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issue108 JULY 2011

+ full Eden Court film guide

Simple Pleasures... (has anyone seen my ball?!) Simple Minds, Open Golf, Highland Games, Technicolor Dreamcoats...


What’s on at the Pavilion this month?

Uncharted WateAlrs l or

by Circus theatre triple bill eatre and Th e Nothing Aerial Danc Strange Bird Zirkus.

Kids of Kolkata

Fund-raising dance with on Highlands’ favourite ceilidh

FRI 12 AUG 8PM – 1AM TICKETS £10 (STBF) FROM WeGotti

THU 28 JULY 8PM TICKETS £12 / £11 / £6

BLAKE

Superstar vocalists, 4 voices in perfect harmony. Songs from their hit albums plus lots of banter! WED 03 AUG 8PM TICKETS £28 / £27

Tickets from

Pavilion Office 01997 420124 or

24HR HOTLINE: 08444 771000 www.thebooth.co.uk www.ticketweb.co.uk


ne of the h bands, RHYTHM’N’REEL.

For the Highland Hospice entertainers plus music for dancing

ickets OR £12 AT DOOR SAT 20 AUG 7.30PM TICKET PRICE TBC

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

Strathpeffer Pavilion - We’re Good! Tel: 01997 420124 • email: enquiries@strathpefferpavilion.org

www.strathpefferpavilion.org

Ceilidh

Esther’s Ceilidh


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July: Why not, eh? Golf is a fore letter word...:

Maybe we should be calling this the Fore! Word, as the city’s going to be the golfing capital of the country at the beginning of the month when the SCOTTISH OPEN comes to its new home at Castle Stuart. It’s looking unlikely that Rory McIlroy will be taking part after all, but there should be plenty of the world’s best and a better than even chance of bumping into a household name in the street. There’ll be more visitors to Inverness than ever before, but that’s just the start of a month that positively bursting at the seams with things to see and do. Like cover stars SIMPLE MINDS playing with BIG COUNTRY right in the heart of the city, nu-folk queen LAURA MARLING coming up for a Highland tour and, of course, the family-friendly fest that is TARTAN HEART. It’s not just music though, with big events like INVERNESS HIGHLAND GAMES, BLACK ISLE SHOW and MOY FAIR also bound to attract big crowds, while you can also take in a SWIM ACROSS LOCH NESS, an all night WOLFTREK or a bit of ART AND SKATEBOARDING. Not to mention JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT, JUST LAUGH COMEDY NIGHT and much, much more. All this and it’s only July. We’ve a feeling it’s going to be rather a busy summer. Hold... and... GO!!!!...

ESSENTIAL JULY 2011

Inverness Highland Games, Sat 23 July

SPECIALS FEATURE P37-39

...and its Armed Forces Day too - but that’s not the reason things are getting HEAVY round here, oh no...

The Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, Thu 07–Sun 10 July

SPORT FEATURE P43

Phil Mickelson is joined by loads of the world’s top drawer cashmere botherers... Westwood, Donald, McDowell, anyone? Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Fri 05 & Sat 06 August

MUSIC FEATURE P22-24

Yes, opinion in our office is as split (as the infinitive I’m cheekily splitting right now) on the headliners, but it’s still BELLA isn’t it...

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FILM P14-15

The final chapter... I wonder, if there had been a show called So You Think You Can Act, whether Daniel Radcliffe would’ve got the part?...

MUSIC FEATURE P21 OOH, LOOKEE HERE... WE HAVE 5 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO WIN - SEE PAGE 21!!

KIDS

>>>> full Eden Court film guide pages 75–78 >>>>

Simple Minds at Northern Meeting Park, Sat 16 July

FILM

Deathly Hallows Pt 2 at Eden Court & Vue

KIDS P17

It’s a man being a boy off the telly doing a show what is famous by another man who used to be posh...

Unchartered Waters at Strathpeffer Pavilion Thu 28 July

CIRCUS P49

Al Murray at Ironworks 23 July. Again.

Eddie Halliwell at Ironworks, 29 July

COMEDY P37

MUSIC P53

NK + KH = ♥

sold out now we believe...

PhotoGlobal2 at IG:LU 18-29 July

The Nest by Moore Design - garden seats

Tiramasu, but where and how was it?

ART P13

PROPERTY P65

EATING P57

Beautiful photographs projected from all over the world via 500px...

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Ironworks Summer Party with Lottie, Filth DJs & Graeme Platt also...

MTMOY P71

MUSIC

OK - the name gives nothing away ‘Broken Wooden Toys and Big Fat Electric Ceilidh’ - but it sure does look like fun...

SPECIALS

Joseph & ..., Eden Court Tue 19-Sun31 July

ART FEATURE P08-09

SPORT

I think she should have a fight with Rachel Sermanni and then it will all be less confusing. I wonder if channel 5 would do a Singer-songwriter Cage Fight tournament to thin the field out a bit?...

THEATRE

MUSIC P28-35

Skateboarding, Music and Art at Spectrum Centre & Rose St Car Park, Fri 22 July

also see WHAT WE’VE BEEN SURFING, KEN KELMAN and more!

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Laura Marling at Ironworks, Tue 26 July

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MUSIC, DJING, “a day/night mixture for ALL AGES with TEBOARD ACTION! ” ART, DESIGN - and even a bit of SKA

Capital Skate Park Group & IOTA (Inverness Old Town Art) Present:

‘Broken Wooden Toys’ & Big Fat Electric Ceilidh

Friday 22 July ‘BROKEN WOODEN TOYS’ @ SPECTRUM CENTRE 3-7pm < exhibition >

LOCAL ARTISTS scope the skate park scene in a range of media

< drop-in workshops 3–7pm >

ON THE RAMPS: CSPG coaches - skateboards provided ON THE T-SHIRTS: paint your logo for a new skate park ON THE TURNTABLES: DJ Django beatmixing & scratching

< live music 7–9pm >

COCO MAJESTIC and other performers

BIG FAT ELECTRIC CEILIDH @ OLD TOWN ROSE ST CAR PARK 9 – 10pm | OPEN TO ALL | FREE (under 12’s need adult accompaniment)

DONATIONS WELCOME

All proceeds donated to Bught Ramp Development Fund Please look out for our petition for support

Further information contact Shona McDonald on 07825 116 484 or Susan Christie

08www.highlandskatepark.co.uk

www.invernessoldtownart.co.uk


BROKEN WOODEN TOYS & BIG FAT ELECTRIC CEILIDH Spectrum Centre & Rose St Car Park, 22 July 3pm–10pm

ART

CAPITAL SKATE PARK and INVERNESS OLD TOWN ART (IOTA) presents:

We’re always pleased to see the cultural powers that be trying to engage with the public in an innovative manner and some of the best stuff seems to happen, curiously enough in the environs of the ROSE STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK. Last year it was the hub of the GETTING UP art and music project, more recently it hosted OPERA and now Capital Skate Park and Inverness Old Town Art (IOTA) present a day/night mixture for ALL AGES with music, DJing, art, design - and even a bit of skateboard action! AFTERNOON 3–7pm: The afternoon sees the Spectrum centre playing host to loads of activities from 3pm, including Drop-in Workshops in DJ-ing , T-Shirt Printing and Skateboarding, an Art Exhibition and more. EARLY EVENING 7–9pm: From 7pm you can enjoy live music from COCO MAJESTIC and other performers. NIGHT 9–10pm: When darkness falls, the bottom floor of the car park is the venue for an Electronic Ceilidh with artists’ projections, live sounds and much dancing. All sounds like excellent stuff and a mention must go to the admirably open-minded car park team for transforming what could have been an architectural eyesore into something a little magical. More info from Shona McDonald on 07825 116484 www.highlandskatepark.co.uk

www.invernessoldtownart.co.uk

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5 - 16 July

The Art of Golf Open: Tue - Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat: 10am - 4pm, Sun: 1pm - 5pm

During the first Scottish Golf Open to be held at Castle Stuart, Moray Art Centre is exhibiting Golf, an editorialised art collection that tells the story of the game, the terrain and where it’s all going.

Nairn’s celebration of literature, drama, art, film and music beside the Moray Firth.

Tue 12 - Fri 15 &, Tue 26 - Fri 29 July

Summer Art School!

Times: 10am – 12.30am – 1.15pm – 3.30pm, Ages: 8-12

Whether you already have a creative hobby or you fancy giving something new a try, come to Moray Art Centre’s Summer Art School to get you started.

31st August to 4th September 2011

Activities include: Animation & Film Making Screen Printing • Sculpture Drawing & Painting • Fashion • Craft & more

Booking essential! £27.50 for the day or book 4 days for £89 and save £20

visit morayartcentre.org, or call 01309 692 426 for info

Telephone 01667 451804

www.nairnfestival.co.uk

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

Find us behind Inverness Castle:

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

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

Contact Details: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Wynd, Inverness. IV2 3EB. Tel: 01463 237114. Email: inverness.museum@highland.gov.uk www.inverness.highland.museum

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


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BEAULY GALLERY

ART AROUND THE FIRTH a Highlands Open Studios event. Exhibition runs through July with a week of special artist in residence days from Sat 23.  Tracey Ward kicks the event off with demonstration of marvellous mosaics. beaulygallery.co.uk

BIKE SHED, Merkinch

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL EXHIBITION, 2 - 16 July painting, drawing, photography and crafts from local artists. Much of the work is for sale at affordable prices. Look out for a series of adults & kids workshops - includes pottery making, creative writing and even cup cake decorating! Call 01463 240085 for info/ to book.

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.

CASTLE GALLERY MIXED SUMMER EXHIBITION, to Sep 3, castlegallery.co.uk

ELGIN MUSEUM

ATMOSPHERIC WATERCOLOURS 1-29 July, by Caroline Simmill

CROMARTY COURTHOUSE

LANDSCAPE AND HERITAGE 2-30 Aug, Art and Photography by Brian Loveland OIL & WATER - THE WORKING LANDSCAPE OF THE CROMARTY FIRTH, IMAGES BY NIGEL RIGDEN, to 14 July Black Isle based architectural and FORRES IN BLOOM, through landscape photographer Nigel Rigden has July & Aug, an exhibition celebrating been recording the working landscape of the 21 years of Forres’ award winning floral Cromarty Firth over a period of years.  displays and the amazing community effort which makes it such a success. ART Help to bring our blooming beaver SOCIETY OF INVERNESS, 26 July - 7 sculpture to life by making a floral wish. Aug, One of the most popular events in the local art calendar, this has a NEEDLE ART NORTH an exhibition of whole range of local artists exhibiting embroidery and textiles inspired by a new and original works. There’ll be over floral theme to compliment Forres in 200 paintings with a great diversity Bloom. of style, subject and medium: land and seascapes, still life, animals and GROW TOGETHER: abstracts. A good way to see some of CONCRETE POETRY IN BRAZIL & the real talent up here. SCOTLAND, see over page.

FALCONER MUSEUM, Forres

EASTGATE CENTRE

H-I-C-A

ELGIN LIBRARY BATIK AND

OTHER WORK BY JANE LANNAGAN 1629 July, Welcome return by this talented Tomintoul artist.

HUNG

FROM THE SHADOWS, July, See above.

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GROW TOGETHER: CONCRETE POETRY IN BRAZIL & SCOTLAND @ H-I-C-A

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IONA GALLERY, KINGUSSIE

Check out theig.lu online and the ad on RACHEL EVERITT EXHIBITION OF page 13 for info on upcoming exhibitions. ILLUSTRATION & PRINTMAKING, to 24 July, theionagallery.co.uk

KILMORACK GALLERY,

03 Jul-07 Aug

SPRING EXHIBITION 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. kilmorackgallery.co.uk

An exhibition including important works by some of the foremost concrete poets: The Noigandres Poets; Augusto de Campos, Haroldo de Campos and Décio Pignatari from Brazil; Edwin Morgan and Ian Hamilton Finlay from Scotland. Background to the concrete poetry movement, especially in Brazil, will be presented through related materials, including interviews with Augusto de Campos and a film by Michel Favre on the concrete artist Geraldo de Barros. www.h-i-c-a.org

MORAY ART CENTRE GOLF,

IMAG MORE THAN FLORAL, 9 July - 6

Aug An exhibition of new studio ceramics with an emphasis on natural forms by Daniel Reynolds, from his Reynoldsware Studio in London.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11>> HUNG POP UP GALLERY @ Belladrum: Hung are looking for submissions from artists and makers to take to a pop up gallery at Belladrum Festival: ‘We’re looking for submissions that will really show what CONTEMPORARY art and craft in the Highlands is all about.’ ‘Textiles, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics etc, not just wall art, in fact any medium will be considered. So if you are a talented individual who would relish the opportunity to show off your more avant guard, unusual creations in this unique environment then please get in touch’, email: kstaylor2205@yahoo.co.uk

25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER, through July A photo exhibition of the work of the Inverness Link of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, in support of the children of Belarus. The children come from areas that remain contaminated by fallout from the nuclear explosion of 26th April 1986. To help improve their health, every year since 1998, ‘Chernobyl children’ from Belarus have been invited to spend a one month holiday in the Highlands. JENNIFER CANTWELL, 9 July - 6 Aug inverness.highland.museum

INCHMORE GALLERY

FACES, PLACES, SPACES, to 9 Jul, the third annual HNC contemporary Art Practice graduation exhibition showing a diverse range of challenging and thought provoking artwork. EMMA NOBLE “CONTEMPORARY MIXED-MEDIA PRINTMAKING”, 16 Jul - 10 Sep, exhibition of new work by printmaker Emma Noble. inchmoregallery. co.uk

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5-14 July During the first Scottish Golf Open to be held at Castle Stuart in July 2011, Moray Art Centre is exhibiting ‘Golf”, an art book of the story of golf. Limited edition art prints from the handmade, 18 chapter, 140 page masterpiece, plus copies of the 575 page Collector Edition (limited to 2100) will be on display and available at the exhibition. ‘Golf’ is an editorialised art collection that tells the story of the game, the terrain and where it’s all going. morayartcentre.org

NAIRN MUSEUM

THE GREAT GANSEY, 11 Jul to 3 Sep, Enduring, creative and with their own distinctive patterns, the Gansey represents part of the rich heritage of the traditional fishing industry from around the Moray coast. nairnmuseum.co.uk

TORE ART GALLERY BEN

SOUTHERN, to 7 Aug, a small first exhibition by this Fortrose artist who goes from strength to strength with sensitive landscape paintings in gouache, with a Black Isle theme. Tore also participates in the Highland Open Studios from 26 to 31 July. tore-art-gallery.co.uk


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FROM TUE 05 JUL

LOVE LIKE POISON @ EDEN COURT THE CONSPIRATOR @ EDEN COURT Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

THU 07 JUL

SWEETGRASS @ EDEN COURT

FRI 08 JUL

MAMMUTH @ EDEN COURT THE MESSENGER @ EDEN COURT

FROM SAT 09 JUL

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES @ EDEN COURT

TUE 12 JUL

THREE COLOURS: BLUE @ EDEN COURT, 7.30PM - IFF TRILOGY PT1

WED 13 JUL

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER @ EDEN COURT

THU 14 JUL

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER @ EDEN COURT

FROM FRI 15 JUL

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT 2 @ VUE INVERNESS @ EDEN COURT, @ MORAY PLAYHOUSE It’s the final showdown between Harry Potter and Voldemort and things aren’t going to end peacefully. Find out who triumphs and what the future holds for our hero, that’s if don’t know whats already 14 you coming.

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN @ VUE INVERNESS A homeless man finds himself powerless against a crime-ridden society. that is until he gets his hands on a shotgun and starts to wreak bloody vengeance. KABOOM @ EDEN COURT MY DOG TULIP @ EDEN COURT POINT BLANK @ EDEN COURT THE BEAVER @ EDEN COURT

FROM FRI 22 JUL

CARS 2 @ VUE INVERNESS Our automobile buddies Lightning McQueen and Mater take their friendship to Japan and Europe, competing in the World Grand Prix and getting mixed up in a spy ring. HORRIBLE BOSSES @ VUE INVERNESS Three men whose lives are being made a misery by mad and bad bosses decide they will take matters into their own hands and wipe them out.

10.30AM A suburban family moves to a new neighborhood with their large yet lovable Great Dane, who has a tendency to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way.

FROM WED 27 JUL

CAPTAIN AMERICA @ VUE INVERNESS He may be unfit to be a regular soldier, but after submitting to some medical experiments our hero becomes a superhero, ready to fight Nazis.

