A young, but experienced freelance technical engineer based in SW Scotland, focusing on sound, lighting and power engineering for various different events.
Be sure to check out my about and case studies pages to find out clients I have worked with and what work was done!


Soaperie Gardens, Kirkcudbright, lit Blue to mark World Parkinson's Day - 11 April 2021!

Tonight I lit the Soaperie Gardens in Kirkcudbright in support of #WorldParkinsonsDay. There was also stories being played from people who have to deal with Parkinson’s on a daily basis.

Over the last year, people with Parkinsons and those closest to them have faced isolation when they most needed support. #WorldParkinsonsDay is about reaching out and connecting people. There’s a whole world of support out there. Find out more at www.parkinsons.org.uk

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19 Nov 2020 - Kirkcudbright Johnston Centre lit Purple to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day! Personally, this one was very close to home, and dedicated to my papa who was lost to pancreatic cancer in early 2020 due to a lack of knowledge and a diagnosis that was too late.

Find out more about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer on the Pancreatic Cancer Action/Pancreatic Cancer Scotland website here. You can help out today by donating here.


12 Aug 2020 - Joining over 700 events companies lighting up buildings in support of the #LightItInRed and #WeMakeEvents campaigns, on Tues 11th Aug I lit Kirkcudbright Soaperie Gardens and the Kirkcudbright Parish Church red, to try and highlight the massive events industry that is beneficial to the British and Scottish culture, and that brings in a big chunk of money to the UK economy, but seems to have been forgotten about, and is getting no support.



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Services

I aim to offer a one stop shop solution for all technical aspects of your event! This is made possible by using our in house equipment where it suits, and then using hired equipment from a small army of reliable rental houses with very competitive prices! There are no middle man charges at all, and using our own vehicles to collect equipment where possible also cuts the rental houses delivery charges, which greatly reduces the prices over going to them all separately! Using hired equipment also has the advantages of being able to get the right equipment for the job to ensure the smooth running of your event, and to tailor it to your exact needs instead of having equipment that isn't suited, which can introduce issues with the performance and the overall running of your event, and can even introduce safety issues!


Below is a brief list of services I can provide, however this list is not exhaustive. I recommend getting in touch to discuss what you want, if you can dream it, then chances are it can be done!

Corporate Event Lighting

Event Lighting and Effects Services

General Lighting, Architectural Lighting, Site/Emergency Lighting, Special Effects, Specialist Bespoke Illuminations.

Want to make your event shine, literally? From providing some uplight to accent a corporate event, a lighting rig to highlight specific areas and people, to large scale events with moving lights, speciality lights and effects. Whatever you want for your event, we will work together to find what is needed to fit within budgets and specifications. All and equipment will be setup and operated by me. I can organise pyrotechnics, but they will be supplied and operated by a sub company due to licences


Audio and PA System Services

Stage PA Systems, Tannoy Announcement Systems, Large Area & Race PA Systems, Communications

From birthday parties to large scale concerts, I will arrange and run every aspect of providing sound for your event. Working closely with you, we will figure out what will be needed to meet requirements and hire suitable equipment to fit your budget. The equipment will then be setup and operated by me, from simple setups with a few microphones and some music to mixing large bands. Music can also be provided by me.

Digital Mixer

Power Distros

Event and Temporary Power Services

(Reduced Service - Not fully available at the current moment in time, please contact me to enquire!)

Working closely with you, we will figure out what will be needed to meet requirements and hire suitable equipment to run power at your event, in the safest way possible, whilst fitting into your budget. The equipment will be setup by me and every precaution will be taken to make sure that all equipment is compliant with BS 7671 & BS 7909 Standards (Event Electrical Safety).


Other Miscellaneous Services

PAT Testing, Installations, Projections, Event Planning

Other miscellaneous services such as PAT testing, Audio Visual installation and Projection Mapping. 3D CAD and event planning, such as site plans, technical drawings, lighting visualiser builds and pre-programming. Also, other services such as bespoke and custom items tailored to your event to make it one of a kind and unique such as branded projections, custom gobo's, custom promotional material via various partners.

PAT Tested Plug

Event Lighting and Effects Services


Stage/General Lighting


Stage Lighting

The key to lighting design - Stage Lights are an essential part of any live event. They define the performance, creating the energy and atmosphere. With any performance, the main goal is to please the crowd, the sound is a very important aspect, but what is seen is just, if not more important! Not only can stage lighting be used in live performances, but it can be used to enhance any live show, whether it be television or corporate events, even corporate dinners and exhibition halls. I can craft creative lighting designs, to either subtly enhance your event, or dramatically transform the environment.

