Events at Woodend Barn

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Two of the country’s finest singer-songwriters will be performing in separate concerts at Woodend Barn this month.

Love and Money frontman James Grant will perform an array of his classic songs from the eighties through the noughties and beyond, accompanied by harmonica ace Fraser Speirs, on Saturday 12 May at 8pm.

2012 has been a big year for James, with the release of his own ‘Best of’ album and a new album from Love And Money, who are enjoying a highly successful reunion after a sell-out show at the 2011 Celtic Connections festival. Widely regarded as one of the best singer-songwriters and performers in the business, James Grant will be accompanied by Fraser Speirs, who has performed harmonica with a host of musicians from Muddy Waters to Paolo Nutini.

The following week sees a performance from Roddy Woomble on Thursday 17 May, 8pm. Idlewild frontman Roddy returns to the Barn with a new band, showcasing material from 2011 album The Impossible Song and Other Songs.

Roddy released his first solo album in 2006, earning rave reviews from both the folk and rock press. This was followed up with Before the Ruin, recorded with John McCusker and Kris Drever in 2008, which was toured extensively and earned yet more positive press.

Also in May, Inverness-based Dogstar Theatre Company will bring a revival of one of its earliest productions, The Captain’s Collection to Woodend Barn on Friday 18 May at 7.30pm.

Described as ‘a play afloat on music’, it tells the tale of composer and former British Army officer Captain Simon Fraser who courts fame by publishing volumes of Highland music. In order to gain the favour of elitist Regency society, he is compelled to remove the Gaelic verses.

The play imagines the elderly Fraser being visited by the ghosts and dreams dwelling within the pages of his collection, transported among the legends of the music and back through his own turbulent existence. Directed by Alison Peebles, one of Scotland’s finest actors and directors, the play features the sublime singing of Alyth McCormack; 2009 Scottish Critics’ Best Actor, Matthew Zajac and the playing of two of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians, Jonny Hardie and Ingrid Henderson.