FRI 29 JUL

THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH @ Nairn Community & Arts Centre, 7.30PM

FROM FRI 29 JUL

LAST NIGHT @ EDEN COURT INCENDIES @ EDEN COURT TREE OF LIFE @ EDEN COURT

FROM FRI 05 AUG

SUPER 8 @ VUE INVERNESS A group of kids making an amateur movie inadvertently film a crash, but there’s more to that crash than originally meets HORRID HENRY @ VUE INVERNESS Horrid Henry leads the Purple Hand Gang the eye, written and directed by the in an ongoing battle with adults and tries fantastic J.J. Abrams and produced by none other than Steven Spielberg. to keep his school from being closed by an evil headmaster. BLITZ @ EDEN COURT LITTLE WHITE LIES @ EDEN COURT POTICHE @ EDEN COURT A SEPERATION @ EDEN COURT

TUE 26 JUL

THREE COLOURS: WHITE @ EDEN COURT, 7.30PM - IFF TRILOGY PT2

WED 27 AUG

KIDS SCREENING: MARMADUKE @ STRATHPEFFER COMMUNITY CENTRE,

TUE 09 AUG

THREE COLOURS: RED @ EDEN COURT, 7.30PM - IFF TRILOGY PT3

WED 10 AUG

THE SMURFS @ Vue Inverness The Smurfs are chased from their Smurf village by an evil wizard and land up in New York. Can they get safely back home before he finds them?


FILM

ART

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

POTICHE

The third part of the transformers franchise has been

The most elegant woman alive, Catherine Deneuve, stars

apparently sacked after comparing director Michael Bay to

or trophy wife of the title. Her husband owns an umbrella

@ Vue Inverness, from Wed 29 Jun

hitting the news for all the wrong reasons with Megan Fox

Hitler. Whatever the case, the project seems to have pulled on board more top-grade actors than you might expect,

with the always welcome presence of Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and John Turturro at least lending some

genuine acting talent to the whizz-bangery of special effects and inevitable, soul-sapping 3D.

@ Eden Court, from Fri 22nd in Francois Ozon s kitsch 70s comedy playing the potiche factory meaning that proceedings vaguely resonate with

memories of Deneuve s cinematic debut in Umbrellas Of

Cherbourg , but, oddly, the whole thing, which also features the estimable Gerard Depardieu, is rather like a Carry On

film made by Michael Winterbottom. And that s meant as a

compliment. Only the French make movies like this and only Deneuve can give them grace.

CARS 2

THREE COLOURS TRILOGY

It s been five years since Pixar first gave us a glimpse of

More sumptuous foreign film making as Inverness Film fans present Krzysztof Kieslowski s extraordinary trilogy. The first and third parts ( Blue and Red respectively) are French, sandwiching White which, as is the way of these things, is made in Polish. Taking the colours of the titles from those of the French flag, the separate parts have provoked much debate and rather neatly defined as an anti-tragedy, an anti-comedy, and an anti-romance, beginning with the story of a woman, played by Juliette Binoche, dealing with life after losing her husband and child in a car accident. The three films constitute a towering piece of work, with Irene Jacob s wonderful performance in Red perhaps the highlight. You can see the trilogy at Eden Court with Blue on 12 Jul, White on 26 Jul and Red on 09 Aug.

@ Vue Inverness, from Fri 22 Jul Lightning McQueen, the anthropomorphic racing car,

spawning a marketing campaign that put the Cars logo on everything in sight. This time round Lightning s off on

a journey to Japan, Italy and England for a race to find the

fastest car in the world, making new friends along the way, including one called, rather disturbingly, Finn McMissile,

voiced by Michael Caine. This instalment looks like being

even more successful than its predecessor and there s also the prospect of seeing the trailer for Pixar s new film, to be released next year, called Brave . It s set in the Highlands and could make the area more popular than even Visit Scotland could ever have imagined.

@ Eden Court, 12 Jul, 26 Jul, 09 Aug


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Dream Will Do. It’s a part that’s been played in the past by a host of different bods as diverse as Donny Osmond, Steven Gateley, Jason Donovan and Philip Schofield, but aficionados of the show are claiming that Jack’s is among the best incarnations to date. The whole show has constantly evolved since its first tentative appearance at St Paul’s prep school back in 1968 (encompassing stage, screen and a chart topping album) and now you get memorable tunes like One More Angel In Heaven, Close Every

Door and, of course, Any Dream Will Do turning the biblical tale into an all singing, all dancing tale of pharaohs, filial troubles and multicoloured outerwear. Tickets are bound to sell fast, so book yours now.

www.eden-court.co.uk

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Wildlife Workshops at Aigas Field Centre by Beauly 24-28 July & 1-5 August

HIGHLAND FOLK MUSEUM

Taigh-tasgaidh Sluagh na Gàidhealtachd NEwTONMOrE 2011

Activities in July and August See website for details Free Admission

Exciting, fun & informative. Unique one day Wildlife Workshops for all comers: Ranger Led Days Out & Beginners Birdwatching These full days out also include: use of state of the art optics, a packed lunch & afternoon tea in the House of Aigas

Moth and Bat Workshop & Beaver or Pine Marten & Badger Workshop

OPENING HOURS : 11 April 2011 - 31 August 2011: 10.30-17.30 1 September 2011 - 30 October 2011: 11.00-16.30

T: 01540 673551 www.highlandfolk.com

These evening workshops also include: an illustrated lecture & 3 course dinner in the House of Aigas

Open to Adults & Children age 12+ • all workshops £45 Contact us for full details:

01463 782443 • info@aigas.co.uk • www.aigas.co.uk

Kids n’ Family Listings pages: 19-20


THE GRUFFALO @ Doocot Car Park, Culloden, 2pm. Follow the trail to meet a real Gruffalo. No booking required. Meet at the Doocot Car Park, Culloden. Phone John Orr on 01463 710786 for more details.Adults free, children £3. Special Events

WED 06 JUL

ADVENTURE IN THE NIGHT GARDEN @ The Cover, Drumnadrochit . Phone Corinne Hambly on 01463 710786 for more details.

Art

ANIMAL SCULPTURES @ Falconer Museum, Forres. Make a wild creature from clay, take it home and paint it. Free family drop-in,01309 673701 for more information. WILDLIFE WARRIORS: WARRIOR BEES @ Spey Bay. Find out how to tell bees apart, take part in a waggle dance and test your knowledge with a fun quiz! For ages 6-11. £2.

SAT 09 JUL

BUTTERFLY SAFARI @ Wellhill Car Park. Booking essential 01343 557143 ORIGAMI AND PAPERCRAFTS @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. Children age 7. Please book in advance £2.50 per child. Tel 01997 A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, 421031. MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Forres House Community Centre. elementalcommunityarts.co.uk.

THU 14 JUL Art

SUN 10 JUL

DRAGON WALK @ Tradespark Woods, Nairn. 01463 710786 for info

MON 11 JUL

A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Forres House Community Centre. www.elementalcommunityarts.co.uk. THE MAGICAL MARSHES @ Rspb Insh Marshes . More details 01540 661518.

BEAULY GALA FANCY DRESS PARADE @ The Square, Beauly, 7pm. Age groups under 5s under 8s and over 8s. IN THE NIGHT GARDEN @ Ellan Wood, Carrbridge. 01479 873 914 for info. CASTAWAY SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMP @ Culbin Forest, Near Forres.. BEAULY GALA MINI SPORTS @ Phipps Hall, Beauly. Under 8s. Sport

CASTAWAY SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMP @ Culbin Forest, Near Forres. www.wildthings.org.uk or 01309 690450.

TUE 12 JUL

A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Forres House Community Centre. www.elementalcommunityarts.co.uk.

KIDS

TUE 05 JUL

FRI 15 JUL

MAKING OLD FASHIONED TOYS @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. 01997 421031.

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SAT 16 JUL

SPENCERS FUNFAIR @ The Plainstones, Elgin.BEAULY GALA FAMILY FUN DAY @ Beauly. Stalls, WINNIE THE POOH @ Farr. Phone Katy music, bouncy castles, facepainting, Martin on 01463 710786 for more baking competition, recipe swap tent, details. beer tent and more. Grass area outside WINNIE THE POOH @ School Wood, Farr. the Old Priory just off the main Square. 01463 710786 BEAULY GALA KIDS SHINTY CASTAWAY SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMP TOURNAMENT @ Braeview Park. Kids @ Culbin Forest, Near Forres. www.wild- shinty. A chance to get the passion for things.org.uk 01309 690450. the game early? Sport

BEAULY GALA TEDDY BEARS PICNIC @ Meet Cnoc Na Rath Entrance. Including best dressed teddy, Bubbles the Clown, games and refreshments. Bring your own picnic. Meeting at the cnoc na rath entrance on Croyard Road then on to Braeview Park. BEAULY GALA KIDS UNDER 16 DISCO @ Phipps Hall, Beauly. £3.50 per child Adult supervision required.

WED 13 JUL AROUND THE WORLD IN A ROCKET: @ Eden Court Jim Love Studio, Sat 30 & Sun 31 Jul, 1pm/12.30pm & 2pm If the little uns are still giddy from the Yuri Gagarin celebrations, as surely every right-thinking person must be, then here s a chance to further fuel nascent ambitions of journeying into space. Not too many details about what exactly is on offer, but this under 5s extravaganza from EC s Education Department does promise to excite, inspire and amuse your wee ones with its space-themed shenanigans. Shenanigans. That s always to be recommended.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE @ The Cover, Drumnadrochit . SUPERBUGS @ Falconer Museum, Forres. Free family drop-in. A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Forres House Community Centre.MINI BEAST HUNT @ Fochabers Wood. 01343 557143 for info. WILDLIFE WARRIORS: GIANT WORLD OF INSECTS @ Wdcs Wildlife Centre . Shrink down to the size of an insect to see the world from a beetle’s eye view. It’s a jungle out there! 6-11 yr olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE @ The Cover, Drumnadrochit . 01463 710786 for more details.

SUN 17 JUL

KITE FLYING ON CAIRN DAIMH @ Glenlivet Distillery Visitors Car Park. Climb one of the highest hills in Moray and fly your kite on the top! Bring a big picnic, lots to drink and enjoy one of the best views in Moray. Kites available to borrow.

MON 18 JUL

BIRD BOX MAKING @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Make your very own bird box, paint it and take it home. Suitable for P3 upwards. £4 per child, booking essential. A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Lossiemouth H. School. THE MAGICAL MARSHES @ Rspb Insh Marshes . 01540 661518. Sport

FOOTBALL SESSION @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Come along to a drop in session for 5-a-side games. Please book in advance, suitable for P3 – S1. £1.50 per child.

TUE 19 JUL

A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Lossiemouth High School.

CRECHE WITH BOUNCY CASTLE @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Suitable for 2 – 8 years old. £2.50 for CASTAWAY SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMP @ child or £5 for a family. Culbin Forest, Near Forres.

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WED 20 JUL

KITE MAKING @ Farr School Entrance, 11am. Phone 01847 821531 for info. FELTMAKING @ Falconer Museum, Forres. 01309 673701 for more info. MUMS & TOTS SESSION @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. STORY AND CRAFTS SESSION @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. 01997 421031. A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Lossiemouth High School. WINNIE THE POOH @ Shenval, Glen Urquhart. 01463 710786 for info.

sweets & juice will also be on sale. Booking essential. £2.50 per person. CROMARTY FORESHORE – COATS OF ARMOUR, CLAWS AND CLAMS @ Links Car Park, Cromarty. 01349 868563 NEWTLETS, FROGLETS AND OTHER WONDERFUL WRIGGLERS @ Muir Of Ord Lochans. 01349 868563

FRI 22 JUL

POND DIPPING @ Tain Links Car Park. 01349 868563 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE @ Tom Baraidh, Kingussie. 01540 673907.

SAT 23 JUL

KIDS

WILDLIFE WARRIORS: MUTINY IN BASHING THE BUSHES TO BRING OUT THE MORAY FIRTH @ Wdcs Wildlife THE BEASTIES @ Brumley Brae Car Centre. 01343 557143 Park. 01343 557143

THU 21 JUL

A CARNIVAL OF MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MONSTERS! @ Lossiemouth High School. elementalcommunityarts.co.uk. YOUTH HUB @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Play guitar hero, table top football, pool, use the internet or just catch up with your friends. P3-S1 Crisps,

@ The Spectrum Centre BOWLING FOR ALL Mon 04 - 18 Jul , 2.30-4.30pm

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KITE MAKING @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. Age 7 Please book in advance £2.50 per child. Tel 01997 421031. YOUTH HUB @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Booking essential. £2.50 per person. MARVELLOUS MINIBEASTS @ Laide Community Woodland Near Aultbea. 01854 613904 for more details. Adults £3 Concession £2.

SAT 30 JUL

SUN 24 JUL

SNAPPERS IN THE CREVICES AND SUCKERS ON THE ROCKS @ Hopeman East Beach Car Park. 01343 557143 TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. 01997 421031 for more info.

INSH MARSHES FAMILY FUN DAY @ Rspb Insh Marshes . 01540 661518.

MON 25 JUL

FINDHORN BAY BIRD WATCH @ Findhorn Bay Hide. 01343 557143

ROSEMARKIE ROCK POOLING – SUCKERS, CLAWS AND TENTACLES @ Meet At Shore Front. 01349 868563. THE MAGICAL MARSHES @ Rspb Insh Marshes . 01540 661518. Sport

SUMMER FUN

THU 28 JUL

SPENCERS FUNFAIR @ The Plainstones, Elgin. BATS IN THE BELFRY OF THE BISHOPS PALACE @ Spynie Palace Car Park. Booking absolutely essential, Call 01343 557143

Sport

CHEERLEADING, DISCO DANCE, SLOW DANCE & ROCK & ROLL @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Suitable for aged 3 – 7 years old (2pm – 2.45pm).

best) and wear your wellies! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Call 01343 557143 or anne.young@moray.gov.uk.

FOOTBALL SESSION @ Strathpeffer Community Centre. Come along to a drop in session for 5-a-side games. Please book in advance, suitable for P3 – S1. £1.50 per child.

TUE 26 JUL

SUN 31 JUL

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SEAGULL! @ Spey Bay. 01343 557143

MON 01 AUG

THE MAGICAL MARSHES @ Rspb Insh Marshes . 01540 661518.

WED 03 AUG

RECYCLED ARTS AND CRAFTS @ Highland Museum Of Childhood, Strathpeffer. 01997 421031.

£3 per session.

BALINTORE ROCK POOLING – HERMITS, WILDERNESS SURVIVAL DAY @ HUNTERS AND HOLES @ Seaboard Speyside Way Car Park, Fochabers Community Centre, Balintore. 01349 Wood. 01343 557143. 868563

WAR GAMES OPEN DAY Sat 09 Jul 11am-3pm

ADVENTURE IN THE NIGHT GARDEN @ School Wood Car Park In Farr . 01463 710786 for more details.

Free Entry for all.

KUNG FU KIDS CAMP Mon11-15, Mon 18-22 Jul, 9am-12noon.

CRECHE WITH BOUNCY CASTLE @ Strathpeffer Community Centre.

FAIRY CAKE BAKE THU 21 Jul, 2pm

DUCK AND HIDE! @ Scarffbank Farm Car Park. Call 01343 557143

Learn some Kung Fu moves in a week! £5 per session, £20 for a week or £40 for both weeks.

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SEA SNAIL GARDENS @ Falconer Museum, Forres. Free family drop-in, 01309 673701 for more information.

KIDS FILM SHOWING – MARMADUKE @ Strathpeffer Community Centre.

CAKE DECORATING: THU 28 Jul, 10.30am

THE GRUFFALO @ Cannich Village Hall. 01463 710786 for info.

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SPENCERS FUNFAIR @ The Plainstones, Elgin.WILDERNESS SURVIVAL DAY @ Fochabers Wood. What do you need to survive in the wilderness? Call 01343 557143 and come along.

MON 08 AUG

THE MAGICAL MARSHES @ Rspb Insh Marshes . Have fun discovering the wildlife of Insh Marshes. Play nature games, look for minibeasts and make crafty creatures. Booking not required. More details 01540 661518.

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Learn to bake fairy cakes. S1+

Decorate like a pro, ages 2+, £3.50

SAT 06 AUG

POND DIPPING @ Wellhill Car Park. Catch and identify some of the creatures of the deep! Bring a net and a bucket if you have them (a white bucket works

WED 10 AUG

BIRD BUFFET & BUG HOTELS @ Falconer Museum, Forres. Bird Buffet and Bug Hotels: keep the wildlife in your garden happy. Free family drop-in at the Falconer Museum 1pm3pm, contact 01309 673701 for more information.


