Now that we’ve blown away the cobwebs of the new year and left the excesses of the festive season behind us, it’s time to get out and about in East Lothian. When it comes to events, it’s a quiet time of year but there’s still plenty to keep you interested. Our editor Lynn has picked four fun things to look out for over the next two months.
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and Jazz festivals, Spott Community Association are bringing the Tenement Jazz Band to East Lothian for an evening of New Orleans-style jazz. Taking place at Spott Village Hall on Friday 15 February, in their own words, the band’s “aims are to capture the raw energy and excitement of the early jazz recordings, to find and revive lesserheard songs and cultivate their own interpretations of these.” Tickets cost £8pp and doors open at 7:30pm for an 8pm start.
Call 07340 350 773 for details
Take a four-week course in colour with Paintbox art classes at Cockenzie House & Gardens. Costing £300, it begins on 21 February. Participants will explore the history, science and practice of colour and will learn all about mixing colours before creating paintings. They will also make a colour book to store all their new learnings and ideas.
TRIBUTE ACTS Who doesn’t have a soft spot for the Bay City Rollers? On 29 and 30 March, Les McKeown will be coming to Haddington Corn Exchange to take audiences back to the heady days when the Scottish boy band dominated the charts. Look out for all the old favourites including ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Shang A Lang’ and ‘Summer Love Sensation’. Tickets cost £23.50pp and the action kicks off at 7:30pm.
Call 01620 822 198 for details
Scenes of Street, Sea and Shore is a free exhibition at Dunbar Town House Museum. Available to visit on weekends until 17 March, it features work by the photographer Frederick George Sanson (1874 – 1965). This is a wonderful opportunity to see photographs of Edwardian Dunbar.