HELLO THERE AND WELCOME to the bi-monthly e-newsletter from the PMC.

Wow, this is a truly jam-packed newsletter!

Some fascinating music events in and around Pathhead during the month of August, plus news of various PMC members performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in shows that are well worth checking out.

All of this activity during August is then followed by a new weekly community singing group starting at the beginning of September, and at the end of September by our first and very exciting festival

Music In The Heid 2013

which is part of MIDFEST,a midlothian-wide festival. All events take place at various venues in the village of Pathhead over the weekend of Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2013.

Tickets are available:

by emailing and listing which event you would like to buy tickets for (and full or concession price tickets) – we will reply with ticket purchase totals, including a £1.50 booking fee, and ask you to post a cheque to cover payment. On receipt of cheque a confirmation email will be sent. The tickets will be available for collection from the event door on production of the confirmation email.

or by purchasing from Wahlberg’s Bakers, Main Street, Pathhead from Thursday 8th August onwards – please have the correct money if you can, to lessen the workload for our brilliant bakers. Cheques payable to Pathhead Music Collective.

Please see below for listings of all the Music In The Heid 2013 events, and tell your friends.

At the very end of this newsletter is a letter to arts practitioners and arts supporters from Midlothian Council asking for letters of support for a planned arts facility/performance venue in the Midlothian area.  Could be of benefit to us all, so please take a look and write a letter.

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With best wishes



Mon 5th and Fri 9th Aug: PYP TALENT SHOW BOOTCAMP 
‘Planning on taking part in the 2013 PYP Talent Show? Learn some performing skills from the Pathhead Music Collective!’ * Vocal Technique * Mic Technique * Stagecraft * Body Language * Communicating With The Audience * Custom-made Backing Tracks *
If you are performing music at the talent show please include name of song and artist when you register with the PYP for the Bootcamp.
10.30am – 12.30pm, £6 per child to attend both sessions

Fri 16th Aug: KARINE POLWART @ Stowed Out Festival
It’s the second year of this brilliant new festival in Stow and many events are free!
Full event details from their website

Sun 25th Aug: JAPANESE AND SCOTTISH MUSIC CONCERT @ Crichton Collegiate Church, 3.30 pm
Special collaboration between Japanese flute master Koinuma Hiroyuki and his students,
and from Midlothian’s Patsy Seddon on Harp and 4 members of the PMC.
Tickets £5 at the door  Further info:

Sat 31st Aug: THE PATHHEAD FIDDLERS @ Trad on the Tyne (in Haddington) 
We loved it last year and are delighted to be asked back to perform again.
For full listings go to their website at

8pm – 9.30pm on September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th @ St Mary’s Church, Pathhead (behind the parish house of 48 Main Street)

This workshop is for everyone – anyone who likes a sing!  There will be lots of different styles of songs, all taught by ear, so no reading music is required.  Lots of fun stuff for the voice, training it with various exercises to keep it strong, plus lots of songs from all over the world full of life and what it brings.  Corrina has been leading harmony singing workshops for 20 years across Scotland.  The emphasis is on having a nice time singing with other folk, and giving yourself 90 minutes in the week for yourself!
The cost is £5 for full wage earners and £3 for low wage/concessions per session.
Please let Corrina know if you intend to make it.  And please pass on this information to folks you know would enjoy it and who may want to participate. is the email to contact (with Harmony Song in the subject title), or you can phone 01875 320442 and leave a message.

NB: For 2014, Corrina is also hosting two weekend singing courses (with the finest 3 course meals, accommodation for two nights, and lots and lots of songs!) to be held in the stunning Newbattle Abbey on 21-23rd February and 21st – 23rd March 2014.  Please note this in your diary.

5,7,8,13,19  Aug at 20:30 and 14,15,20 Aug at 17:45: A FUNNY VALENTINE @ Valvona and Crolla
The life and music of Chet Baker told by Mike Maran with Colin Steele (trumpet) and PMC’s Dave Milligan (piano). A story with hero, heroin and cool jazz of the very highest quality from the Great American Songbook. Aug £12 (£10) (1hr 20min)
To buy tickets:

9th August: THE SONGS OF SCOTT MURRAY- arrangements by PMC’s Jenny Gardnerwho, along with PMC’s Amy Geddes & fiddler Sarah McFadyen is performing live at this show @ AMC (St Bride’s).