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SIMPLE MINDS & BIG COUNTRY: Northern Meeting Park, Sat 16 Jul There was a time, back in the post-punk maelstrom, when no one was quite sure how modern pop was going to reshape itself. Only one thing was sure – that it was going to involve electronic machines, cold steel and bright, bright lights. Nowhere was it better summed up than on two simultaneously released albums from Simple Minds, Sons And Fascination and Sister Feelings Call, which genuinely did feel like a soundtrack to Blade Runner or something, and just as thrillingly contemporary. With the sound further honed on the best-selling New Gold Dream, the band laid the foundation for a career that’s lasted, in various incarnations, for thirty years. And a gig that, as part of Summer In The City, sees the potential for gigs at Northern Meeting Park finally being fulfilled. Because, while Simple Minds’ music these days has perhaps more of the realignment of stadium rock than the pristine electronica of their early releases, there’s no denying the irresistibility of songs like “Promised You A Miracle”, “Love Song”, “The American”and hits “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and “Belfast Child”. To hear just those few cascade around the centre of Inverness would be worth the admission alone. Another band who’ve lasted almost as long are BIG COUNTRY, although the absence of Stuart Adamson inevitably looms over any ensuing incarnation. Nevertheless, his spirit still surges through a distinctively Scottish rock sound and enough great songs to make it worth getting there early. The whole day kicks off with local favourites THE SIDE and Glasgow based trio GoGoBot, who’ll also soundtrack the official aftershow at Ironworks from 10pm. Everyone with a Summer In The City 2011 ticket will gain FREE entry, with additional tickets available from Ironworks for £5.00.

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BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL: Belladrum Estate by Beauly, Fri 05–Sat 06 Aug For many, the most cherished festival of the year is Tartan Heart Festival at Belladrum. Now in its eighth year, its strength lies in a self-created sense of identity, presenting itself as a family-friendly escape, where the real pleasures come as much from roaming performance artists or stumbling across a hitherto unheard of folk act from Arkansas, as from witnessing the usual roster of high profile acts doing the festival circuit or just from the plain old fun of dressing up (nb - this year’s theme is SPACE...). This year’s event on 05 & 06 Aug, does have its share of big names, but if you dig a little deeper you might find some enchanting surprises. Here are a few pointers.

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TEDDY THOMPSON

Son of the legendary Richard and Linda Thompson, he’s inherited the family propensity for classy songwriting which should appeal to anyone who likes Rufus, Martha and their ilk.

ANNA CALVI

Extraordinary singer and guitarist who draws on the spirit of PJ Harvey, Siouxsie and Bjork for her grippingly atmospheric creations. On the verge of real greatness, so don’t miss her.

SATURDAY 06 AUG DEACON BLUE

Odd choice for a headliner, but there are obviously many for whom DB bring back fond memories of the eighties. Expect plenty of married couples with their arms around each other swaying along to “Real Gone Kid”.

GUILLEMOTS

Fyfe Dangerfield’s lush, unconventional pop has never got the acclaim it deserves but, after a brief hiatus, his band are back to prove that they were right all along. If you don’t get swept away by songs that sweep from tender simplicity to Arcade Fire-type complexity, you don’t know what you’re missing. Potentially the highlight of the whole Bella.

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unabashed homage on recent releases.

DRY THE RIVER

The combination of Norwegian songwriter, 19th century American frontier imagery and a pastoral, Mumfordsy sound has made for something of a winning combination and they’re rapidly gathering fans in these parts.

UNICORN KID

Bella regular and always pretty tremendous. Oliver Sabin makes electronic/chip music with voracious enthusiasm, picking up fans like Pet Shop Boys and Hadouken along the way. He’ll be playing throughout the festival so make a point of catching him.

SAINT SAVIOUR

Another to name Pet Shop Boys among her fans, with Neil Tennant claiming to have been blown away by Saint (aka Becky Jones) and her captivating Kate Bush/Sinead O Connor vocals. The one performance of the festival that might actually sound even more impressive with a thunderstorm going on.

BRONTO SKYLIFT

Local duo who sound like nothing else around, combining swooping crescendos with ribrattling noise. In a good way.

BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH

Hotly tipped young singer songwriter whose debut album “Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm” is already high up many critics Best Of Year lists. Get along and find out why

NEWTON FAULKNER

Inexplicably popular singer songwriter with trademark ginger dreads and an admittedly hugely affable persona. We won’t be down the front, so you can have our space.

KASSIDY

They’ve been called everything from a hairy Take That to a Caledonian Kings Of Leon and certainly tipped as the next Scottish band to break through to a wider audience. It’s their unusual four-guitar line up that sets them apart, allowing them to draw on influences like The Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

RAGHU DIXIT

Founder Raghupathy Dixit is more than just a singer and guitarist, using the Raghu Dixit project as an open house for musicians from a whole load of different genres. So folk rubs shoulders with rock, jazz and traditional Indian sounds, making for a dynamic take on world music.

RODDY WOOMBLE

Idlewild singer who has consistently drawn on traditional Scottish sounds and reshaped them through his own seemingly boundless creativity. It’s an often engaging formula and one that goes down particularly well in the Highlands judging by his regular sorties North. >>>>>

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YOUNG REBEL SET

Anyone influenced by Dexys has to be applauded and these young bucks from the North East of England make no bones about celebrating the spirit of Kevin Rowland. Along with The Clash, The Pogues and other purveyors of rumbustuously folky punk. Well worth checking out.

CW STONEKING & HIS PRIMITIVE HORN ORCHESTRA

Australian blues singer/songwriter, guitarist and banjo player who’s won Roots awards the world over. Influenced by pre-war blues, jazz and 1920s calypso, there’s something of the New Orleans funeral band about his performances, so maybe you’ll even see him leading a few parades around the site.

THE GARDEN TIMES: The souvenir programme for Bella Festival go-ers. This year will be a 100 page perfect bound full colour booklet with oodles of info and features. Bella lovers will love it, keep it and look at it again and again. The last few AD SPACES are available RIGHT NOW, if you think you’d like to talk to the Beautiful People that are the Belladrum Audience, call Brian or Nikki now on 01463 715125 or buy direct @ www.bella.icanow.com

RACHEL SERMANI

Local singer and songwriter whose star seems to be very much on the rise, thanks to a lovely voice and a surprisingly mature writing style. Expect to hear a lot more about her in the months ahead.

LUCY ROSE

Another terrific young songwriter who you may have caught on a recent short Highland tour and at Rockness. Without having even released anything she already numbers the Mumfords among her fans, so big things are expected.

JOCK THE REAPER TENT

The alarmingly-named tent where beats rule the roost and you’ll get a chance to hear some of the best dance acts around including GROUSEBEATER SOUND SYSTEM, THE LED, BOOMSHANK REDEMPTION, HIGHLAND JUNGLISTS and FILTH and AUDIOLIFE DJs Elsewhere the POTTING SHED and the new FREE RANGE FOLK STAGE should satisfy anyone after something a bit more rootsy, while just going with the flow should let you encounter everything from talks about the big issues of the day to dance classes, surrealist theatre and impromptu performances under trees.

ART AT BELLA

Inverness’ HUNG are taking a pop-up art gallery to Bella and looking for submissions to show what contemporary art and craft in the Highlands is all about. They’re after textiles, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics etc, not just wall art and, in fact, any medium will be considered. So if you are a talented individual who would relish the opportunity to show off your more avant-garde, unusual creations in this unique environment contact kstaylor2205@yahoo.co.uk with photos or a proposal of what would be created if photos not available. For more details about Tartan Heart got to

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BLAKE @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Wed 03 Aug Mixing eclectic classical and pop songs with rich harmony vocals, ‘classical boy band’ Blake launched their first album in 2007, just six months after reuniting as friends on Facebook. The album went straight to Number One in the UK Classical Album Chart and smashed into the higher reaches of the pop charts too, showing a growing appetite for the crossover between “serious” music and something more instantly accessible. They’ve since played (and sold) the world over with very few major sporting events truly complete until they’ve popped up to sing. After what they cryptically describe as “an unusual encounter” with

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Kiera Knightley during the making of their first album, the band has gone on to collect a legion of celebrity fans, including Will Smith, Ewan Mcgregor, Kevin Spacey and even Dame Shirley Bassey, who celebrated her 70th birthday party, with the Blake boys giving a very special performance. The quartet of STEPHEN BOWMAN, JULES KNIGHT, HUMPHREY BERNEY and OLLIE BAINES go from strength to strength so tickets for this Strathpeffer show are bound to sell out fast. You can get yours, priced ÂŁ28 on-line at Booth Scotland and TicketWeb, also from TicketWeb 24-hour hotline 08444 771000 and Pavilion 01997 420124

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MICHAEL HAMPTON & FRIENDS @ Nairn Community Centre, Fri 15 Jul

Very popular last time he played, Michael Hampton returns for an evening of operetta, Gilbert and

Sullivan, musical theatre and Scottish songs. The pianist will be joined by New Zealand soprano Joanna Foote and Scottish baritone Richard Morrison. For more details phone 01667 453476 or see www. musicnairn.org.uk

ROBIN COLVILL @ Inverness Town House, Tue 26 Jul, 1pm

Another pianist making a welcome return. He s also a sparkling raconteur, so this fifty minute programme called From Bach To Gershwin should be most enjoyable. Doors open at 12.30pm. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children £1. Further information from 01463 710363.

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There s been a surge of popularity for choral music in recent years, undoubtedly helped by the many TV programmes showcasing such things. And this month sees visits by a couple of notable entourages. First up it s ROUND ROCK COMMUNITY CHOIR at The Old High Church in Church Street on Sat 09 Jul at 7.30pm. They re made up of folk from all walks of life in the Round Rock area in the Hill County of Texas, ranging from students to retirees and have already made several European singing tours. Admission is by programme on the door with donations to the Old High Music Development and Organ Fund. From slightly closer to home comes the GIRLS CHOIR OF WELLS CATHEDRAL who ll be showcasing their highly regarded skills at Inverness Cathedral on Thu 14 Jul at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

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SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA STRINGS TOUR 2011 @ The Craigmonie Centre, 7.30pm. Isabelle van Keulen returns with the SCO: Divertimenti by Mozart and Bartók; Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. www.craigmoniecentre.co.uk. 01456 459 224

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CHORAL CONCERT PRESENTED BY ROUND ROCK COMMUNITY CHOIR @ The Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness, 7.30pm. The choir comes from the Round Rock area in the Hill County of Texas, and are from all walks of life: ranging in age from students to retirees. Donations to The Old High Music Development and Organ Fund.

THU 14 JUL

GIRLS’ CHOIR OF WELLS CATHEDRAL @ Inverness Cathedral, 7.30pm. Girls’ choir of Wells Cathedral, directed by Matthew Owens, Organist and Director of Music. Admission free: retiring collection in aid of Inverness Cathedral Development Fund.

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FRI 15 JUL

MICHAEL HAMPTON AND FRIENDS @ Nairn Community Centre. On his last visit to Nairn Michael Hampton proved to be a superb accompanist, and he returns with New Zealand soprano Joanna Foote and Scottish baritone Richard Morrison. Their programme of Operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, Musical Theatre and Scottish Songs should be perfect for a summer evening. www.musicnairn.org.uk. 01667 453476

FRI 29 JUL

ROBIN COLVILL PERFORMS POPULAR PIANO CLASSICS @ Brodie Castle, Forres. “From Bach to Gershwin” will also include music by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Robin will introduce the music and include stories of his life as a concert pianist on tour in his own inimitable style. 0844 4932156.

TUE 02 AUG

ELGIN STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY’S FIDDLERS CONCERT @ Boat Of Garten Community Hall. Evening of traditional Scottish music.There is a raffle too in aid of the Community Hall funds. Entry ticket (payable on the door) includes complimentary tea and coffee.

GEMMA DONALD AND THE INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND OF 2011 @ Inverness Town House, 1pm. Shetland fiddler and former Winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of The Year supported by the newly formed Inverness Festivals Band of 2011. Doors open at 12.30pm. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children £1. Further information from 01463 663817.

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WED 20 JUL

ROBIN COLVILL (PIANO) @ Inverness Town House, 1pm. At One With Music are pleased to welcome back this popular and versatile pianist and raconteur in a fifty minute programme called “From Bach to Gershwin”. Doors open at 12.30pm. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children £1. Further information from 01463 710363.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF THE NETHERLANDS (YON) : ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL CONCERT: @ Eden Court Empire, 10am, 3pm, 7.30pm. The 95 strong Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands draws young musicians from all over The Netherlands.


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NEW SOUL CITY @ Maple Court. The Highlands’ longest running soul night. THE DAILY DOSE VS DETOUR @ The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 10pm. Live bands (Aerials Up and Letters) and Detour DJs.

SAT 23 JUL

BIG FAT ECLECTIC, “PLASTIC FANTASTIC” @ The Eagle Nightclub, Forres. Following the success of Cardboard Love, the theme this time round is plastic. bigfateclectic@groups.facebook.com.

FRI 29 JUL

IRONWORKS SUMMER PARTY @ The Ironworks, 9pm. Ironworks Summer Party featuring Eddie Halliwell, Lottie, Filth DJs and Graeme Platt. 0871 789 4173

SAT 30 JUL

SHOOGLE @ The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 10pm. OBI’s monthly funk/soul/disco night with Live Band - The Marco Coffola Electric Quintet. MARK II (EX-ALTERN8) @ Cake Nightclub,

Inverness, 10pm. Reach for the Vicks and glowsticks as Mark from Altern 8 comes to town, joined by Glasgow’s excellent Debukas, Jamie B and Audiolife DJs. Room 2 hosts Headroom with DiscoOrdination, Aurora Juste and Eron. Has all the makings of quite a shindig. Tickets £8 adv available from: The Music Shop Inverness Oscars Dingwall ESP Elgin www.ticketweb.co.uk

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AN EVENING OF SCOTTISH MUSIC @ Brodie Castle, Forres. Music for a While, a group of singers and musicians who live in the North-East of Scotland. They perform music from all periods of the classical repertoire, but for this concert they will be performing a varied programme of Scottish music.0844 4932156. INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness. HOODJA @ Madhatters, 9pm.

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9pm.

Stonehaven Folk Festival @ Various Locations. Running until Sunday, this festival now in its 23rd year is a little gem, the line-up this year includes; Session A9,, Julie Fowlis, The Muckle Loons, The Wilson Family, Carol Anderson and Martin MacDonald, Adrian Nation, Twa Folk, Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller, Dark Island Ceilidh Band, JP Trio. If folk is what you folks like then this festival may just be your cuppa.

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DAVE FLEMMING @ The Gellions, 9pm.

WED 06 JUL

JOOST @ The Market Bar. Folk sounds. INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness. FOLK/ROCK

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ANDY CHUNG @ The Gellions, 9pm. Edinburgh-based songwriter who’s much loved on the folk and world music scene. GARY INNES & FRIENDS @ Hootananny, 9pm.

IRONWORKS SUMMER PARTY @ Ironworks, Fri 29 Jul

Top line up as Eddie Halliwell is joined by Lottie, Filth DJs and Graeme Platt.

Halliwell is widely regarded as one of the best in the world and Mixmag even

said about him that he makes every set, no matter how small the club or how big the festival, feel like the closing party of the end of the world. High praise

indeed. And similar superlatives are also regularly heaped on Lottie, one of the most iconic of female DJs who seems to have played at just about every club

in the world, as well as popping up to host the Friday Night Essential Selection

show for Pete Tong. Throw in Graeme Platt and the excellent Filth DJs and you have a recipe for quite some party.

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PLASTIC FANTASTIC @ Eagle Nightclub, Forres, Sat 23 Jul

Always good to see people being inventive with the whole clubbing thing and the Big Fat Eclectic team are refreshingly original. You may remember their

recent Cardboard Love night where an entire club and its inhabitants embraced, in just about every sense, the wonder of cardboard. This time round the theme and dress code is plastic , the whole night featuring local DJs, VJs and the excellently named Poet With A Past.

For more details see bigfateclectic@groups.facebook.com

BLACK ISLE FIDDLE WEEKEND @ Cromarty Old Brewery. This will be an intensive tuition weekend, involving Chris Stout (Fiddlers’ Bid) and Charlie McKerron (Session A9, Capercaillie) as well as Lauren. There will be 12 hours

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CLUBBING


CAKE Sat 30 Jul

Reach for the Vicks and glowsticks as Mark from Altern 8 comes to town, joined by Glasgow s

excellent Debukas, Jamie B and Audiolife DJs.

