Pitcaple faces a viking invasion!

Dane Weel: Members of the Ribe Spillemandslaug group, who will be playing in Pitcaple this weekend in support of the Pitscurry Garden project.'Picture submitted
Dane Weel: Members of the Ribe Spillemandslaug group, who will be playing in Pitcaple this weekend in support of the Pitscurry Garden project.'Picture submitted
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Pitcaple will experience a modern-day ‘viking invasion’ this coming Saturday (19 May), as a group of top Danish musicians and dancers perform in support of a local day service for those with learning disabilities.

Danish group Ribe Spillemandslaug will be entertaining visitors at the Pitscurry open day at Pitcaple from 10 to 12 noon, to be followed through the afternoon with live music from local Scottish traditional musicians.

Visiting Scotland as guests of ‘Scottish Culture and Traditions’, the Danes have crossed the North Sea for a weekend of shared music and dancing.

Known in English as the ‘Ribe Dance and Folk Guild’, the group describes itself as ‘a bunch of happy people, both young and older’, hailing from Ribe and the surrounding area, who like to play traditional Danish dances and music.

Scottish Culture and Traditions Chair, Richard Ward, said that the opportunity to hear Scottish and Danish music together in support of Pitscurry was one to look forward to.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with the Pitscurry Garden project”, he said, “and to entertain with top class Danish and Scottish music and dance.”

The Pitscurry Garden Project, beside Pitcaple quarry, is an alternative day service for up to 25 adults with learning disabilities providing horticultural and general work skills training, as well as therapeutic activities and craft sessions. In operation since 2001, it is run by Aberdeenshire Council through the Harlaw Centre in Inverurie, working closely in partnership with the charity PEP Ltd, local industries and a large pool of volunteers from the local community.

The site is run on environmentally sound principles, with the on-site building making use of the latest energy efficient technology. The project also operates two small recycling projects on site providing kindling from “1 trip pallets” and fire briquettes from shredded documents.

Scottish Culture and Traditions (SC&T) is now in its 14th year of classes in Aberdeen. Taught by some of the area’s finest traditional musicians, singers and dancers, the classes on offer are designed to appeal to all whether they are novices or experienced players. Advanced musicians can also benefit from the classes to hone their techniques or enhance their repertoire of traditional tunes.