Cupar Arts

Cupar Arts EDEN 2019


This evening will mark the launch of Cupar Arts EDEN 2019, a chance to see our Celie Byrne Exhibition, art and chat from Phill Jupitus and music from The Pictish Trail.

Celie Byrne’s portrait paintings display a combination of compelling realism and storytelling, drawing you into an intriguing world of the surreal and the everyday in a striking juxtaposition of reality and imagination.

Throughout his career Pictish Trail – aka Johnny Lynch – has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody-driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.

Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail spent a good few years tucked away in his caravan on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg, feverishly working on the follow up to Secret Soundz Vol. 1 & 2, his critically-acclaimed double album of DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop, released in 2014. A mesmerising psychedelic opus about death and the after-life, Future Echoes won the public vote for Scottish Album of the Year in 2017, and sent Pictish on an two-year tour cycle – including international tour dates supporting Belle and Sebastian, British Sea Power, Malcolm Middleton and KT Tunstall, as well as appearances at Glastonbury, Field Day, Green Man, Deer Shed, Skye Live, not to mention his own legendary Howlin’ Fling! weekender on Eigg.

Following the release of a deluxe edition of Future Echoes by esteemed London tastemakers, Fire Records, in 2018, Pictish is currently working on brand new material due in 2019…….

Phill Jupitus became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC Two’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from live poetry and stand up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC Two) and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC One). His other TV credits include A Night At The Theatre (BBC Scotland), Friday Night Jukebox Live! (BBC Four), 8 Out of Ten Cats (C4), Would I Lie To You (BBC One), The Blame Game (BBC Northern Ireland), Pointless Celebrities (BBC One) and World’s Most Dangerous Roads (Dave). Not to mention his appearances on BBC Radio 4 – News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Just A Minute and The Unbelievable Truth.

Doors open at 7 pm.

Bar Available.

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

“A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil” – When a double murder reunites the classmates of St Elizabeth’s Primary School, scores are settled, debts repaid and alliances forged.  Twenty years have passed but will those bonds still hold fast?   

In this hilarious Scottish black comedy, Horsehead Theatre takes a nostalgic look at school days, filled with psycho teachers, class jokers and playground feuds.  All set to a cracking 70s/80s soundtrack! 

Following their 2017 sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and at “Bloody Scotland”, International Crime Writing Festival, Horsehead Theatre are touring Chris Brookmyre’s, “A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil” in 2019.

Award-winning author Chris Brookmyre is a fan of our show, “an utterly brilliant adaptation”.

Warning – this play contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.  Suitable for age 14yrs+ only. 

Tickets £12/£10 concession.    Friday, 21 June 2019 from 19:30-22:00.


Celie Byrne

Artist Celie Byrne will exhibit in the Corn Exchange, Cupar 16-23 June

10am – 5.30pm


Celie Byrne’s portrait paintings display a combination of compelling realism and storytelling, drawing you into an intriguing world of the surreal and the everyday in a striking juxtaposition of reality and imagination.
Entry is free.


The Coaltown Daisies

“Brilliant!” – Glenn Tilbrook
“Great songs!” – Boo Hewerdine
“Dedicated.”– Dougie MacLean



Best Folk Performance and CalMac Culture winners The Coaltown Daisies are a duo of singer-songwriters who write and perform folk, soul and americana music. Detailing their music with dual harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics and dynamic arrangements, they are achieving great success; they have become renowned for their audience interaction, which is as much a part of their shows as their musical performance. Described as ‘spell-binding’, ‘spine-tingling’ and ‘breath-taking’, The Coaltown Daisies have performed at an abundance of venues and festivals on their journey so far and have worked with a number of the UKs most established artists.

They continue to progress strongly in the Scottish live music scene with their debut album and recent EP released on their own Ragged Boot Records label and featuring some of Scotland’s most highly credited musicians; their wonderfully produced recordings continue to make listeners happy the world over. Their latest release features a composition that was chosen as the original theme for World Whisky Day. They are renowned for their highly engaging live performances and steady professionalism and want to continue sharing their music as far and wide as possible with great plans to keep on doing so, both home and overseas. They have an action-packed calendar of live performances up and down the country and the recording of their already highly-anticipated second album to look forward to.

The Coaltown Daisies are definitely the ones to watch.

Image credit to PK Perspective

20th June 2019 –  Corn Exchange – Cupar

Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30 start

Tickets £10



Midsummer Family Ceilidh

Sat 22nd June 2019
7.30pm – 11pm
Corn Exchange, Cupar
Tickets £10 – On sale soon.

Skyrie are a premium Scottish ceilidh band playing traditional music with a modern twist. Based in central Scotland, Fife and Dundee they perform worldwide.

Their ceilidh set consists of traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes and songs.

They call all the dances and demonstrate them, so first-timers are always well looked after! 



Pop-up Opera is back on the road in 2019 and will be in Cupar on Sunday 23rd June.

Shows for audiences of all ages are brought to life by a storyteller, singers, musicians and a series of colourful illustrations. Each of the three 25-minute shows is performed in a specially-adapted, fully-accessible trailer, touring to festivals, events and venues around Scotland.

Tickets £6 per person, per performance.

Limited spaces are available.  Booking recommended.

Nicki Bradwell

Printmaking workshops with local artist Nicki Bradwell.