Thursday, 2 October 2014
There are said to be about 2,400 moth species in Britain. A good site like UKMoths has pictures of over 2,200 of them, but the prospect of wading through that number to try to identify something that I found on the plastic washing basket in the utility room appals me.
With autumn arriving, I've considered setting up a moth trap using a light and a sheet, but daren't, dreading the time it would take to try to identify those that flew into it.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
TMSA Young Trad Tour Concert
In February this year six of the best young musicians in Scotland competed in the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year awards, held at the City Halls, Glasgow. This was the culmination of months of auditions and heats to narrow down the breadth of Scotland's musical talent to six worthy finalists.
The televised final involved all six finalists showcasing their talent by performing their own arrangements within a timeframe of 15 -18 minutes. The competition between all six finalists was extremely close with the judges finally voting Robyn Stapleton from Stranraer as the 2014 winner. Also within the group of finalists was Neil Ewart from Kilchoan who impressed with his fiddle playing.
Off the back of the final the 2014 Tour is now underway and involves visiting the home locations of all this year's finalists, and we are fortunate to be welcoming such talent to Kilchoan. The group is also pleased to have with them last year's winning finalist Paddy Callaghan.
The list of finalists were as follows:
Mhairi Marwick - Fiddle (Fochabers)
Alistair Iain Paterson - Piano (Bishopton)
Ian Smith - Accordian (Tiree)
Robyn Stapleton - Scots song (Stranraer)
Jack Badcock - Guitar, Song (Edinburgh)
Neil Ewart - Fiddle (Kilchoan)
We hope you can join us for what will be a great evening of musical entertainment.
Concert to be held at Kilchoan Community Centre.
Monday 6th October at 8pm.
It was our interest in this one-legged sparrow, now called Hoppity, that brought to our attention the number of small birds which have problems with their legs. Considering how incredibly spindly these appendages are, it isn't really surprising.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Monday, 29 September 2014
The location of the new standing stone is shown on a map here.