The Pathhead Music Collective welcomed 3,500 New Year revellers to Heid:Land, as part of Scot:Lands , a unique one off event showcasing some of Scotland’s most innovative artists and musicians in 9 venues across Edinburgh’s Old Town to 16,000 post Hogmanay survivors. Heid:Land took place at Dance Base in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket on the afternoon of the 1st January 2014 as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations. Heid:Land gave a rare opportunity to experience a fantasy version of the musical magic of Pathhead – visitors enjoyed a recreation of a PMC family ceilidh, a series of concerts by PMC members, and a music session in a multi-media re-creation of the Pathhead’s Forresters pub. They could also join in choirs, the Wee Song House and a drumming group as well as visit a video installation depicting individual musician’s homes and see them composing and songwriting and ask them questions.
Heid:Land was devised by Artistic Director Tom Bancroft and DanceBase was transformed into Heid:Land by a core creative team of Tom, Liz Crombie (Craft & Children’s Art) who worked with children to make art depicting Pathhead as well as building a life size model of Big Frank Birnie to be in the Pub, and Andy Ford who created the AV projections for the Pub and the Creativity Space.
Heid:Land was part of the year long program produced by the PMC as part of their Creative Places Award supported by Creative Scotland.
Press Coverage in Scotsman
Preview by Jim Gilchrist
Review by Joyce McMillan