Evening of jazz and blues at the Retreat

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The Glenesk Retreat is a great venue for all kinds of music.

On Saturday, October 1 an evening of jazz and blues adds to this season’s mix of sensational sights and sounds in the glen.

Singer Laura Marie Boyd and pianist Ian Duguid between them bring a beguiling cocktail of skills and experience.

“They are both really amazing musicians,“says Anna Robson manager of The Retreat visitor centre. “It’s fantastic that they can come.”

Laura is well known locally for her wide range of performance and singing skills, having recently taken part in the hugely successful production of Jekyll and Hyde at the Brechin City Hall.

Trained at the London School of Musical Theatre, Laura has a wide variety of stage experience as both a singer and dancer, including UK tours with the blues band ‘Blues on Tap’ and an appearance at Glastonbury with a Brazilian samba band.

Multi-instrumentalist Ian Duguid is musical director for a variety of local theatre groups.

Trained in music composition, he teaches privately and, with an extensive and growing knowledge of music technology, enjoys composing and arranging for vocalists, bands and dancers.

He has toured the UK with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Aspects of Love’ and is musical director of Aberdeen’s longest running youth theatre project Giz, Giz.

Both Ian and Laura grew up in Aberdeen.

Having trained in England, they share a commitment to developing professional theatre in north east Scotland, recently joining with other like minded performers to form the Aberdeen based School Of Modern Music (SOMM).

This special Autumn evening starts at 7.30pm with a cocktail on arrival. Tickets, £10 each, can be booked by phoning The Retreat (01356 648 070). The evening concludes at 10.30 pm.

The Retreat is easy to find, just nine miles up Glenesk from the B966 Edzell to Fettercairn road.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone,” says Anna Robson.

“It will be a sophisticated, fun night to remember. And it isn’t even our last event of the season!”