Room 2 hosts Headroom with DiscoOrdination,

Aurora Juste and Eron. Has all the makings of quite a shindig. Tickets £8 adv available from: The Music Shop Inverness, Oscars Dingwall, ESP Elgin and ticketweb.co.uk

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of lessons and informal sessions, as well as concerts involving some of Scotland’s greatest traditional musicians. fiddleweekend@me.com or www. fiddleweekend.com for more details A limited number of tickets are also available for two special gigs at the Cromarty Old Brewery Friday 8th July, 8.30pm - Tutors Concert, featuring Chris Stout, Charlie McKerron and Lauren MacColl (£10). Saturday 9th July, 8.30pm - Bruce MacGregor in concert, with the young Orcadian player Kirstan Harvey (£10). www.cromarty-training.com: centre@cromarty-training.com 01381 600277. JOHN ALEXANDER @ The Market Bar. One-time classical guitarist who fell in love with blues and country. Check out his website at www.johnalexander.info for a sneak preview of what to expect.

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. BLACK ISLE FIDDLE WEEKEND @ Cromarty Old Brewery. INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness. HOODJA @ Madhatters, 9pm.

Margo Maclennan 01463 663817. KRISTAN HARVEY AND THE INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND OF 2011 @ Inverness Town House, 1pm. At One With Music in partnership with The Highland Council Traditional Music Project present this Orcadian fiddler and Winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of The Year 2011 supported by the newly formed Inverness Festivals Band of 2011. Doors open at 12.30pm. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children £1. Further information from 01463 663817.

FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm. RHYTHM N REEL @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm. Celtic rock sextet with their own arrangements of traditional Scottish tunes led by pipes, fiddle and accordion. 0871 789 4173

INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness.

TUE 12 JUL

CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL - CONCERT @ Talla Nan Ros, Kingussie, 8pm. FOLK/ROCK

RHYTHM N REEL @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm. Celtic Rock six piece featuring three of the best fiddle players around. www.rhythmnreel.co.uk. 0871 789 4173

ALY MACK & SANDRA MACBETH @ The Gellions, 9pm.

WED 13 JUL FOLK

SUN 10 JUL FOLK

HOODJA @ The Room. NAIRN AND DISTRICT PIPE BAND @ Brodie Castle, Forres. An afternoon of entertainment from Nairn and District Pipe Band led by Pipe Major Ross Mackenzie. Refreshments available. For further information please call 0844 4932156.

ELSA MCTAGGART - SINGS, STRINGS AND OTHER THINGS! @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm. Fiddle virtuoso with “a voice that could stop wars”.

BLACK ISLE FIDDLE WEEKEND @ Cromarty Old Brewery. INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness.

HOODJA @ Madhatters, 9pm. FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm. FOLK/ROOTS

HOODJA @ Madhatters, 9pm. ROYA MACLEAN @ Hootananny, 9pm. FOLK/COUNTRY

DOLLY THE SHOW @ The Ironworks, 7pm. The two-hour show, featuring a full cast of singers, dancers and superb musicians, celebrates the career of the legendary first lady of country. 0871 789 4173

DR MANGO @ Hootananny, 9pm. Band hailing from right across the country (and even one member from Vancouver Island) who have produced their own unique mixture of self penned and traditional Scottish music, Scots and French song. Intriguing.

MON 11 JUL FOLK

FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9pm.

SAT 09 JUL FOLK

MARC CLEMENT @ Hootananny, 9pm.

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STRATHPEFFER & DISTRICT PIPE

DAVE FLEMMING @ The Gellions, 9pm. START OF CALEDONIAN CANAL CEILIDH TRAIL 2011 @ Various. Traditional music, song and dance round Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. Informal music sessions and ceilidhs. For more information contact

CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL WANDERING MINSTREL @ Cairngorm Mountain. FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9pm. THE SAW DOCTORS @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm. Popular Irish folk rockers with a dedicated army of fans, all of whom will no doubt be out in force tonight. 0871 789 4173

THU 14 JUL FOLK


CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL WANDERING MINSTRELS @ Landmark Heritage Park, Carrbridge. CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL SESSION @ The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore.

Traditional sounds from some of the best young musicians around. FOLK/ROCK

DAVY COWAN @ The Gellions, 10pm.

SAT 16 JUL

THIS SILENT FOREST @ Madhatters, 9pm. Twilight Sad fused with Admiral Fallow-esq style folk-rock complete with harmonies and lyrics darker than an eclipse.

FOLK

FEIS SPE @ The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 8pm. Local group of young traditional musicians. FOLK/COUNTRY

DOC LIVINGSTON @ The Gellions, 9pm.

FRI 15 JUL

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.

FOLK

LOSSIEMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL @ The Beach Bar, Lossiemouth. Free folk festival with kids’ entertainment too. Performers welcome. Camping/caravans etc, £5 /night - see Landlord. www.lossiefolkclub.co.uk for more info.

THE SPORRANATIONALS @ Hootananny, 9pm.

KAN IN CONCERT @ Bogbain Farm. Modern Trad Music quartet featuring Brian Finnegan (Flook), Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), Ian Stephenson and Jim Goodwin. The combination of four such fine musicians is bound to be ace. 01463772800

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm.

FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm.

MON 18 JUL FOLK

DAVE FLEMMING @ The Gellions, 9pm. CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL - FAMILY CEILIDH @ Blair Atholl Village Hall, 7.30pm. CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL WANDERING MINSTREL @ Blair Castle.

TUE 19 JUL

ANDY CHUNG @ The Gellions, 9pm. Edinburgh-based songwriter who’s much loved on the folk and world music scene. CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL - EVENING CONCERT @ Braemar Village Hall, 7.30pm. CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL FAMILY CEILIDH @ Lonach Hall, Strathdon, 7.30pm. CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL SESSION @ Glenlivet Distillery. INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Hootananny, 9pm.

WED 20 JUL

FOLK/ROOTS

BRIAN O HEADHRA & FRIENDS @ Hootananny, 9pm.

FRI 22 JUL FOLK

ANDY MURRAY @ The Gellions, 10pm. Local musician. SCHIEHALLION @ Hootananny, 9pm. FOLK

INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness.

SAT 23 JUL

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.

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9pm.

ALLY MACKENZIE & FRIENDS @ Hootananny, 9pm.

THU 21 JUL

INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness.

FOLK/ROCK

FOLK

CAIRNGORMS CEILIDH TRAIL @ The Retreat, Glen Esk.

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SUN 17 JUL

FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm.

FOLK/ROCK

HOODJA @ The Gellions, 9pm.

LAURA MARLING @ Ironworks, Tue 26 Jul

The queue for Mumford and Sons tickets stretched half way to Pitlochry when the Brit winning nu-folksters came to town a few months back and even if you sensed people were attending because they felt they ought to rather than out of any long-held love for the genre, it at least suggested that some were prepared to open their ears to something a little different. So we re expecting many of the same punters to be out in force for Laura Marling, long time collaborator with the Mumfords and one of the driving forces behind the popularity of the sound, with just as many awards and accolades to her name. Like them she seems to have fallen a little in love with the Highlands, embarking on a similar tour of all points North on the eve of the release of her third album A Creature I Don t Know . Early listening suggests it ll prove just as popular as its predecessors, Alas, I Cannot Swim and I Speak Because I Can , so expect this to be a suitably triumphant show. w w w. i r o n w o r k s v e n u e . c o m


SUN 24 JUL

FRI 29 JUL

WED 03 AUG

FOLK

FOLK

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FORRES ACCORDION & FIDDLE CLUB PLAYERS WITH PAT FRASER @ Brodie Castle, Forres. A programme of toe-tapping Scottish music. Pat Fraser of Abelour delivers amusing Doric verse in her own entertaining style. Delicious home baking from the castle kitchens. Entry by donation. 0844 4932156.

ALISTAIR MCCULLOCH TRIO @ Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack, 7.30pm. A welcome back to a Port favourite. £8 portmahomackcommunity.org.uk.

NETHY BRIDGE SCOTS NIGHT @ Nethy Bridge Community Centre . Family Entertainment including singing, dancing and piping with a licensed bar. Tickets at the door. tinyurl.com/6fzao8g

FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm.

SPEYFEST @ Playing Fields, Fochabers. www.speyfest.com

FOLK/ROOTS

ALAN WEST BAND @ Hootananny, 9pm.

MON 25 JUL FOLK

DAVE FLEMMING @ The Gellions, 9pm. NICK KEIR & STEPHEN QUIGG @ Cannich Village Hall, 8pm. Folk duo Nick Keir.

TUE 26 JUL

FEIS ROS CEILIDH TRAIL @ Hootananny, 9pm.

FOLK/ROCK

HOODJA @ The Gellions, 9pm.

SUN 07 AUG FOLK/COUNTRY

INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Various Around Inverness. INVERNESS FESTIVALS BAND @ Hootananny, 9pm.

SAT 30 JUL

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. SPEYFEST @ Playing Fields, Fochabers. www.speyfest.com

PHILOMENA BEGLEY @ Mosset Tavern, Forres, 6.15pm. The Irish country star plays in Forres. £10, 01463 221268.

ROCK

FRI 08 JUL

THE MYSTIC SHOES @ The Room.

ROCK/COUNTRY

DOLLY THE SHOW @ The Ironworks, 7pm. Two hour celebration of the country music legend with full cast of singers and dancers. www.ironworksvenue.com. 0871 789 4173

SAT 09 JUL ROCK

FOLK/ROOTS

LAURA MARLING @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm. Mercury Award nominee with simple folk pop melodies embellished by lovely brass. 0871 789 4173

WED 27 JUL FOLK/ROCK

MUSIC

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9pm.

THU 28 JUL FOLK

SPEYFEST @ Playing Fields, Fochabers. www.speyfest.com. ROCK/POP

THE IMAGINEERS @ Madhatters, 9pm. Acoustic pop that should appeal to fans of Nutini and his ilk.

FOLK/BLUES

AL HUGHES @ The Market Bar. Singer songwriter influenced by Rory Gallagher and Townes Van Zandt. FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm.

SUN 31 JUL FOLK

DOUGIE MACLEAN @ Universal Hall, Findhorn, 8pm. Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure. £16/£14. SPEYFEST @ Playing Fields, Fochabers. www.speyfest.com. FOLK/ROCK

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm.

KINKY KARMA @ The Room. Fort William boys back to Rock out The Room. ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 10pm. Local musician. SARA BILLS & THE HASBEENS @ The Coffee Shop, Strathpeffer. Alternative-folkpunk group.

SUN 10 JUL

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm. ROCK/ALTERNATIVE

ANKOR LIGHT AND FRIENDS @ Coffee Affair, Church Street.

THE COMPUTERS @ Mad Hatters., Wed 20 Jul Despite the technophiliac nature of their name, The Computers from Exeter are rather more enamoured with the stripped down punky mayhem that dressing all in white only enhances. Their Music Is Dead single came with handmade artwork from friends including Alexisonfire, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Xcerts and Gay For Johnny Depp and their terrific debut album, This Is The Computers marked them out as pretty special. With songs like Teenage Tourettes Camp and Must Try Harder they re nigh on irresistible.


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ica • www.whatsoninverness.com WED 13 JUL

FRI 05 AUG ROCK

FERGUS & GREG @ The Market Bar. ROCK/POP

FRI 15 JUL ROCK

ZOETROPE/ROADWAY @ Madhatters, 9pm. If you liked the alternative metallic rock of Small Enclosed Area, you should check out this similarly rumbustuous project from three of their number.

ABBA TRIBUTE NIGHT @ Mosset Tavern, Forres, 8pm. Tribute to the poptastic Swedes.£10. BROKEN WOODEN TOYS & BIG FAT ELECTRIC CEILIDH @ Rose St Carpark / Spectrum Centre, 2pm-10pm.

SAT 23 JUL

MYSTIC SHOES @ The Market Bar. Hard working local act. THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room.

SUN 24 JUL ROCK

.ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm. ROCK/ALTERNATIVE

ANKOR LIGHT AND FRIENDS @ Coffee Affair, Church Street.

WED 27 JUL BIRO @ The Room. Black Isle Rock Orchestra play another of their regular shows.

SAT 16 JUL MUSIC

THE FUMES @ The Room. Rock music.

FERGUS & GREG @ The Market Bar.

THU 28 JUL

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm. DAVE SHARP @ The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 9pm. Ex-Alarm member playing blues, roots, rock’n’roll.

BELLADRUM FESTIVAL @ Belladrum. Deacon Blue, Texas, Newton Faulkner, Echo and The Bunnymen and loads more at this family friendly two-dayer.

SAT 06 AUG

BELLADRUM FESTIVAL @ Belladrum.

WORLD MON 04 JUL MISC.

EMERALD @ The Gellions, 9.30pm.

FRI 08 JUL FOLK/ROOTS MISC.

SUPERTROUPERS @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm. Mamma Mia meets Night Fever in this spectacular award winning concert now in its 10th year on tour.

SAT 09 JUL

SUPERTROUPERS @ Eden Court Empire, 8pm.

FRI 22 JUL

THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room.

SAT 23 JUL JAZZ/WORLD

SIMPLE MINDS @ Northern Meeting Park, 7pm. Two of the eighties most successful acts, Simple Minds and Big Country, sharing the bill right in the heart of the city. Excellent.

FRI 29 JUL

STETSONHEAD @ Madhatters, 9pm. BIRO @ Johnny Foxes. ROCK/COUNTRY

ROCK/ELECTRONICA

NAKED STRANGERS @ The Market Bar. Excellent Ullapool act.

WILD WEST FEST @ Bogbain Farm. Three days of western-themed fun. 01463772800 ROCK/INDIE

ROCK/PUNK

OI POLLOI, BILLY LIAR, KINGS OF THE DELMAR & FILTHPACT @ Flanagan’s Bar, Elgin, 7.30pm. Punk legends from Edinburgh with support from Acoustic punk Billy Liar.

SUN 17 JUL ROCK

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm. ROCK/ALTERNATIVE

ANKOR LIGHT AND FRIENDS @ Coffee Affair, Church Street.

WED 20 JUL

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Market Bar.

ROCK/INDIE

THE COMPUTERS @ Mad Hatters.

FRI 22 JUL

STETSONHEAD @ The Market Bar. THE DRAYMIN @ Madhatters, 9pm. Acclaimed Electro Indie from Rosyth.

SIMON PATCHETT @ The Market Bar. Mix of old-style punk, blues and rock. He might even give you his unlikely cover of Divinyls’ I Touch Myself. ROCK/POP

3CARD TRICK @ The Room. Popular Glasgow trio who can cover everything from blues to Abba rather well.

AKA SKA @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9pm. MISC.

DJ FARMER DUNC @ The Gellions, 9pm.

THU 28 JUL

THE SCONE FAERIES @ Hootananny, 9pm.

FRI 29 JUL JAZZ/WORLD

THE BLUE NOTE NITE @ La Tortilla Asesina (upstairs), 7.30pm. Highland Hot Club and Friends - A new sonic adventure in jazz, blending music from the twenties to the noughties and beyond - great music in a relaxed atmosphere. www.myspace.com/ highlandhotclub 01463 709809 MISC.

SAT 30 JUL ROCK

BRILLIANT DISGUISE @ The Ironworks. Eight-piece tribute to the magnificent Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. We’ll be shouting for Born To Run, Badlands and Thunder Road. What about you?. 0871 789 4173 THE REVVS @ The Room. BIRO @ Johnny Foxes. Black Isle Rock Orchestra who play more gigs than anyone else ever.

D.B.F @ The Gellions, 10pm.

SAT 30 JUL

DJ FARMER DUNC @ The Gellions, 9pm.

REGULARS Mondays BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar Tuesdays BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar

ROCK/COUNTRY

WILD WEST FEST @ Bogbain Farm.

SUN 31 JUL ROCK

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm.

Thursdays ROBIN & BILLS @ The Market Bar. Sunday BILLY MORRISON @ The Market Bar

ROCK/ALTERNATIVE

ANKOR LIGHT AND FRIENDS @ Coffee Affair, Church Street. ROCK/COUNTRY

WILD WEST FEST @ Bogbain Farm.

