Memories and music at Dalry
Heritage group’s concert and exhibition
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