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Ullapool Museum <br /> Winter 2016 -2017

Ullapool Museum
Winter 2016 -2017

  • Where: Argyle Street, Ullapool
  • When: Closed during winter months for refurbishment

Curator’s Report – Sept 2016
Helen Avenell
As always this year has been busy, with lots of different projects, exhibitions an activities happening.

Since the museum opened in 1995 we have had many objects donated to the collection that we have not always been able to display. This money will allow us to re-organise some of the space to better interpret both the building and its story, as well as improve the ways we tell the stories of the people of Lochbroom through our collections. We now also have a wonderful oral history collection Thanks to the work of our volunteers over the last ten years, and we hope to include some of this in innovate ways in our displays along with more of our photographic archive and hands on activities. The redisplay will be undertaken over winter 2016. If you would like to be part of the project in helping to research objects, assisting in decanting or installation, then please contact us at the museum.

We worked with Ullapool High School to support pupils in researching some of the men who died in the war and their work is also displayed as part of the exhibition.
In the coming months look out for the parish trail we are compiling to support the exhibition, which will highlight some of the locations around the parish that have connections with the war.
In May we participated in the Festival of Museums, a national event that supports museums in running events and activities for audiences.

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design and we decided to use this theme to provide a weekend of events around the engineer Sir John Fowler. Peter Newling, Fowler’s great grandson, gave us a wonderful evening talk on his unique contribution as a Victorian engineer culminating in his involvement in the Forth Rail Bridge. Cathy Dagg led a walk around Braemore Estate and Fowler’s lasting legacy in the landscape. We also had a bridge building activity in the museum for families.You can still explore the story of Sir John Fowler’s engineering legacy in the museum and have a go at building your very own bridge with Knex bricks!
Coming up in October is Highland Archaeology Fortnight and the museum is the focus for a number of events.
I can’t over-emphasise how rewarding it is to work with such a fantastic group of volunteers. The enthusiasm which they all show is what really makes things happen in the museum. In addition, your support as members is what keeps the museum going and in these times of financial cuts, your contribution is invaluable.
I look forward to welcoming you to the newly refreshed gallery space next spring, and in the meantime if you’d like to get involved, please do get in touch.

Gary Little <br /> COMEDY <br />12.11.2016

Gary Little

  • When: Saturday 12th November 2016
  • Where: The Macphail Theatre, Ullapool
  • Tickets: The Macphail Centre 01854 613336

At the Macphail Theatre – another night of comedy with Gary Little – A little bit of Personal

After a successful 2016 Fringe, Gary is back with a brand new show.

This time he tells stories of paranoia, hillwalking, prison pen pals and being known as the guy with the dogs! Gary has an incredibly warm, personable style. Combine this with his unflinching honesty and openness, and just a hint of vulnerability, and audiences everywhere fall in love with his easy charm.

‘A master storyteller. Runs rings round his comedy peers’ Herald

‘Born Raconteur’ **** Scotsman

‘All you’ll remember is how much you laughed’ Chortle.co.uk

Ullapool Beer Festival <br /> MUSIC <br /> 20 – 22.10.2016

Ullapool Beer Festival
20 – 22.10.2016

  • When: 20 -22 October 2016 evenings
  • Where: Morefield Motel

The Morefield Motel hosts three nights of music as part of the Ullapool Beer Festival

20 Oct: Alan Roy – – a man from Beauty and his box – songs, witty banter & cracking box playing

21 Oct: Black Isle Jazz Band with band leader Pat Strachan

22 Oct: The Ballroom Gitz – – a Glam Rock tribute!
Ricky Tripod : Hotlips Hooligan : Stan Din : Kenny Silvers


Aleister Crowley – Passion for Evil <br /> PERFORMANCE <br />28.10.2016

Aleister Crowley – Passion for Evil

  • When: 28 October 2016
  • Where: The Macphail Theatre
  • Tickets: Tickets from the Macphail Centre 01854 613336

‘The Wickedest Man in World’ inspired the Beatles, Ozzy Osbourne immortalised him in song, and for Jimmy Page he was an obsession. Was he the devil, so depraved, so evil that even Black Magicians reviled him? Or was he the only man with enough courage to lead the world towards a new dawn of freedom? Mountaineer, poet, philosopher: he devoured life as he struggled to satisfy his lust for sex, drugs and adventure. In this chilling one-man play John Burns becomes ‘The Great Beast’ and dares to ask…who was Aleister Crowley? Note: Scenes of a sexual nature, drug use, violence, adult content Ages: 14+



An Talla Solais <br />Members Exhibition <br /> EXHIBITION <br />20.08.2016 – 23.10.2016

An Talla Solais
Members Exhibition
20.08.2016 – 23.10.2016

  • Where: An Talla Solais Gallery, West Argyle Street, Ullapool
  • When: Daily until 23rd October 2016
  • Cost: Free Entry

The annual Members Show at An Talla Solais from 20th August  to 23rd October,

Some amazing works of art by the talented people who are associated with the ATS organisation.  Always something for everyone and a chance to widen your horizons.

