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Songs from the Last Page
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre
03300 561 025

Tues 23 July | 8.30pm | £15

Presented as part of the John Hewitt International Summer School

Written and performed by Gareth Williams

‘Songs from the Last Page’ is an evening of songs written and performed by acclaimed songwriter and composer, Gareth Williams, originally from Armagh but now based in Scotland. 

Each song takes the last lines of a beloved book and transforms these iconic final pages into brand-new ‘literary chamber pop’ songs. From the melancholy mastermind of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to the crescendo of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy at the close of Joyce’s Ulysses, this collection of songs finds new musical beginnings where these stories end, inviting the listener to linger a while longer – on the last page.

With the accompaniment of violin, cello and Gareth himself on piano, this constantly evolving song cycle has delivered a magical musical performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 and at various book festivals across Scotland.

William’s music lifts words off the page, transfiguring them while at the same time re-focusing our understanding – The Scotsman

This show was a gem. Full marks from me – Edinburgh Music Review