Tarlair Lives for COAST festival

The iconic A-listed Tarlair Pool, recent beneficiary of an Aberdeenshire Council £300,000 refurbishment plan, will live again during the COAST Festival of 2014.

On Saturday, May 24, it will host a two-hour event arranged by Friends Of Tarlair and COAST marking the start of its revival as a recreational asset.

Entitled ‘At Home By The Sea’ the concert will feature music, poetry and storytelling.

Seven popular performers from across the North of Scotland will join together to celebrate the beauty of the coast and its hinterland.

There will be the first ever presentation (a world premiere) of a specially written piece for voice and music called ‘Tarlair’ penned by Nairn based actor and writer Anna Lavigne set to music by Inverurie-based saxophonist Al Thomson.

Diana Bertoldi the renowned storyteller from the West Coast will recount some of her entrancing tales.

Other performers are poet John Mackie, guitarist Shane Addison, ‘cellist Patrick Shand and flautist Clive Boucher, all weel-kent faces on the North East performance circuit.

“We are all looking forward to it,” said Friends of Tarlair’s Patricia Wain. The place means a lot to so many of us.

“The performance area will be where the staging was for the Runrig and Wet Wet Wet concerts 20 years ago.”

As the Anna Lavigne piece says: “And as they gather down the brae, winding through the rocks and years, friends ensure a special place in this circle of embrace and Tarlair lives again.”

Entry to ‘At Home By The Sea’ is free of charge. The event will be held at Tarlair Pool on May 24 from 5pm to 7pm and all are welcome.

This year’s Coast Festival runs from May 23 to 25. The theme for 2014 is ‘Coming Home’ in line with 2014 being designated as second ‘Year of Homecoming’.

A number of events will look at what Home means to us and will bring many creative activities out of local homes to be shared.