Argyll Hotel Events <br /> SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

Argyll Hotel Events

3rd Sept: The Federals

10th Sept: Martin Stephenson

16th Sept: John King

23rd Sept: Calum Macrae

24th Sept: Gem Andrews

8th Oct: Martin Stephenson


Ceilidh Place Events <br /> SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

Ceilidh Place Events

1st Sept: Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock

15th Sept: Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton

16th Sept: Seann Walsh

23rd Sept: Nae Plans

29th Sept: Tannera


Ullapool Museum Season <br /> 2016

Ullapool Museum Season

  • Where: Ullapool Museum, Argyle Street, Ullapool
  • When: Season starts: 25th March 2016 11am.

Ullapool Museum re-opens for the 2016 season.

Opening Hours for April: Monday to Saturday 1100 to 1600 hrs.

Exhibition ‘Gale Warning’ on display until June.

Visit their website for more information about the permanent displays and exhibitions for the coming year.

Feis Rois <br /> CLASSES <br / > Termtimes 2016 – 2017

Feis Rois
Termtimes 2016 – 2017

  • Where: Ullapool Schools
  • When: Termtime
  • Cost: Full costs are on the Feis Rois website

Fais Rois offers classes in fiddle and accordion at a range of levels for young pupils (P4 – S6).

For full details please visit the Feis Rois website

Year 2016 -2017

Term 1: Week beginning 22nd August to week ending 7th October No classes week beginning 19th September (6 weeks)

Term 2: Week beginning 24th October to week ending 2nd December (6 weeks)

Term 3: Week beginning 9th January to week ending 24th March No classes week beginning 20th February (10 weeks)

Term 4: Week beginning 24th April to week ending 16th June for all areas except Lochcarron and Ullapool. In both these areas there will be no classes on the 1st May or 5th June so classes will finish on week ending 30th June (8 weeks)

Loopallu </br> MUSIC FESTIVAL </br>30.09 – 01.10.2016

30.09 – 01.10.2016

  • Where: Broomfields Site, Ullapool
  • When: 30 Sept to 1Oct 2016
  • Cost: Tickets from the Loopallu website

On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but that was a long time ago –

Another year of fun regardless of what the weather has to say about it. Another year making new friends, and catching up with old ones. And what does 2016 have in store, who’s going join the ranks that include Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons, Twin Atlantic, Shed Seven and Franz Ferdinand who have graced our little stage. You’ll just have to come and see…


FEEDER have been announced as the main act -their only UK Festival performance this year. – plus The Selecter, The Wonder Stuff, Manran, Lucy Spraggan, Galleon Blast and many more


Ullapool Guitar Festival <br/> FESTIVAL <br/> 07.10.16 – 09.10.16

Ullapool Guitar Festival
07.10.16 – 09.10.16

  • When: Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016
  • Where: The Macphail Centre

FESTIVAL OF DREAMS by Philip Stuckey (taken from the Ullapool News 14/10/16)

Ullapool Sparkles like a new set of strings
As the water of this loch ripples a legato
Seabirds twist and jive
– celebrating their good fortune
as I reflect on mine;
deposited here, in this festival of dreams.
Hugh Burns in my imagination like a flashing blade,
John Goldie – locks my wonderment in a musical box,
– changing the key.
For all that glistens is not Goldie.
Then God said ‘let their be Cliv Carroll’
And no one disagreed.

Ullapool Guitar Festival returns to the Macphail Centre – with fringe events elsewhere in the village!

Friday 7th October 2016 7.30pm Start, Evening Concert featuring:-  Declan Zapala, Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie, Remi Harris duo

Friday Night Festival Club – Midnight till late @ The Arch Inn with
Adam Bulley,Chas Mackenzie and friends.

Saturday 8th October 2016

Workshops @ 10.00am
Tutors,Clive Carroll, Hugh Burns, John Goldie, Will McNicol, Tristan Seume, David Buckingham and others to be determined

Saturday Afternoon Concert 13.00 Start, featuring:- Matt Buchanan, Michael Fix, Richard Smith

Saturday evening Concert 7.30pm Start, featuring:- Daryl Kellie, Clive Carroll, John Smith

Saturday Night Festival Club – Midnight till late @ The Arch Inn with
Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie and friends.

Sunday 9th October 2016

Workshops @ 10.00am
Tutors Hugh Burns, Will McNicol, Clive Carroll, Tristan Seume, John Goldie, Will McNicol, Tristan Seume, David Buckingham and others to be determined,

Sunday Afternoon Concert 13.00 Start, featuring:-, Professor Allan Neave and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland., Sean Shibe, Hamish Stewart

Sunday evening Concert 7.30pm Start, featuring:- John Goldie, Hugh Burns, Nigel Clark, Rose Room

Festival Club – Midnight till late @ The Arch Inn with
Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie and friends.

Due to some tremendous input from Jim Gillies the trade show continues to improve.  We are once again greatly indebted to Roger Bucknall at Fylde Guitars for all his help and support over numerous years. Once again he is donating one of his amazing guitars which will be sold to raise money for the 2016 festival.


