Ireland's golden boy


FROM Moy to Melbourne and Limavady to London Derek Ryan is Irish country music’s golden boy with chart-topping albums, self-written smash hit singles and an army of faithful fans around the world.

The roll-call of success for the multi-talented Irishman is much deserved, with two Irish number one albums, sell-out shows at home and abroad and fistfuls of music awards.

Derek has released six best-selling albums and songs such as Welcome Home (The Gathering), Made Of Gold, A Mother’s Son, Life Is A River, Hold On To Your Hat, Flowers In Your Hair, Cry, Bendigo and 2016 Number One smash, Yoyo (You’re Only Young Once) emphasise Derek’s fantastic flair for songwriting.

He returns to the Buccleuch Centre on Thursday, March 30.

The premiere of a full-length documentary of the life of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, will be shown at the monastery in Eskdalemuir at 2pm tomorrow.

The film will also be screened in the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm on Tuesday, April 25.

In 1959 his dramatic 10-month escape from Tibet through the Himalayas would change the course of his life and the lives of many thousands of people around the world.

Sadly, he was murdered a few years ago in China by a former resident of Samye Ling who held a grudge against him.

Akong - A Remarkable Life will be screened in the presence of his brother Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche.

Running at the Eskdalemuir Community Hub this month is the Roman exhibition. It is full of varied and interesting material, artefacts on loan from Dumfries Museum, information about the excavation at Burnswark near Lockerbie and local information.

This Friday Well Road Productions return with their performance of Wool to the Mills, a sequel to last year's successful Wool from the Hills. Tickets are £12 and available at 013873 73760 or The cafe will be serving food and there is a licensed bar.

The Peatbog Faeries, who are based on the Isle of Skye, are one of Scotland's best-known names in contemporary folk music.

In 2016 they marked their 25th anniversary and were presented with the Landmark award for their contribution to Scottish music by Hands Up For Trad, which run the Scottish Traditional Music awards.

In 2015 the band released their eighth album to great critical acclaim. Blackhouse was nominated for album of the year at the Scottish Traditional Music awards. They have previously twice won live act of the year.

They play at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle this Friday.

Hawick Music Club welcomes the Scottish Reed Trio for a concert in the Heart of Hawick on Saturday, March 25.

Catherine Earnshaw, Frances Barker and Heather Brown, all Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduates, formed a trio with oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

They met while studying at the RCS and since graduating have spent many years working as orchestral musicians with Scotland's major orchestras and music educators before coming together to form this exciting new ensemble out of a shared enjoyment of chamber music.

The programme includes works by composers such as Mozart, lbert, Beethoven, Francaix, Elgar and Gershwin.

Bez is coming to The Brickyard, Carlisle, alongside Fools Gold Indie club night on Friday, March 24.

This will be Scotland’s multi-venue touring club night’s third Carlisle event and he’s bringing a friend along - Bez (Happy Mondays). Bez will be doing a one-hour stage appearance / meet and greet.

Mr Fools Gold says: “My Bez nights are always special; he has time for everyone so a Bez-Selfie is very possible.”

The Fools Gold DJ show features The Stone Roses, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Primal Scream, James, Pulp, Blur, The Charlatans, The Libertines, Noel Gallagher's HFBs, The Courteeners, New Order, Ocean Colour Scene, The Smiths, The Prodigy, Jake Bugg, The Enemy, The Coral and The Verve.

This is a show with two 10-foot screens of music videos and live visuals set against that Proper Indie soundtrack.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:35AM
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