Friday 3 October, 8.00pm
(Approx running time: 120 minutes including interval)

£16 / £10 for under 26s and Local Residents. Ticket includes a drink from the bar (soft for under 18s)

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Dumfries Arms Hotel
54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

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Ian Peaston: Violin


One morning, walking through Helsingborg in Sweden I see Henrik Larsson in a roadside café. Ten minutes later I’m standing in front of their orchestra and there’s a guy from Cumnock sitting in the first violins! Ian Peaston has branched out as an extraordinarily versatile and creative solo performer and brings back some of his amazing electric eclecticism to his home town.
— James MacMillan
For an absolutely flawless and unique musical experience I cannot stress enough the greatness of this show!
— ThreeWeeks, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

One musician, one violin, one laptop - one mind-blowing live performance.

Violin Variations is a unique concert experience with violinist Ian Peaston, who grew up in Cumnock before pursuing a career in classical music in Glasgow, Germany and Sweden.

How can one violin sound like a whole band, seamlessly blending all genres into one? From Bach to fi lm music by Hans Zimmer, trip-hop by Massive Attack and Brazilian electrosamba. Every sound you hear — strings, guitars, drums and bass — is produced from a single violin, and Ian loops together layer upon layer of these sounds until there is a twenty-piece band playing from the speakers, all completely live.

The concert takes place in The Dumfries Arms, where we’re creating a cabaret atmosphere for a performance that has to be heard to be believed.

Festival Club at the Dumfries Arms Hotel afterwards.