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Mark of the Beast

The Mark of the Beast performances

I have been working with Martin O’Connor on his spoken word performance The Mark of the Beast. The show is on from 13th – 15th April at Platform, Glasgow and in Edinburgh at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 19th April.

This performance is a culmination of our research and development with the North East Recovery Cafes in Glasgow in 2016. The project was supported by Platform to Health and GRAND.

At that time, I composed a sound installation Good Days Bad Days, incorporating the many voices/stories of participant’s experiences. I have re-visited and re-composed that material for Martin’s solo show The Mark of the Beast.




Good Days Bad Days instal

Good Days Bad Days instal

Good Days Bad Days Instal

Following several months working with NERC’s six recovery cafes we are delighted to be presenting Good Days Bad Days sound installation at Platform Glasgow on 27th March.

Here’s a short excerpt LISTEN

This installation event brings to a close a research collaboration with Martin O’Connor that will feed into his Mark of the Beast poetry performance project at a future time.

Mark of the Beast dev

Mark of the Beast - Martin O\'Connor

I’m excited to be collaborating with Martin O’Connor to develop his latest poetry performance project Mark of the Beast – a work inspired by Glasgow and its relationship with alcohol and addiction.

From November 2015 – March 2016 we are working with participants from six recovery cafes in the north east of Glasgow (NERC – North East Recovery Community) to develop the work, which will be crafted into a sound installation at Platform at the end of March 2016.

Carnival Summer School

I was really delighted to co-facilitate the drumming activities with Erin Scrutton at the Platform Glasgow Carnival Summer School for children and young people. Other activities included movement, circus skills, big makes, costumes. An excellent week in general: skills, fun + games, parading, performing –  some really wonderful moments and a huge dose of fun!

Sonic Bothy Award

Sonic Bothy 8 Panes
Sonic Bothy rehearsing ‘8 Panes’ in City Halls, Glasgow.

Some excellent news for Sonic Bothy recently.

Sonic Bothy was one of several Glasgow Life/City Council partnered projects submitted to the National Music Council Awards, and was very excited to receive the Paritor Award for New Music in Education. Read more about the Paritor Award and other winners at the National Music Council website.

Read more about Sonic Bothy inclusive contemporary music ensemble here.


Tam Fest

Working with Claire Docherty (Sonic Bothy), George Burt and a group of young musicians from Kirkintilloch to produce music for a (deliciously theatrical) reading of  Tam O’Shanter by Tam Dean Burn. We’ll be in residence at the Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow for three days surrounded by the current exhibition of paintings depicting the poem. Final performance on 4th March at 2.30 pm. Part of ‘Tam Fest’.

Sonic Bothy at Sound

In September we had a Sound Lab concert in the Recital Room at City Halls, Glasgow and in early November the ensemble was in residence at Sound Festival in Aberdeen.

We had a jam-packed few days of workshops and rehearsals with a final concert in the Phoenix Centre, in the very wonderful Newton Dee Village set on a farm. Find out more about Sonic Bothy ensemble at the Sonic Bothy website.

Sonic Bothy at Counterflows

I am delighted to have been working with inclusive contempoary music ensemble Sonic Bothy leading up to a performance at Counterflows Festival 2014. We have been exploring a combination of recorded and acoustic sounds – merging them to create an atmospheric, improvised live performance.