Thursday, 27 May 2010

Carol Taylor and Spring Fling films this weekend at TT

The Vernon and Lee Arts Festival gig ( see blog below) has kicked off a busy few days for Thomas Tosh. It's Spring Fling weekend and there are special films showing on Sunday as part of the event here at Thomas Tosh in the Old Parish Hall on Sunday.

The films are by Glasgow-based artist Henry Coombes. The films are: Gralloch & The Bedfords. The big local interest here is that they were filmed locally at Capenoch, Penpont.

Each screening lasts around 20 minutes. There are three screenings: 6pm,6.45pm and 7.30pm. The screenings are free. If you definitely want to attend one particular screening, just give us a bell and we will reserve seats, otherwise just turn up on the door. If one screening is full you can get into the next one. Our phone number is 01848 331 553.

As well as the films, artist Carol Taylor will be at Tosh over Spring Fling weekend--Saturday, Sunday and Monday. She will be delighted to talk to customers about her exhibition in the parish hall: Beauty and the Bog. It's been getting a lot of attention and Carol is great at explaining her work and the scientific research around Scotland's wilderness that's inspired her.

Vernon and Lee's great night out at Thomas Tosh

David Vernon (he's on the left) and Dick Lee (right) played a great gig last night (Wednesday 26th May) at Thomas Tosh in the Old Parish Hall, Thornhill, as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2010.

The accordion player and clarinettist promised to take the audience on a world tour of musical styles and they didn't disappoint.

They have a mass of experience and musical influences. From Jewish to French, Scottish Reels to Tango, with familiar tunes such as the theme from The Godfather thrown in for good measure.

The duo managed to make the old parish hall feel like there was a whole band playing rather than just two people. And they won the audience over completely.

They got us participating in the proper Scandinavian manner during their Norwegian set. "Just think that you are sitting in the pub and someone has just walked off with your pint. What would you say?"questioned Vernon. That got the right Nordic intensity of "Oy!" coming from the audience for one tune.

David Vernon hails from Dumfries. He says that the duo's aim is to get everyone leaving a gig with a smile on their face. That they did in spades. A great night for music and the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2010.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Beauty and the Bog at Thomas Tosh in Thornhill

Here's our window at our shop at 55 Drumlanrig Street in Thornhill celebrating our newest exhibition Beauty and the Bog in the Old Parish Hall. It's a Bold and Big exhibition from Carol Taylor, the Biggar-based artist who hails from Dumfries and Galloway. Carol worked with rural land researchers at the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen for the exhibition. And she's created fascinating images from terrifically impressive large-scale pieces (the biggest works we've had in to date) to small intimiate works.

Carol will be here to talk to customers about her work on Saturday and Sunday, 29th and 30th May, Spring Fling weekend. She's got loads of fascinating stuff to say about her work; from her use of scanning electron microscopes to create images to the antiseptic powers of moss. As always, admission is free.

written by Paul O'Keeffe at Thomas Tosh