As part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 Howff Tales are taking storytelling back to its natural home, the Howff or Pub. For centuries pubs have been the centre of communities where people come together and the traditional place where epic tales are told often aided by a pint or two. Tales of bravery, tales of ghosts, tales of local mystery, tales of adventure or just tall tales, all taken from local legend and history.
Howff Tales has commissioned new works from local performers will adopt a character to tell their tale, act out the drunk at the end of the bar telling of the time when they saw the mysterious beast whilst fishing in one of the forest rivers of Galloway, or to sit in the big armchair by the fire and tell of the Tall Airman of Bladnoch who walks the airfield to this day, or to flamboyantly rest upon the fire mantle and regale the punters with tales of love unrequited in the 1750s that led to murder, revenge and a desperate attempt to escape the shire gaol before the hangman came.
Performers will be either solo or duo, with no backdrop, scenery or special lighting or staging so that performances can be accommodated in a wide variety of venues. Bringing a new form of entertainment to communities across the South West Of Scotland.
Howff Tales is Free, No Ticket Required
There will be 24 events across Dumfries and Gallery, more dates are being added. Here's a the venues confirmed so far.
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Saturday 8th October at 7pm - The Wanlockhead Inn
Location: Gardendyke, Wanlockhead, ML12 6UZ
Sunday 9th October at 6:30pm - Riverside Tap, Dumfries
Location: 5-11 Friars Vennel, Town Centre, Dumfries DG1 2RQ
Wednesday 12th October at 7:30pm - Cum Ye Inn, Dalbeattie
Location: 94 High Street, Dalbeattie DG5 4HB
Tel: 01556 288020
Friday 14th October at 7:30pm - Borgue Hotel, Borgue
Location: Main Street, Borgue, DG6 4SH
Tel: 01557 870636
Tuesday 18th October at 7:30pm - George Inn, Moniaive
Location: High St, Moniaive, DG3 4HN
Tel: 01848 200017
Friday 21st October at 7:30pm - Tam O' Shanter, Dumfries
Location: 113-117 Queensberry Street, Dumfries DG1 1BH
Tel: 01387 267880
Wednesday 9th November at 7pm - Laurie Arms, Haugh of Urr
Location: 11-13 Main St, Haugh Of Urr DG7 3YA
Tel: 01556 660246
Thursday 17th November at TBD - Garret Hotel, Kirkcudbright
Location: 116 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG64JQ
Tel: 01557 332040
Friday 27th November at 7:30pm - Star Hotel Community Bar, Twynholm.
Location: 18 Main Street, Twynholm DG6 4NT
Wednesday 30th November at 7:00pm - The Harbour Inn, Garlieston
Location: 18 South Cresent, Garlieston, DG8 8BQ
Tel: 01988 600685
Friday 2nd December at 7:30pm - The Ship, Dumfries
Location: 97-99 Saint Michael Street, Dumfries DG1 2PY
Tel: 01387 255189
Saturday 3rd December at 7:30pm - The Ship, Drummore
Location: 5 Shore Street, Drummore DG9 9PU
Tel: 07596 476252
Sunday 4th December at 7:30pm - The Clachan Inn, Dalry.
Location: 8-10 Main Street St John's Town of Dalry Castle Douglas DG7 3UW
Tel: 01644 430 241
Friday 16th December at 7:30pm - Tap Room, Langholm.
Location: 116 High Street, Langholm DG13 0DH
Sunday 18th December at 7:00pm - The Old Stables Inn at Beattock
Location: The Old Stables Main Street, Beattock DG10 9QX
Tel: 01683 300134
Tuesday 20th December at 7:30pm - Black Horse Newton Stewart.
Location: 66 Queen Street, Newton Stewart DG8 6JL
Friday 13th January at 7:00pm - The Steamboat Inn, Carsethorn
Location: Carsethorn Sea Front, Dumfries DG2 8DS
Tel: 01387 880631
Thursday 19th January at 7:00pm - The Custom House at Stranraer
Location: North Strand Street, Stranraer DG9 7RB
Tel: 01776 889727
Sunday 22nd January at 7:00pm - Corner House Hotel in Annan
Location: High Street, Annan, DG12 6DL
Tel: 01461 202 754
Wednesday 25th January at 7:00pm - The Troqueer Arms, Dumfries
Location: 152 Troqueer Rd, Dumfries DG2 7DF
Tel: 01387 254518
Sunday 29th January at 3:00pm - Flying Pig Community Pub, Dunscore
Location: Main Street, Dunscore, DG2 0TB
Tel: 01387 820787
Sunday 29th January at 7:00pm - The Galloway Arms, Crocketford
Location: Stranraer Road (A75), Crocketford
Tel: 01556 690 248
Howff Tales is delivered by Driftwood Cinema C.I.C. Bringing community Cinema and Entertainments to rural and underserved communities across the South West of Scotland.
For more information go to: DRIFTWOODCINEMA.ORG
This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.