)



Director Diego Luna Starring Christopher Ruíz-Esparza, José María Yázpik Mexico I 2010 I 78 mins (Spanish with subtitles) Abel is no ordinary nine-year-old. After becoming mute following his Father’s disappearance, he suddenly speaks again and simultaneously reinvents himself as the patriarch of the house. Everyone goes 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.”

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LES PETITS MOUCHOIRS (15) Director Guillaume Canet Starring François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard France I 2010 I 154 mins (French with subtitles) From the Director of Tell No One, Guillaume Canet. Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested as they are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other.

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Sun 01 17.15 I Mon 02 20.45

See timetable for screening times (Friends only screening 09 May 11.30)



Director Ken Loach Starring Mark Womack, Andrew Lowe, John Bishop UK/France/Italy/Belgium/Spain I 2010 I 108 mins 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 doggedly put together the pieces in this intricate puzzle.

SUN 01 – WED 04 MAY

Sun 01 17.00 I Mon 02 20.30 I Tue 03 19.00 I Wed 04 11.30

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE (15) Director Jim Loach Starring Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham 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. We’re hopeful that on 04 May – Script-writer Rona Munro will be joining us for a post screening Q & A.


Director Nick Hamm Starring Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Krysten Ritter, Pete Postlethwaite

UK/Ireland I 2010 I 113 mins Two punk schoolboys in Dublin in the 1970s, Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan had their dreams of pop stardom all worked out: the albums, the stadium concerts, and the quest for world peace. The one thing they hadn't counted on was the boy sitting on the other side of the classroom who had plans of his own... Hmm, can you guess what his name was?

FRI 06 – THU 12 MAY

See timetable for screening times Director Duncan Jones Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga USA/France I 2011 I 93 mins Colter Stevens is part of a secret government operation called ‘Source Code’, a method of mental transplantation that allows him to occupy a host subject for the last eight minutes of their life. He finds himself in the body of a man on a train that was destroyed only hours earlier in an explosion. In the time he’s aboard the doomed train he falls for another passenger and is forced to relive the experience of the explosion again and again in the hope he’ll uncover a vital clue, work out who’s responsible and try to save the girl – all in a day’s work for Mr Gyllenhaall.

FRI 20 – THU 26 MAY

PINA (U) 3D (FOREIGN LANGUAGE SITE) Director Wim Wenders Germany/France/UK I 2011 I 104 mins Paying tribute to the renowned German choreographer Pina Bausch, Wim Wenders directs the very first art-house 3D dance spectacular. Pina, who died in 2009, was a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance and Wenders recreates many of the performances she choreographed for the stage. Experimental, poetic and surreal, Pina reinvigorates the way 3D film technology can be used by taking the audience on a sensual, visually-stunning and moving journey.

FRI 20 – THU 26 MAY

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RANGO (PG) Director Gore Verbinski Starring Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Ray Winstone USA I 2011 I 107 mins From the director of Pirates of the Caribbean comes, Rango, a hapless but loveable chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in need of a new sheriff. Although he’s most definitely not the stereotypical hero – he might just save the day.

SAT 07 & SUN 08 MAY

Sat 07 11.30, 14.00 I Sun 08 11.30, 14.00


Director Joanna Hogg Starring Kate Fahey, Tom Hiddleston, Lydia Leonard UK I 2010 I 114 mins Joanna Hogg follows up her 2007 breakthrough film Unrelated with this equally thought-provoking look at middleclass life. Set on one of the Scilly Isles, ARCHIPELAGO is a raw and biting drama that paints a bittersweet portrait of a family in crisis.

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift USA I 1959 I 109 mins Adapted from the Tennessee Williams play, Suddenly last Summer stars the late Elizabeth Taylor as a woman who’s committed to a Mental institution after witnessing her cousin’s death. Her aunt Violet tries to influence the neurosurgeon to keep her drugged. But does she have another motive?

SUN 01 – THU 05 MAY

SUN 15 MAY 14.00

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SUN 01 – THU 05 MAY

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CEDAR RAPIDS (15) Director Miguel Arteta Starring Sigourney Weaver, Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche UK/Australia I 2010 I 86 mins With his tank-tops, comfortable slacks and side-swept hairdo (not in a cool Justin Beiber or Kai from our education department way) Tim Lippe is an unfulfilled 34 year old insurance salesman from sleepy Brown Valley, Wisconsin. Nothing exciting ever happens to Tim but when he’s sent to Cedar Rapids for a do-or-die insurance convention, he makes some new friends who really know how to have a good time! Hilarious.

FRI 20 – THU 26 MAY

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RIO (U) 3D Director Carlos Saldanha Voices Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx Brazil/Canada/USA I 2011 I 95 mins Neurotic macaw Blu believes he is the last of the species. So when he discovers there’s another, and she’s a she, he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But it’s far from love at first sight between the domesticated, flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel.

