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2009

1st–31st May 2009

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Overview
Makar Making
First Friday Fling with Janis MacKay
Pushing Out the Boat
Night at the Light
From Pennan to Penang
Lubrication
Trio Verso
Demented Eloquence Tag-Team Word Wrestling
Prometheus: A River Stained with Iron
Cream of Strathbogie
Expect the Best: Elspeth Murray
Speak Volumes
Journeys
Coming Home
Double Launch
P–KOK
The Night Mare V Fear of Intimacy
In Search of Salt (Ellon)
In Search of Salt (Aberdeen)
John Hegley
Drawing out the Creativity
Fredrik Sixten: Requiem
The Word Birds
Voyager Poets
Not Drowning but Waving
Fresh Ayr
Young People's Poetry Competition Prizegiving
Closing Verses

From Pennan to Penang

Richard Ingham and Mary McCarthy

Sunday 3 May 2009

Pennan Village Hall [Map]

Part of the North Coast Weekend
Part of New Words / New Sounds


From Pennan to Penang was an extraordinary event. One felt oneself in the company of truly skilled musicians, Richard Ingham on saxophone and Mary McCarthy on accordion, who manipulated their instruments to reflect every colour and movement of life in their response to travels made in 2002 to Scotland, Ireland, England, France and Malaysia. A total fusion of styles — slow, quick, quirky, melancholy, jaunty — this was a programme that encapsulated every emotion and drew the audience into a unique experience.

Picasso and The Temples of Penang took us on a whistlestop car journey through the streets of Penang. Now a crowded street, now an exotic temple, then Chinese shophouses, incense, food, people. Every change in the music pace brought an instant change of scene displaying Ingham's total mastery of pace and fingering techniques. This was also highlighted by McCarthy's superb evocation of Fog at Whitsand Bay in Cornwall, a solo accordion piece, which showed her exceptional handling of the music's shifting modes from a gentle homage to Debussy to a jazz waltz.

Kuching and Two Boats At Oysterhaven formed a perfect contrast to the more uptempo, sometimes frantic pieces, Postcard for Peter and Singapore — Moments with the Golden Tortoise, with their minimalistic and soothing movements respectively, the latter vividly evoking the gentle, almost lulling action of the boats bobbing on the waves.

Overall, one was in complete awe of the sheer talent on display and as the opening event on the 3rd of May, it took a lot of beating.

Catriona Yule


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