WED 03 AUG ROCK/POP

BLAKE @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm. Tickets £28 (conc. £27) 01997 420124

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Fun for all the family Ride the funicular then enjoy a 3-course Highland Buffet and dance the evening away with the Jock Fraser ceilidh band. The Ptarmigan Restaurant is open for ceilidhs every Thursday evening from 7th July to 25th August 2011 from 6.30pm. Adult £27.50, child (12 and under) £17.00, family (2 adults & 2 children) £72.00. Prices include travel on the funicular railway. Booking is essential. CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN

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INVERNESS HIGHLAND GAMES & ARMED FORCES DAY: Northern Meeting Park, Sat 23 July, from Noon The Inverness Highland Games and Armed Forces Day Celebrations return on July 23rd and this year’s  Inverness  Gathering looks set to attract another bumper crowd of enthusiastic locals and visitors to  one of our favourite spots in Inverness, Northern Meeting Park.  Built in 1864 and looking splendid once again after some much appreciated tender loving care and a paint job, the World’s oldest Highland Games stadium is enjoying a new lease of life and must surely be getting close to getting awarded one of those blue signs for special buildings by now. If not - can we nominate it?  READ ALL ABOUT THE DAY’S EVENTS & TIMETABLE OVERLEAF... >>>

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INVERNESS HIGHLAND GAMES & ARMED FORCES DAY: Northern Meeting Park, Sat 23 July, from Noon This year’s event will start at noon with the Inverness Festivals Band providing entertainment  in the City Centre as 9 (count ‘em) pipe bands and hundreds of marchers assemble in the High Street area. Across the river the strains of piping  will  be heard along the riverbank as the Waterside Hotel sponsored solo piping competitions organised by Inverness Piping Society get underway on the lawn outside Eden Court Theatre. The piping attracts a large and appreciative crowd throughout the day and once again the senior competition for the Donnie Manson Memorial Cup is expected to be fiercely contested with a number of Scotland’s finest pipers appearing on the day.   At 1pm all eyes will turn to the city centre  as the 9 bands and over 800 veterans, cadets and serving personnel from all over the Highlands form up to march through the streets of Inverness to the Town House for the salute, before crossing the bridge and heading to Northern Meeting Park. With hundreds of spectators expected to follow the band, creating one of the biggest parades ever seen through the Highland Capital, arrangements have been made for tickets to be on sale in the City Centre from 10am at the Town House, so don’t forget to buy your ticket in advance if you wish to avoid the queue.  Entry to the ground will be via Ardross Street.    This year’s Armed Forces ceremony will feature performances by the massed pipes and drums, presentation of veteran’s badges and a Drumhead Service led by the Reverend Peter Howson in memory of all those who gave their lives in defence of our country. Last year the cheers when the veterans proudly marched from the field could be heard across the river in the High Street and another well deserved ovation is expected.   The salute will be taken by Guest of Honour Major General Seymour Monro CBE LVO; the Lord Lieutenant of Inverness Donald Cameron of Lochiel and Provost Jimmy Gray who well then take centre stage as Games Chieftain to declare this year’s Inverness Highland Games open. The opening ceremony for this year’s Highland Games will start with the playing of The Inverness

Gathering and will be followed by a mass Highland Fling featuring dancers from the Elizabeth Fraser and Edith Macpherson Schools of Highland Dancing. The dancers who will be performing in the main arena throughout the afternoon and will be joined by the Inverness Scottish Country Dancers and the Falcon Drummers; while in the Traders Village area, the newly formed Inverness Festivals Band will make their debut at the Games presenting a toe-tapping feast of traditional music  from 2.30pm.   The heavy events will commence at 2.30pm with the Scots Hammer which will be followed by the Weight for Distance at 3.15pm, Inverness Stone at 3.45pm, Weight Over the Bar at 4.30pm and Tossing the Caber around 5.15pm. Don’t forget to bring your camera because after the Games the crowd will be  invited on to the field to discover just how difficult it is to lift the various items that the Heavies launch effortlessly through the year.      The whole of the car park at the rear of the Highland Council HQ will be transformed into a Traders Village complete with bar and hot food and in the main arena there will be military displays for everybody to enjoy.   Tickets for the   Gathering cost £6 for adults and £3 for Under 18’s and Senior Citizens. Under fives get in for free. Car Parking is available at Bught Park and there will be a shuttle bus along the riverside. Disabled Car Parking is available at the front of the Highland Council HQ.

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The track and field events will start at 2.30pm and can be entered on the day up to one hour before they are scheduled to take place. Due to demand for places, competitors are invited to log on to www. invernesshighlandgames.com and register on line.  

from 3PM 15:00 U13 Boys - 15:05 U13 Girls -  15:10 U15 Boys -  15:15 U15 Girls -  15:20 Snr Women 15:25 Snr Men 15:45 Snr Men 15:48 Snr Women

800m 800m 800m 800m 800m 800m 400m 400m

from 4PM 16:00 ASN Men 16:03 U13 Girls - 16:06 U13 Boys -  16:09 U15 Girls -  16:12 U15 Boys -  16:15 Snr Women 16:18 Snr Men -  16:45 Girls -  16:50 Boys -  16:55 Snr Women 17:00 Snr Men

200m (HCP) 200m 200m 200m 200m 200m 200m 4x½ lap 4x½ lap 4x½ lap 4x½ lap

FIELD EVENTS 14:50 U11 Girls - 14:50 U13 Girls -  14:50 U15 Girls -  15:00 Snr Men -  15:00 ASN Men -  15:00 ASN Women 15:45 U11 Boys -  15:45 U13 Boys -  15:45 U15 Boys -  15:45 Snr Women 15:45 Snr Men -  16:15 U13 Girls -  16:15 U15 Girls -  16:15 Snr Men -  16:15 Snr Women 16:30 U13 Boys -  16:30 U15 Boys -  16:30 Snr Women

Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump High Jump High Jump Shot Putt Shot Putt Long Jump Long Jump Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt

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HIGHLAND GAMES PROGRAMME   Time Category Event from 2.30PM 14:30 ASN Boys -  100yds 14:32 ASN Girls -  100yds 14:34 ASN Men -  100yds (HCP) 14:36 ASN Women 100yds (HCP) 14:38 U11 Girls -  100yds 14:40 U11 Boys -  100yds 14:42 U13 Girls -  100yds 14:44 U13 Boys -  100yds 14:46 U15 Girls -  100yds 14:48 U15 Boys -  100yds 14:50 Snr Women 100yds (HCP) 14:52 Snr Men 100yds (HCP)

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BLACK ISLE SHOW Mannsfield Showground, Muir Of Ord, Wed 03 & Thu 04 Aug

MON 04 JUL

GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE BY PETE MOORE @ Boat Of Garten Community Hall, 7.30pm.

First held in Fortrose way back in 1836, this is the granddaddy of agricultural shows and a part of many local families history, featuring agriculture, livestock, horses and local produce. Wednesday sees the traditional Horse Show during the day with a preview of the main show from 4pm-10pm, then Thursday is the main event with heaps of attractions including the Blazing Saddles stunt team. www.blackisleshow.info

TUE 05 JUL

OSPREY WATCH @ Mound Car Park, Between Golspie & Dornoch. On the lookout for a pair of Sutherland’s nesting ospreys. 01549 402638 for more info.

THU 07 JUL Misc

BEAULY & FIRTH PIPE BAND & HIGHLAND DANCING @ Beauly Square. GOLD PANNING @ Helmsdale Harbour Car Park. Visit the site of Sutherland’s gold rush and try your hand at gold panning. 01549 402638 for more details.

MOY FAIR Moy Estate, Fri 05 & Sat 06 Aug

Misc

SAT 09 JUL Charity

Hot on the heels of the Black Isle Show comes the other big event of the year for fans of all things land-related, this time with an emphasis on field sports , the euphemism for huntin , shootin and killin . While there are loads of activities for all the family, from archery to crochet the emphasis is on the aforementioned field sports with competitions in fly casting, gun dog handling and clay pigeon shooting. Take your pets for the day and children can enter them into the children s pets parade or, if you have a terrier, try out the terrier races. Activities in the main ring differ from year to year but you may see gun dog or fly-casting demonstrations, pipe bands, falconry displays, and much more. www.moyfieldsportsfair.co.uk

THE HIGHLAND - RUSSIA CONNECTION CHARITY FUNDRAISER @ Multi Cultural Centre,1 Ardconnel Terrace,inverness. www.highlandrussia.org.uk. Misc

SUN 10 JUL Festival

BEAULY GALA OPENING CEREMONY @ Braeview Park, 3pm. Crowning of the Gala Queen and princesses, dog agility display and pet parade prizes for waggiest tail, best groomed and, best of all “most liked owner”. Misc

HIGHLAND WILDLIFE SAFARI @ Altnaglander Car Park. 01343 557143 Misc

SPECIALS

BEACH CLEAN AT KINGSTON @ Kingston. Help keep the Spey Bay Reserve beautiful by joining a community litter pick up. Please bring your own bin bags and gloves and meet at the small car park near the big green bin on Beach Road. 01343 557143

Annual

MON 11 JUL

BEAULY GALA SENIOR CITIZENS EVENING @ Royal British Legion, Beauly.

Cultural Centre,1 Ardconnel Terrace,inverness. highlandrussia.org.uk.

WED 13 JUL Annual

BEAULY GALA CAR TREASURE HUNT @ Braeview Park, 7pm. Misc

RED KITES IN THE HIGHLANDS @ Boat Of Garten Community Hall, 7.30pm. RSPB Illustrated Talk Red Kites in the Highlands by Claire Buchanan. THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA: TRANSFORMATIONAL TWEETING OR DEVALUATION OF DEMOCRACY? @ Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit.

TUE 12 JUL

HUMAN RIGHTS @ Riverside Lounge, Glen Mohr Hotel, Inverness, 7.30pm. Pink Castle Philosophy Club debate. www.pinkcastle.eu. RURAL RESILIENCE: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR TOMORROW @ Bog Cotton Cafe, Cannich, 7pm. Presented by Dr Sarah Skerratt, Rural Society Research Team, Scottish Agricultural College. 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF YURI GAGARINS’ FIRST MANNED SPACE FLIGHT @ Multi

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POND DIPPING @ Skelbo Forest Car Park. 01549 402638 for more details. BEAULY GALA BINGO @ Royal British Legion, Beauly, 7pm. Cash prizes and raffle.

THU 14 JUL Misc

BEAULY & FIRTH PIPE BAND & HIGHLAND DANCING @ Beauly Square. GEORGE BAIN’S WW1 SERVICE HISTORY @ Fortrose Community Theatre, 7.30pm. 01381 621252

FRI 15 JUL Annual

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman. hopemangala.co.uk. DOLPHIN DIARIES - TALES FROM THE MORAY FIRTH @ Banff Castle, 7.30pm. The latest news and insights from the Banff-based marine research group about their cetacean encounters in the Moray Firth. Hosted every fortnight on

Fridays at 7.30 pm from June to October. BEAULY GALA PAIRS ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT @ Beauly Bowling Pavilion Behind Phipps Hall . Festival

BEAULY GALA CHICKS N FLICKS @ Phipps Hall, Beauly, 7.30pm. Moulin Rouge. Pre-movie cocktails and nibbles. Misc

ON THE TRAIL OF THE TIGER @ Wildcat Centre, Newtonmore. 01540 673907

SAT 16 JUL Annual

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman. hopemangala.co.uk. Charity

GARDEN OPEN DAY @ Culish Kilmuir, North Kessock. Misc

MORAY FARMERS MARKET @ The Plainstones, Elgin. GAELIC STORIES @ Abriachan. 01463 710786 for more info. DINGWALL FIELD CLUB WALK @ Bridge Of Brown, 9am. STEAM FAIR AND TRACTORFEST @ Boat Of Garten/strathspey Steam Railway. One of the largest gatherings of steam traction engines, road rollers, road wagons and miniature engines


DRUMMUIR @ Dufftown Railway Station. 01343 557143 BEAULY GALA CAR BOOT @ Beauly. BEAULY GALA FINALE BARN DANCE @ Phipps Hall, Beauly. BYOB £10 per ticket music from The Jacks.

SUN 17 JUL Annual

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman.

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman.

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CONTINENTAL MARKET @ The Plainstones, Elgin.

FUN GALORE STORE @ The Plainstones, Elgin.

BANFFSHIRE HISTORY FESTIVAL RE-ENACTMENT @ Banff Castle.

SUN 24 JUL Charity

OPEN GARDEN AND CROFT @ Laikenbuie (3 Miles From Nairn). Organic vegetables.

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BEAULY GALA POOL COMPETITION @ Lovat Arms Hotel, 2pm.

BANFFSHIRE HISTORY FESTIVAL RE-ENACTMENT @ Banff Castle.

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STEAM FAIR AND TRACTORFEST @ Boat Of Garten/strathspey Steam Railway. WALK & TALK ENGLISH @ Outside La Caverna/1629 Restaurant, 2pm. Come for a walk, meet new people and practise conversational English with a qualified ESOL tutor. Family and friends are welcome. If it’s bad weather then bring some money for Coffee.

TUE 26 JUL

SCOTLAND’S GARDEN SCHEME OPEN DAY @ Hugh Miller Museum & Birthplace Cottage. 0844 4932158.

MON 18 JUL

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman.

TUE 19 JUL Annual

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman. Misc

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS @ Airfield Car Park, Dornoch. A walk through the dunes and grassland of the common good lands. 01549 402638

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OSPREY WATCH @ Mound Car Park, Between Golspie & Dornoch. On the lookout for a pair of Sutherland’s nesting ospreys. 01549 402638 for info. Misc

TAIN VINTAGE CAR RALLY @ Tain. Further proof that old cars are much, much better than new ones. SEASIDE SAFARI @ Moray Firth Wildlife Centre, Spey Bay Car Park, Spey Bay. A scenic trek through pine forest, agricultural land and railway track to Portgordon, returning to Spey Bay along the coast. Booking essential. 01343 557143 anne.young@moray.gov.uk.

WED 20 JUL

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman. Misc

SEAL WATCH @ Car Park By Skelbo Castle. 01549 402638

THU 21 JUL Annual

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman. Misc

BEAULY & FIRTH PIPE BAND & HIGHLAND DANCING @ Beauly Square. CONTINENTAL MARKET @ The Plainstones, Elgin.

FRI 22 JUL Annual

HOPEMAN GALA 2011 @ Hopeman. hopemangala.co.uk. Misc

CONTINENTAL MARKET @ The Plainstones, Elgin.

SAT 23 JUL Annual

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FUN GALORE STORE @ The Plainstones, Elgin. Misc

BEAULY & FIRTH PIPE BAND & HIGHLAND DANCING @ Beauly Square.

FRI 05 AUG Annual

HIGHLAND FIELD SPORTS FAIR @ Moy. moyfieldsportsfair.co.uk Festival

FUN GALORE STORE @ The Plainstones, Elgin.

THU 28 JUL

SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES @ Birnie Village Hall Near Elgin, 7.30pm. Prof Ian Robson (Edinburgh University) This talk will outline our place in the Universe, describe the discovery of active galaxies and give a simple overview of Black Hole – Galaxy interaction. sigma-astro.co.uk.

SUMMER ART @ Outlandia, Glen Nevis. Woodland walk to the secret artist’s pod where we will create artwork to take home. Some artist materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Booking essential. 01397 705922 for more details. Misc

BEAULY & FIRTH PIPE BAND & HIGHLAND DANCING @ Beauly Square. Misc

DINGWALL FIELD CLUB WALK @ Newhall Point, 6.30pm. spanglefish. com/DingwallFieldClub.

FRI 29 JUL

DOLPHIN DIARIES - TALES FROM THE MORAY FIRTH @ Banff Castle, 7.30pm.

SAT 30 JUL Misc

CAIRNGORMS FARMERS MARKET @ Grantown On Spey. cairngorms-farmers-market.com/.

SUN 31 JUL Annual

GARDEN OPEN DAY @ Field House, Belladrum. A plantsman’s garden. £4 admission, proceeds to charity. dougthegarden.co.uk. Misc

Annual

BLACK ISLE SHOW @ Mannsfield Showground, Muir Of Ord. blackisleshow.info.

RSPB SEASONAL WALK @ Rspb Insh Marshes . 01540 661518.

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THU 04 AUG Annual

TOP DOGS DAY OUT @ Glenmore. Agility course, displays, quizzes and all sorts of doggy craziness! Register your dog on the day or simply come and watch the fun. The Hay Field, Glenmore, near Aviemore. Phone Saranne Bish 01479 873 914 for more details. £3.00 registration charge per dog.

MON 01 AUG Festival

FUN GALORE STORE @ The Plainstones, Elgin. Workshops in Dance, Drumming, Circus Skills and Costume Making plus entertainment in the St Giles Shopping Centre and around the High St.

TUE 02 AUG

FUN GALORE STORE @ The Plainstones, Elgin.

