REMOTE PERFORMANCES – Radio Broadcasts from the Scottish Highlands

Sarah Kenchington, Remote Performances at Loch Ailort
Sarah Kenchington, Remote Performances at Loch Ailort. Photo: London Fieldworks.

The last two days of the Remote Performances broadcasts are today and tomorrow 12-4.30pm on:

Twenty artists have been working in Glen Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, making new work and presenting live radio broadcasts every afternoon. The project is documented at:

And my daily blogs are at:

So far the broadcasts have included daily Sounds of Lochaber from Mark Vernon and London Fieldworks including local agriculture and industry, Highland Games, Nevis climbers, walkers and other tourists; Taking Four Sentences For A Walk – A Writers’ Workshop by me in collaboration with seven other writers*; Kirsteen Davidson Kelly playing piano in the woods; Ruth Barker retelling ancient myths; Sarah Kenchington’s sound performance in collaboration with the sea; weather music from Lisa O’Brien; sounds and lyrics of the Glen from Geoff Sample; two stories set in the Highlands and Islands from Tony White, accompanied by Peter Lanceley and Johny Brown; Clair Chinnery building a nest and dressing in feathers; Bram Thomas Arnold’s series of absurb interactions with nature; The Cèilidh Trailers, an eight-piece band in a a space big enough for four people (how was that possible?); Sarah Henderson playing the clàrsach – the Gaelic harp; John Ireland talking about wood ants; Alex Gillespie and Willie Anderson, veterans of the Nevis Mountain Rescue Team; local radio broadcaster Isobel Campbell in conversation with sheepfarmer Ian McColl; historian Alex Du Toit on The Clearances, the Jacobite Risings, the Scottish Diaspora and filming Harry Potter. If you haven’t listened yet, aren’t you wishing you had? Programmes are repeated and will be available online from next week.

And still to come over the next two days are Lee Patterson’s sound work from field recordings in this spectacular environment rich with wild life, Benedict Drew, Alec Finlay and Ken Cockburn’s The Road North, two performances from Johny Brown, Ed Baxter using the Glen as an acoustic space, Emma Nicholson from Atlas Arts on the Isle of Skye, Michael Pederson and Ziggy Campbell, Goodiepal, The Band of Holy Joy, and Tam Dean Burn in dialogue with John Hutchinson from the John Muir Trust and more. Listening in is nearly as good as being in the Scottish Highlands.

* The seven writers were Gay Anderson, Carol Brock, Anne Claydon-Wallace, Alison Lloyd, Gillian Ness, Lorna Finlayson and Nuno Sacramento.

Ingrid Henderson playing clarsach in Outlandia for the Remote Performances radio broadcasts with Resonance 104.4fm
Ingrid Henderson playing clarsach in Outlandia for the Remote Performances radio broadcasts with Resonance 104.4fm, hosted by Johny Brown. Photo: Inga Tillere.

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