Rab Wilson and Ben Bryden

The Flying Scot

The Print Room
In person event
Sun 26 Sep
16:00 UK
Free, ticketed

The Flying Scot is an evocation of the golden age of hand-built bikes in a sonnet redoublé, or heroic crown of sonnets and jazz. First created and performed in 2011 at Wigtown Book Festival, as a collaboration between poet Rab Wilson, artist and book maker Hugh Bryden and his son Jazz saxophonist Ben Bryden. In this reinterpretation, Rab’s lyrical poetry in Scots is accompanied by a jazz composition from Ben Bryden commissioned by Castle Douglas Development Forum for the Food and Bike Festival. Ben combines a lyrical sound with a melodic approach to composition. 

About the contributors: Ben Bryden, born and brought up in Dumfries, has been based in New York since 2009 and performed with Will Vinson, Ben Wendel, Eivind Opsvik, Chris Lightcap, Kenny Wollesen and the legendary Les Paul. Rab Wilson worked for the National Coal Board until the miner’s strike of 1984-5 when he became a psychiatric nurse and poet. He is one of the country's most renowned poets working chiefly in the Scots language.

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