Programme Highlights 2013

Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers

Date: Sat 7th September, 7.30pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £12

Playing as part of the Septembayr Festival, The Tannahill Weavers is a popular band who perform traditional Scottish music. Releasing their first album in 1976 they became notable for being one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe (the Highland bagpipes are primarily a solo instrument) in an ensemble setting, and in doing so helped to change the sound of Scottish traditional music. You can be sure of a great night of entertainment as The Tannahill Weavers make their Septembayr debut.

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Street Day

Date: Sat 7th September, 12pm-2pm
Ayr Central and High Street, Ayr

Fun filled afternoon of music, magic, singing and dancing in the street!

Ayrshire Doors Open Day

Date: Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th September
Venue: Various throughout Ayrshire

Doors Open Day in Ayrshire is organised by volunteers from the Kyle & Carrick Civic Society, with help from other voluntary groups.

There are 78 participating venues (12 in Ayr); 21 new to the programme, including a cluster of seven energy saving homes where visitors can discuss renewable technologies.
Leaflets with details of which properties are open and when are available from Tourist Information Centres and libraries throughout Ayrshire.


Film School Weekend

Date: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September
Venue: Be Enchanted, 25 Wellington Square, Ayr
Tickets: £40 for 2 day workshop

Come along and be a movie star!!
Two day workshop where you will learn how to act for camera, and make your very own magical film!! Then hold a Red Carpet Premiere where you will see yourself on the big screen and have a copy of your film to take home with you.
Suitable for age 5 and over. To book call
Be Enchanted on 01292 739409.

Ernst Wally

Ernst Wally

Date: Tues 10th September, 7.30pm
St Columba Parish Church, Midton Road, Ayr
Cost: Retiring collection (suggested donation £5.)

Ernst Wally, organist of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna since 2010, is giving an organ recital in St Columba Parish Church, Midton Road, Ayr on Tuesday 10 September, at 7.30 pm, as part of the Septembayr Festival.  He will play works by Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Vierne on the chancel organ and on the newly installed mobile chamber organ.  Ernst Wally is making his British debut here in Ayr.

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The Eye Of The Storm

Date: Thurs 12th September, 7.30pm
Ayr Town Hall
Cost: £5 on the door

As a pre-season screening, and in conjunction with the SEPTEMBAYR Festival, Ayr Film Society are delighted to have obtained, through Munro Film Services, The Eye of the Storm directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush based on the 1973 novel by Patrick White.
The film was released in the UK on 3rd May 2013 and is currently only being made available to private and arthouse venues throughout the UK. To date the only Scottish screenings have been in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Aberfeldy and GFT so this is a first for Ayr and for Ayr Film Society.

Bo-scheme-ian Rhapsody

Date: Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th September, 7.30pm
District Court Building, Ayr Town Hall, Sandgate, Ayr
Tickets: £10

There’s trouble in the scheme and somebody is going down for it…
You decide who’s Guilty!!! Enemies collide, lovers meet, identities traded and secrets uncovered.  Denial, betrayal and DNA tests tear friendships apart…
Writer of “Winchin” Kelly Craig brings you an Interactive Courtroom Comedy Drama based on the TV series “The Scheme.”


Readers Day

Date: Sun 15th September, 10.30am - 4pm
Venue: Carnegie Library, Ayr
Tickets: £15 full day, £7.50 half day
A day for all those who enjoy books and reading
Join us for competitions, cream tea and a nice lunch. Tell us all about your perfect read and discover new authors at our annual Readers’ Day celebrations.


Moira McPartlin is a Scot with Irish roots. Although born in the Scottish Borders, she was brought up in a Fife mining village. She has been writing short stories, articles and poetry for a number of years. Her debut novel The Incomers was published by Fledging Press in April 2012.
J. David Simons was born in Glasgow in 1953. He studied law at Glasgow University. His novel, the Credit Draper was published in May and was short-listed for The McKitterick Prize. His latest novel An Exquisitie Sense of What is Beautiful was published by Staraband in March 2013.
Michael J Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scot-land and Markings. Blood Tears, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize. He has since published a non-fiction work about successful modern day Scots—Carnegie’s Call.
Louise Welsh studied history at the University of Glasgow where she gained an honours degree and then opened a second hand book-shop which she ran for several years before becoming a full–time writer. Louise has written many short stories and produced features for most of the major British broadsheets. She has also written for the stage, most recently Panic Patterns.

For ticket information please contact:
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr, KA8 8EB Tel 01292 286385.

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Ayr Fort Players

Date: Wed 18th September, 8.00pm
Gaiety Theatre Studio, Ayr
Cost: £10

A special performance forming part of this year’s Septembayr Festival programme, local amateur theatre group Ayr Fort Players present an amusing one-act satire all about ‘audiences’.  Written by Michael Frayn (the author of Noises Off, Copenhagen and other acclaimed plays) the storyline of this piece takes place in the stalls of a West End theatre. The cast includes an usherette, audience members and a playwright in agony over crinkling candy wrappers, talking out loud, and inattention to his play. The theory is that the audience may be more interesting than what it is watching!

