Strathmore arts festival


Travelling Tradition Workshops stART Festival 2007


Incorporated in stART 2007 is a celebration of the contribution made by the local travelling community to the art and culture of the region. The taster workshops that were run during the stART Festival allowed participants to try out some of the now vanishing crafts of the travelling culture and to listen to stories and songs of the recent past. For information about distinguished local author and story teller Sheila Stewart M.B.E. follow the link: www.folkmusic.net/htmfiles/inart599.htm
For more information about celebrated writer and story teller Jess Smith, follow the link: www.jesssmith.co.uk

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Music, Song and Stories Paper Flower Making Story Round Music and Song
Images & Stories Piping the Old Way Storytelling and Ballads Songs and Stories Get Together
Turlie Basket making



Music, Song and Stories
This great family session delighted and enchanted partisipants as accomplished artists Sheila Stewart and Ian MacGregor introduced them to the oral tradition that is the travelling way of life.

Participant comment “I feel privileged and have learned so much about travelling people which was very enlightening. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”

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Paper Flower Making - this lovely workshop with Jess Smith, who has recently published her debut novel Bruar's Rest, offers a practical hands-on session making paper flowers while listening to Jess's delightful and magical stories - a great family workshop.

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Story Round - a fun, creative session for those with lively imaginations. Come and try your hand at telling stories in the story round - a gentle introduction to the art of telling tales.

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TravellingTrad02 (16K) Music and Song - Ian MacGregor brought the first day's activities in Rattray Hall to a close with a family session of music and song.

Participant comment “Fantastic experience and just unforgettable”



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Sunday 25th March, Rattray Church Hall


Images & Stories - from the past. Pictures and stories brought to life by Jess Smith who will guide you through the exhibition of pictures and photographs from her travelling heritage.

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Piping the Old Way - preceded by a demonstration of the old language of the travellers - the cant - author, singer and story teller Sheila Stewart, along with musician and story teller Ian MacGregor, will guide you in the travelling way of learning the pipes. This workshop is aimed at everybody with an interest in piping, but will be particularly interesting to young people currently learning the pipes. (Bring chanters.)

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Storytelling and Ballads - with Sheila Stewart and Jess Smith. A lovely session of songs and tales from the oral tradition of the travelling people with master storytellers Sheila and Jess.

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Songs and Stories Get Together - to round up proceedings at Rattray Church Hall, we joined Sheila, Jess and Ian and Hamish in a final session of music, song and stories.
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Turlie Basket Making - with Jane Wilkinson.
A fantastic opportunity to make your very own traditional-style turlie basket during this two day workshop.
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