The Spott Sessions - Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter Friday, 28 February 2020 from 20:00-22:00 @ Spott Village Hall

Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. Although both originally from England, they were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it’s often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together. Their first duo album ‘Bound’ named in recognition of this enduring connection was released in November 2016, and Jenn and LB are currently working on material for their second album

Jenn Butterworth, winner Musician of the Year - Scots Trad Music Awards, is one of Scotland’s foremost female guitarists, and has toured extensively with the award winning Anna Massie Band. As an accompanist she is in high demand, her most recent collaborations have involved Songs of Separation, Phil Cunningham and Fiddler’s Bid.

Laura-Beth Salter takes influence from the Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents played whilst she was growing up in Lincolnshire. After spending time studying a Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She is a founding member of The Shee and her most recent collaborations involve Shooglenifty and The MacLean Project led by the world renowned Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.

Bellany Bids Boosts for Lifeboat

Volunteers at Dunbar RNLI are grateful to receive news of a ‘big arted’ donation in the pipeline from local community interest company, Miixer.

Miixer, who run zero waste shops in East Lothian and Edinburgh are running an online auction of two anonymously donated prints by the late John Bellany to raise much needed funds for Dunbar RNLI.

East Lothian born Bellany, whose work was strongly influenced by the seafaring community, was known for his support of the RNLI. In 2009 one of his artworks raised £10,000 for four charities, including the RNLI, after it was auctioned by the Scottish Government having been commissioned for the First Minister’s Homecoming Christmas card in 2008.

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Japanese Taster 5 February 2020 from 19:00-20:00 @ Belhaven Brewery

Dunbar and Edinburgh based Japanese tutor Elly Darrah provides a brief introduction to Japanese language and culture. Learn to write your name, introduce yourself and repel demons from your home by pelting them with beans – all part of Japan’s traditional setsubun celebrations at this time of year!

All you need to bring is yourself, some paper and a pen/pencil.

This taster session will include a very speedy introduction to the Japanese language. For those interested in further lessons, keep an eye out for future classes run at Dunbar Craft Studio. This will be based on demand, so let us know if you are keen for more!