SAT 21 & SUN 22 MAY

Sat 21 11.00, 13.30, 15.30 I Sun 22 11.00, 15.30

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HOP (U) Director Sion Sono Starring Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tetsu Watanabe

Japan I 2010 I 144 mins (Japanese with subtitles) Although based on a true story, Director Sion Sono (Love Exposure) re-locates the action of this gory and tense thriller inside the bizarre world of tropical fish retailing. Estranged from his wife and daughter, shop owner Shamoto is pulled into a seedy underworld via a new found friend and assists in the disposal of a corpse. Many murders later, Shamoto is desperately trying to escape this new and regain the respect of his wife and daughter.

USA I 2011 I 95 mins

On the eve of succeeding as head of the family Easter Bunny business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a drummer. But his plans change when he’s hit by a car driven by out of work slacker, Fred. Feigning injury, E.B. convinces Fred to look after him, and Fred soon finds himself stuck with the world's worst house guest. Hop blends animation with live action and is the new comedy from the creators of Despicable Me.

USA I 1947 I 96 mins This screening will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

SAT 28 & SUN 29 MAY

Director Lawrence Kasdan

FRI 27 & SAT 28 MAY

Sat 28 11.30, 14.00 I Sun 29 11.30, 14.00

Fri 27 20.15 I Sat 28 17.45

ESSENTIAL KILLING (15) Director Jerzy Skolimowski Starring Vincent Gallo, Emanuelle Seigner Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary I 2010 I 84 mins Winner: Special Jury Prize & Best Actor Venice Film Festival 2010. An Afghan prisoner being held captive in an isolated eastern European detention centre seizes the opportunity to escape. Determined not to be imprisoned again he goes to extreme lengths to ensure his survival.

FRI 27 – MON 30 MAY

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Director Tim Hill Voices Russell Brand, Hugh Laurie

BENDA BILILI! (PG) Director Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye Starring Cubain Kabeya, Maria Barli Djongo Director Risteard O’Domhnaill

Hot on the heels of their remake Let Me In, the horror masters at Hammer Films continue their resurrection with this dark tale of paganism in rural Ireland. A grieving couple have the opportunity to bring their dead daughter back to life but only for three days. With the clock ticking, what will they do when visiting hours are over?

Ireland I 2010 I 83 mins

Director Francis Lawrence Starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon USA I 2011 I 120 mins During the Great Depression, Jacob, a penniless veterinary school student, uses his expertise with animals to get a job with a second-rate travelling circus. He quickly falls for Marlena, one of the star performers but their secret romance is complicated by Marlena's husband, the charismatic but unbalanced circus boss.

FRI 27 – SUN 29 MAY Fri 27 18.00 I Sat 28 20.15 I Sun 29 13.00, 16,45 Mon 30 20,15 I Tue 31 11.30

Starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner USA I 1981 I 113 mins

THU 12 MAY 20.45

MILDRED PIERCE (PG) USA I 1945 I 110 mins This screening will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

TUE 17 MAY 19.30

THE BIG SLEEP (PG) USA I 1947 I 113 mins

Ireland/UK I 2011 I 90 mins


Director Howard Hawks Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall



TUES 03 MAY 19.30

SUN 29 & TUE 31 MAY

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Director Jacques Tourneur Starring Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer

Director Michael Curtiz Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott


FRI 27 – MON 30 MAY


Democratic Republic of Congo/France I 2010 86 mins (Lingala & French with subtitles) This sensitive and inspiring documentary follows the band, Staff Benda Bilili who were a huge sensation at WOMAD last year, on their remarkable journey from the streets of Kinshasa, Congo to international stardom. 'Benda Bilili' means 'see beyond', which has profound meaning for this group of musicians, who include five paraplegics and an able-bodied teenager who makes music from a tin can connected to a stick with a piece of nylon. Sun 29 19.00 I Tue 31 19.00

Director David Keating Starring Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall


Reminiscent of Local Hero, but infinitely more troubling, this gripping documentary tells the real-life (and ongoing) story of Shell UK's plans to lay a giant, high-pressure gas pipe through the town and fishing waters around Rossport, County Mayo. When the residents of Rossport stand up to oppose the project, the clashes between protestors and police as well as between the locals themselves, begs the question: what responsibility do government and big energy have to the communities they profit from?

SAT 21 & SUN 22 MAY Sat 21 14.00 I Sun 22 17.00

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (PG) Director Billy Wilder Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck USA I 1944 I 107 mins This screening will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

TUE 31 MAY 19.30

MON 30 MAY 20.00

SHORT FILM SELECTION SUN 01 & WED 04 MAY We are delighted to be screening two programmes of the best shorts screened at the London International Animation Festival.

FAMILY SHORTS (7+) SUN 01 MAY 11.30, 14.00

ADULT SHORTS (15+) WED 04 MAY 18.00 £4.00 per ticket

Staff Pick THE PRINCESS BRIDE (PG) Director Rob Reiner Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Robin Wright

USA I 1987 I 98 mins My name is Inigo Montoya, You killed my Father... Prepare to die! “Pirates, Villains, Princesses, Giants, True love and rodents of unusual size – What more could you ask for from a movie? This action packed family funfest is one of my favourite fantasy films of all time.” Hayley (Harry Potter aficionado) Savage – Additional Needs Drama Worker.

