We are gathering stories of Kilbarchan past and present.

If you can help, contact Anne at

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or phone Anne 07708059770

This project is funded by Creative Scotland

WARP & WEFT - KILBARCHAN WOVEN IN STORY AND SONG
Frances Logan, Glasgow storyteller said "Ignorance is not bliss! Although I had visited the village of Kilbarchan many times in the past, I knew very little of the history. Warp and Weft brought that colourful history alive through story and song in an informative, yet lively way. It made me want to find out more! Wonderful!"


Brian McMillan took a video [whilst doing stage directions which you can hear sometimes] on the night of "Warp & Weft - Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song" which gives you at least a flavour of the performance on the night. A  huge thanks goes to Brian who owns the Performing Arts Centre, whose support and encouragement and patience with a novice at stage direction and many things to do with producing an event, made this  work on the night.
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rmHBikTMnY
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1-GwIV85ok


 Thanks to Ewan McVicar who was absolutely a delight to work with over the past three months to bring this to reality - he is an absolute star. 

Well done all the village participants -Kilbarchan Pipe band, Village Voices, Victoria Thompson -Miss Lilias, Ian Andrew [Habbie Simpson] and John Stephen [St Barchan] .
Thanks to the children of P5/6 in Kilbarchan Primary School they are great songwriters and storytellers and thanks to their teachers Fiona Crawford and Lynn Kerr and headteacher Liz Sommerville.
Thanks to Loudon Temple and his wife for their support and for the programme.
 Thanks to Llinos Burt for the programme and for her work in recording the children of P5/6 in Kilbarchan Primary School.
Thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this possible.


See more about the show and audience comments on our Blog page.

These photos of the night were taken by Al Goold - thanks Al!

TWO FIRSTS FOR RENFREWSHIRE -

KILBARCHAN IN THE SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 

 STORYTELLING PROJECT RECEIVES CREATIVE SCOTLAND GRANT


The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is inspired by the Scottish tradition of the ceilidh and its sense of togetherness, which gives it a unique atmosphere, uniting performer and audience, and weaving the patterns of story, song and music into each other. 


For the first time Renfrewshire was part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival with “Warp & Weft – Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song” performed on 24th October in the Performing Arts Centre in Kilbarchan’s historic Steeple Square. It was also a first for Renfrewshire, as a small Creative Scotland TASGADH grant was received to tell the story of this small handloom weaving village, along with Kilbarchan’s music and song. The performance is a culmination of a two month long project which was part of the Festival campaign to “Dig Where You Stand” – finding the stories, legends and songs about the place where you live.


Weaving story, legend, music and song together, the event told the history and folktales of Kilbarchan from the Clochoderick Stone, to 6th century St Barchan who gives his name to the village, to Kilbarchan’s famous son, 16th century piper Habbie Simpson, to the handloom weavers and finally to Lilias Day past and present.


Well-known Kilbarchan based storyteller, Anne Pitcher and singer, songwriter and author Ewan McVicar along with talented locals, created a rich tapestry of Kilbarchan’s history like the warp and weft of Kilbarchan’s beautiful tartans. Locals joining Anne and Ewan were members of Kilbarchan Pipe Band, members of Kilbarchan’s “Village Voices” who sang the Lilias Day Song from 1933. St Barchan, Habbie and Miss Lilias were also there!


Anne has spent most of her adult life in Kilbarchan and lives in the old police station and jail built in 1833. Locals born in Kilbarchan are called “Habbies” after the famous 16th century Kilbarchan piper Habbie Simpson. Ewan’s father was a true Habbie and owned the Glentyan Laundry in the last century.


During September the pupils of Primary 5/6 in Kilbarchan Primary School learnt with Anne how to be oral storytellers, culminating in telling the folktale of “How the Clochoderick Stone got to be in a Kilbarchan field” on September 22nd to their whole school. Ideas arising from this were incorporated into Anne’s telling on 24th October. The pupils also created their own amazing Clochoderick Stone stories. The same class explored Kilbarchan’s music and song with singer songwriter Ewan McVicar, creating two songs which were performed at “Warp and Weft”. In November a shorter version was performed in Kilbarchan Primary School.


A new song written on 20th October by class 5/6 of Kilbarchan Primary School

LONG AGO AND NOWADAYS

Once the town was really small

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Now it’s big and full of life

Nowadays in Kilbarchan


They used to cook their food on fires

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Now it comes in plastic boxes

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

They used to get their water from wells

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Now it comes from metal taps

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

Veggie plots, gigantic farms

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Supermarkets, takeaways

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

They had to write with seagull feathers

Long ago in Kilbarchan

With pots of ink that made a mess

Long ago in Kilbarchan


Now there’s pencils and computers

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

Email, Skype and I messages

Nowadays in Kilbarchan


Long ago in Kilbarchan

Carding, spinning, washing the wool

Spin it, weave it, make some cloth

Long ago in Kilbarchan

 

Kilts and boots, bonnets and bunnets

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Trainers, high tops, jeans and leggings

Nowadays in Kilbarchan


Trams and boats, horses and carts

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Bikes and trains, buses and cars

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

No TV, not even black and white

Long ago in Kilbarchan

No video games, but now there’s thousands

Nowadays in Kilbarchan