Stage Lighting

I can offer a range of general and stage lighting options to enhance your event on any level, including the following:

Most lighting options can be used outdoors or waterproofed to various degrees

  • Parcans

  • Profiles

  • Fresnels

  • Moving Heads

  • LED Profiles & Pars

  • Battens & Strips

  • Followspots

  • Strobes

Architectural Lighting


There is no better way to draw attention to your event than making its venue brightly lit, and visible from miles away! (With a few certain lights, that's possible!) Architectural lighting will draw the slightest bit of attention to any building, statue, monument, tree even. It will catch any eye that goes near it and can make people gaze in amazement! Space cannons and space flowers can be used to draw attention to your events locations from up to miles away, these produce a very bright thick beam or multiple thins beams of light projecting high into the night sky often seen at Hollywood strip cinemas in movies.

I can offer a range of architectural lighting options, including the following:

Some lighting options can offer wireless and/or battery powered functions

  • Outdoor Parcans

  • Outdoor Profiles

  • LED Washes and Uplights

  • Floodlights (Discharge or LED, DMX or Stand-alone)

  • Gobo Projectors

  • Festoon/String Lighting

  • Space Cannon/Flowers

Special Effects


Special effects can take your event to the next level, and everyone loves the thought of pyrotechnics, but often they either aren't financially feasible due to normally needing a separate licensed company, or are not allowed at your certain venue for a range of reasons. Luckily, there are plenty of other options which can deliver the desired effects without the complications of pyro. These range from faux flame effects which can look almost the same as real fire, minus the fire risk! Smoke/haze machines are another very popular option, and they can come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, producing various different effects, from a low fog cloud to a quick jet of smoke, imitating Co2 jets, and everything in between. Pyro and fireworks can be arranged by me to take the pressure of figuring out what you need and all the technical terms, but will be supplied and operated by a sub company due to licensing requirements.

Special Effects

I can offer a large range of safe and no complication special effects, including the following:

  • Haze Machines & Smoke Machines (Long Hand, Quick Dissipating)

  • Low Fog Machines (Fog Blanket)

  • Fog Geysers (RGB)

  • Silk Flame Machines & Fake Flame Bars

  • Confetti Spinners and Cannons

  • Mirror Balls

  • Wind, Snow, Bubble, Foam Machines

  • String Lighting

  • Flame/Water Projectors

  • UV Lighting

  • Rotating Beacon/ Fuzz Light

Site/Emergency Lighting


Site lighting is a crucial part in ensuring that your outdoor event or operation runs safely and well, especially during setup and de-rig. Trips, slips, and falls are the highest cause of accidents, and in the dark the danger of them is much higher. Site lighting is especially useful for larger and multi day events where you can have crew working overnight. When crew are working in the dark there is major risk of them tripping on cabling and tripping and falling onto ground spikes and tent pegs, which can result in major injury, or worse!
Emergency lighting is equally important. Even more so when you have public in an area, that if power fails, will have no light and will become an area full of people who cannot see a thing, a very dangerous situation!

I can offer various site and emergency lighting options to keep everyone safe, including the following:

  • IP rated LED or bulb fixtures suitable for a large range of needs.

  • Individual control of each light with its own IP rated light switch.

  • Remote switching option to locate the master switch inside site offices etc. (Where possible)

  • PIR sensor to only activate each light when movement is detected.

  • Timed options to automatically active lights at a set time.

  • Sensor based, automatic activation of lights when it gets below a set light level, great for longer periods of time when sunset is different each day.

  • Indoor and outdoor, maintained and non-maintained emergency lighting in bulkhead style (with or without exit arrows and symbols) and spot style for outdoor and large area usage,

  • Engine powered lighting tower trailers from reliable rental houses for rapid and remote deployment where needed - No middle man charges and I supply delivery, reducing costs.

Specialist Bespoke Illuminations


Special projects and illuminations were where I started, and they are what I love and have a very special place in my heart. It was also one of the inspirations for the name, throughout the multiple different projects I have worked on, people always pitched their ideas and thought that they were not possible, but were amazed when they became a reality - Anything you can dream, can somehow be done! The very first ever event I worked on was a special 4-day illumination of various large monumental buildings and communal gardens, that was featured on ITV News, with bespoke gobo projections of Sir Billy Connolly's (CBE) famous line artwork and projection mapped artwork onto 2 buildings for Parkinson's UK, to raise awareness for Parkinson's disease during the global awareness week, click here to read more. Since then, I have produced various other illuminations and events for various charities and causes such as Remembrance Sunday, Pancreatic Cancer awareness day and plenty of Christmas illuminations and other bespoke and specialist illuminations.

