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Strathaven Town Mill

ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTRE

The Town Mill exists to support the community of Strathaven and the surrounding area by offering rooms and halls to hire for events and exhibitions. Both the Granary and the Town Mill are run by members, who maintain it and also staff it during events.

Known throughout the county for years as a focal point for community gatherings and particularly musical clubs and groups, it has had many uses throughout its life, even housing the local tourist information office for a short time.

Strathaven Town Mill was built in the 17th century in the shadow of Strathaven Castle, another well known historic landmark. 

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Our Upcoming Events

Please see below information for some of our upcoming events or click to see our full calendar.

AcousticCafeNight presents Beki Hemingway &  Randy Kerman

FRIDAY 24 MAY, 8pm - 10pm, THE GRANARY

Beki Hemingway, and her musical partner Randy Kerkman  fearlessly pulled up roots in Denver, Colorado and emigrated to Ireland during the fall of 2016 in order to undertake musical adventures, travel, and public service.

Settled in County Louth, Ireland, with stops in Chicago, Nashville, and Denver along the way, it has been said that Beki Hemingway writes and sings some of the “best songs you’ve never heard.”

Her long and varied career has found her singing in several bands, as well as singing live and studio backup vocals on everything from industrial to inspirational music. Things really clicked when she started collaborating with Randy Kerkman in the late 1990’s, releasing 5 CDs on the Minneapolis-based indie Salt Lady Records, performing up to 150 shows per year, and sharing the stage with nationally and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriters such as Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, and Duke Special. Her latest album. Earth and Asphalt, is a mixture of pop and americana with impressive song writing and superb vocals.

“Superb vocals, confident stage presence and impressive song writing.” LONESOME HIGHWAY

“An artist to look out for.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Songs of relentless faith and charming insight.”  PRISM MAGAZINE

“Their last record Whins and Weather was a songwriting triumph but for me this one is a life work.”  STEVE STOCKMAN, SOUL SURMISE

Entry £10 including filter coffee, tea and tasty home baking.
Doors open 7.30pm, Children under 16 free.
Come early to avoid disappointment.

The Stephen Gaughan School of Performing Arts presents Oliver!

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 7pm - 9pm
The Stephen Gaughan School of Performing Arts is a Hamilton based school offering industry focused training for children and adults in Dance, Singing and Acting.

 We offer a range of classes in various techniques, including: Classical Ballet, Modern/Jazz and Acro.  Learners have the option of participating in examinations by some of the leading syllabi for performing arts training, such as: Acrobatic Arts, ABRSM and SQA.

The Wee Scottish Big Band with guest saxophonist, Paul Towndrow

SATURDAY 8th JUNE, 7.30pm

Tickets are live now, you can reserve yours...this is another great concert with wonderful musicians and a brilliant saxophonist 👍
Strathaven Town Mill Arts and Heritage Centre
PAUL TOWNDROW
“His album confirms the contemporary Scottish scene's membership of the world league.”
4 Stars **** John Fordham, The Guardian
“It's musicians like this that make one so optimistic for the future of jazz” Jazzwise
”Just full of excitement, full of edge and playing with all of the
heart that the music needs.”
Julian Joseph BBC Radio 3
"I have been an admirer for some time of Paul's assertive style on
alto and soprano saxophones and he leads a very integrated swinging
quartet.He is an excellent representative of the superb Scottish jazz scene."
Tony Dudley-Evans (UK jazz promoter)
Alto Saxophonist/ Composer / Arranger / Educator
Other instruments : Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Whistles,Clarinet
Saxophonist Paul Towndrow is best known as a bandleader of ensembles ranging from duo to sextet. From 2001-2021 he was a member of Scotland’s flagship jazz orchestra, The SNJO, before leaving the organisation to focus on solo pursuits. More recently he has worked as a composer and saxophonist for the groundbreaking Grit Orchestra. Performing professionally since the age of 15, and having spent his formative musical years studying on both sides of the Atlantic, Towndrow has become one the UK’s busiest musicians.
Paul has released six solo albums and has appeared as a sideman on many others. Much of his output is released on his own label, Keywork Records which was founded in 2005.
His live credentials include appearances with a diverse range of artists from jazz greats Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, and John Scofield, to Motown stars Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, soul legend Ben E King, and rock icons The Fratellis.
Once described in The Guardian as “A turbo-charged amalgam of all your saxophone heroes”, Towndrow has toured and recorded extensively in the UK and abroad, both under his own-name projects and others, such as with sensational US group The Bad Plus, New York based pianist David Berkman, Venezualan piano virtuoso Leo Blanco, jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, and jazz legend Benny Golson. In 2008 he was selected to tour Europe as part of the new European Colours Jazz Orchestra, a project comprising top jazz musicians from all over Europe.
In 2002 he won The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award resulting in his debut album ‘Colours’, and in 2003, reached the final of The World Saxophone Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival, winning the Public Prize (most audience votes) following his performance with the Geri Allen Trio.
As composer and arranger, Towndrow has written for ensembles of all shapes and sizes including music for TV and radio and arranging commissions for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He has also developed compositional work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of Serious Productions' Air Time scheme. In 2013 he was commissioned to write music to celebrate 21 years of the London Jazz Festival. In 2014 he was commissioned to compose 'Pro-Am', his debut suite for double big band, to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Strathaven Town Mill Charity Music Night

SATURDAY 15th JUNE, 8.00pm

Get ready for a night of great music and fun at the Strathaven Town Mill Charity Music Night- all for a good cause!
Welcome to the Strathaven Town Mill Charity Music Night. Join us at the Town Mill for a night filled with amazing music for a great cause. Get ready to sing along and enjoy fantastic performances by talented artists. This in person event promises to be a night to remember, all while supporting St Andrew’s Hospice. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have a blast and make a difference at the same time.
The music will start at 8pm but from 7pm onwards you can enjoy the bar where you will have some fundraising games. See you there!
Tickets £10 plus booking fee (£11.55) from Eventbrite.
Our History

An Integral Part of Working Life

The Mill was built in 1650 by William, the Second Duke of Hamilton, who was then resident in Strathaven Castle which sits adjacent to the Mill. It played an integral part in the working life of Strathaven for three and a quarter centuries.

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Strathaven Town Mill

Stonehouse Road, Strathaven, Lanarkshire. Registered charity number: SC010579