Ruth snaps up empty shop to display photos
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.