The drovers and artists

Alice Myers:

Jerwood Award winner in 2008 and IdeasTap/Magnum Photography Award winner in 2013. After completing an MA in Photography with distinction at London College of Communication she was awarded the Medway Fellowship at UCA in Rochester and facilitated a participatory project with Photoworks in Brighton. Her book, ‘Nothing is Impossible Under the Sun’ was recently shortlisted for the MACK First Book Awards and the project was exhibited at Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed at the Photographers Gallery in July. The work will also be shown as part of the Defining Lines Project in Folkestone.


Stevie Whiteford:

Stevie got involved in the Droving Project after Katch, Project Producer, watched a BBC film that he worked on about the old Highland droving route from Skye to Falkirk. ‘I’ve been involved in making documentaries for nearly 15 years, but this one was always one of favourites as it combined two of my main passions in life- namely history and walking. Our routes through the countryside are steeped in history, and the fact that Scotland was a cattle culture until relatively recent times has left an indelible mark on the whole country. With or without cows, I hope this project inspires people to get out and follow these routes- and perhaps unearth a bit of droving history along the way.’

Nick Jenkins:

A self taught Violinist / Violist based in Dumfries and Galloway. Nick mainly plays Irish and Scottish music though his repertoire consists of tunes from all around Europe including a more recent exploration of solo violin pieces from the Baroque era. Over the past decade Nick has played and performed with various bands including The Southern Tenant Folk Union, The John Langan Band, Swedish maverick Lundgren and his current project Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands.

 

Pete Smith:

Field recordist and sound designer Pete has masters degrees in Electroacoustic Composition (MMus) and Sound Design (MSc). Whilst studying in Glasgow he received the Landfine Bursary, the Coulter Prize and the Janetta Gould bursary and was awarded a full AHRC scholarship to fund his MMus. Pete has worked on award winning feature length documentaries, fiction films, animations and radio shows. As a composer he has performed work at various events including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) and Sound Thought in Glasgow.

 

Catrina Davies:

A writer and songwriter based in Cornwall, UK. Catrina’s first-hand account of busking from Nordkapp to Sagres, The Ribbons are for Fearlessness, was published this year. The Ribbons EP is a collection of songs to go with the book. She is currently working on a new song/story project that confronts social and environmental collapse in terms of living in a tin shed; Walden for the twenty first century.

Catrina has written about the day’s journey here

 

Andrew Hopker and Matt Hickman

Cattle vet from the Royal (Dick) Institute of Veterinary Studies, Andy joined us on the walk to ensure the cattle’s welfare.

Originally from Manchester, drover Matt lives just next door to the cows and has been fascinated with the story of the drovers for many years.

 


Andy Penman:
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Drover Andy P, originally from the borders, but now living locally, knows the cattle well and ensured they stayed on track for the journey

 

 

 

Katch Holmes:
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Project Producer Katch instigated The Droving Project with the wish to walk a herd of cattle from Scotland to London. Experienced in organising music festival Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, Katch produces interdisciplinary cultural events that draw attention to pressing social and environmental issues

 

Photos by Alice Myers and Katch Holmes

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