Ruth snaps up empty shop to dis­play pho­tos

Perthshire Advertiser - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Scot­tish mu­si­cian and singer­song­writer Iain Forbes, of­ten de­scribed as a world class gui­tarist, will give an in­ti­mate gig in Blair Atholl on Satur­day.

Iain makes a highly an­tic­i­pated free ap­pear­ance at Food in the Park Live (FITPL), do­ing his thing under can­vas with a crowd seated on benches and straw bales.

Kick­ing off at 8pm, he’s got till 11pm to run through many styles such as blues, jazz, clas­si­cal and folk on an acous­tic gui­tar, ac­com­pa­nied by his wife on vo­cals.

But it isn’t re­stricted to acous­tic - any Jimi Hen­drix, Santana or rock afi­cionado hear­ing his soar­ing lead so­los on elec­tric gui­tar will be shout­ing for more.

Iain Forbes pre­vi­ously made a splash at Celtic Con­nec­tions and Scot­land’s Fes­ti­val for the ‘gui­tarists’ gui­tarist’, the Ul­lapool Gui­tar Fes­ti­val.

Since 2001, he has been ac­tively record­ing his own mu­sic and has eight al­bums re­leased in­de­pen­dently. He has also recorded, pro­duced and guested on other al­bums too.

Iain also formed the band ‘Au­dio­rayz’ in 2015 as the band’s front­man, with an ace line up of mu­si­cians be­hind him. And Au­dio­rayz will be at FITPL on July 27. De­tails: www.food­inthep­ark­l­live.co.uk There’s an ex­hi­bi­tion of stun­ning con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­phy cur­rently on in Dunkeld, dis­played on the walls of a pre­vi­ously empty shop.

“En­thu­si­as­tic am­a­teur” pho­tog­ra­pher Ruth Ling­wood is run­ning her own pop up ex­hi­bi­tion in the old Post Of­fice on Dunkeld’s Atholl Street.

The re­tail space has been moth­balled for a while and Ruth (50) from St Ma­does, took a chance in con­vert­ing it into a short­term gallery be­fore a new busi­ness moves in.

In the 10 days she’s been open, she’s found a pos­i­tive re­sponse from lo­cals to the promi­nent shop be­ing oc­cu­pied again.

The 30 or so pho­tographs fea­ture Ruth’s re­cent trav­els to Aus­tralia, New Zealand and USA as well as some from Perthshire.

“They are not your typ­i­cal land­scape views,” ex­plained Ruth. “These are mod­ern stud­ies, de­tails, you would not im­me­di­ately know where they were taken.”

It was only af­ter stymied at­tempts to sell on­line that Ruth de­cided she needed a “real” place to show off her work.

“Ev­ery­body says you need to have a pres­ence on­line to suc­ceed, but I found the ex­act op­po­site,” she told the PA.

“I put my work up for sale on­line through a web­site, got great feed­back but zero sales.

“I started to feel strongly that a re­tail space you could walk around was what I needed and I’ve been de­lighted to find this per­fect place in Dunkeld.”

The pho­tographs, for sale as mounted prints or framed, are not ex­pen­sive. You could buy your choice of im­age for as lit­tle as £30.

When Ruth got to find­ing out about Dunkeld, she was struck by an amazing co­in­ci­dence: “My hus­band was work­ing in Amer­ica, in Asheville NC and I joined him out there for four months. I took a lot of pho­tographs as I got to know my new

Iain Forbes is in Blair Atholl on April 21 Got the shot and the shop

“Then a lo­cal from Dunkeld in­formed me that Bir­nam and Dunkeld re­cently twinned with Asheville. ‘What a co­in­ci­dence,’ I thought. Per­haps this was meant to be.”

See the ex­hi­bi­tion all this month and talk to Ruth about her first foray into the Perthshire art scene. sur­round­ings and they are in­te­gral to my show of work.

Great gui­tar

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