In 1992, a small group of local people put on a community play in Banchory’s Woodend Barn. The holes in the roof and walls and lack of a proper floor did nothing to dissuade those involved and since then, Woodend Barn has transformed into a thriving rural arts centre, attracting audiences from across Scotland and artists from around the world.
To celebrate this anniversary, Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs), the musical director of that original production, is bringing together a super-group of Barn musicians, to create a CD of new music to be launched at a concert in September. Orcadians Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty (Saltfishforty, The Chair), Brian McAlpine (Session A9), Mary Macmaster (The Poozies) and Davy Cattanach (Old Blind Dogs, Pictones, Catford) have been asked to join Jonny, as The Woodend Barnstormers. However, they need to raise £14,000 to cover costs. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @Woodend_Barn for updates, events and special offers.