Duthie, a profoundly deaf Aberdeenshire man (affectionately known as Dummy Jim), cycled solo on a 3000 mile return trip to the far north of Europe in 1951. Sadly he was killed in a mysterious road accident in 1965.
According to a cousin, 85 year old Joy Buchan, he set off on his adventure with just a couple of jumpers, a blanket & a pair of ‘khaki knickers’ with only £12 in the pocket.
Duthie later penned a journal called ‘I Cycled Into The Arctic Circle’ that artist film maker Matt Hulse has evolved over the past 8 years as a project for web & cinema → Dummy Jim.
The music created by The One Ensemble & Sarah Kenchington is the result of an SAC New Music Award. With additional support from Arika, the works premiered will form the basis of the soundtrack for Hulse’s next feature film.
These special performances will include Super 8mm film projections shot along the route of Duthie’s original trip.
The concerts will also celebrate the launch of the Dummy Jim album which is released on Daniel Padden & Matt Hulse’s new label Unshaped Led.
Copies will be available at the concerts for just £10, with proceeds going towards the making of the film.
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh
Friday 13th November, 1900h, Admission Free, Numbers Limited
Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow
Saturday 14th November, 1900h, By Donation, Numbers Limited
Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle St, Aberdeen
Sunday 15th November, 2000h, £6 / £8, 01224 641122
The concert at Dovecot Studios rounds off an evening which sees the launch & private views of two new shows, both of which you are warmly invited to attend.
Follow A Thread is an exhibition of contemporary responses to the art of tapestry including work by Jo Barker, Sarah Brennan, Linda Green, Anna Ray and includes a film projection by Matt Hulse, created in collaboration with the Dovecot weavers.
Image/Craft is an exhibition exploring the relationship between craft and photography, including work by (amongst many others) Shannon Tofts, Clare Twomey, Edmund de Waal & Sussie Ahlburg.
The concert at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall has a strict DRESS CODE which is ARCTIC. Wrap up warm, the more extravagantly the better. Snow shoes expected.
Whilst the dress code has a thematic connection, it also has a practical purpose, for the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is freezing cold in mid November. Hot chocolate will be available, along with frozen ukuleles.
If you’re short of winter garb, why not shop at the Panopticon shops? 45 & 49 High Street, Glasgow. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Support in Aberdeen comes from Matricarians, duo Alan Davidson and Susan Matthew, who create improvised musical pieces to which they later add traditional lyrics from the folksongs of North East Scotland.