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An Evening With Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Date: Fri 20th September, 7.30pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £18.50

Possibly Scotland's finest fiddle player in the Celtic tradition, Shetland-born Aly Bain helped to establish the Boys of the Lough and has continued to play with the band ever since, whilst simultaneously pursuing his solo career. World famous accordion player and composer, Phil Cunningham emerged with Silly Wizard and has toured with the likes of Relativity, Altan and Dolores Keane.

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Date: Fri 20th and Mon 23rd September, 2pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall Chambers, 2pm
Tickets: tbc

Come along and be a superhero for the day!! Join us on our exciting Superhero adventure where we will go on a mission to defeat the bad guys. All your favourite superheroes join together to take you on a mystical journey. Suitable for both boys and girls, age 3 and over.

Alice in Wonderland

Date: Sat 21st September, 12 noon
Venue: Ayr Town Hall Chambers, 2pm
Tickets: £8 / £5

“When curiosity gets the better of Alice she becomes stuck in a magical world of talking animals, mad hatters and a very angry Queen.
Be Enchanted brings the classic tale to life in a funny, fast-paced and original production. Fun for all the family” 
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An Evening of Popular Classics

Date: Tues 24th September, 7.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, AYR
Tickets: £10

An Evening of Popular Classics, featuring the multi talented musician, conductor, arranger and singer Gordon Cree, concert pianist Jim Armour and percussionist and Loudon Academy Young Musician of the Year David Kerr who is now studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
This is a charity concert in aid of Victim Support South Ayrshire.


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September in the Rain

Date: Thurs 26th September, 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £10

September in the rain is about the life of a Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz and their annual holiday to Blackpool, a ritual they have undertaken for forty years. Blackpool is in its heyday with Donkey rides, talent contests, saucy postcards, stripey deckchairs, rolled up trousers and knotted hankies.  This play is based on John Godber’s own recollections and those of his parents and grandparents. Godber has managed to interweave this play into an affectionate, wry, humourous and occasionally moving story of Northern Life.   We follow Jack and Liz as they dip in and out of time recalling their first holiday as newlyweds, to this one as stooped OAPs. They share memories, tears and disappointments, fish and chips, and wet and windy promenade walks in September.

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Septembayr Rocks

Date: Fri 27th September, 7.30pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £12

Three of the best local bands will rock the Town Hall as part of the Septembayr Festival: Stone Pony, The Penetrations, The Train Wreckers - A great night of Rock and Blues.
Stone Pony - Formed in a deep, dark bayou swamp in the South, well,  Mr S’s living room in South Ayrshire really. Stone Pony are a Four Piece Rock, Blues and Southern Rock Band, Based in Ayr and the West of Scotland.

Stone Pony have played extensively throughout Central Scotland and gained a massive and loyal following, from the West to East coasts and going from strength to strength.

The band plays a mix of classic tunes including numbers from such greats as ZZ Topp, Rory Gallagher, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatchett, the North Mississippi Allstars, the Black Keys and many more. A mix of original tunes and blues standards rounds out the set and always guarantees to get the crowd up for a boogie.

Appearances at the Thornhill Blues Festival 2011, the Arbroath Bellrock blues festival 2012 and headlining shows like the Albawest Custom and Classic bike show 2012  have left old and new fans boogie'ing in the aisles and begging for more.

The Train Wreckers -

Bad Mad Leroy Scott and Gattlin’ Gun Forman were two of the meanest, fastest guns in the Wild West. They rode with the James-Younger gang, stole a train in Virginia in 1874 and wrecked it on their way East. Well the story goes that they died in the wreck but were reincarnated as "Footstompin' Leroy Scott" and "Gattlin' Axe Forman" - with guitars instead of guns - and became the tightest, fastest country-rock band in the US with their mystery train rollin’ from state to state. They hooked up with Towerin’ Memphis Stax in Chicago in the 1950’s who showed them rock & roll, swing and jive and the trio got joints jumpin’ all over the country. Then they looked up Surfin’ Dude Younger from California in the 1960’s (a relative of their good friend Cole Younger) who taught them how to surf and rock. The Train Wreckers created their own musical genre - Unlimited Surfin’ Swingin’ Rock’n’country-roll (“USSR”). The Beatles even wrote a song about it!

The mystery train keeps rollin’ and the Train Wreckers are on it. Appearing Live in your town for one night only – bringin’ a fist full of rootsy rockin’ tunes and swingin’ jungle grooves from the 50’s to the 70’s….. and much more!

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Date: Sat 28th September, 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £12 / £10 (conc)

Innovation is the exciting fiddle group from Ayrshire, made up from top senior and former players of the renowned Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra.  Specialising in contemporary arrangements of Celtic Music from around the world, the group has in its repertoire music from North America, Spain, Finland, Germany, Ireland as well as its native Scotland. Directed by one of Scotland’s best known fiddlers, Alistair McCulloch, the group has a line up that consists of fiddles, cellos, bass guitar, drums, accordion, whistle, pipes and accoustic guitars. Rave reviews for its breathtaking, energetic performances follow every performance. Following a whirlwind tour of the Highlands earlier in September, Innovation looks forward to bringing their highly distinctive music to The Gaiety.

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