Music celebrates creative Fifers at the Byre

Musician Horse McDonald
Musician Horse McDonald
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A rare performance by top Fife musical talent will launch the final stop at the Byre Theatre of a photographic exhibition highlighting creative Fifers from across the county.

Topping the bill will be a unique solo appearance from Newport on Tay’s Horse McDonald who will take to the stage on September 4 with fellow musician and creative Fifer, James Yorkston.

Fife musician James Yorkston.

Fife musician James Yorkston.

Horse said: “I rarely do solo shows so this is an opportunity for me to play my songs acoustically, taking them back to their very beginnings and for the uninitiated, a great opportunity to see me at my most exposed.

“It’ll make for an intimate and personal experience for both me and the audience. This is a rare chance for me to ‘come home’ for one night only!”

James Yorkston said: “I’m very excited to be playing in the Byre Theatre as I used to go and see panto there as a child and it is where I still take my children now to see panto.

“Horse McDonald has an astonishing voice. It’s going to be a very intimate show and I’m looking forward to it.”

I rarely do solo shows so this is an opportunity for me to play my songs acoustically, taking them back to their very beginnings and for the uninitiated, a great opportunity to see me at my most exposed.

Horse McDonald

The launch of the free exhibition, which starts at 6pm, will demonstrate the musical talent of two of Fife’s most renowned vocalists, who feature in photographer Walter Neilson’s exhibition.

“Being recognised as a Creative Fifer, amongst a range of such talented and exalted fellow Fifers, feels like quite an achievement. Combining that with performing a double header at the Byre Theatre with the songwriting tour de force that is James Yorkston is a bit like the icing on the cake,” finished Horse.

The Byre’s general manager Stephen Sinclair said: “We are delighted to welcome Walter with such a great exhibition. His photographic work is is simply stunning in the Byre.

“We are also delighted to welcome Horse McDonald and James Yorkston to the stage for what is shaping up to be a memorable evening.”

Walter Neilson launches Creative Fifer's exhibition in the Byre Theatre.

Walter Neilson launches Creative Fifer's exhibition in the Byre Theatre.

Walter Neilson, a former staff photographer with the St Andrews Citizen, put the exhibition together over two years.

The touring collection of 30 portraits of Fifers ‘warts and all’ whose creative talents have helped put Fife on the map, including artist Jack Vettriano, author Ian Rankin and radio DJ Edith Bowman, has already stopped off at galleries in Falkand, Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, Buckhaven, Kinghorn, Dunfermline and Glenrothes.

Acclaimed St Andrews born performer and songwriter Rab Noakes also features in the exhibition.

Tickets for the launch event are £16.