THU 05 MAY 18.15

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Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA Box Office 01463 234 234 Administration 01463 239 841


Sun 01 11.30 LIAF Family Shorts 14.00 LIAF Family Shorts 17.00 Route Irish 17.15 Abel 19.15 Oranges And Sunshine 19.30 Archipelago Mon 02 18.00 Archipelago 18.15 Oranges And Sunshine 20.30 Route Irish 20.45 Abel Tue 03 11.30 Oranges And Sunshine 19.00 Route Irish 19.30 Out Of The Past

Mon 09 11.30 Little White Lies


18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

Killing Bono Hanna Little White Lies Hanna

Tue 10 11.30 Hanna 19.00 Hanna 19.30 Little White Lies Wed 11 11.30 Little White Lies 19.00 Killing Bono 19.30 Hanna Thu 12 11.30 Killing Bono


Wed 04 11.30 Route Irish 19.00 Oranges And Sunshine 18.00 LIAF Adult Shorts 20.00 Archipelago

14.00 17.45 18.00 20.30 20.45

Hanna Little White Lies Hanna Hanna Body Heat

Thu 05 11.30 Archipelago 18.00 Archipelago 18.15 The Princess Bride

Fri 13 18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

The Way Hanna The Way Hanna

Sat 14 14.00 14.00 17.45 18.00 20.15 20.30

Hanna The Way Hanna The Way Hanna The Way


20.15 Oranges And Sunshine 20.30 Hanna FRIENDS PREVIEW SCREENING

Fri 06 18.00 18.15 20.45 21.00 Sat 07 11.30 14.00 14.00 17.30 18.00 20.00 20.30

Little White Lies Hanna Hanna Killing Bono Rango Hanna DREAM & SCREAM Rango Killing Bono Hanna Little White Lies Hanna

Sun 08 11.30 Rango 13.30 Hanna 14.00 Rango 16.30 Little White Lies 17.00 Hanna 19.30 Hanna 19.45 Killing Bono

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

Mon 16 18.00 The Way 18.15 Hanna 20.30 The Way 20.45 Hanna Tue 17 11.30 The Way 18.00 Hanna 19.30 Mildred Pierce 20.30 The Way

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

Thu 19 11.30 The Way 14.00 Hanna 18.00 The Way 18.15 Hanna 20.30 The Way 20.45 Hanna Fri 20 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

Pina 3D Source Code Cedar Rapids Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D

Sat 21 11.00 13.30 14.00 15.30 18.15 20.15 20.30

Rio 3D Rio 3D The Big Sleep Rio 3D Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D Source Code Pina 3D

Sun 22 11.00 Rio 3D 13.30 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D 14.00 Source Code 15.30 Rio 3D 17.00 The Big Sleep 18.00 Pina 3D 19.30 Cedar Rapids 20.30 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D

Sun 15 13.30 Hanna 14.00 Suddenly, Last Summer 16.30 The Way 17.00 Hanna 19.00 The Way 19.30 Hanna


Wed 18 11.30 Hanna 19.00 The Way 19.30 Hanna

Mon 23 18.00 Cave of ForgotteDreams 3D 18.15 Cedar Rapids 20.15 Source Code 20.30 Pina 3D

Thu 26 11.30 Source Code


17.00 18.00 19.30 20.00

Pina 3D Cedar Rapids Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D Source Code

Fri 27 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

Water For Elephants Essential Killing Cold Fish Wake Wood

Sat 28 11.30 14.00 17.45 18.15 20.15 20.30

Hop Hop Cold Fish Wake Wood Water For Elephants Essential Killing

Sun 29 11.30 Hop 13.00 Water For Elephants 14.00 Hop 16.45 Water For Elephants 17.00 Essential Killing 19.00 Benda Bilili 19.15 Wake Wood Mon 30 18.00 Essential Killing 18.15 Wake Wood 20.00 The Pipe 20.15 Water For Elephants Subtitled AD Tue 31 11.30 Water For Elephants DREAM & SCREAM

19.00 Benda Bilili 19.30 Double Indemnity

Tue 24 11.30 Pina 3D 14.00 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D 19.00 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D 19.30 Source Code Wed 25 11.30 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D 14.00 Source Code 19.00 Cedar Rapids 19.30 Pina 3D

FRIENDS SCREENINGS exclusive screenings for Eden Court Friends. Friends Evening Preview Screening – Thu 05 May, 20.30 Hanna (12A) Friends Coffee Morning – Mon 09 May, 11.30 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.


Eden Court Highlands (trading as Eden Court) is a company registered in Scotland (company number SC63216) and a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (registered number SCO08237)



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ICA Magazine - Issue 106 - May 2011  

May 2011 Highland Edition of ICA.

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