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your ideas and make them a reality. We can talk over the phone, conference call or arrange to meet in person and go over plans and ideas, and unless I have to travel far to meet in person, its free!

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I will try to call you inside the times you provide but if unable may call you outwith (only within standard office hours), if you have any time when I should not call please also state in the box. I will not leave a message if you do not pick up, you can call back if you do miss a call from me (number ending in 844) if you like.


Audio is a very important part of any event, not all events have lighting or special effect etc, but they all have audio of some sort, and most will have some form of communication equipment.

Stage/Music PA Systems


Every event is different, and with the PA system being a critical part of any show, it needs to fit your needs. I will design a bespoke system that exactly matches your requirements. From a small vocal PA system for a private party to a full concert sound system or festival rig, I am always happy to discuss your requirements.

I can offer a vast range of stage PA equipment, including the following:

  • Full-Range Speakers

  • Column PA Systems

  • Point Source Tops

  • Subwoofers

  • Stage Monitors

  • Line Array Systems

  • Battery Powered Speaker Systems

  • Bluetooth Speakers

Stage PA

Tannoy Announcement Systems


Tannoy systems are simple, no fuss PA systems for use indoors and outdoors where big systems for loud music and performances aren't required, but something is still needed for uses such as voice alarms & audio announcements, quiet background music, emergency alarms and messaging systems.

I can offer a range of tannoy and general announcement equipment, including the following:

  • Outdoor Tannoy Horns

  • Indoor/Outdoor Tannoy Speakers (Small)

  • Wireless Tannoy Systems

Tannoy Announcement System

Large Area & Race PA Systems


Sometimes you need the acoustic abilities of a stage PA system, but need it to travel large distances and cover strangely shaped and difficult areas like a tannoy system. This is particularly common with things like races and events held on roads and streets or long tracks where you need vocal announcements and music to be played.

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your ideas and make them a reality. We can talk over the phone, conference call or arrange to meet in person and go over plans and ideas, and unless I have to travel far to meet in person, its free!

Large Area & Race PA System

Click here to contact me or request a call back below (Preferred)

I will try to call you inside the times you provide but if unable may call you outwith (only within standard office hours), if you have any time when I should not call please also state in the box. I will not leave a message if you do not pick up, you can call back if you do miss a call from me (number ending in 844) if you like.

Microphones, DI Boxes, Playback & The Other Bits


Once you have your PA system you need the correct equipment to play what you want through it, There is a vast range of playback devices, instrument plugins and mics:

  • Wireless Radio Mics (Handheld/Beltpack)

  • Wired Vocal Mics

  • Condenser Mics

  • Instrument Mics

  • Drum Mics

  • DI Boxes

  • Wireless IEM Systems

  • CD Players

  • MP3 Players

  • DJ Equipment

  • Aux Cables and Adapters

  • I can also deal with backline equipment and instrument hire

Communications


Comms are a critical part of larger events, they are used to allow communications between team members, and allow for communication and coordination with all the other teams such as first aid and security. They are vital for making sure that everyone knows what's happening and to allow a swift emergency response if something goes pear shaped. Theatre style comms are great for keeping the show running and on schedule. They are used to quickly talk between multiple people to make act changeover and time keeping etc, much quicker and easier.

I can offer various communication options to keep your staff connected and ensure the smooth running of your event, including the following:

  • Handheld radio walkie-talkies

  • Radio base-stations

  • (Range of different headset and earpiece options for radios)

  • Wired/Wireless theatre style comms

  • Xenon beacon strobe (for wired comms)

Event and Temporary Power Services


One Stop Shop Solution for Temporary Power!


Temporary power systems are a vital part of events, and there are lots of pieces to the puzzle that get very confusing, very quickly, and it can be hard to know what is needed and what will work. I aim to deal with the complete setup and running of the power chain from start to finish. The first stop in the power chain at an event is almost always a generator. Even if power is already at the event site, it normally isn't sufficient for the equipment used and if you're in the middle of a field then you will need a generator, but they can be very confusing when you have to start doing maths to figure out the kVa required, the outputs, single or three-phase, fuel calculations and phase balancing. Luckily, I know the maths, and I will sort your generator needs from start to finish. There are no middle man charges at all, and using our own vehicles to collect equipment where possible also cuts the rental houses delivery charges, which are normally very expensive, so greatly reduces your expenses. I will also site and set up the generator(s). I can also source red diesel (All medium to large generators run on it) for you which is much, much cheaper than buying white diesel. Fuel calculations will be made to ensure you have enough fuel to last, but not far too much, and if fuel bowsers are required to extend the run time without needing to intervene. You then need to get the power to your end users, this might seem simple but it can become very confusing also. Most end users will require different plug ends, different amperages, circuit amounts, different voltages, the list goes on. I will ensure that all needs are met and that backup systems are in place in case of any failures and that any unforeseen circumstances can be dealt with swiftly!

