Falkirk Tryst Festival goes online to entertain the masses

The organisers of Falkirk Tryst Festival have looked to social media to allow them to showcase the talents of those who would normally grace stages, clubs and pubs during a normal festival year.

Monday, 11th May 2020, 12:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 12:32 pm

Chairman of Falkirk Tryst Festival Bill McDonald said: “We have had to cancel our ten day Tryst Festival due to the current pandemic situation. This is a pity for all the groups taking part who have been rehearsing so hard for their event.

“To try and help, our secretary Jamie O’Rourke has come up with this idea if any group would like to showcase their work it can be appreciated by everyone. We will get through this current crisis and we can start planning for the future.”

Tomorrow sees the Falkirk Writers’ Circle present Words and Music and a concert from Falkirk multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dougall, while Wednesday features a ceramic sculpture demonstration in the afternoon from artist Susan Wade and an evening performance from Sunny Stars, showcasing talents of their young members through short fairytale themed videos.

Footage of a cracking Tonkerers' gig will feature in this year's online Falkirk Tryst Festival

Thursday brings music aplenty with an online Falkirk Folk Session, while Friday has a creative chat with Zoe Thomson and Jamie O’Rourke, members and trustees of Falkirk Arts Network, talking about the current situation facing creative and performing arts individuals and organisations.

Later in the evening Andrew Sharp will be going live on Facebook to perform great great songs and fiddle tunes and Central Scotland Ballet School will present an exclusive video of their performance of Peter Pan from a 2019 dance display.

Central Scotland Ballet School return on Saturday, presenting a video of their short ballet Annie which they performed at the festival a couple of years ago. Then Jamie O’Rourke will present spoken word performances live streamed on his Facebook page at night.

An evening of musical entertainment ends this special online festival on Sunday with a virtual concert from Falkirk Tryst Orchestra and footage of a stonking Tonkerers’ gig recorded in The Callendar Arms last year.

Visit www.fdacc.org for starting times and more information.