Oops, the comings and goings and goings and comings of duo activities have rather taken up our time and energy in the last several months, not allowing for updates. However, it has not been a time of standing still. Many somersaults have indeed been turned. So much so that, as of February 2020, we have two exciting projects in prospect.
The success of obtaining Creative Scotland National Lottery funding at the end of 2019 means that we are setting out on our next commissioning adventure, working with six brilliant poets and composers to create an hour long, three movement performance, ‘No Trees to Whisper‘. The text and music are inspired by the 18th century travels of the eminent literary duo Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell across northern Scotland and the Hebrides. A look at the Scots then – and now. We hope to be able to follow in the steps of the celebrated pair, exploring the venues of far flung parts of Scotland ourselves in the process! Dundee, Aberdeen and Banff so far – where else, we wonder? We are so looking forward to working with poets Dawn Wood, Iain Morrison and Haworth Hodgkinson and composers Aidan O’Rourke, Linda Buckley and Gemma McGregor.
Before we set forth on that particular adventure, we are composing (literally in some instances) another new programme, ready for outings in Dundee (becoming a regular feature of our performances this year) and the Edinburgh Fringe in August. ‘Painted Ladies’, a theme we developed while walking on a particularly glorious summer’s day on the Solway coast, will give us an opportunity to explore ALL kinds of painted ladies, from butterflies to colourful and characterful women, while having a bit of fun with musical genres.
The elements keep turning, the music moves on – and the adventures continue.