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Scottish composer Bill Sweeney’s 90—minute version of Hugh MacDiarmid’s poem A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle is a brilliant, multi-faceted setting of one of the landmark Scots poems of the twentieth century.

“The nervous thistle’s shiverin like

A horse’s skin aneth a cleg,

Or Northern Lichts or lustres o

A soul that Daith has fastened on,

Or mornin eftir the night afore.


Shudderin thistle gie owre, gie owre….”


Commissioned by MayFest in 1992, Sweeney’s galloping, madcap setting is by turns funny and profound, employing Red Note’s multi-talented musicians, singers and narrator to sensational effect.


The ensemble for this tour is made of 9 players, including a jazz clarinettist and trombonist, 4 singers, and a famously thrawn narrator. Expect an evening of humour, inebriation, beauty, politically-charged comment and virtuoso musical and literary invention.


A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle will be directed by rising young conducting star Jessica Cottis, and features well-loved Scottish actor Crawford Logan in the title role.


Tour Dates and booking details:


Thursday 3rd June: Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE

Tickets & Information: 01786 27 4000 / www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth


Friday 4th June: RSAMD, 100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB

Tickets & Information: 0141 332 5057 / www.rsamd.ac.uk


Saturday 5th June: Woodend Barn, Burn o’ Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA

Tickets & Information: 01330 825431 / www.woodendbarn.co.uk


Sunday 6th June: Easdale Hall. Easdale Island, By Oban, Argyll PA34 4TB

Tickets & Information: www.easdale.org/hall


Tuesday 8th June: Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV44 8RQ

Tickets & Information: 01471 844207 / www.seall.co.uk


Wednesday 9th June: Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

Tickets & Information: 0131 228 1404 / www.traverse.co.uk.

VISIT: www.tuneup.org.uk


3 June, 2010 - 0:00
9 June, 2010 - 23:59

Various Venues

United Kingdom

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