I can offer a vast range of event power solutions that can enhance your power systems and to keep you safe, including the following:

  • Site lighting (Click Here)

  • Emergency lighting (Click Here)

  • Switched circuits - The safest way for public and staff to use equipment, great for farmers market etc.

  • Dressed temporary power installations (Domestic sockets, trunking and hidden cabling) - Great for when the public will be able to see power equipment, for example stalls at conventions and display exhibitions.

Safety


Power cabling and equipment will always be located all over the event site. No matter what how small or large the power equipment is in use, whether it be standard 13a sockets to 660a powerlock, safety is my number one priority. Temporary power can easily become deadly and very dangerous if not setup and operated by someone who is competent and knows what they're doing. I will make sure that all possible hazards are avoided using various safety measures such as cable ramp and matting to avoid trips, slips, and falls. I will ensure that all power points are protected by RCDs and MCBs and that generators are always protected with ground earthing spikes. All power work and equipment will closely follow the BS 7909 – Temporary electrical systems for events regulations and the HSE Purple Guide for event safety!

Cable Ramp

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your ideas and make them a reality. We can talk over the phone, conference call or arrange to meet in person and go over plans and ideas, and unless I have to travel far to meet in person, its free!

Click here to contact me or request a call back below (Preferred)

I will try to call you inside the times you provide but if unable may call you outwith (only within standard office hours), if you have any time when I should not call please also state in the box. I will not leave a message if you do not pick up, you can call back if you do miss a call from me (number ending in 844) if you like.


PAT Testing


A PAT test is a routine inspection of some types of electrical appliances to check they are safe for use. It is good practice within the entertainment and events industry for all equipment used, especially near the public, to be tested and only used if it passes. If an electrical fault occurs resulting in property damage, injury or loss of life, and the faulty equipment has not been tested, the owner could be held liable, even if the equipment was in good working order! A full PAT test will include both a visual inspection and a more in-depth check using specialist PAT testing equipment. This test includes earth continuity, lead polarity, and insulation resistance checks.

PAT Testing

Audio Visual Installation


AV systems are great for delivering professional presentations, displaying exciting visuals or providing entertainment at an event. I will provide a professional AV installation service to ensure you get everything you can out of your equipment. Working together we will design a bespoke AV system that’s organised, easy to operate and assembled to minimise system failures. My aim is to make your system approachable and easily for yourself and your team to operate. To ensure you are comfortable with the AV set up, I will provide full training on the system's operation for your whole team.

AV Install

Projection Mapping


Projection mapping can be used to transform any 3D shape or surface into an interactive display. And the results can be breathtaking. Whether it’s projecting branded animations onto buildings, transforming venue interiors or turning product launches or pop-ups into immersive experiences, projection mapping technology can bring almost any structure or space to life. We can work together to create incredible 3D effects, wrapping bespoke images, video and brand messaging around any shape or contour. The effect has to be seen to be believed.

Other services include: 3D CAD and event planning, such as site plans, technical drawings, lighting visualiser builds and pre-programming. Also, other services such as bespoke and custom items tailored to your event to make it one of a kind and unique such as branded projections, custom gobo's, custom promotional material via various partners.

Contact

If you have any questions or queries, want to chat and get and idea of what you want or plan a meeting, don't hesitate to get in touch, it's free!


About

Where it started and where it has gone!

I used to want to work in the film and TV industry, I started going to events to take photos and video, but after being backstage and having a few experiences playing with a lighting rig I soon learnt that I wanted to get into event production, especially lighting. The very first ever event I worked on was a special 4-day illumination of various large monumental buildings and communal gardens that was featured on ITV News, for Parkinson's UK to raise awareness for Parkinson's disease during the global awareness week, click here to learn more. I realised that's what I love and events like that have a very special place in my heart. It was also one of the inspirations for the name, throughout the multiple different projects I have worked on, people always pitched their ideas and thought that they were not possible, but were amazed when they became a reality - Anything you can dream, can somehow be done!


What is an event technician?

