Meet a Scottish icon


ALMOST four decades after leaving his home in the Scottish Borders, Ronnie Browne is returning to regale audiences with stories from his life.

During a one-off non-musical performance Ronnie, a founder member of Scottish folk duo The Corries, will take the audience at the Buccleuch Centre in Langholm on an illustrated journey from the cobbled streets of Edinburgh to the rolling, open landscapes of the Borders and beyond.

Meeting Ronnie, described by the Pitlochry Winter Words Festival organisers as ‘a wonderful joyous event’, shows there is much more to the man than a singer of songs.

Ronnie, hailed as ‘a Scottish icon’, lived in West Buccleuch Farmhouse in the Ettrick Valley for 10 years in the 1970s with wife Pat and children Gavin and Lauren.

In 1973 the couple adopted their third child Maurice from Balcary House in Hawick and the Browne family was complete. “The Borders holds many happy memories for myself, Lauren and the boys,” said Ronnie, while admitting there had been more than a modicum of blood, sweat and tears while renovating the family home. There were plenty of fun times, too, and many solid friendships forged.”

Ronnie, approaching four score years and 10, makes regular trips to the Borders to meet friends and in 2014 he hosted a special outing for the Edinburgh branch of the Ataxia UK charity, of which he is an ambassador.

He is best known as a folk singer and an accomplished portraitist. In these roles he has travelled the world and is a popular and unmistakeable figure.

Meeting Ronnie contains many humorous anecdotes, many taken from his autobiography, Ronnie Browne that guy fae the Corries, and tells of his associations with showbiz luminaries such as Chic Murray, Ricki Fulton, Morecambe & Wise and Lonnie Donegan.

After an audience question and answer session, his book will be on sale followed by a signing session, giving his audience the opporchancity, in the words of the aforementioned Mr Fulton, to chat with the man himself.

From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words.

Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who painted the picture which gave birth to Impressionism and was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. As his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his garden at Giverney, his humour, insight and love of life is revealed.

I, Claude Monet, shot on location in Paris, London, Normandy and Venice, is a cinematic immersion into some of the most loved and iconic scenes in Western Art.

It is being screened at the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm next Wednesday.

Since forming in early 2014, The Pastures have broken onto the Newcastle scene with enthusiasm and released two EPs. A debut album is planned for this year.

Their music takes influence from their social backgrounds, past experiences and political views and has had comparisons to The Levellers, Pogues and even Thin Lizzy.

The band are very excited to bring their energy and music to Carlisle for the first time and hope to meet and make some new friends on the night. They play at the Old Fire Station this Friday.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live kicks off its 2017 programme with a visually-engrossing piece of international theatre.

Fisk is performed by multi-award-winning Tortoise in a Nutshell, in association with Danish new writing centre Teater Katapult. It tells the story of a man and a fish and the unexpected impact they have on one another.

Fisk (Fish in Danish) is a new devised piece of theatre which delves into how we manage struggles with our own mental health, with the support of others.

Weaving together a rich tapestry of puppetry, movement and intricate design, alongside an evocative original soundtrack, the piece draws audiences into an immersive marine world.

It examines themes of depression, dependence and desolation and is an exploration of the lengths we can go to escape from ourselves, yet also finds joy in even the deepest and darkest depths. The show is recommended for ages 14 and above.

The show is next Tuesday in the Theatre Royal, Dumfries. Tickets from

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