Friday, 20 May 2011

Eassie's DONE it!

Sorry for delay in posting, there was a lot to process. The music festival - unlike the curate's egg, was good all the way through, in ALL parts and greatly appreciated by all who attended - which is a lot - 50 children attended the workshops and 10 helpers helped. 150 sat down for the concert and 120 got up for the ceilidh.

Donald Shaw, Karen Matheson, Sheena Wellington, James Grant

The concert was first class and a roaring success with a packed house.

Headline acts, Karen Matheson and Sheena Wellington, had top billing

but support acts, Karen Hannah and guitarist

and the duo of Scott Gardner and Johnny Kemp won over new fans with their respective performances

and the compere, Jim Brown of Fettercairn, received a vote of thanks from the musicans.

Weel brocht up Bothy Loon did his mother proud, and said, 'thank you' to compere, Jim Brown

Thanks to all performers.
The boys looked as if they'd never been presented with post -performance asparagus before

In the evening, the Orwell Ceilidh Band

played to a packed floor
for every dance,

and you (don't) want to have seen the stoor next morning!

The children enjoyed the vocal and instrumental workshops and, judging by the exhaustion of some of
them, put a lot effort into the sessions - Thanks to all teachers and helpers.

Refreshed by lunch in the hall, the children made their way back to Eassie School

Highly enjoyable too, was the musical session in the cafe bridging the 'tea time' gap between the concert and the ceilidh.

It was good to see a mix of local amateurs

and professional performers

playing and singing together

and very encouraging to see - and hear - a number of young musicians,

teenagers and younger children all having fun,

some still learning to play in front of an audience and others learning to join in as you go along.

Thanks to all musicians.

Speaking of tea time - good food all day - homemade cakes, sandwiches and soup and only the pies were bought, from a top notch baker at Westmuir. Thanks to all caterers and the florist.

We had some non musical highlights too.

The fabulous raffle prize of a stay in an appartment in Portugal was won by local man, Willie Gaffney of Glamis.

(l to r) Allan Torbet of Monifeith, Anne Thorpe and Andrew Brewster drew the raffle and the prize winners were - Bespoke handbag by Carole Mungall - Steve Gotrel; £50 John Lewis voucher - J Watson, Netherton tractors; Angus Ales - Philip Jenkins; Hamper of Soaps - Graham Brown, Edinburgh; Beauty Voucher - Jean Wighton; Bottle of whisky - Alison Orr, Wardmill; Phoenix card Hamper - C Smith; Portugal Holiday Accomodation - Mr Gaffney

Many thanks to all who so generously donated prizes and sold tickets on and prior to the Music Festival which raised the fantastic sum of £3,955 when all moneys were gathered.

We were sponsored by the Co operative, Roods, Kirriemuir, Grahams Dairies, Brechin and Morrisons, Dundee. Westmuir Post Office, producers of pies and sausage rolls, and Star Rock Shop were generous with discounts and time. The ENKCA community, as always, came up trumps with food, flowers, time and tremendous effort.

ENKCA chose the event to say 'Thank You' to Michael Ryan for the time and effort he has put into the long journey that produced our new hall and to Diane for putting up with Michael's constant distraction with ENKCA business and his repeated disappearance to check the boiler.

On behalf of the community, ENKCA chairman, Phil Jenkins, presented Michael with a glass vase, engraved with a view of the hall by Bruce Walker of Kirremuir and a framed citation recording the gratitude of the community.
Phil presented Neil Ballantyne and Sylvia Fleming with a token in appreciation of their role in planning and hostiing the festival.

If we are allowed to pat ourselves on the back, we have to say Eassie did it! and 'Well Done!' to all organisers and helpers

Three barmen stood ahint the bar - there may have been yin that couldna flee at a,
but we can't speak for the rest!

- those who stepped out in front of the public and those who laboured behind the scenes. special thanks go to Andy Blackie and Phil Jenkins who missed Karen Matheson and company, attending to the plumbing while the concert was in full flow but the water wasn't.

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