Hi folks,
 
A love story…

Some people have said to me that Pulse is really a love story – about falling in love with Scotland, her culture and traditions. It is – although that sounds a bit rose tinted and heritagy, but I do love this place in all its gnarly warm-heartedness.  
 
With that in my mind, I’m looking forward to kicking off this Scottish tour of Pulse (co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson), driving around, seeing the different landscapes, getting a feel for the pulse of each area, meeting people in different communities, hearing their stories and sharing mine.
 
The Pulse programme will have a good bit of information about what’s going on in Scotland if you want to get involved: step dancing classes, courses, festivals and more about the amazing new initiative, the People’s Parish… thank you to TRACS for donating money for a nice programme! 

The tour starts in Luing on 10th March, thanks to Norrie Bissell and Brigid, who are organising it and were integral in getting the gorgeous Atlantic Island Centre up and running.
 
Then it’s across the country to Eden Court in Inverness on 16th March. My mum was brought up in Kincraig. That’s where her mother, Marjorie Anderson, got the job as the primary teacher after returning to Scotland, a new widow, from her missionary life in China. 1940. My mum died of cancer in 1999 and whenever I travel up the A9, I stop off at Kincraig and visit her at their graves. Then, at Dunkeld, I might pop in and visit Hamish and Finn Moore if they’re up there making pipes. Looking forward  to seeing some pals en route and meeting new ones.
 
Please pass on the word to friends in other places –  they might catch the show where they live. Tickets are on sale now, in case you needed a nudge… Dates, venues and booking links here.
 
As the character of Margaret Bennett says in the show: “Fall in love with Scotland, Mairi. You can take your time…” Will you join me?

This is just an excerpt from my February 2017 newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here.