We work in the shadows of events, where you never see us, and nobody notices us, unless we screw up. Although you may never see us, we are still very much there, and we are a crucial part of said event. Everything you hear, see and use at events is made possible by us. The artist on stage may be singing, but you can only hear them because of sound engineers. They can only stand on that stage due to stagehands and riggers who built it. You can only see them due to lighting designers. The speakers, lights, and everything else only works due to the electricians. When you go to an event, the 3 artists on the stage are the main attraction, but that is only made possible by the large teams of people whose work is always present and visible, but always goes unnoticed.


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Clients

Here are some clients who I am proud to work for, check out my case studies here to find out more about the work I do for some clients.



Me, Myself & I

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Keiron. I am a young freelance event technician based in SW Scotland.

What is an event technician?

We work in the shadows of events, where you never see us, and nobody notices us, unless we screw up. Although you may never see us, we are still very much there, and we are a crucial part of said event. Everything you hear, see and use at events is made possible by us. The artist on stage may be singing, but you can only hear them because of sound engineers. They can only stand on that stage due to stagehands and riggers who built it. You can only see them due to lighting designers. The speakers, lights, and everything else only works due to the electricians. When you go to an event, the 3 artists on the stage are the main attraction, but that is only made possible by the large teams of people whose work is always present and visible, but always goes unnoticed.

What are you responsible for?

I prefer lighting, as it allows me to express my creativity in a modern and visual way, ways which can blow peoples minds. So one day, my hope is to be working in the lighting department. However, being young, and currently only being small, I offer most services. This is more convenient for smaller events however. For example, on a large 5-day festival. It makes more sense to hire separate, specialist companies for each aspect, but for smaller events such as music nights, small concerts, weddings etc, it isn’t convenient having to hire 5 different companies with different staff, pricing and policies. That where what I come in. One company, one contact, one policy, all the aspects of the technical side of your event covered!

But you are young, you can’t know what you're doing, you can’t have any experience?

You have no idea how many times I get this, and how much it annoys me. It is literally like asking a child what they want to be when they grow up, then shutting them down and telling them they will never be able to do that. I may be young, but I know what I am doing. I’m not a pro, I don’t know everything there is, and I’ll be the first to tell you that. But I will only take on what I can do, or what I know I’m capable of. I also do have quite a lot of experience. I’ll admit, I have been very lucky to have gained some of the experiences I have. I have worked on many large scale events, providing tech, and not just as some little apprentice, 9/10 times it's me calling the shots and making decisions. If you don’t believe me, and want to challenge me on that, be my guest, because I will prove you wrong!

What are you like to work with? What are you like as a person?

If there’s one thing I can tell you about myself, it’s that I hate talking about myself. You won’t see many pictures of me, and that’s because I hate pictures of myself, same goes for my voice. I also don’t really know how to answer this one, nor do I think I should answer myself. So I have asked a few people I have worked with in the past what they think of me:

“Where do I start? He is full of energy and has lots of ideas. I hate to turn down some of his ideas, but he just has so many. He is a delight to work with and puts so much effort into whatever he is doing. For someone his age he has an amazing ability to put on a light-show. When he is unsure about something he will research it and get the answers he needs.” - John Blaikie, Chairman - Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities

“On first impressions I would say you seem very serious about what you do, I would say you seem like a good listener, you give a lot of thought into what you are about to take on and have personal traits that mean you are comfortable in team environments. All of which are important and positive.” - Paul Chisholm - Dumfries & Galloway Youth Work

“Now where do I start?, probably from the very beginning, I did not know what to expect when meeting a 15-year-old schoolboy, as I had visions of unruly, not interested, foul-mouthed, layabouts, unfortunately this is the picture that has been painted of our younger generation. What a shock I got, a polite, well-spoken young man, full of enthusiasm, full of ideas and well-mannered. It was clearly emerging that this introduction of younger minds full of inspiration and ideas was the way forward. I can only have a lot of praise for you for your commitment to the Festivities and your adult-like attitude and comments.” - Malcolm Oldfield - Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities

What made you get into this industry?

I went back and forward between many careers, some which were polar opposites from each other. But I am glad I finally settled on this one. I have had an interest in the events industry for years. When I was younger and used to sit and play video games all day, I always used to find way to make an event, stage, or concert in the game. Some made sense which were building games, others like war and shooting games where that was never the intension, I somehow found a way. Which I like to think is why today, one skill which I am so grateful for having is the ability to take something, and think so out of the box and take it far from its intended purpose to make something amazing out of it. I don’t really know what got me into the industry to start with was, but one career I settled on for a long time was video and cinema, which shares a lot of its aspects with the events industry in ways. That is also how I got into some of my experiences, starting out going to film an event to realising I actually love making the event happen a lot more. Another major reason is, of course, the free food!

