Mem­o­ries and mu­sic at Dalry

Her­itage group’s con­cert and ex­hi­bi­tion

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Dalry Town Hall was buzzing with mu­sic and mem­o­ries as Dalry Her­itage Group held a con­cert and ex­hi­bi­tion.

Hilda McA­dam, the group’s chair­per­son, said she was “over­whelmed” by the re­sponse.

The Fri­day evening con­cert was a sell-out and the ex­hi­bi­tion on the Satur­day and Sun­day brought peo­ple from far and near to share mem­o­ries and learn about the his­tory of Dalry.

Hilda paid tribute to the com­mit­tee mem­bers and helpers who made the event pos­si­ble – James Edgar, David Bartholome­w, Kathy Peace, Annie Hills, Maggi Kaye, Nikki Finch and Jean Locker­bie.

They had brought to­gether an eclec­tic mix of ma­te­rial which trig­gered many mem­o­ries and made some of the more re­cent res­i­dents aware of just how much had gone on in this seem­ingly quiet wee place.

A pop­u­lar fea­ture was a lis­ten­ing booth set up by mu­si­cian and folk­lorist Jo Miller who had made record­ings in the 1980s of lo­cals talk­ing and mak­ing mu­sic.

The con­cert was opened by Bal­maclel­lan’s own Pro­fes­sor Ted Cowan. John Caskie, a pop­u­lar per­former, en­ter­tained with songs and jokes in Scots and in­tro­duced the acts.

The CatS­trand Singers charmed with their har­monies, An­drew Belin­ski and Friends brought folk songs and Nikki’s Dance Team re­vived a dance called The Ken Bridge Reel which was chore­ographed many years ago by the late Hugh Foss.

Lis Lewis and Carol Sal­is­bury en­ter­tained with acap­pella har­monies as The Weirdy Women.

Af­ter a short in­ter­val Jo Miller, who was brought up in Dalry Manse, sang beau­ti­fully and played some tra­di­tional fid­dle tunes ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band, Steve, on the con­certina.

The evening ended with spir­ited com­mu­nity singing and a vote of thanks by Dr Bartholome­w.

Hilda said: “I’m not ashamed to say I shed a tear or two lis­ten­ing to the mu­sic and see­ing the faces of long-gone friends and fam­ily in pho­to­graphs, as well as those of some un­ex­pected ar­rivals com­ing through the front door.

“And lis­ten­ing to my dad’s voice at the lis­ten­ing booth brought back many trea­sured mem­o­ries.”

Tune­ful Singers in full flow at con­cert in Dalry

Emo­tional Hilda MacA­dam at booth hear­ing her dad’s voice

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