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So, what is the UGF, and why is it so special? It started in 2000 – oddly enough, to bring business and tourism into the local community in the wake of the foot and mouth epidemic. October was chosen as a way of extending the tourist season, and,as sponsors came and went, and audiences increased in size, the Festival evolved through performances in local pubs and the village hall to its current (and hopefully long-term) home in the Macphail Centre. This has all the comfort and facilities associated with a first-class performance venue, including superb acoustics, but also the space to put on workshops, to expand our trade show and to provide excellent catering.

The longevity and success of the Festival has been built on two foundations. The first is the solid core of music enthusiasts who not only make the pilgrimage year upon year, but are willing to go that extra mile in what they contribute to ensure that the Festival continues to flourish. The second is a group of musicians who have become permanent features of the Festival – artistes like Hugh Burns, John Goldie and Clive Carroll. Their unwavering support and their status and reputation within the guitar world have allowed us to attract the cream of guitarists – over a hundred of them over the years – from around the globe. Our thanks goes out to all of them, patrons and artistes alike.

Feis Rois nan Deugairean <br /> MUSICAL COURSE <br /> 10.10.2016 – 14.10.2016

Feis Rois nan Deugairean
10.10.2016 – 14.10.2016

  • Where: The Macphail Centre & Ullapool High School
  • When: Monday 10th October 2016 to Friday 14th October 2016

Please visit website for full details

All places must be booked with the Feis Rois


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With support from Highlands & Islands Enterprise, a consortium of organisations has come together to create new projects and raise the profile of the arts and cultural activity in Ullapool in the North West Highlands. An Talla Solais, Fèis Rois, The Macphail Centre, Ullapool Book Festival and Ullapool Museum will work under the banner of Creative Ullapool from July 2014 onwards. The five key partners will also work closely with other artists and other organisations in the village.

Creative Ullapool Consortium wants to be all inclusive and if you wish to find out more about people who live and work in Ullapool please click here.

An Talla Solais

An Talla Solais

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Fèis Rois

Fèis Rois

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The Macphail Centre

The Macphail Centre

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Ullapool Book festival

Ullapool Book festival

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Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum

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An Talla Solais

An Talla Solais

Ullapool Visual Arts

An Talla Solais (‘the hall of light’) is Ullapool’s centre for the visual arts. An Talla Solais runs an annual programme of exhibitions showing contemporary art from near and far, offers studio and workshop space for artists and groups to make art in, and runs a collection of events and classes to enable local communities and visitors to engage with art. An Talla Solais also hosts Market Street Arts, an independent shop selling art and crafts made in the highlands. We’re open from Wednesday to Sundays from Easter to October; please visit www.antallasolais.org for more details.

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Fèis Rois

Fèis Rois

Fèis Rois aims to create transformative opportunities for people of all ages to celebrate and engage with traditional music and the Gaelic language.

The organisation’s vision is to see:
• Everyone living in Ross-Shire, and indeed across Scotland, having the opportunity to access and participate in the traditional arts
• The traditional arts transforming communities and contributing to the economy
• Scotland’s traditional arts recognised internationally

Fèis Rois provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn skills in the traditional arts, as well as encouraging cross art form collaboration, innovative contemporary practice and the use of digital technology.

In Ullapool, people can get involved in weekly classes and sessions taking place in Ullapool Primary School and The Ceilidh Place on Mondays, as well as three annual residential courses held in April (for primary school aged children), May (for adults) and October (for young people of secondary school age).

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The Macphail Centre

The Macphail Centre

The Macphail Centre runs a year round arts events programme. We aim to have something for everyone and a real treat is in store for you when you come to our performances, workshops and exhibitions.

The quality and diversity reaches from the National Companies out on tour to home grown young people’s drama group productions that could have you laughing all the way home; changing exhibitions include painting, textiles to informative panels on our natural world , local photographs that remind you of your past.

In addition we provide opportunities for learning with workshops and classes, perhaps to try out something new out or to enhance and improve your skills.

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Ullapool Book festival

Ullapool Book festival

Ullapool Book Festival invites writers and audiences to celebrate literature in all forms during a weekend in May that is inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining. The festival features fiction, non-fiction and poetry and includes work in Gaelic and Scots. A tradition has developed that sees the festival invite a Canadian author each year. UBF also promotes literature at other times throughout the year.

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Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum tells the story of the people of Lochbroom – local history, fishing, crofting, emigration, family history and more.

Housed in a recently refurbished Grade A1 listed “Thomas Telford Church”, built in 1829, Ullapool Museum is an architectural gem. Retaining many of its original features, the building alone is worth a visit. With regularly changing exhibitions and events, enthusiastic volunteers and staff, we play an important part in the cultural life of Ullapool.

We have full accredited status with Museums Galleries Scotland and are a registered charity SCO 18225. Follow our activities on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and contact us on curator@ullapoolmuseum.co.uk. Open April – October, Monday – Saturday.

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