What makes you motivated?

As stated above, food. Free food is even better. Cheap food is all right. Just food really, give me food and I’m sorted.

Why is this dragging on so long?

Good question! I seem to think I am comedy gold when I’m just really not 😁

© 2020 Keiron Chisholm

Case Studies

Here are some case studies from some of the events and clients I do/have done work for:

Parkinsons Awareness

Parkinson's UK, Light Up Blue for World Parkinson's Day

The very first event, a special 4-day illumination of various large monumental buildings and communal gardens that made its way onto ITV News, with bespoke gobo projections of Sir Billy Connolly's (CBE) famous line artwork and projection mapped artwork onto 2 buildings to raise awareness for Parkinson's disease.

Not Completed Yet

Kirkcudbright Summer Festivites Logo

Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities

I am proud to design and manage pretty much all things technical for the year round events put on by the festivities. They have a vast range from monthly events, such as Kirkcudbright Farmers & Producers Market and Kirkcudbright Car Boot Sale, to annual events, such as Country Fair, Festival of Light and The Floodlit Tattoo, which is the culmination of their summer program.

Kirkcudbright Festival of Light Illuminations

Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

Every year I plan and produce all the light shows and technical installations for the annual Kirkcudbright Festival of Light. Every year there is a completely different theme, venues and shows, almost everything is bespoke and custom-made for that year, and they recycled for later years. The event is on for 4 nights, but involves 1-2 weeks of setup and months of planning and pre-production!

Not Completed Yet

Kirkcudbright Rememberance Sunday Illuminations

Kirkcudbright Remembrance Sunday Service and Illuminations

I was asked to provide a PA system for Kirkcudbright's Remembrance Sunday service and using already packed lights and gobo projectors from a previous event, spontaneously decided to light up the castle and a few trees behind and to the side of the monument!

Kirkcudbright Scottish Nights

Kirkcudbright Scottish Nights

With 6 Weekly Scottish Nights and 1 Kirkcudbright District Pipe Band Night, all requiring different setups, and each with very tight time frames, the Festivities and Kirkcudbright Pipe Band have faith in me to make sure that each night goes smooth and without a hitch!

Ukefrolics Band

Ukefrolics

I have worked with Ukefrolics on a number of separate occasions, being a large band where every member sings, and everyone plays an instrument, when they are playing a larger gig and are required to provide their own PA system, or where the system provided is not large enough to facilitate them, I am there to make sure their amazing ukulele tunes can be heard by all!

Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities - Case Study

The Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities was formed in 1971 with just one event. These days, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities are a large voluntary organisation who hosts several community events between March and October. Their events range from monthly events, such as Scottish Nights, Kirkcudbright Farmers & Producers Market and Kirkcudbright Car Boot Sale, to annual events, such as Kirkcudbright Country Fair, Kirkcudbright Festival of Light and the Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo which is the culmination of their summer programme. Below are a list of the events that require some technical assistance, however this is not all the events they host.

  • Monthly Farmers Markets - Tannoy system rigged in each marquee to provide background music and announcements, temporary power run to each stallholder with separate circuits, taking into account high current devices such as urns and coffee machines,

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  • Kirkcudbright Car Show - PA system to provide music and announcements,

  • Buckland Burn Up - Race PA system to provide music and announcements,

  • Kirkcudbright Country Fair - A large PA system to provide music, announcements and for live arena acts, a Tannoy system to provide announcements, a few small systems in different tents. A large temporary power system for tents, fairground equipment, PA equipment, caravans and catering, running off of a few large generators,

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  • Kirkcudbright Scottish Nights - This event is included in a separate case study found here,

  • Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo - Floodlighting mounted on top of lamp posts to light the street and a few gobos and smaller floodlights along with large temporary power runs to catering vans and fairground equipment with separate circuits, taking into account high current needs of each vendor,

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  • Kirkcudbright Classic Car Rally - A basic PA setup for announcements, sometimes a slightly larger setup for live music,

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  • Kirkcudbright Festival of Light - This event is included in a separate case study found here,

  • Kirkcudbright Grand Parade - One basic PA + tannoy system setup for announcements and sometimes live music, another basic PA system setup for announcements and music with basic power runs for the beer tent and BBQ,

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  • Halloween Ghost Walk - Lighting, gobo's and other small installations in the theme of Halloween,

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There are also a few more events where smaller setups and basic power is required.

