Living Tradition Summer School

Item Posted: Tuesday 20th May, 2008

Living Tradition Summer Schools, July / August, 2008

o NEW VENUE – Barons Craig, Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway
o LAUNCH WEEKEND – At Barons Craig, 23rd – 24th May

I am writing to you with news of our new venue for our summer schools and with details of a ‘Launch Weekend’ which we will be using as a ‘road test’ of Barons Craig facilities.

Plans are at an advanced stage for this year’s summer schools. Most of our core tutors are confirmed and we look forward to building on the success of last year. The change of venue and time spent dealing with Glaisnock related issues has meant that we are late with publicity this year. We would appreciate any help that you can give to spread the word for us. The website is now reasonably up to date, but we are adding detail as we continue to make connections in Dumfries & Galloway.

NEW VENUE – Barons Craig, Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway
Some of you know that we had some problems with our building in 2007, when we were based at Glaisnock House in Ayrshire. Our new venue is The Barons Craig Hotel which is in the tiny village of Rockcliffe on the Solway Coast in Dumfries & Galloway. Barons Craig Hotel has a variety of accommodation, all with en-suite facilities. There are facilities for camping, caravans and motor-homes within the extensive grounds. Given the change of venue, we have now changed the name to ‘Living Tradition Summer Schools’.

Despite the strain that the move has put on the organisers, we are thrilled with the move to Dumfries & Galloway. It is a wonderful part of Scotland with a lot of music and arts activity. I have described Barons Craig as being like ‘the Garden of Eden with a sea view’. I don’t think that I am exaggerating too much – when the sun shines it gives your heart a lift. We are confident that are new venue will offer the best facilities we have had so far.

LAUNCH WEEKEND – At Barons Craig, 23rd – 24th May
You are invited to join us for an informal gathering at Barons Craig on the weekend of 23rd and 24th May. The weekend will be hosted by Willie Slavin who led our weekends at Wiston Lodge and last year’s ‘road test’ at Glaisnock. The weekend should be a good chance for a relaxing break with friends and music. It will be a good chance for us to get to know the venue. There will be short concerts on the evenings of Friday 24 May and Saturday 25 May. Eddie Walker is heading the Friday Concert, Jim & Francie Bainbridge and Tony & Mary Canniffe, known collectively as ‘The Glentrooligans’ head up the Saturday. There will be informal sessions after the concert. There will be a cover charge of £10 for each of the concerts on the Friday and the Saturday, but this charge will include a buffet.

If you can contribute musically to the weekend and don’t live locally, contact Pete Heywood to arrange accommodation options. Some accommodation is part of our plan to test the facilities – all we ask is that you buy your own food. The concerts are open to the public so please encourage people you know to come along.

We are pleased to have extended our relationship with Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, to continue and develop our links with Lowland & Borders Pipers Society and to welcome a new partnership with Big Whistle Music and we have some new tutors joining us. See the website for details. The main website pages still reside at but are also accessible from (follow the Living Tradition Summer School links from that site). In the meantime the message is:

o There are still places available in each of the six weeks.
o If you have PRE-registered by phone or email, we have reserved your place and will be contacting you to confirm your accommodation requirements.
o Camping facilities are available.
o We have space for caravans and motor-homes.
o Although the summer schools are primarily residential, it is possible to commute on a daily basis.

If you have any questions, please email. My previous email address is still functional at The published address for the summer schools is now either email will get me.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
Pete Heywood
Director, Living Tradition Summer Schools

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