Misc

BUSHCRAFT DAY AT ABRIACHAN @ Abriachan. 01463 710786

WED 03 AUG Annual

BLACK ISLE SHOW @ Mannsfield Showground, Muir Of Ord.

SAT 06 AUG Annual

HIGHLAND FIELD SPORTS FAIR @ Moy.

SUN 07 AUG Misc

KITE FLYING ON CAIRN DAIMH @ Meet At Glenlivet Distillery Visitors Car Park, Glenlivet. Climb one of the highest hills in Moray and fly your kite on the top! Bring a big picnic, lots to drink and enjoy one of the best views in Moray. Kites available to borrow. Booking essential. Call 01343 557143 or anne.young@moray.gov.uk.

MON 08 AUG Annual

INVERNESS TATTOO 2011 @ Northern Meeting Park, 7pm. One of the finest traditional events staged in the Capital of the Highlands.

TUE 09 AUG

INVERNESS TATTOO 2011 @ Northern Meeting Park, 7pm.

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BLACKMUIR WOOD PONDS @ Blackmuir Wood, Strathpeffer. Newts, Shrimps and creatures building their own homes. Dip for weird beasties including dragonfly larva. Learn what they get up to and who likes to eat them. 01349 868563 £3/ £2.

WED 10 AUG Annual

INVERNESS TATTOO 2011 @ Northern Meeting Park, 7pm. One of the finest traditional events staged in the Capital of the Highlands.

THU 07 - SUN 10 JUL

SCOTTISH OPEN GOLF CITY CENTRE ENTERTAINMENT, 7.30pm. An assortment of traditional musicians, pipes and drum bands, singers, dancers and a few surprises are going to hit Falcon Square, the High Street, Church Street and Inverness Castle with instructions to create a party. In the event of wet weather the plan is for the performers to try to do something in every pub in the city centre within the space of 90 minutes !


fore! SCOTTISH OPEN GOLF: Castle Stuart, Thu 07–Sun 10 Jul

It was enticing enough at its previous Loch Lomond home, but this looks like being an even greater success with north of 50,000 visitors predicted by some and participants to include around eight of the world’s top ten golfers. And even if Boy Wonder McIlroy doesn’t compete, there’s the thrilling prospect of Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, and Martin Kaymer continuing their tussle to top the rankings, plus Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington and with Monty trying to qualify for the Open at Sandwich a week later... not to mention a lovely course in a wonderful setting.

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Peter Allis will be waxing lyrical on the BBC coverage about sharing a single malt with Colonel Bufton McTufton, but better still will be to take in the whole experience in the flesh. There’s a bus shuttle from town and there’ll also be plenty of street entertainment in Inverness itself for the duration of the tournament. See elsewhere in the issue for details. www.barclaysscottishopen.co.uk

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Wolves WICKED WOLF TRIATHLON: Carrbridge, Sat 23 Jul

No real wolves back in the Highlands just yet, but a couple of different events with that name and a clue as to where the moniker comes from. Testing your limits in the loveliest of locations. It begins with a 5km kayak (2km longer than last year) from the beach at Lochindorb, around the 13th century ruined castle – lair of the notorious Wolf of Badenoch. From there it’s a spectacularly scenic 30km mountain bike ride over the Lochindorb moor towards Carr-bridge – taking in amazing views of the Cairngorms – then a 10km run around the pretty woodlands of Carr-Bridge with a finale finish in the heart of the village. People can enter either as a team of three – doing one section each – or they can sign up as a solo entry. Places are limited to 55 entries so anyone who fancies taking part had better sign up sharpish. www.wickedwolftriathlon.co.uk

Forres to Cairngorm Mountain, Sat 06 & Sun 07 Aug More lupine character building with one of our favourite events, now in its fourth year. Participants will have just 24 hours to complete a stunning 45 mile route from Forres to Cairngorm Mountain, with the added thrill of crossing the remote Dava Moor, another legendary home of the aforementioned Wolf of Badenoch, this time doing so under cover of darkness. Created by Forres based charity WildHearts, the WolfTrek route has been designed to take participants through a microcosm of Highland wilderness, packed with diverse terrain, landscapes and wildlife. Whilst the most adventurous will have the opportunity to tackle the whole 45 mile trek, the challenge has also been broken down into three, 15 mile stages, which can be tackled as a team relay effort. There is also an option to sample a “bite-sized” 17 mile version of the trek by completing the Midnight March, from Forres to the shores of ghostly Lochindorb. WildHearts provide micro-loans and business training to people living in poverty in the developing world, enabling them to work their own way out of poverty. Once one WildHearts micro-client repays their loan, that money is then lent out to another member of their community. 01309 678115 www.wildheartsinaction.org

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MON 04 JUL

Team/Cricket WATERFRONT V BALLOCH @ Fraser Park, Inverness. INVERNESS WELFARE CRICKET FIXTURES 2011.

TUE 05 JUL

M.A.S.K V BEAULY @ Fraser Park, Inverness. INVERNESS WELFARE CRICKET FIXTURES 2011.

WED 06 JUL

KIRKHILL V CORRIE @ Fraser Park, Inverness. INVERNESS WELFARE CRICKET FIXTURES 2011. Team/Rugby TOUCH RUGBY @ Bught Rugby Pitches. Men and women, all abilities welcome.

THU 07 JUL

Other BARCLAYS SCOTTISH OPEN @ Castle Stuart Golf Course. Your opportunity to see some of the finest golfers in the world in a tournament that’s second only to the Open itself.http:// scottishopen.barclaysgolf.com/.

MONSTER SWIM 2011: Loch Ness, Wed 13 Jul Has Nessie been notified about this? It s certainly a fantastic location for an open-water swim, containing as it does more of the fresh wet stuff than all the other lakes in the UK combined. So, with this event you not only get to raise money for charity, but also get to immerse yourself in a loch that s geologically unmatchable. And that s not to mention the possibility of getting munched by a monster. Surely there s a movie to be made. The day consists of two options: The Big Yin is a one mile swim, the longest of the day, heading out from Dores Beach towards the centre of the Loch before turning towards the northern shore, while the Wee Nessie is a half-miler, starting from the same point and heading towards Dores Peninsula. So, something for most degrees of ability and bound to be an unforgettable experience. For more details go to www.monsterswim.co.uk

SAT 09 JUL

Athletics FORRES HIGHLAND GAMES 10K ROAD RACE @ , 2.40pm. Forreshighlandgames.fsnet.co.uk. FORRES HIGHLAND GAMES @ Grant Park Forres, 12.30pm. Massed pipe bands. Track Events, 10K Road Race, Heavy events, Solo Piping, Highland Dancing, Field events, Tug O’ War and Grass Cycling. Team/Football STREET FOOTBALL PROGRAMME @ The Plainstones, Elgin. LOCHABER V KINLOCHSHIEL @ Lochaber. Team/Shinty ABERDEIN CONSIDINE SUTHERLAND CUP SEMI FINAL. Shinty.com.

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FORT WILLIAM V INVERARAY @ Fort William.

INVERNESS V LOCHCARRON @ Inverness.

SUN 10 JUL

LOVAT V KYLES ATHLETIC @ Lovat.

HEART OF THE PARK CHALLENGE @ Braemar. Heart of the Park Challenge is a multi terrain foot race, set in the immediate area around Braemar and run over a 12 km course in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings that Scotland has to offer.

NEWTONMORE V GLENORCHY @ Newtonmore.

MON 11 JUL

KINGUSSIE V GLENURQUHART @ Kingussie.

INVERNESS V LOCHABER @ Inverness. LOCHCARRON V CABERFEIDH @ Lochcarron. STRATHGLASS V KINLOCHSHIEL @ Strathglass. NEWTONMORE V GLENURQUHART @ Newtonmore. LOVAT V FORT WILLIAM @ Lovat. ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY V ARDNAMURCHAN @ Aberdeen University.

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Team/Cricket BEAULY OR KIRHILL V M.A.S.K @ Fraser Park, Inverness. Cup Semi.

TUE 12 JUL

BALLOCH OR CORRIE V WATERFRONT @ Fraser Park, Inverness. Cup Semi.

WED 13 JUL

TOUCH RUGBY @ Bught Park (by Ice Rink). Men and women, all abilities.

SAT 16 JUL

Athletics TOMINTOUL HIGHLAND GAMES @ Tomintoul, 11am. Annual games. 170TH TOMINTOUL HIGHLAND GAMES @ Tomintoul Public Park. Usual Events: Solo Piping, Highland Dancing, Heavy. Team/Football TAYFORTH V COL GLEN @ Tayforth. Team/Shinty ARTEMIS MACAULAY CUP SEMI FINAL @ Tbc. GLENORCHY V GLENURQUHART @ Glenorchy. KILMALLIE V NEWTONMORE @ Kilmallie. KYLES ATHLETIC V FORT WILLIAM @ Kyles Athletic.

MONSTER SWIM 2011 @ Loch Ness. Swim Loch Ness over a mile or half mile route all in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Open water swimming like nowhere else on earth. For info see www.monsterswim.co.uk.

CABERFEIDH V BEAULY @ Caberfeidh.

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STRATHGLASS V INVERNESS

KINLOCHSHIEL V LOCHCARRON @ Kinlochshiel. LOCHABER V SKYE @ Lochaber.


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10am. All your favourite Highland events.

GLENURQUHART V KILMALLIE @ Glenurquart.

LOCHSIDE V KYLES ATHLETIC @ Lochside.

LOVAT V GLENGARRY @ Lovat. NEWTONMORE V KINGUSSIE @ Newtonmore. BEAULY V INVERNESS @ Beauly.

SUN 17 JUL

Athletics NETHY EXPLORER 12K @ Nethy Bridge Community Hall , 10am. Multi-Terrain. Run a scenic route and support Abernethy. Explore Abernethy is a communityled project in Nethy Bridge. It runs a visitor centre and maintains a network of woodland paths next to the historic Abernethy Forest within the Cairngorms National Park. cairngormrunners.org.

WED 20 JUL

TOUCH RUGBY @ Bught Rugby Pitches. Men and women, all abilities welcome.

SAT 23 JUL

Athletics WICKED WOLF TRIATHLON @ Lochindorb, Carrbridge. Www.wickedwolftriathlon. co.uk or visit the Wicked Wolf Triathlon event page on Facebook. INVERNESS HIGHLAND GAMES 2011 @ Northern Meeting Park, 1pm. MOTHERWELL V INVERNESS CT @ Motherwell. The big kick off and a chance for a statement of intent back at Big Tel’s old stomping ground. Team/Shinty GLENURQUHART V KYLES ATHLETIC @ Glenurquart. LOVAT V INVERARAY @ Lovat. LOVAT V GLENURQUHART @ Lovat. NEWTONMORE V KINLOCHSHIEL @ Newtonmore.

Outdoor SPEA FIM TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP @ Nevis Range Ski Centre Fort William Fort William In The Scottish Highlands hosts the sixth round of the world’s most important and best motorcycle trial competition. ukworldtrial.com. Team/Football INVERNESS CT V HIBERNIAN @ Inverness Ct. First home fixture of the season. Let’s hope this season sees the support the performances of the past year have deserved. Team/Shinty LOVAT V GLENORCHY @ Lovat. BEAULY V LOCHCARRON @ Beauly.

SUN 31 JUL

Outdoor SPEA FIM TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP @ Nevis Range Ski Centre Fort William Fort William In The Scottish Highlands hosts the sixth round of the world’s most important and best motorcycle trial competition. ukworldtrial.com.

WED 03 AUG

Athletics PINTOS 3K SERIES @ Cooper Park, Elgin, 7pm. VIEWPOINT CHALLENGE @ Forres, 6.45pm. 3.5 miles uphill-only race. Team/Rugby TOUCH RUGBY @ Bught Rugby Pitches. Men and women, all abilities welcome.

STRATHPEFFER HIGHLAND GATHERING @ Strathpeffer, 1pm.

WED 27 JUL

Other THE SPEYSIDE STAGES @ Speyside. The stage rally, organised by The 63 Car Club (Elgin) Ltd, covers 45 miles in some of the area’s famous forests. Sixth round of MSA SRC. speyside-stages.co.uk.

HALKIRK HIGHLAND GAMES @ Halkirk,

TOUCH RUGBY: @ Bught Pitches (near the Ice Rink)

Wednesdays 6-8pm If you ve always fancied a bit of

egg chasing, but never liked the

bone-crunching rough and tumble, you might want to partake of the

fun and finesse that is touch rugby. As the name suggests there s no

likelihood of getting your ear bitten off so you can just enjoy it all. It s open to men and women of all abilities and fitness levels.

Contact info@invernesstouch.co.uk or Inverness Touch on Facebook for more.

SAT 06 AUG

INVERNESS V STRATHGLASS @ Inverness.

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WED 10 AUG

Team/Rugby TOUCH RUGBY @ Bught Rugby Pitches. Men and women, all abilities welcome.

Athletics DORNOCH HIGHLAND GATHERING @ Dornoch, 10.30am. dornochhighlandgathering.com

CREAG DHUBH HILL RACE @ The Eilean Newtonmore, 3.15pm. Newtonmorehighlandgames.co.uk.

Athletics DUFFTOWN HIGHLAND GAMES @ Dufftown. A full programme of Light and Heavy Events, Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing and Refreshments. Heavy, Light and Track Events, Tug O’War, The 5 Tops Hill Race, a Special Race for Overseas Visitors, Highland Dancing, Massed Pipe Bands and Children’s Events. Afternoon Teas and a Beer Tent are available and there are numerous Side Stalls. The Pipe Bands beat the retreat in The Square at 6pm until approximately 6-45pm.

Outdoor WILDHEARTS WOLFTREK @ Forres.

FRI 05 AUG

BEAULY V ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY @ Beauly.

Team/Rugby TTOUCH RUGBY @ Bught Rugby Pitches. Men and women, all abilities welcome.

SUN 07 AUG

Outdoor WILDHEARTS WOLFTREK @ Forres. www.wildheartsinaction. org or call 01309 678115 or email info@wildheartsevents.com. Team/Football DUNFERMLINE V INVERNESS CT @ Dunfermline. Away trip to Dunfermline. ROSS COUNTY V MORTON @ Victoria Park A chance right from the off for County to prove that last season was just a blip.

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Fancy taking part in an exciting and challenging experience to raise fiunds for Highland Hospice?

VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA CYCLE CHALLENGE Choose from the following dates:

11-22 Feb 2012 or 6-7 Oct 2012 To register, please contact 01463 227913 or visit highlandhospice.org/events for further details


UNCHARTERED WATERS: Strathpeffer Pavilion, Thu 28 Jul You can always rely on Strathpeffer for something a little unusual and following the success of the recent burlesque night, the celebration of the spectacle continues with some AERIAL DANCE THEATRE from two of Scotland’s top companies, All Or Nothing and Strange Bird Zircus. Having debuted at Dance Base during Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe 2010, Uncharted Waters comprises three short stories of contemporary circus. It promises to take us on a nautical journey “crossing the boundaries between the floor, the air and the space in between”. Looks and sounds pretty impressive. CIRCUS/DANCE

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Al MURRAY: Ironworks, Sat 23 Jul The second time that Mr Murray has come up here in recent months, this date rearranged from June. Why? Well, this could be the finest excuse we’ve ever heard. He was double booked that day having to forego the ‘Ness to play drums at the Download Festival in his band T-34. You’ll obviously be aware that it takes its name from the most successful medium sized tank of the Second World War, betraying Murray’s fascination with military history. And allows him to indulge in a whole set of classic rock cover versions. Perhaps he’ll bring them up here one day, but until then we’ll settle for a reprise of his more familiar persona as The Pub Landlord. The last Ironworks show went down a storm (even if one rather over refreshed lady had to be removed by paramedics) so you can expect this one to be just as good. We’re still not convinced about his new TV show with a chicken as a prize, but he’s honed this character to perfection. COMEDY

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COMEDY Over the past couple of years there’s been a real boom in opportunities to catch comedy in the city, with most of the major comedians including Inverness on their tour schedule. Of course the real art is in maintaining a balance between bringing the big names (and their attendant ticket prices) and keeping momentum going with something more regularly affordable. The Gilded Balloon nights at Eden Court and regular events at Ceol Mor have done just that and now it’s the turn of Hush to put on what looks like being a great night. Working with the Just Laugh comedy club, a network that currently includes nights in Perth, Dundee and Stirling, it’s headed by renowned funnyman Bruce Fummey and he’ll be compering a top notch line up of rising stars in the form of Mark Nelson, Danny Angelo and Teddy. Tickets are priced at £10 with a complimentary bottle of champagne for group bookings of 10. You can get them online at www.ticketline.co.uk or from Hush, The Mallard Bar, Dingwall, The Caley Bar, Nairn or Zoo Clothing, Eastgate.