Through the festivities, I end up working for other local community groups on their events, such as:

  • Kirkcudbright Academy Half Marathon & Beeches Run - A Large race PA system to provide music and announcements over a large field,

  • Kirkcudbright Incorporated Trades, Riding of the Marches - A very basic PA system with one microphone for a speech and toast,

  • Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band Night - This event is included in a separate case study found here,

  • Kirkcudbright Rotary Club, Fun Day Beer Tent Barbecue - A basic PA system setup for announcements and music with basic power runs for the beer tent and BBQ,

  • Kirkcudbright Rotary Club, Duck Race - A large area PA system for live commentary and music,

  • Kirkcudbright Chamber Of Commerce, Christmas Light Switch On - A PA system setup on stage for live music acts and dancers, with announcements and Christmas lighting/gobo's setup all through December, switched on at that event,

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2021 is their 50th year anniversary since their very first event when they started way back in 1971, and not only that, they are celebrating their win of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service that they received mid 2020, so 2021 is a big year for them. On top of that they have also had to battle with Covid-19, so for 2021, they are going bigger and better than ever before! One of their first ever events, 50 years ago, was their Floodlit Tattoo, and if you thought it was amazing before… you aren’t ready for 2021. They also plan on hosting a few more events throughout the year to help them celebrate this momentous year.
But, they are a voluntary organisation, and they operate on donations and funding, and the cost to put on events often gets underappreciated. So, to help them make 2021 the best year possible, and much bigger than before, they ask for a little contribution to help them. Can you help them? (it helps me too) Click here to go to their fundraising page for more info.

Photo Credits - Myself, Keith Kirk Photography, Sam Kelly, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities | Last Updated - 26 Jul 2020

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Kirkcudbright Festival of Light - Case Study

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Kirkcudbright Scottish Nights & Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band Night - Case Study

7 Thursday nights in the Harbour Square, a natural arena in the middle of town, through July and August, with 1 night held by Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band, and another 6 held by the Summer Festivities, each night features a mixture of traditional Scottish Pipe music from the award-winning Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band, supported by many other acts including, Scottish country dancers, highland dancers and other traditional entertainment, including the world-famous, unbeaten Kirkcudbright Tug o' War team. Each night starts at 7pm with special guest entertainment to entertain the crowds with a variety of cultural experiences.

These nights can seem quite simple, but they can turn into a stress fast quickly! First off a mobile stage is brought in at about 5pm and assembled, ready for the PA system and front of house to be set up. Each night varies drastically in acts and performance sizes, so to avoid having to repack everything each week, lots of equipment is brought along to cover anything that comes, it may seem counterproductive, but it ensures that all acts can be catered for and unexpected things don't cause issues. There is a standard set of equipment each week, an Allen & Heath QU24 for mixing, 6x Titan Wharfedale 12" and amps for PA, and a few wireless Sennheiser beltpacks and handhelds for compères. Then, depending on the act on stage there can be anything from a few wired mics, drum kit mics, condensers for choirs, plenty of DI boxes for guitars, accordions, keyboards, etc. and sometimes some equipment acts supply such as mics for flutes and other obscure equipment. The reason it can get stressful sometimes is changeover times can get very, very narrow and the massive range of equipment needed. But in the end it makes for an amazing performance each night which ends in cheers from the massive crowds that form each Thursday night.

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Photo Credits - Sam Kelly | Last Updated - 30 Jul 2020

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Ukefrolics - Case Study

The Ukefrolics are an enthusiastic group of ukulele players and performers based in Kirkcudbright. I have worked with Ukefrolics on a number of separate occasions, being a large band where every member sings, and everyone plays an instrument, when they are playing a larger gig and are required to provide their own PA system, or where the system provided is not large enough to facilitate them, I am there to make sure their amazing ukulele tunes can be heard by all!

On the tech side of things the setup was quite simple, just large. There are normally between 10 and 13 band members playing, and everyone except the drummer requires a standard vocal mic, the drum kit gets a full mic setup and there is also a DI for a bass guitar, and sometimes a few for some ukuleles. For PA systems, it often varies, but on smaller gigs they prefer to use their own, custom wrapped, tartan carpet speakers. There is often monitor wedges for the full band, sometimes a separate monitor setup for the bassist, and normally a separate mix through either wedges or in-ears for the drummer. They are normally mixed through an Allen and Heath QU24, but sometimes a smaller Behringer QX2442 analogue board.

