Monday, 10 November 2008

Radio Kirkinch Gets into Gear for ENKCA Winter Festival
Radio Kirkinch is getting into gear for the first Eassie, Nevay and Kirkinch Community Association (ENKCA) Winter Festival on Saturday 22nd November 2008, 10 am – 4 pm in the Wharncliffe Hall, Newtyle with musicians travelling from as far as Edinburgh to perform.

A Rank Amateur Production, in the hands of presenter Irene Grant and interviewer Loretta Brocolleti of Kirkinch, the ultra local broadcasting station is unavailable on the radio waves and transmits only as far as it can be heard. Nonetheless, Radio Kirkinch, a live station of live music, celebrity recipes and guest interviews, has built up a considerable following in the wake of its annual appearance at Kirkinch Summer Festival and has lined up a plethora of local and more far flung musical talent for the Winter Festival. The event is to be held in aid of ENKCA’s New Community Hub, due to be built at Balkeerie in 2009.

Festival regulars look forward to Loretta Brocolleti’s searching interview style which owes more to Mrs Merton than Michael Parkinson. Entertainers, stall holders and visitors can expect to leave the event only when any skeletons in their cupboards have been closely examined and freshly aired.

Edinburgh group, Midas Falls, is travelling to Newtyle, for an acoustic set, leaving the band’s drummer in the capital out of respect to the 10 am – 4 pm, daytime, slot. Kenspeckle locals turning out for the day include Jim Brown, Donald Clerk, Diane Thompson, Irene Grant, Dougie Law, Phil Hannah, Pete Fenton, Bob Davidson, Michael Ryan and David Lawrence. There will be an open floor policy for any musicians who want to come along and join in on the day.

Alongside the entertainment, the Festival’s market offers a range of goods and produce, from the Organic Hut, Meigle, Dougie and Hilary Law’s Newtyle Art Gallery, Tay Ringing group’s bird foods, Barefoot Books for children, Grampian Bookshop’s book signings by local authors and ENKCA’s own Silent Auction and cafĂ©, serving soup, filled rolls, home baking and tea and coffee in ‘bottomless’ cups.

The well supplied craft fair includes Cally Crafters whose work covers pottery, knitted scarves, sewn bags, Phoenix Cards, Thistle Soaps, Christmas wreaths and flowers, Leslie Brown’s collages, Kate Whitson’s Vintage Squirrel kitchenalia and slate cheeseboards, Maria Grey’s wooden plaques and Fiona Treffry’s Crafty Colleagues who work in earthenware, paper mache, felt and card.