Stowed Out with talent

PIC BY ESME ALLEN FOR CAP CITY'AWARD WINNING ARTIST CALLUM INNES IN HIS STUDIO IN THE NEW TOWN
PIC BY ESME ALLEN FOR CAP CITY'AWARD WINNING ARTIST CALLUM INNES IN HIS STUDIO IN THE NEW TOWN

A Turner Prize nominee and Scottish Album of the Year candidates make up Stow’s impressive festival line-up in August.

Stowed Out will this year include folk star Karine Polwart as well as a host of other musical talent, including Meursault, both nominated for the SAY title.

Meanwhile, former Turner Prize finalist Callum Innes will feature in an exhibition alongside a number of other internationally recognised artists.

Karine Polwart will open the festival on Friday, August 16. Well known in the Borders, having lived at Elibank in Walkerburn for a time, she is a previous BBC Folk Award winner.

Now based at Pathhead, she released her fifth album, Traces, last year, which earned her a SAY nomination.

Polwart is joined in her trio by Jonny Hardie and Rory Campbell from Old Blind Dogs and Up in the Air.

Saturday sees Meursault, known offstage as Neil Pennycook, headline. The Edinburgh-based musician has earned the accolade for Something For The Weakened, and is currently writing a fourth, as-yet-untitled, album while continuing to perform regularly both locally and further afield.

Also on the Saturday bill is Borders rock band Torino, who earlier this month supported Sandi Thom after winning TheSouthern’s talent competition.

Other acts include The Stark Palace from Galashiels, Rhythm Beats Workin, Dr Zeke’s Blues Epidemic, Borders-based Fatlips, Stow’s own The Shreddies, Roy Henderson and Selkirk youngster Becca McCue.

As for the art exhibition, entitled Paper Planes, alongside Innes is Stow’s own David Cass, Glasgow-based Philip Reeves, print-maker Bronwen Sleigh, and Scottish painter Graeme Todd.

Edinburgh-based abstract painter Alan Shipway, and multimedia artist, Pat Law, will also feature in the 14-strong line-up.

The exhibition, which runs from August 16 until September 15, has been curated by Stow-based painter Andrew Mackenzie, who has works in the internationally renowned Fleming Collection, as well as collections in London, Edinburgh, New York and France.

He said: “Bringing together such an exceptional group of artists is a wonderful opportunity to put Stow on the map.

“When I was asked to curate an exhibition in Stow for the visual art aspect of Stowed Out festival, I immediately began to compile a list in my head of artists I know who work with paper in interesting ways.

“Paper seemed to be the key. The space of the Cloudhouse Gallery is lovely, but modest, and I needed a means of unifying a fairly diverse group of artists, who, despite their differences, all share a fascination with abstraction. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses from the artists.”

Mackenzie hopes the festival can invigorate his home village.

He added: “We’ve lost our pub, and the hotel was demolished two years ago.

“We believe that, through music and art, we can inject some cultural life back into the heart of the village.”

Stowed Out is funded by Foundation Scotland from the EDF Longpark Community Fund. For further information, visit www.soundout.org.uk