You can find them on Facebook here, and YouTube here

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Photo Credits - Ukefrolics | Last Updated - 28 Jul 2020

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Kirkcudbright Remembrance Sunday Service and Illuminations 2019 - Case Study

Remembrance honours those who served to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice.

We will remember them.

We remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces from Britain and the Commonwealth.

We pay tribute to the special contribution of families and of the emergency services.

We acknowledge innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.

We must never forget the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, their families and the bravery of our veterans.

Our security must never be taken for granted.

Support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal here


2020

Just like most other events in 2020, to protect people against Covid-19, Remembrance Sunday services were cancelled, but Remembrance was not! People still look time to honour all those who sacrificed everything to protect us today.

One of the many Covid safe ways of doing so, was lighting up building red. In Kirkcudbright, this was a standard thing already, so this year of course they took part again. This time I was asked to light up the newly opened Johnston Centre.

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2019

I was asked to provide a PA system for Kirkcudbright's remembrance Sunday service that was held in the road in front of a war memorial. When getting ready, the trailer I was going to use was packed with lights and gobo projectors from a previous event, so instead of unpacking it all, it was spontaneously decided to light up the castle and a few trees behind and to the side of the monument. The gobo was already owned by a local group from projections a few years back.

Sunday Service

The primary reason for me being there was to provide a PA system for the Sunday service. The service in Kirkcudbright is well attended, with the road being temporarily closed to accommodate the large crowd that gets together to pay their respects. This year's service was broadcast on ITV News. The three local churches were represented along with the local Sea Cadets and representatives of the armed services and local organisations. Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band were in attendance and horses and riders from The 3R's Rescue Centre took part to commemorate the horses and animals that perished through the war period.

On the tech side of things the setup was quite simple, but had a few hurdles to overcome. There were six speakers mounted on top of a trailer covering 270° of large open space that were set up the day before. This arrangement worked well, it did have a few spots where there was some slight echo, but this was unavoidable due to the time frames given. There was one wireless microphone used, a Sennheiser G3, and this worked well with paddle antennas and got full coverage, due to the speakers standing quite far away from the mic, the gain had to be raised a fair bit but this didn't have any negative effects and provided clear and loud vocals. There was also a few home-made recorded tracks provided on the day by a speaker to be played from an iPad. It was all mixed through an Allen and Heath QU24.
Below is a video of the service and a photo where you can see the speakers on top of the decorated trailer.
Click here to view the ITV broadcast.

Sunday Service

Illuminations

As noted previously, when packing for the service the trailer had just come back from a previous event and was already packed with lights and gobo projectors, so instead of unpacking it all, it was spontaneously decided to light up the castle and a few trees behind and to the side of the monument. When I got into the town I also noticed the large wicker horse which was on display so decided to light it, but having not thought about it previously, realised I didn't quite have enough lights to do it fully, but it still looked nice. The gobo used was already owned by a local group from projections a few years back, so I borrowed it. I also used a small floodlight to light the war memorial so it could be read and stood out in the dark.

With it being unplanned, and it being a while ago since writing this, I have forgotten what was used exactly, but roughly there was one outdoor gobo projector, a few LED floodlights and a few RGB washes.
Below are some photographs of the lights, it was quite well spread on Instagram too and took the interest of lots of people.

Photo Credits - Myself, Sam Kelly | Last Updated - 6 Nov 2020

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Parkinson's UK, Light Up Blue for World Parkinson's Day - Case Study

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COVID-19 Official statement

Due to the unfortunate circumstances caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19), services have been reduced to protect myself, staff members and the public. I will still be offering some services to aid in the re-opening of businesses.
All the below statements are subject to change depending on Scottish Government guidelines:
I will not under any circumstances be accepting any requests for any services for events when they are not permitted and are being held irresponsibly.
I will provide services for permitted events such as farmers markets (No music or PA systems except for announcements as per Government guidelines)
Any event must be properly risk assessed for virus control, I will ensure that our equipment is set up to ensure the safety of visitors.
All equipment will be cleaned and sanitised before and after use.
Microphones will be assigned to one person each, microphones will have single use foam covers that will be destroyed after use. Microphones will also have either a sleeve and cover or will be used with gloves to limit the spread of germs.
Belt pack, lapel, headset and discrete microphones will not be used.
Equipment such as switches and accessible plugs will not be in use, all equipment will be setup by our crew, it must not be touched by anyone else unless stated otherwise.
Although we cannot guarantee social distance measures between our own team we will be adhering to all guidelines on distancing, face coverings, etc.
I will still happily chat with you about events taking place in 2021 and beyond!

Last Updated - 22 Jul 2020

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