RBGE & Dunfermline Arts Guild
The East coast leg of our TRANSPLANTED tour saw us perform in two very different venues.
On Saturday 18th October we travelled to the wonderful Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh for a performance in their lecture theatre. The RGBE have been supportive throughout the project, particularly their science communicator Max Coleman, and it was great to perform all the plant pieces in such a prestigious botanical setting. The enormous screen also meant that Laurie Campbell's stunning photos could really be enjoyed in their full glory.
We were particularly honoured to have the wife of Richard Pankhurst in our audience. Her late husband worked at the RGBE for many years, and the St Kilda Dandelion was discovered after he suggested seed be gathered on a trip to the Outer Hebrides in June 2010. The seeds were sucessfully propogated at the RGBE, and the new dandelion species, Taraxacum pankhurstianum to give it its official title, was named after him.
The next day we travelled to Dunfermline to play for their Arts Guild- High Heels and Horse Hair's Carnegie Hall debut! This performance was an important one in the tour for us, as it enabled us to play James Oswald's music in his old stomping ground- he was born in Fife and worked as a dance teacher and musician in Dunfermline in the 1730s. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert and had some lovely feedback from a warm and appreciative audience including the Arts Guild's official critique:
"A fascinating and worthwhile project - brilliantly executed!"