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JUST LAUGH COMEDY NIGHT: Hush, Thu 30 Jun

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ParaHandy Eden Court and Open Book present

Written and Directed by John Bett Original Music by Robert Pettigrew Starring Jimmy Chisholm Designed by Annette Gillies

www.parahandytour.co.uk

Eden Court, Inverness Wed 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat 24 Sep 2011 Wed 21 & Fri 23 20.00 / Thu 22 13.30 & 20.00 / Sat 24 14.00 & 20.00 Groups 10+ get one seat free â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all performances Tickets and Information 01463 234 234 www.eden-court.co.uk PARA HANDY HAS BEEN FUNDED BY The Highland Arts Programme Creative Scotland Innovation Fund

Follow Para Handy on Twitter @para_handy_tour

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)

Main Photographs by Euan Myles

A voyage round the stories of Neil Munro


OUTDOOR THEATRE Always good to see shows from the excellent Illyria Theatre Company and they’re making plenty of appearances over the next month with a variety of shows. Whether performing classical, children’s theatre or Shakespeare they’re always keen to make sure that what could be the audience’s first exposure to the dramatic arts is a memorable experience. And that’s sure to be the case with their current roster of productions. They’re doing an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s chicken rustling tale, FANTASTIC MR FOX at Logie Steading on Wed 13 Jul at 5pm and again at Duff House, Banff on Thu 14. Then there’s their take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s popular comic opera PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Logie Steading on Wed 03 Aug and Duff House on Thu 04. It’s with Shakespeare that they’re perhaps most impressive of all so make sure not to miss their production of TWELFTH NIGHT at Cawdor Castle on Sat 23 Jul, Brahan on Sun 14 Aug and Logie Steading on Tue 16 Aug. Great, inspirational theatre, lovely surroundings and, with luck, no rain. What more could you want? For more details go to www.illyria.uk.com

Other SNOOKER LEGENDS: BRINGING LEGENDS BACK TO THE BAIZE! @ Eden Court Empire, 7pm. Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott, John Virgo, Cliff Thorburn and Michaela Tabb with an evening of snooker, laughter and Nostalgia. 01463 234 234

modern family. Written and produced by Frances Hendry. Musical/Opera JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm. See page 17 for our Joseph feature.

WED 13 JUL

JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm.

Comedy AL MURRAY: THE PUB LANDLORD @ The Ironworks, 7pm. Al Murray brings his Pub Philosopher persona to town. ironworksvenue.com. 0871 789 4173

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FANTASTIC MR FOX @ Duff House, Banff. Illyria theatre outdoor show.

TUE 19 JUL

Musical/Opera JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm.

Drama LINKS TO PAST & PRESENT @ The Little Theatre, Nairn, 7.30pm. Nairn Drama Club present a short pageant of the last three centuries of the Nairn Links and Fishertown, as seen by a

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SAT 23 JUL

Drama FANTASTIC MR FOX @ Logie Steading, 5.30pm. Illyria open air theatre performance.

WED 20 JUL

Musical/Opera JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 2pm, 7.30pm.

THU 21 JUL

Drama LINKS TO PAST & PRESENT @ The Little Theatre, Nairn, 7.30pm.

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Dance ROHAN BROWN @ Raigmore Recreation Hall, Inverness, 4pm, 6pm. Salsa Nor th presents Rohan Brown leading a Cuban style dance workshop followed by Salsa Party with the fantastic live Latin Band ‘Orquesta Latina Del Nor te’. Beginners workshop from 4 pm. Masterclass with Rohan Brown at 6pm.

Drama TWELFTH NIGHT @ Cawdor Castle, 7.30pm. illyria.uk.com.


MACBETH Eden Court, Fri 05 & Sat 06 Aug

More Shakespeare and again an innovative attempt to engage with the audience and show that the work can resonate as powerfully today as when it was first written. Presented by Open Book, directed by Marcus Roche and with a concept design by Patricia Niemann, this is a Macbeth for the Highlands from the Highland theatre company who brought Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to schools and communities across the North in 2010. Set around a dinner table, we’re told that “the entire play will take place in one room placing the banquet at the centre of the action and with the audience as guests. During the interval, the audience, surrounded by elements of design and spectacle including the ‘dagger’ chandelier, will be served with whisky and shortbread as part of the banquet.” Sounds intriguing. www.eden-court.co.uk Musical/Opera JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm.

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Drama LINKS TO PAST & PRESENT @ The Little Theatre, Nairn, 7.30pm. Musical/Opera JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm.

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Comedy EDINBURGH FRINGE Hush, 8pm. £10.

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JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 7.30pm.

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JOSEPH & TECHNICOLOUR DEAMCOAT @ Eden Court Empire, 1pm, 5pm.

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE @ Duff House, Banff, 6.30pm. illyria.uk.com.

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Drama MACBETH @ Eden Court One Touch, 12pm, 7.30pm.

SAT 06 AUG

MACBETH @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm

TRAVELLERS’ FOLLIES Ironworks, Sat 13 Aug, 1pm

Oddly, shortbread pops up on offer again in the latest of the Play Pieces season, giving you the chance to watch lunchtime theatre and inspired by the Pie And A Pint concept. This time it’s a puppet show for adults from the excellent Zenwing Puppets Company, telling the tale of a diva and magician meeting in a Highland hotel. Devised and written by Andy Jones, it takes in a comedy murder mystery and a trip on the Highland Express where the aforementioned shortbread gets proffered. Zenwing are always great fun so we’re expecting good things. www.ironworksvenue.com


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4,999 Trees Can’t Be Wrong... For a while now I’ve felt something was missing from last year, couldn’t quite put my finger on it but I’ve been vaguely aware of the lack of something. It should have happened but it didn’t (note ‘should have’ not ‘should of’). . . Last week, I realised what it was. I didn’t have my yearly rant – rant’s probably too strong a word for it – gripe’s better, yes let’s say gripe. What was wrong with last year was, I didn’t have my annual gripe about how early Christmas starts. I remember now, it was September when I noticed that the festive treats had been in the shops for quite a long time already, but as I prepared to write about this I realised that what with the publishing deadline and printing and delivery schedules etc, you wouldn’t get to read it until October and possibly late October at that. It’s one thing to complain about Christmas being all over the shops in early August but by October it’s just too late - especially since by then there were crème eggs for sale at certain checkouts. You’d be laughing at me rather than joining me for a scoff at the silly people who start to fret about buying cards and wrapping paper in the middle of the summer. I won’t miss out this year, thanks to something that happened last week. It’s Monday June 13th as I write this, so last week in this instance was early June, specifically Thursday the 9th. It was late evening and I was catching up on recent happenings in world affairs of the extra marital kind, entertainment and general gossip – in other words reading a tabloid newspaper. Tabloids are good at the end of the day when you don’t want to go to bed worrying about what’s actually going on in the world. Then it happened, I turned over the page from a sweet little article about a lady with a man’s name, Gordon or something, and who she is currently dating - apparently who ever it is they don’t compare well against Peter Andre - and there, occupying a full page and in full colour (which must cost a fortune in a national daily newspaper) it was: An advert for Christmas trees! Remember it’s June the 9th.

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The ad advises me to act promptly to secure one of the only four thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine trees available worldwide - promptly!? it’s June the 9th! I could probably grow a tree from a pine cone in time for Christmas, whether I acted promptly or not. As a side note don’t you wonder why they only made 4,999 of them - why not make tens of thousand while you’re at it and if you are only going to make a limited number why 4,999 rather than five thousand? Do you think maybe they did make five thousand and there was some sort of hideous moment with a desperate dog and a lack of lamp-posts and they reckoned ‘no way we can sell that one’ but since that one still exists, albeit a bit stinky they can’t make another because then there’d be 5,001 trees in existence and someone might find out and make a documentary about it and they’d get into serious trouble from The National Newspaper Safe Home Order Protection Scheme (S.H.O.P.S) for hiding the awful truth about the incident with the dog? Actually, as I read on, the tree in the advert is kind of neat. It’s nearly 7 foot tall but collapses back into a heap of just a few inches, for storage. It’s already decorated and has two hundred mini-lights built right in. I’m almost reaching for my credit card. . . but it is only June and they’ve brought Christmas into our lives a full six months too early and for that they must be punished with a no-sale from me. And besides, there’s a pine cone lying on my lawn and an horticultural experiment just crying out to be made. . . KEN


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The Review: RIVA 4-6 NESS WALK INVERNESS 01463 237377 While the culinary landscape of Inverness might have changed dramatically over the last decade, there are several establishments still standing that have not only weathered the increased competition, but continue to thrive. And that’s invariably a mark of just how effectively they’ve discovered a winning formula and continued to build on it to appeal to an increasingly sophisticated audience who are no longer content merely with seeing eating as a way of filling up to fend off the cold. Among that roster of great survivors, one of the greatest of them all is surely RIVA, a local institution with one of the very best locations in town – right opposite the castle. Setting aside the fact that the castle itself is singularly

the worst used potential tourist location in the western world (“Come See The Castle That’s Really A Court!”), there’s no denying it looks impressive, making the view from the window of Riva a worthy vista of choice for every visitor. And it’s that crowd, fresh off the daily coach tour round the Highlands that you sense makes up a sizeable proportion of Riva’s early evening clientele, further attracted by a great value early evening set meal. It’s billed as “pre-theatre” which always seems redolent of living in Victorian times, but there is at least some possibility that diners will be chowing down before heading off for a little thespian sustenance what with Eden Court being considerably less than a stone’s throw away. Probably sounds better than “pre-heading-home-to-catchHollyoaks” though. And there’s no denying it is remarkable value as numerous previous

visits have proved. Years may come and years may go, but the quality of cooking has remained of a standard a cut above most of Riva’s competitors. Not that you’d know if you looked the place up on that internet. Inexplicably a slating from one previous customer has bobbed to the top of Google’s search results, obscuring a host of far more positive reactions. And the restaurant’s own website has, we are told somewhat cryptically, been “disabled”. Hopefully just an oversight because for a place that gets so much else right, it appears sloppy to have abandoned any self-promotional web presence. On the night we visit, the skies are unleashing a typical summer downpour, making the castle look all the more broodingly spectacular and, while the restaurant is

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almost empty when we arrive, it soon fills up, the charming staff handling what must be a regular surge of customers with calm aplomb, even seeming to anticipate what food people will be requiring and directing the folk that require it to the sister pizza joint upstairs. It’s there that you can find some of the best pizzas in town, but a decision has obviously been made to keep the two outlets separate, allowing the downstairs to concentrate on a distinctively refined take on Italian cooking. While we’re deciding on what to have, there’s a nice complementary bowl of fresh bread with an accompanying saucer of top-notch olive oil and balsamic. The option of butter might have been nice too, but we soon polish it off in a proudly continental manner. My companion decides to order just from the set menu, leaving

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me free to roam the extensive à la carte options, all of which are hugely tempting. Nevertheless, I eventually shun the likes of Tomato & Mozzarella Salad, Grilled King Prawns with Saffron Aioli and Summer Isle Hot Smoked Salmon with Roast Beetroot – for the deceptively simple Antipasto. It’s a beautifully presented selection of salami, Parma ham, baby mozzarella, olives and leaves with a nicely judged dressing, tasting just as elegant as it looks and emphasising what has been evident on every previous visit, that whoever’s in the kitchen knows just how to balance the look of a dish with the opportunity to let the quality of the ingredients shine through. And that care isn’t just confined to the à la carte options. My companion’s Duo Di Crostini looks just as splendid, comprising of toasted crostini with goats cheese,

rocket and tomato as well as a “cheeky bit of red onion in there for some kick, all brought together with lovely fresh basil dressing.” There’s an admirable resistance to the concept of piling the plate high in some sort of ludicrous attempt to pretend that sheer quantity is what makes a great meal, so while the portion size might appear modest, there are enough interesting flavour combinations to make for a very satisfying starter. My companion’s main course, again from the set menu, is another example of restraint and simplicity. Penne al Salmone is a simple bowl of salmon pasta, but executed with real skill. “Perfectly cooked pasta with unbroken smoked salmon chunks,” he notes, adding that the white wine and herby cream sauce binds the whole thing together rather than drowns it, making for a


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memorable example of how pasta can still serve as perfect light, summer food. You get the feeling that in lesser hands the temptation would have been to end up with something of a ribsticker, but this turns out pretty delightful. My main is the day’s daily special, Sea Trout, a glorious fish that’s all too often underused and underappreciated. Not something that’s likely to happen once you’ve tried it as it’s served here. A neat, panfried fillet with deliciously crispy skin sits atop braised, almost confit potatoes and what could be either onion or baby fennel, the whole crowned with brown shrimps and surrounded by a citrusy butter sauce. It’s a symphony of colour and taste with, at its heart, the clean, delicate flavour of the gorgeous pink sea trout, perfectly combined with the richness of the shrimps and a buttery sauce

that adds indulgence but never overwhelms. Very nice indeed. For pudding there are again plenty of great sounding options, with Rhubarb Jelly Served with Minted Pineapple Carpaccio and Fontina Cheese with Oatcakes, Poached Pear & Chutney both sounding highly appealing. They don’t quite make the cut though and my companion settles instead for that Italian restaurant favourite, Tiramisu, having a hunch that if anyone can do it justice it’ll be Riva. And it’s faith well rewarded as he’s presented with a tremendous strippeddown version consisting of “gorgeous cream Mascarpone layers, with dipped (not drenched) layers of spongeesque in a fresh tasting coffee” accompanied by a homemade hazelnut cookie on the side. My pudding is a warm Lemon Polenta Tart, giving me a chance to revisit an ingredient,

polenta, which as a savoury staple always seems to promise rather more than it delivers. Here however it works just fine, giving the tart a texture somewhere between cake and Bakewell Tart, the fresh lemon tang offset by vanilla Mascarpone and blueberries. A zinging end to a really good meal that’s satisfyingly flavoursome without ever being too heavy. Another reminder then of just why Riva has not only lasted so long, but how it continues to set a benchmark for how such an enterprise can continue to enchant. If you’ve never been before you’re in for a treat and it’s pretty certain you’ll return again and again. Nothing is certain in the restaurant world, but it’s a pretty safe bet that Riva will still be leading the pack in another decade’s time. Total for 2 (exc. drinks): £53.90

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TREE OF LIFE (12A) Director Terrence Malick I Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain USA I 2011 I 138 mins I www.foxsearchlight.com/thetreeoflife Winner – Cannes Film Festival 2011 – Palme d’Or At a moment of crisis, Jack, a disenchantated 21st century corporate executive, is carried back to the innocence of childhood as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father as well as find answers to the origins and meaning of life. “...this is visionary cinema on an unashamedly huge scale: cinema that's thinking big. Malick makes an awful lot of other film-makers look timid and negligible by comparison” Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian

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LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES (15)

www.lesamoursimaginaires.com Director Xavier Dolan Starring Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider Canada I 2011 I 100 mins (French with subtitles) Young, hip, Montreal natives, Marie and Francis are good friends whose emotional bonds are stretched to the limit when they both find themselves competing for the affections of the sexually ambiguous, Nicholas. Written, directed by, and starring young auteur, Xavier Dolan, this stylish French/Canadian love triangle is brimming with sexual tension and brilliantly captures the emotional fallout of the doomed ménage à trois.

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ANGELS OF EVIL VALLANZASCA – GLI ANGELI DEL MALE Director Michele Placido Starring Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi

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Featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rossellini and the late Lynn Redgrave, the beautifully animated, My Dog Tulip is a touching, bittersweet and often comical retrospective of author J. R. Ackerley’s 16-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian, Tulip.

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Italy/France I 2010 I 128mins (Italian with subtitles) This breathless biopic tells the true story of notorious Milanese gangster Renato Vallanzasca, who along with best friend Enzo and their gang, the feared Banda Della Comasina, became the scourge of Milan in the 70’s and 80s. Loosely based on Vallanzasca’s own books, the film tears through his career in a flurry of bank robberies, kidnappings and prison breaks and Kim Rossi Stuart, is hugely impressive in the central role as the charismatic Vallanzasca.

