FREE CONCERT The Bernicia Suite

Event / Music

Date: 21 July 2018, 6:30pm
Location: Carnoustie Church

FREE CONCERT - 21st July - ONE NIGHT ONLY - Carnoustie Church

6:30pm - Carnoustie Choir plus soloists Maggie Finlay & Duncan Hunter

7:30pm - The Real Price of Fish - The Bernicia Suite

On 12th Feb 1900 the steam line fishing vessel Bernicia registered in North Shields, SN199, with a Cellardyke fishing crew and Shields engineers, left Anstruther. She was known to be heading East of the May Island to the fishing grounds, and was expected to land within a week.

Violent storms followed and the boat was never heard of again, 27 children were left fatherless and for a generation afterwards all February storms were known in the East Neuk as the Bernicia Storms.

This was not only a local tragedy as a fortnight of storms wrecked dozens of vessels and multiple lives were lost.

Richard Wemyss, Cellardyke based artist, musician and historian was researching the history of his house and came across the Bernicia story. Daniel Henderson the houses’ first owner was lost with the boat. Daniel was a successful boat owner and had no reason to be on the Bernicia except that his son-in -law Thomas Watson was the skipper, many of the crew were related him too.

Richard has composed a suite of music, presenting themes for each of the crew and the boat departing for the fishing, and the mood changes through the storm. Film and images will be projected over the music to provide background behind the boat and the multiple tragedies. The music is based on traditional folk styles. Richard plays fiddle along with Rebecca Clulow, on Small pipes Rachel Gray, Guitar - Colin Allison, Bass- Dick Halley and Percussion -Mike Aitken.

Although inspired by a Cellardyke tragedy this concert is relevant to any maritime community and has proved to be very emotive even for those who have no connections with the sea.

Quotes from audience members at other performances

“Deeply moving and effective story telling”

“what an imaginative concept! The mixture of music with local and working history was inspired”

“A very moving work that has an important role in preserving the heritage of all our coastal fishing communities. It was simply superb”

“Really powerful and wistful music, very evocative and a real reminder indeed of the real price of fish”

Tags: Carnoustie Community Development Trust