Award-winning live acts continue with new season of Arts Live

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival has released its next seasonal programme for Arts Live.

Foot stomping music, thought-provoking theatre and some creepy crawlie Halloween shows are all included in the line-up, which runs until the end of March in venues across the whole region.

There’s a feast in store for music lovers as The Purple Felts headline at Stranraer’s RNLI Park Fest (Friday August 16) Old Blind Dogs perform an energetic mix of songs and tunes at Locharthur (Saturday August 31) and the popular Moishe’s Bagel split to deliver a weekend of performances, workshops and talks (October 11-12).

There is also the introduction of the new Galloway Roots Country Music Festival (October 18-20) in Stranraer, Newtongrange Silver Band join Scots/Gaelic singer Josie Duncan accompanied by her father Andrew Duncan of the BBC SSO, with guest musicians at Carsphairn (Saturday November 16) and there’s sensational singing from one of Scotland’s best, Robyn Stapleton in Stranraer (December 20).

Challenging ideas about autism, politics, millennials, immigration the environment and isolation come in award-winning touring theatre shows, including Edinburgh Fringe hits and critically acclaimed new writing such as double bill My Name is Irrelevant and Myth of a Singular Moment by Tortoise in a Nutshell at Port Logan (September 4); Fallen Fruit by Two Destination Language (October 4-5) in Wigtown and Sanquhar My Friend Selma by Terra Incognita (October 11) in Sanquhar, The Man Who Planted Trees by Puppet State Theatre at CatStrand (October 16) and a double bill, DUPed and Come out from among them, by Ambergris (February 26-27) in both Dumfries and Lochans.

Spine-tingling tales through atmospheric performances will thrill audiences and include one of the most well-known horror characters in The Monster and Mary Shelley by Occasion Theatre in Dumfries Theatre Royal (October 23) and Bunbury Banter Theatre Company meet at Assembly Close in Dumfries for Beneath the Dust (October 30 to November2) with some eerie surprises in store.

The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival will screen Rob Roy (1922) a rarely screened biopic of one of Scotland’s best-known outlaws, shot entirely on location in Stirling and the Trossachs and accompanied by a live score composed by David Allison, at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre (November 6).

Ken Gouge, Chairman of Dumfries And Galloway Arts Festival, said: “We’re delighted to produce a great programme of quality performing arts events, support touring shows, local talent and the brilliant variety of local venues located from Stranraer to Gretna and everywhere in between.

“It’s great to see our region’s venues and promoters take advantage of the Arts Live programme available to them year-round, which is supported regionally and nationally, and ultimately delivers great performances for local people and visitors to enjoy.”

The full Arts Live Autumn Winter programme can also be found on