Saltire So­ci­ety’s Ar­ran branch builds on suc­cess

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The Saltire So­ci­ety com­pleted last year’s syl­labus with a won­der­ful evening in the com­pany of Ar­ran artist Avril Pa­ton.

Speak­ing with great warmth and hu­mour, at­ten­dees were led on a fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney through three gen­er­a­tions of artists on Ar­ran, her grand­fa­ther and fa­ther, Don­ald and Hugh Pa­ton, and then her own, shar­ing a life lived be­tween Glas­gow and Ar­ran where, in vivid colours, she con­veyed a deep sense of en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity.

This was an event that held the very essence of why there is a branch of the so­ci­ety on the is­land – en­dur­ing ta­lent recog­nised na­tion­wide and wo­ven with anec­dote and land­scape en­dear­ingly fa­mil­iar to an Ar­ran au­di­ence.

The so­ci­ety’s first event of 2018/19, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the McLellan Arts Fes­ti­val, had to be post­poned af­ter a fenc­ing ac­ci­dent and mem­bers wish mu­si­cian Paul Anderson a speedy re­cov­ery.

On Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 3, to cel­e­brate the Year of Young Peo­ple, mem­bers were de­lighted to be given an in­spired and gen­er­ous pro­gramme, a blend of Scot­tish and mod­ern mu­sic and song. Mem­bers en- joyed pip­ing, a ren­di­tion of Abba’s An­dante, An­dante and a foot-tap­ping duet and group per­for­mance from fid­dlers, all based at Ar­ran High School and also con­trib­uted to by Ar­ran Fid­dle Club and Isle of Ar­ran Mu­sic School.

A spokes­woman for the so­ci­ety said: ‘Spe­cial thanks must go to these tal­ented young­sters who gave an un­for­get­table per­for­mance, one we shall trea­sure down the years as we watch them de­velop and fur­ther their tal­ents, and also to James O’Neil, the mu­sic fac­ulty leader at Ar­ran High School, for his com­mit­ment and tire­less ef­forts on their be­half.’

The next meet­ing of the Saltire So­ci­ety will be on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 14, and will be re­mem­ber­ing the First World War – The Art of War Memo­ri­als in Scot­land by stone con­ser­va­tor Paul McAuley, for­merly Ed­in­burgh’s con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer for mon­u­ments. The talk will take place at the Or­mi­dale Pav­il­ion, Brod­ick, at 7pm and ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend.

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