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War and Peace: Hindsight

Join us for songs, prose and stories from autumn and winter 1918, exploring the last few months of WW1, inspired by artefacts from the collection at Dumfries Museum and local newspapers held at the Ewart Library.

Devised and conducted by Alison Burns, with readers Liz Kettle and Alan McLure.

We will be performing on Saturday 10th November in Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall at 4.00pm.  Tickets (£5) are available from Thomson’s newsagents, Kirkcudbright and Jenny Wren toy shop, Castle Douglas, or phone 07917 484684 for more information.

We will be performing on Sunday 11th November in Dumfries Museum at 2.30pm.  Entry is by donation on the door, but booking is essential.  Please phone 01387 253374.



Back in 2014 we did a really beautiful concert looking at the lives, letters and experiences of local men and women at home and on the front in WW1. The research for this was done in conjunction with Dumfries Museum and as this year sees the 100 year anniversary of the end of the war we’re linking up with the museum again and revisiting the project and updating it. As part of our investigations we are interested in hearing from any families with relatives who fought in WW1 or who were involved in other aspects of the war. We’re especially interested to know if any conscientious objectors came from Galloway. Printed here is a  roll-call of Dumfries and Galloway soldiers who lost their lives. If one of your relatives is on that list we’d love to hear from you. You can email or phone 01556 503 646

Forgotten Carols

Forgotten Carols  December 2017

We’re looking forward to our seasonal Forgotten Carols performances, where we’ll bring to life songs and stories that have been handed down through the generations. Our programme includes a mediaeval version of The Holly and the Ivy and a tale of Robin Redbreast as told by Robert Burns and written down for posterity by his sister. “Some of the stories behind the carols and songs I’ve found are extraordinary,” says Feral Choir’s conductor, Alison Burns. “I’ve composed music for a carol written for a Sunday Times competition in the 1940s, as well as discovering songs from the pub carol singing tradition in the Peak District.”

The performances will feature a wide variety of music and we’re delighted to be joined by reader Tom Pow, soloist Polly Bolton and harpist Irene Watt. All tickets are £10.

Concert Details

Friday 15th December: Dalry Town Hall  7.30pm tickets £10

Saturday 16th December: Twynholm Village Hall  4pm tickets £10

Sunday 17th December:Dumfries Museum  2.30pm

Tickets for Dumfries Museum can be bought from the museum direct by phoning 01387 253374.

Sunday 17th December: Kirkpatrick Durham Village Hall 6.30pm £10






Midwinter Turning Concerts


Reflective, funny and moving: MidWinter Turning is a performance not to be missed. Join the Feral Choir at the dark turn of the year as they take stock of 2016 in a life-affirming celebration of community, song and the spoken word. This year we’re delighted to be joined by David Francis, one of our favourite readers.

Midwinter Turning is produced and conducted by the Feral Choir’s musical director Alison Burns who has drawn on poetry and prose from local and global writing communities to devise this atmospheric concert.

Tickets for all of these concerts will be on sale shortly.

Saturday 17th December at 4pm: Colvend Public Hall DG5 4QD.  Tickets are £8 and are available from Colvend Shop, Eventbrite (Click here), or 01556 611526.

Sunday 18th December at 2pm: Moffat Town Hall DG10 9HF.  Tickets are £5 and are available from the Moffat Tourist Information Office, Eventbrite (Click here), or 01683 221450.

Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm: Threave Garden Visitor Centre  DG7 1RX.  Tickets are £8 and are available from Jenny Wren Toy Shop, Castle Douglas, Eventbrite (Click here), or 01556 611526.

January 14th: A charity fundraiser for local charity MOOL (Massive Outpouring of Love) – St George’s Church, Dumfries.  Time tbc.

January 15th: Dumfries Museum


We are delighted to taking part at the 2017 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, on January 31st. Celtic Connections is the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music (Celtic Connections).

The Macmath Collective are a group comprising some of Dumfries and Galloway’s top musicians brought together by The Feral Choir’s musical director Ali Burns to showcase an almost forgotten archive. The project, nominated in the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards for ‘Community Project of the Year’, brings back to life many of the songs collected by William Macmath (1848-1922) and tells the story of this humble Galloway man who was a major contributor to the ‘Child Ballads’, compiled by American song collector and academic Professor Francis Child.

The concert, originally commissioned by the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, features a multi-award winning cast that includes some of the Scotland’s finest and most respected instrumentalists and singers:

Aaron Jones: Vocals, Bouzouki, Cittern

Claire Mann: Flute, Fiddle, Whistle

Emily Smith: Vocals

Jamie McClennan: Guitar, Fiddle, Whistle

Robyn Stapleton: Vocals

Wendy Stewart: Harp, Concertina

Tom Pow: Narration