His Majesty’s Frigate Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built for the Royal Navy in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham and launched in 1824. She is now the World’s last intact warship from the days of sail, one of the six oldest ships in the world and Scotland’s only representative of the sailing navy.
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John Doyle @ HMS Unicorn
- 5 July 2018 7:30-11pm
Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) - a vertible who's who of the greatest names in Irish music. These are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle's signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.
"Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone. No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now. His chops, always assured and adroit, have now entered a rarefied zone of inspired, instinctive, in-the-moment creativity that made me gasp in awe and for breath. In my Wall Street Journal article on him this past March, I described John as one of the world’s best acoustic guitarists. I now think that may be an understatement. In addition, his vocal delivery and his songwriting have never been more impressive, reaching an apogee in “The Arabic,” where his singing and guitar accompaniment (this is really a misnomer: his self-backing and instrumental fills and runs on guitar constituted a tour de force in and of themselves) on his own song were unforgettable. What are they putting in the potable water where John resides that has made him so mind-vaultingly good?"
Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal and the Irish Echo (formerly)
- Any age
Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail @ HMS Unicorn
- 25 July 2018 7:30-10pm
We are delighted to once again welcome back 'Feis Rois' to the Unicorn this summer. The Ceilidh Trail showcases the best in Scotland's young musical talent. Children will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
- Any age
£8. £6 concessions. Accompanied children go free
Under Winter Skies @ HMS Unicorn
- 14 September 2018 7-8:30pm
Under Winter Skies - The Last Journey of the Great Marquis
'In his fascinating and moving collection, Henry Marsh once again uses his exceptional poetic gifts to take us into the heart of one of the most difficult periods of Scottish history. His feeling for place and for the personalities involved is such that we feel we are there – living through the religious wars and tribal wars of seventeenth century Scotland, at the side of the Marquis of Montrose, one of the towering figures of the time. Henry Marsh’s poetry brings those times to life in a way which prose simply cannot: here is the feeling, the passion, the sheer colour of events in which, as the poet reminds us in his introduction, we can find features sometimes evident in our own troubled times.
This is a book for those who wish to know what it was like to be of that time, and that place. It is a great and echoing poetic achievement' - Alexander McCall Smith
- Any age
- 19 September 2018 7-8:30pm
Dr Andrew Jeffrey's talk will include stories of the beautiful Dundee-built clipper at the centre of one of maritime history's most extraordinary shipwreck and survival epics, the little Dundee coaster that played a critical role in two world wars, the Dundee-built liners that carried well-heeled passengers and a king's ransom in gold half way round the world and the humble Tay ferry that, every Victorian summer weekend, struck terror into the hearts of the residents of Newburgh in Fife.
- Any age