WARP & WEFT – KILBARCHAN WOVEN IN STORY & SONG
“A wonderful, educational and very evocative evening” was how Warp & Weft- Kilbarchan Woven in story & Song was described on 24th October in the Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre.
The evening of storytelling, music and song brought alive the rich history of this small handloom weaving village. The sell-out success was the brainchild of Anne Pitcher local storyteller. Joining her on the journey was singer songwriter and author Ewan McVicar whose father was a Habbie and whose family owned the Glentyan Laundry. Also joining them were members of Kilbarchan Pipe Band, “Village Voices”, St Barchan [John Stephen], Habbie [Ian Andrew] and Miss Lilias, Victoria Thompson.
Anne and Ewan took the audience on a journey through Kilbarchan’s history from the 18,000 year old Clochoderick Stone, to 6th century St Barchan who gave the village its name, to 16th century Habbie Simpson Kilbarchan’s famous piper, to the handloom weavers, to Lilias Day past and present. Ewan sang two songs which Kilbarchan Primary School P5/6 class had written with him “Long ago and nowadays in Kilbarchan” and “Lilias Day” which were fantastic. Three of the school pupils were present, Robbie, and twins Archie and Rhona to hear their song performed. “Village Voices” sang the 1933 Lilias Day song beautifully – last heard 82 years ago!
Fellow storyteller Marjory Leithead said of the evening “Excellent – thoroughly enjoyable.” Anne expressed her thanks to Creative Scotland who made the three month long project possible by their backing. She also thanked the many people who helped to bringing to reality her dream of telling Kilbarchan’s story.
Arts Centre owner Brian MacMillan took a video whilst at the sound desk which can be seen on YouTube[ with his stage directions over some of the performance]. Local man Graham Baird 87 years young, took a video of the night which will be available on You Tube soon.
Anne would still love to hear any stories about Kilbarchan, please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07708059770.
Go to www.kilbarchanwarpandweft.webs.com for more on the project.
Other comments from the night:
It was terrific. Thank you. All and more than expected
Tremendous Anne – well done! I’ve known the story of the spinning, weaving and sewing ladies all my life but never heard it told so well
I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and learned a lot more about Kilbarchan
Good show [Robbie from P5/6] I loved the show [Shona and Archie from P5/6]
Magic – a success
Very worthwhile coming