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The Magic of Pantomime 
The Magic of Pantomime

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG2 7AE

Tue 10th December 2024 11am

Half the fun of a pantomime is knowing what comes next.  ("Oh no it isn't!"—"Oh yes it is!")
But where did pantomime come from?  What's its peculiar history?  Dames (who aren't women), principal boys (who are), pantomime horses, audience participation songs, double entendres galore—there's nothing like the riotous anarchy that's a pantomime.
Profession pantomime artiste Ian Gledhill takes us on an affectionate exploration of its colourful history from Italian commedia dell'arte via C19th music hall to the family shows loved by millions today.

Ian Gledhill's varied career has taken him from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta.

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Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook 2024 
Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook 2023

Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Rd, DG1 4ZE

Thu 12 December 2024 7.30pm ( Please note the change of date)

Teemed with jovial anecdotes, modern and traditional Christmas music and exquisite musicianship that will tug at ones heartstrings, it is indeed "the perfect way to fill up your festive fuel tank" The Scotsman. 

Phil will be joined by some of the finest musicians on the Scottish folk scene including: Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson, John McCusker, Kris Drever, Ian Carr and Kevin McGuire along with a special guest Brass Band.
What can you say about Phil Cunningham, a superb innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! He is fondly remembered from his days with Silly Wizard and Relativity and as witty musical partner of the great Shetland fiddler, Aly Bain. Also widely recognised from his television and radio presenting, he has been involved in some of the seminal programmes that have enabled Scottish music to walk tall, a true ambassador for traditional music. Also a humourist, his breezy banter can have a 2000-seat hall falling about in the aisles.

Phil often keeps high company and no less is true for this year's special Christmas gathering. A powerful mix of lead vocalists include the inimitable Eddi Reader, who has celebrated a career spanning over 3 decades and has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers. With an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts, 3 BRIT awards, a #1 single and 8 critically acclaimed solo albums, Eddi is considered to be "one of Scotland's greatest national treasures" The Scotsman. Karen Matheson OBE, is recognized the world over as the haunting lead vocalist of Celtic supergroup, Capercaillie and one of "the finest Gaelic singers alive today" Billboard Magazine. Kris Drever, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2017. The Orcadian singer and guitarist is part of the backbone of today's contemporary roots scene and is widely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars, Lau. Also joining Phil are multi-instrumentalist, John McCusker, one of Scotland's most accomplished and versatile musicians in any genre who has worked with artists as diverse as Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller and Patti Smith, Teenage Fanclub and Billy Connolly; Ian Carr, who is known for his original and eclectic approach to traditional music guitar and has established an instantly recognisable sound that has influenced countless musicians and Kevin McGuire who is a highly sought after double bassist who has performed with the likes of Karine Polwart and Kate Rusby. Make sure to oil your vocal chords and bring the family!

To book a table at Easterbrook Bistro for food before the show - click here

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BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS 
BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Monday 16th December 7.30pm

Holly At Christmas 2024

32 Years of Rock 'n' Rolling The World!

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!

Holly's hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family.

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: "I can't believe it's not Buddy!"

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers 
Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Sat 21st December 2024 7.30pm - 9.30pm

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are back in Dumfries. 

For those of you not familiar with the band, they've reach incredible heights over the last 15 years with their ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems which they proudly call 'Bagrock'.

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so fierce it should carry a government health warning! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are the most famous bagpipe band on the planet.

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