Mad Nomad tells Folk Tales in Hawick

Folk Tales

Mad Nomad Gallery in Hawick is officially opening in style with the launch of its exhibition of Folk Tales illustrations by artist Katherine Soutar.  Breaking from the preview night tradition for an art show, Mad Nomad Gallery has gathered a line-up including famous authors, storytellers and a legendary folk singer/songwriter to make this exhibition launch a weekend event.

Katherine, the cover illustrator for the History Press  ‘Folk Tales’ book series, will be presenting her work in the exhibition which runs from 14 August until the 5 September.  She will be in the gallery working on her next commission over the weekend of the 14-15-16 August.

Joining her on Friday at 6pm is local author and storyteller James Spence. James will thrill us with his tall tales taken from his forthcoming Scottish Borders folk tales book, to be published in September this year. Taffy Thomas, the first Storyteller Laureate for the UK, will then delight us by spinning some Cumbrian Folk Tales on Saturday 15 August at 2pm and again at 6pm.  With his head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore this is a treat not to be missed.

Drawing the events of the weekend together Bill Caddick, songwriter, folk singing legend and husband to Katherine will play a concert of his best loved songs at 7:30 on Sunday 16 August.  The whole weekend is free to attend and alongside the exhibition, Mad Nomad Gallery aims to put Hawick on the map as the art destination in the Scottish Borders.

Katerine Soutar

Folk Tales | Exhibition statement

Folk Tales

Folk Tales | an illustrators exhibition

“There is no challenge more exciting than to bring a story to life with pictures”

Katherine Soutar is the cover illustrator for the Folk Tales book series published by the History Press.

The series covers each county in the British Isles and to date, Katherine has created 70 stunning images to accompany each published volume.  She is currently working on the 71st.

Each illustration is Katherine’s response to the stories and the characters within the pages of the books.

Frequent walks in the magical woodland close by her home drive her creative mind and it is clear by the quality of her work that she creates with passion, honesty and integrity.  Every story and every character is lovingly researched and realised.

Influenced by Chagall, Blake and Rackham and inspired by themes of myth, legend and fantasy.  Her illustrations reflect her love of the natural and spiritual world that the Folk Tales inhabit, the ancient wisdom of the countryside and the richness of the oral traditions of this land.

Bill Caddick | 16 August | Folk Tales

Bill Caddick

Bill Caddick, songwriter, folk singing legend and husband to Katherine will be joining us on Sunday 16 August where he will play a concert of his best loved songs from 7pm.

“The man’s a wonder. Unique. Masterful. Magnificent. Enormous. Essential.”  John Kirkpatrick

Bill started singing in the early 60s. Regularly organising and appearing in festivals and folk clubs he has written and released several albums including Rough Music and Sunny Memories a solo artist.  He was a founder member of the legendary folk-rock band “The Home Service”, performing and releasing albums the ‘Home Service’ and ‘The Mysteries’.

Bill was also part of the innovative puppet and street theatre group the Magic Lantern and at the National threatre joined the Albion Band in productions of ‘Larkrise’ and ‘The Passion’.  Over his career he has continued to work with the National Theatre, writing and appearing in : ‘Don Quixote’ ‘A Country Calendar’ ‘The Passion’ ‘The Nativity’ ‘Doomsday’ ‘The Mysteries’ – the award winning trilogy performed at the National, West End, TV and throughout Europe

There seems to be no end to his talents – find out more, with a full discography, at his website www.billcaddick.com

Bill stills plays regularly at folk clubs and Festivals around the country and hosts a Singers night at the Black Swan in Jackfield on the first Sunday of the month, pop in if you are passing!

“It’s an eye-opener to realise how many of those songs are from Caddick’s pen… True ‘people songs’, they’ll be around as long as there are people to sing them.”  Mel McClellan, BBC Radio Two

Bill Caddick | Folk Tales Exhibition

 

 

Preview weekend | Folk Tales | 14 – 16 August

Highlands Folk Tales
‘A combined event of art, books and storytellers’

Katherine will be joining us in the gallery for the whole preview weekend of the 14th – 16th August working on her next illustration and she will be happy to sign any books and prints for you.

Friday 14 August | James Spence | 6 – 7:30pm
Author of the forthcoming Scottish Borders Folk Tales and storyteller James will be joining Katherine and telling a few local border tales.

Saturday 15 August | Taffy Thomas | 2:30 & 6pm
Taffy, the first Storyteller Laureate for the UK, will be joining us at the Mad Nomad Gallery to spin some tales in the afternoon and early evening – this is a treat and not to be missed.

Sunday 16 August | Bill Caddick | 7 – 8pm
Bill Caddick, songwriter, folk singing legend and husband to Katherine will be joining us on Sunday 16 August where he will play a concert of his best loved songs from 7pm.

You are all invited to Mad Nomad Gallery, 14a North Bridge Street, Hawick, TD9 9QW

James Spence | 14 August | Folk Tales

James Spence

We are pleased to announce that James Spence will be joining Katherine at the gallery on Friday 14 August.

James is the author of the forthcoming Scottish Borders Folk Tales book to be published by the History Press.

James, a local lad – brought up in Jedburgh and currently living in Edinburgh, he loves to tell a good tale…

“I am passionate about Scots as a living language and have great fun with that in my writing and storytelling. I look to bring the power, depth and immediacy of folk stories to my writing, as I look to convey my love for people and experiences, with imagination and sensitivity”

James will be at the gallery from 6pm – pop in and enjoy a story or two.

Let us know you are coming by joining our Facebook event, we’d love to see you.

James Spence | Folk Tales Exhibition | The History Press

Taffy Thomas | 15 August 2015 | Folk Tales

Taffy Thomas

Taffy Thomas

Mad Nomad Gallery and Katherine Soutar are pleased to announce that Taffy Thomas will be joining us on Saturday 15th August.

Taffy will be spinning tales in the early afternoon and then again in the early evening. He is a national treasure – be there if you can…

Taffy is the patron of The Society for Storytelling. Taffy received The English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge award in December 2010. With Taffy’s head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore, professional storyteller Giles Abbot once commented, “when Taffy goes it will be like a library burning down.”

Taffy Thomas | Folk Tales Exhibition | The History Press

Folk Tales | Katherine Soutar | 14 August – 5 September 2015

Katherine Soutar

The ‘Folk Tales’ illustrator is coming to Hawick

‘A combined event of art, books, tales and storytellers’

Mad Nomad Gallery presents Katherine Soutar and her magical cover illustrations of the Folk Tales book series published by The History Press.

You are all invited to Mad Nomad Gallery, 14a North Bridge Street, Hawick, TD9 9QW

Preview weekend 14 – 15 – 16 August 2015 | 11am – 8pm

Folk Tales Exhibition