MABOU: Strathspey Performing Arts Centre is a venue that not only showcases local entertainment as well as giving the opportunity to see international talent, but the venue also develops in-house productions.
Beginning with the hit summer series Brìgh and most recently with the comedy production of Sin Agad an Dòigh, Strathspey now presents Strathspey Notes: A Classic Concert Series.
The inspiration behind this show came from the desire to showcase local talent in an intimate setting, with focus on an acoustic style set. Executive director Tracey MacNeil is the driving force behind the Strathspey Productions and is looking forward to the upcoming event.
“Each of the six concerts focuses on two musicians plus a common host – Buddy MacDonald. There are no big bands, rather you’ll hear roots and traditional sounds from some extremely gifted individuals,” MacNeil explained.
“It is no secret that it is very challenging to put bums in seats in Strathspey Performing Arts Centre. With just under 500 seats, the theatre is often too large for the population who supports it. With a modest sized artist roster per event, SPAC won’t face exorbitant artist fees which carry high risk for failure. We reduce risk but are also creating wonderful musical opportunities for both artists and audience.”
There will be six concerts in total, three in the spring and three in the fall. Each show will be hosted by singer song writer Buddy MacDonald.
MacNeil explains the excitement among performers when putting together the line-up for Strathspey Notes.
“Buddy really embraced the idea. He had great input related to how it could all come together and was, not surprisingly, up to the challenge. For Buddy, much as it was for the others who I subsequently spoke with, the idea of participating in the Strathspey Notes Classic Concert Series offered a valuable chance to see and visit with old friends.
“As a musician myself, I understand what it is for many of these artists – these days everyone is so busy with life things, that the opportunities to catch up are few and far between. So in keeping with that theme, I challenge everyone out there to come out, take a friend, have a nice night out and visit with someone you don’t often have the chance to stay in touch with.”
Strathspey Notes begins on March 25 with Scott MacMillan and Brian Doyle. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Other notable names included on the event roster are: Rachel Davis, Iain MacQuarrie, Kyle and Colin MacDonald, Rita Rankin, and many more. Full details, including concert dates, as well as ticket purchasing can be found at: www.strathspeyplace.com.