12th, 13th & 14th August: GALLOWAY TO GAIDHEALTACHD at the Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 5.30pm – new show at the Fringe by the Scottish Stepdance Company featuring PMC’s Amy Geddes. Draw up a chair and settle in for a cosy night of Scottish traditional music! Join Amy Geddes, Rory Campbell, Alison Carlyle and Kevin Mackenzie on a musical journey across our country, experiencing the true flavour of the culture. Jigs and reels dance from the fiddle and the pipes, voices are raised in song, and hypnotic stepdance rhythms weave themselves through the tunes. Distilling centuries of tradition into a lively evening where we’ll share stories, get your feet tapping, and stir the emotions with our unique blend of music, dance and song old and new.

12th, 13th & 18th August: SOPHIE BANCROFT AND LOUIS DURRA @ The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, * Listed as one of the top 50 must-see Edinburgh Fringe shows by The Scotsman * PART OF THE MADE IN SCOTLAND SHOWCASE 2013 
10 – 11.30pm, £8/£6, Soulful Scottish singer/songwriter Sophie Bancroft and multi-genre LA mash-up pianist Louis Durra (Herald Angel Award 2011), collaborate in a memorable evening of music with a phenomenal quartet and intriguing repertoire including Sophie’s original compositions. ‘Captivating’ (LA Weekly). ‘Refreshing and magical … masterpieces of beguiling understatement’ (Herald). ‘A star in the making … he simply hears the fundamental roots of sound in very distinct and different ways!’ ( ‘Sophie Bancroft writes, performs and sings like someone that has been immersed in music all of their life’ ( Part of Made in Scotland 2013.

12th -18th August: THE BOY AND THE BUNNET at the Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s (Venue 123) 2.30pm, PART OF THE MADE IN SCOTLAND SHOWCASE 2013 
Price: £9 / £7 
£25 (family)
 Duration: 50 mins
To buy tickets:
Including PMC’s Corrina Hewat,The Boy and the Bunnet is a brilliant way to introduce children (and adults) to the Scots language and Scots traditional instruments.
In the story a different musical instrument represents each of the characters. It also introduces different styles of Scots traditional music, for example, a jig, a march and a reel. The Boy and the Bunnet is performed in a live show, with a narrator guiding the audience through the story. A book and CD have been published, and educational material is available for teachers to introduce the story in schools.
James Robertson has written the story and the music is composed by James Ross. Musicians: Corrina Hewat (harp & voice), Angus Lyon (accordion), Neil Johnstone (cello), Patsy Reid (fiddle), Signy Jacobsdottir (percussion), James Ross (piano), Gerda Stevenson (narrator).

17th August: KARINE POLWART @ The Queens Hall, PART OF THE MADE IN SCOTLAND SHOWCASE 2013, 8pm, ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain’ **** (Guardian). Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. She also has the purest and most approachable of singing voices, drawing the listener towards her in the same way one might lean towards a late night tale by the fireside.

2-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24 August: PATHHEAD’S AMAZING COMEDIAN ERIC DAVIDSONBrigadoom (Venue 43) The Space @ Symposium Hall, Hill Square, EH8 9DR. Aug . 20:05 (60 mins). £10.00 Fringe Box Office Tel Number: 0131 226 0000 or Venue Tel no. : 0131 510 2385

Our first ever community festival, part of MIDFEST. All events take place at various venues in the village of Pathhead over the weekend of Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2013.

Tickets available:

by emailing and listing which event you would like to buy tickets for (and full or concession price tickets) – we will reply with ticket purchase totals, including a £1.50 booking fee, and ask you to post a cheque to cover payment. On receipt of cheque a confirmation email will be sent.  The tickets will be available for collection from the event door on production of the confirmation email.

or by purchasing from Wahlberg’s Bakers, Main Street, Pathhead from Thursday 8th August onwards.

Sat 28th September 

10.30am – 12.30pm Come & Try Café  (Village Hall) FREE
We team up with our village community café and provide a come & try workshop. Instruments to grapple with include fiddle, whistle, guitar, bass, percussion and more. Led by members of the PMC.

12.00 – 2.00 Lunchtime Young People’s Session (The Foresters) FREE
Led by senior players from the Pathhead Fiddlers, this is a chance for the young people learning locally and beyond to come together and share a few tunes. For players age 12 and over.

2.00 – 4.00 FAMILY CEILIDH (Village Hall)
Adults £5, Children Free 
(must be accompanied by an adult)
The famous PMC ceilidh band comes together once more to play for you to dance your socks off. All proceeds go to our Scholarship fund, which provides several free places annually for individual music lessons with PMC tutors.

