The historic 'Yes' vote that changed Scotland.
Published: Monday, 16 November 2015 08:50
Jackie Kemp is chairing an event at the History Festival on Thursday November 19 at 7.45. On the panel will be historians Michael Fry, Professor Christopher Whatley, Professor Murray Pittock and dramatists Tim Barrow and Jen McGregor.
1707: What really Happened? November 19, at 28 York Place, Edinburgh. 7.45pm to 9.15pm. Free. Tickets available at www.historyfest.co.uk
In the run up to the historic vote intense debate raged among “Great & Small, Rich & Poor, Old & Young, Men & Woman”. It was ‘the common discourse and universal concern of all ranks of people.” Hundreds of broadsheets and pamphlets poured onto the streets. Speeches from parliamentary debates were printed. The independence lobby were the noisiest - the mob was against. A key contemporary historian was a Jacobite. But many middle class Protestants and merchants were quietly in favour of the Union of Parliaments in 1707.
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Arts news: Mairi Campbell's new show 'Pulse' to premier at Showcase at Celtic Connections
Published: Friday, 02 October 2015 13:11
'Mairi Campbell reacted angrily when she was downgraded for playing her own composition in her final exams and left Guildhall College of Music and Drama for her bolthole on the Isle of Lismore. Supportive tutor Peter Renshaw found the phone number of the family’s cottage there and called her, a moment which features in the show. “I said 'you can get tae fuck' and got on the train home to Edinburgh. I never went back. The next thing was Peter's call to Lismore where I was recuperating. He said that they'd keep up the fight.” ‘
PULSE to showcase at Celtic Connections, Jan 2016
Not many musicians could hope to fill a theatre with a one-woman experimental musical about their own lives. But Mairi Campbell’s new show 'Pulse' in which she acts, sings, plays the fiddle and dances the story of her own musical coming of age has been selected to represent the best of Scottish musical culture at the prestigious Showcase event at Celtic Connections in January 2016.
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