The Fife town of Cupar is set to come alive with the sights and sounds of an eclectic mix of art and music at this year’s Cupar Arts Festival.
The free gigs, from an array of Scottish musicians and bands, will take place during the weeklong visual arts festival, which runs from 18 – 25 June 2016 and will run alongside the main programme of art from twenty established contemporary artists.
The festival kicks off with a free launch party on Saturday 18 June at 12 noon, with music at 4pm from electronic duo Stephen Lee and Mark Small. The launch party also includes street food prepared by Fife’s food ambassador Christopher Trotter, who will cook with ingredients selected from Cupar farmers market that morning. A giant pinhole camera, The Caravan Obscura can also be found elsewhere in the town. Visitors will be able to see things from another perspective as they step inside a specially transformed caravan.
Live music continues throughout the week with free concerts from David Webster and Stevie Anderson of Sinderins on Sunday 19 June; the eclectic Onion Club (featuring Pauline M. Hynd) on Tuesday 21 June and the upbeat bluegrass Wire and Wool on Friday 24 June.
Commenting on the music line up Gayle Nelson, Festival Director said: “Having such a wonderful collection of live music this year adds an alternative element to this established arts festival. We hope this collection of fabulous bands will give visitors and residents alike evenings of music to remember.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:
“The addition of live music from a variety of home-grown performers will provide art enthusiasts with another reason to visit one of Scotland’s most unique small towns for this year’s Cupar Arts Festival.
"We’re delighted to support the festival in Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and welcome this extension of the festival programme, which is set to entice more people than ever to experience visual art and performance in the town’s public spaces and local venues.”
The music line-up includes:
Stephen Lee and Mark Small, who release their first album this June entitled ‘The EPR Paradox’. This explores different levels of textural melancholic, ambient electronica. The Dundee based Lee, a pianist and composer and Small, a producer, sound artist and audio engineer have plans to tour Europe. (18 June, 4-6pm at the Festival Hub)
David Webster and Stevie Anderson who come together to form the band ‘Sinderins’ will play a mix of surreal folk rock and carefully crafted pop music. (19 June, doors open 2pm, start time 2.30pm, exact venue TBC)
Genre-defying act The Onion Club, which combines classical, punk, glam and gospel influences with a Weimar aesthetic to produce a style that is upfront, intense and deeply personal.
Pianist and composer Stephen Lee and singer and performance artist Pauline M. Hynd have developed a suite of original and reimagined songs with influences and interests including quantum physics, queer theory, Buddhism and punk rock. (21 June, doors open 7.30pm, start time 8pm, at Jordan's Nightclub, Station Road, Cupar KY15 5HX)
Wire and Wool, a seven-piece band drawing on their diverse cultures to bring to life full-on bluegrass punk and roots revival heaven. They have wowed Celtic Connections, the Southern Fried Festival in Perth and the Glasgow Merchant City Festival to name but a few. (24 June, doors open at 7.30pm start time of 8pm, exact venue TBC).
Inge Thomson and Fraser Fifield, who will take part in one of Elm House’s ‘house concerts’. Originally hailing from Fair Isle, Inge Thomson is an intensely melodic singer/songwriter who regularly brings her multi-instrumental textures and vocal harmonies to the Karine Polwart trio. Inge Thomson will come together with Edinburgh-based master instrumentalist, Fraser Fifield for this concert. (25 June, exact time TBC, The Elm, Main Street, Craigrothie, Cupar KY15 5QA).
The strong musical line-up adds to the festival’s strongest-ever visual arts programme with internationally known artists like Rachel McLean, Charles Avery, Chad McCail and Kate Downie participating. Artworks will be exhibited both within venues as well as outside in public spaces, enabling visitors to experience the artworks by both seeking them out and by stumbling across them. One of the few curated visual art festivals in Scotland, Cupar Arts Festival 2016 will make use of a series of unconventional spaces including hoarding on industrial sites, the town’s historic County Buildings, Burgh Chambers and churches, and the mediaeval closes of the town.
For more information visits www.cupararts.org.uk.
Access to all exhibits, talks and other events is free of charge and where appropriate on a first come basis.
Cupar Arts Festival is supported with funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Open Project Funding, EventScotland, and Fife Council’s Strategic Events Investment Fund.