4.15 – 4.30 KaBoodle parade (leaving from Village Hall) FREE

4.30 – 5.30 Drumming Workshop (St Mary’s Chapel) FREE
Come and March up Main Street with Pathhead’s very own Street Band KaBoodle. They’ll lead you to St Mary’s church with their infectious funky grooves, and put you in the mood for your own chance to try your hand at different percussion instruments. The session will include an introduction to African djembe drums and Brazilian samba drums, shakers, and multicoloured Boomwhacking. Who knows, you might get the bug and want to join Kaboodle…..They’re always on the lookout for new members ………Or you might want to join the new PMC African Drumming group. No prior experience necessary. All ages welcome.

8.00pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)- Evening Concert featuring The Bevvy Sisters,  Ted’s Shirt & more @ Pathhead Village Hall
Tickets £10/6 including supper.
Open to Adults and young people aged 12 & over.
The Bevvy Sisters – Mixing equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour, heartbreak and hilarity – cut with a dash of potent Scottish spirit – The Bevvy Sisters have won a uniquely distinctive place in audiences’ hearts. Their radiantly triple-layered voices and artfully wide-ranging repertoire of vintage, contemporary and original songs, interweaving genres from country to jazz, gospelto indie-pop, stand out from the crowd in both style and substance. Now with a freshly re-blended line-up, their signature musical cocktail is more intoxicating than ever: pure vocal magic, distilled to the power of three.
Ted’s Shirt –Ted’s Shirt is the off-shoot band of former ‘Men Without Heads’ lead singer and guitarist Ross Mitson and bassist Tom Lyne. In the years between 1992 and 2002 this band was a regular staple on the Amsterdam blues and rock scene since that time the band has toured widely around Europe and the UK.

Features fantastic versions of songs by Police, James Brown, Prince etc – a choice selection of party favourites will fuel the dance floor blowout marking the end of a fantastic day of music and events in the Pathhead Music Collective Midfest celebration.Tom and Ross will be joined by drummer Mattie Foulds and an array of other special guests on the evening.

SUN 29th September

12.00 – 2.00 Jazz Brunch (The Stair Arms)- £5/3 (brunch not included)
Come and start your Sunday with a Jazz Brunch featuring a selection of Scotland’s top jazz musicians playing some of the great jazz standards and enjoy the food and surrounds of Pathhead’s local inn, The Stair Arms. With Sophie Bancroft (vocals), Paul Harrison (piano), Tom Lyne (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums).

2.00 – 4.00 The Wee Song House (Pathhead Pavilion) – FREE
Our (almost) monthly sing-around, hosted by Karine Polwartin partnership with Tynewater Community Development Project, this is your chance to sing – all ages welcome!

2.30 – 4.30 Community Session (Foresters) – FREE 
Another monthly event hosted by KaBoodle’s Mike Murphy & friends, we are delighted that this will take place as part of the festival. Bring your instrument and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the Foresters.

4.00 – 4.45 Guided Walk (Pathhead Pavilion – St Mary’s Chapel) FREE
Enjoy a guided walk with local resident Bob Bertram and learn some of Pathhead’s best-kept secrets whilst taking in the beautiful scenery on your way to our final event in St Mary’s Chapel.

4.45 – 5.45 Festival Finale Concert (St Mary’s Chapel)  -£5/3 (under 5’s free) 
An all PMC acoustic concert featuring songs and tunes from any PMC members still standing, this is a unique chance to hear some of us properly unplugged playing solo or in wee groups and we hope a fine way to end a lovely weekend!



Dear Arts practitioner/supporter

Midlothian Council is currently developing funding proposals to support the development of a new arts facility for the Midlothian area which will fill an identified gap in accommodation for the performing and visual arts. Through consultation as part of Midlothian’s Neighbourhood Planning process, local people continuously express the desire for better quality town centres, significantly including cultural and leisure facilities, places for people to meet and socialise. Midlothian’s communities are home to numerous recognised and accomplished artists, musicians and performers across many genres but Midlothian lacks any substantial venues that can house larger audiences or high quality staged productions. We are looking for letters of support to endorse our application from individuals and organisations who are involved in or have an interest in the arts.

This marks a real step forward for the arts in Midlothian and I hope we can gather your support.

I look forward to receiving your feedback.

Fiona Maher

Arts & Creativity Team Manager
Education and Children’s Services
Arts and Creativity Team
Fairfield House
8 Lothian Road
EH22 3ZG

0131 271 3749


A community craft cafe will start in May in Pathhead Village Hall thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Communities and Families Fund (Big Lottery) and the Tynewater magazine will be available in local outlets from the end of April at a cost of 25p. All proceeds go to Pathhead Village Hall, a registered charity.