Winner: Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at Berlin Film Festival 2009. Returned from duty after suffering an injury, Sgt. Will Montgomery is paired up with by-the-book veteran Captain Tony Stone. The men are tasked with the unenviable job of notifying the families of soldiers who’ve died in service. This already difficult job becomes complicated when Montgomery breaks the rules and starts a relationship with a newly widowed wife of an officer. As Will’s emotional detachment dissolves, the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (12A) www.disney.co.uk/pirates-of-the-caribbean

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New to the Pirates helm, director Rob Marshall sets sail with another swashbuckling, seafaring story. Departing from the storyline of the original trilogy, Jack Sparrow’s latest adventure finds him in search of the elusive fountain of youth. But his quest is waylaid by all manner of otherworldly creatures, not to mention the dastardly Blackbeard and his enchanting, but dangerous, daughter.

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LOVE LIKE POISON UN POISON VIOLENT (15)

Director Katell Quillévéré Starring Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru France I 2010 I 85mins (French, Italian and English with subtitles)

First time director, Katell Quillévéré’s coming of age drama combines innocence and sexual awakening in equal measure. Fourteen year old Anna returns from her Catholic boarding school to discover that her father has left and her mother’s seeking comfort in the company of the local priest. In the midst of all this turmoil Anna clings to her beloved grandfather but is also drawn to Pierre, a free spirited local boy who ignites her sexual awakening leading to the re-evaluation of her religious ideals.

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Director Paul & Sandra Fierlinger Voices Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave USA I 2009 I 81 mins

Serge has just turned 60 and is due to retire. He’s diligently worked his whole life, has never been unemployed and never even taken a sick day. But when he finds he’s being denied his retirement benefits because some former employers failed to do the necessary paperwork, he gets on his ’70s Munch “Mammut” motorcycle and goes in search of his pay slips.

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HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (12A) Director Alexei Popogrebsky Starring Grigori Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepolis Russia I 2010 I 129mins (Russian with subtitles) Pavel and Sergei live and work in harsh conditions recording the fluctuations in local radioactivity at a remote and isolated monitoring station in the unpopulated Eastern-most tip of Russia. Cut off from society and with age, class and attitude dividing them, they mostly just tolerate each other. But everything changes when the younger of them, Pavel, decides not to pass on some vital information communicated from the mainland. When Sergei discovers what’s happened, Pavel goes on the run in what becomes a battle for physical and mental survival.

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THE BEAVER (12A) www.thebeaver-movie.com Director Jodie Foster Starring Mel Gibson USA I 2011 I 91 mins Starring and directed by Jodie Foster, this long awaited dark comedy is finally here, and sceptics beware – it was worth the wait! Kicked out by his frustrated wife, Walter discovers unexpected support in the form of a discarded Beaver puppet he finds in a bin. Using the beaver to say the things he can’t, Walter begins to regain control of his life. But while his wife sees striking changes in her husband for the better, she can’t help wonder where the beaver ends and her husband begins...

FRI 15 – THU 21 JUL

LE QUATTRO VOLTE

Inspired by Pythagoras’s belief in four-fold transmigration (where the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral) Michelangelo Frammartino’s beautifully observed enchanting documentary celebrates the revolving cycle of life through the daily rituals of a dying goat-herder in the southern Italian region of Calabria.

WED 20 & THU 21 JUL

WED 13 & THU 14 JUL

BLITZ (18)

KABOOM (15)

www.blitzmovie.co.uk

Director Gregg Araki Starring Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, James Duval USA/France I 2010 I 86 mins

(U)

Director Michelangelo Frammartino Starring Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano Italy/Germany/Switzerland I 2010 I 88mins (Italian with subtitles)

Director Elliott Lesterl Starring Paddy Consodine UK I 2011 I 97 mins

Thomas Dekker (Heroes) is brilliantly cast as a sexually liberated/open/ambiguous college freshman who arrives at a coastal California university only to discover something’s not quite right. The place is overrun with aliens and stoner surfers, and it appears there’s a plot to destroy the world too... who knew the apocalypse could be so much fun!

This brutal and gripping London crime thriller follows tough, uncompromising, old-school Detective Tom Brant and his unlikely new partner, Sgt Porter Nash as they hunt down a serial killer who’s targeting police officers. Although they think they know who’s responsible they have no hard evidence and have to decide whether to stick with protocol and wait for some evidence or take the law into their own hands... Any guesses which road they’ll go down?

FRI 15 – MON 18 JUL

FRI 22 – MON 25 JUL


book online: eden-court.co.uk See timetable on back page for screening times LITTLE WHITE LIES LES PETITS MOUCHOIRS (15) www.littlewhiteliesmovie.co.uk

Director Guillaume Canet Starring Marion Cotillard

France I 2010 I 154 mins (French with subtitles) New film from director of Tell No One. A group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation, despite a recent traumatic event. But soon their relationships are pushed to the limit as they are finally forced to acknowledge the little white lies they’ve been telling each other and the implications they have.

FRI 22 – MON 25 JUL

POTICHE (15) potichemovie.com Director François Ozon Starring Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu France I 2010 I 102 mins (French with subtitles) When Monsieur Pujol’s suffers a heart attack, his “potiche” (trophy wife) Madame Pujol surprises everyone by assuming control and quickly becomes a more popular and effective leader than her husband ever was. But when he recovers and wants his position at the head of the firm back, an epic battle of the sexes begins!

FRI 22 – THU 28 JUL

A SEPARATION (PG) Director Asghar Farhadi Starring Peyman Moaadii Iran I 2011 I 122 mins (Persian with subtitles) Winner: Golden Bear Berlin Film Festival 2011. Nader, Simin and their 11-year-old daughter Termeh are about to leave Iran for good but Nader has a change of heart and decides the family should stay to care for his elderly father instead. Frustrated by her husband’s decision, Simmin leaves the family home and unable to care for his father and daughter alone, Nader employs a young pregnant woman to help him. But the sequence of events which follow not only shatter Nader’s life, but also shatter his daughter’s idea of the type of man her father truly is.

INVERNESS BOOK FESTIVAL 10 –14 AUG Great Adaptations

A SCREAMING MAN

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (15)

France/Belgium/Chad I 2010 I 91mins French & Arabic with subtitles)

Director Alan J. Pakula Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

USA I 1976 I 138 mins SAT 23 JUL

LES DIABOLIQUES (12A) Director Henri-Georges Clouzot Starring Simone Signoret

France I 1955 I 116 mins (French with subtitles)

LIFE, ABOVE ALL (12A)

Director Alfred Hitchcock Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak

www.sonyclassics.com/lifeaboveall

USA I 1958 I 131 mins SUN 31 JUL

Director Oliver Schmitz Starring Khomotso Manyaka

The Three Colours Trilogy

South Africa/Germany I 2010 I 105mins (English & Pedi with subtitles)

Kieslowski’s most acclaimed work, lasting legacy and multi-award winning trilogy, Three Colours: Blue, White, and Red, explores the French Revolutionary ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity and has been hailed as a collective masterpiece by critics and audiences alike.

THREE COLOURS: BLUE TROIS COULEURS: BLEU

(15)

Director Krzysztof Kieslowski Starring Juliette Binoche

France/Poland/Switzerland I 1993 I 97 mins (French with subtitles)

TUE 12 JUL

THREE COLOURS: WHITE

LAST NIGHT (12A)

FRI 29 JULY – THU 04 AUG

INCENDIES (15)

www.incendies-thefilm.com Director Denis Villeneuve Starring Lubna Azabal, Méilssa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette Canada/France I 2010 I 130 mins (French, Arabic and English with subtitles) Nominated: Best Foreign Language Oscar 2011 Winner Of 8 GENIE (Canada’s BAFTA) Awards 2011 Canadian twins Jeanne and Simon are given two envelopes in their mother’s will asking them to find the father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed. Travelling from Canada to the Middle East, the twists and turns of their mothers secretive past uncover an emotionally charged truth that is deeply rooted in the countries tumultuous history.

FRI 29 JUL – THU 04 AUG

Winner: Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival 2010 When former swimming champion Adam loses his job as a pool attendant at a luxury holiday resort in Chad he is devastated. But when he discovers he’s been replaced by his own son, their relationship is seriously challenged and the financial pressures, resentment and raging civil war lead him towards committing an unthinkable act of betrayal.

VERTIGO (PG)

France/Poland/Switzerland I 1994 I 91 mins (French and Polish with subtitles)

Apart for one night, a happily married couple are each confronted by temptation. Flitting between the events of their respective evenings this sexy, provocative drama examines what infidelity means to different people and how the choices made over the course of an evening could, ultimately, change everything forever.

Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Starring Youssouf Djaoro

FRI 08 – MON 11 JUL

TROIS COULEURS: BLANC (15) Director Krzysztof Kieslowski Starring Julie Delpy

Director Massy Tadjedin Starring Keira Knightley USA/France I 2010 I 92 mins

UN HOMME QUI CRIE (PG)

WED 27 JUL

FRI 22 – THU 28 JUL

lastnightmovie.com

NEW AFRICAN CINEMA

In the lead up to the Inverness Book Festival we thought that it would be a great time to bring you some of the finest literary adaptations to ever grace the cinema screen. This is just for starters though – we’ll continue the season in August too.

TUE 26 JUL

THREE COLOURS: RED

TROIS COULEURS: ROUGE (15) Director Krzysztof Kieslowski Starring Irène Jacob France/Poland/Switzerland I 1994 I 99 mins (French with subtitles)

TUE 09 AUG These screenings will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

Based on the international award winning novel Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton. Following the death of her newly-born sister, twelve year old Chanda learns of a rumour that destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and in search of the truth.

WED 20 & THU 21 JUL

VIVA RIVA! (15) www.vivarivamovie.com Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga Starring Hoji Fortuna, Patsha Bay Democratic Republic of Congo/France/Belgium I 2010 97mins (French and Lingala with subtitles) Small time hustler, Riva, has money in his pocket and a plan to get hold of a truckload of gasoline barrels — one of the best black-market commodities there is in Kinshasa. But other gangsters want a piece of the action too and Riva has to outwit and outrun the competition at every turn. Things get even more dangerous when he becomes involved with Nora, the seductive girlfriend of the biggest crime lord in the city. With a thumping soundtrack, this high-energy adventure is bursting with plot twists, colourful characters, gun barrels, and lust around every corner.

THU 28 JUL – 01 AUG

Staff Pick

Countdown to London 2012

POINT BREAK (15)

www.scotlandandmedicinehumanrace.com

Director Kathryn Bigelow Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves

GEORDIE (U)

Director Frank Launder Starring Bill Travers UK I 1955 I 95 mins A classic Scottish comedy about a puny gamekeeper’s son who enrolls in a bodybuilding course to impress the girl of his dreams and ends up competing in the Melbourne Olympics! This screening is part of the Open Weekend celebrations counting down to London 2012 with the Human Race project Movies & Medals: Sport at the Cinema. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session lead by two British Olympians, Shirley Webb and Chris Black, who have first-hand experience of what it takes to be professional athletes.

SUN 24 JUL

USA/Japan I 1991 I 121 mins Famed for being able to execute the revered one hand chin-up, senior (in position, not years) stage technician, Paul Findlay has raised the bar with this month’s staff pick, Katherine Bigelow’s testosterone-pumped, spiritual surfer movie. “Point Break is a classic! Bank robbers, chases, shootouts, surfing and Gary Busey! Utah, get me two!” Beware some serious male bonding!

THU 21 JUL


17/6/11 14:13 Page 1 book online: eden-court.co.uk

Eden Court July Cinema:EDEN COURT FILM jan

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

JULY Fri 01 18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

The Conspirator Heartbeats The Conspirator Angels Of Evil

Mammuth The Conspirator The Messenger Three Colours: Blue

Wed 20

Thu 14 11.30 The Conspirator 18.00 How I Ended This Summer 18.15 The Conspirator 20.30 The Messenger 20.45 The Conspirator

The Conspirator Angels Of Evil The Conspirator Heartbeats

Tue 05

Fri 15

11.30 The Conspirator 19.00 The Conspirator 19.30 Love Like Poison

10.30 14.00 17.15 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30 20.30

Wed 06 14.00 The Conspirator 19.00 Love Like Poison 19.30 The Conspirator Thu 07 The Conspirator DREAM & SCREAM The Conspirator Love Like Poison Sweetgrass The Conspirator

Fri 08 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.45

A Screaming Man The Conspirator Mammuth The Messenger

Sat 09 11.00 13.30 14.00 17.45 18.00 20.15 20.30

Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 The Conspirator Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 The Messenger Mammuth A Screaming Man The Conspirator

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Kaboom The Beaver Point Blank My Dog Tulip Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

10.30 13.30 14.00 17.15 18.00 18.15 20.00 20.15 20.30

Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 A Screaming Man The Conspirator Mammuth The Messenger

10.30 14.00 17.00 17.15 17.30 19.00 19.30 20.30

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

The Beaver Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

My Dog Tulip Point Blank The Beaver Kaboom Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

The Beaver Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Kaboom My Dog Tulip Point Blank Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

My Dog Tulip Point Blank

Thu 28

Le Quatrro Volte

Fri 22 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Little White Lies A Separation Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Potiche Blitz

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Les Diaboliques Potiche Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

A Separation Potiche Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Over 18s only 20.30 Tree of Life

Friends Evening Preview Screening

20.45 Viva Riva! Fri 29 11.00 16.00 18.00 18.15 19.30 20.15 20.30

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

The Tree Of Life Last Night Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Incendies Viva Riva!

Sat 30 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Potiche A Separation Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Blitz All The President’s Men

Sun 24 11.00 16.00 16.30 17.00 19.15 19.30 19.30

11.00 16.00 18.00 18.15 19.30

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

A Separation

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Little White Lies Geordie A Separation Potiche Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

11.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 AUTISM FRIENDLY SCREENING 16.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 18.00 A Separation 18.15 Blitz 19.30 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 20.15 Little White Lies 20.30 Potiche

11.00 13.30 16.00 17.45 18.00 19.30 20.15 20.30

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

The Tree Of Life Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Viva Riva! Incendies Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Last Night The Tree Of Life

Sun 31 11.00 13.30 16.00 17.00 17.15 19.15 19.30 19.45

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Incendies Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Vertigo Last Night Viva Riva! Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

The Tree Of Life

The Beaver

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

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

11.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 DREAM & SCREAM 16.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 18.00 The Beaver 18.15 Le Quattro Volte 19.30 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 20.00 Life, Above All 20.15 Point Break

11.00 16.00 17.45 18.00 19.30 20.15 20.30

Wed 27

Life, Above All The Beaver

Point Blank The Beaver

Thu 21

11.00 16.00 18.00 18.15 19.30 20.45 21.00

Tue 26 11.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 11.30 Potiche 16.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 19.00 A Separation 19.15 Three Colours White 19.30 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

11.00 11.30 16.00 19.00 19.15 19.30

Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2

Mon 25

Mon 18 11.00 16.00 18.00 18.15 19.30 20.00

11.00 11.30 14.00 16.00 18.15 19.15 19.30 20.30

Sat 23

Sat 16

Sun 17

Sun 10 11.00 14.00 17.00 17.15 19.15 19.45

Tue 19 11.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 11.30 My Dog Tulip 16.00 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows 2 19.00 Point Blank 19.15 The Beaver 19.30 Harry Potter& the Deathly Hallows

Wed 13 11.00 Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 DREAM & SCREAM 11.30 The Messenger 14.00 Mammuth 19.00 How I Ended This Summer 19.30 The Conspirator

Mon 04

11.30 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

Mammuth FRIENDS COFFEE MORNING Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 Mammuth The Messenger A Screaming Man The Conspirator

11.30 14.00 19.00 19.30

The Conspirator Angels Of Evil The Conspirator Heartbeats

Sun 03 13.00 The Conspirator 13.30 Heartbeats 17.00 The Conspirator 17.15 Sweetgrass 19.30 The Conspirator 19.45 Angels Of Evil 18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

20.15 Kaboom

11.30 14.00 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.45 Tue 12

Sat 02 18.00 18.15 20.30 20.45

Mon 11

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

FRIENDS SCREENINGS exclusive screenings for Eden Court Friends. Friends Evening Screening – THU 28 20.15 Tree of Life Friends Coffee Morning – MON 11 11.30 Mammuth 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.

SUPPORTED BY

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)


COMING IN AUGUST TO EDEN COURT CINEMAS The Tree of Life Fri 29 Jul - Thu 11 Aug The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Directed by Terrence Malick

Beginners Fri 05 Aug - Thu 11 Aug Beginners tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man trying to deal with two stunning revelations from his 75 year-old father Hal (Christopher Plummer): that he is gay and gravely ill. Beginners premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, where it was hailed as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;heady, heartfelt filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with a cast who had delivered an outstanding performance portraying their real-world counterparts. Directed by Mike Mills


ICA Magazine - Issue 108 - July 2011  

July 2011 Highland Edition of ICA.

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