Where You’re Meant To Be: Glasgow Film Festival

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On Friday 19th February Barrowland Ballroom will be turned into a cinema for the first time as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. The occasion is the World Premiere of Paul Fegan’s documentary Where You’re Meant To Be.  It’s sold out, but as we write there are tickets available for the screening on 24th February at the GFT.

Aidan Moffat, former frontman of indie band Arab Strap – and best known for his no-holds-barred lyrics about sex, drugs and male anxiety – sets out to explore his country’s past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs.

It’s meant to be a tour that allows Moffat to explore the roots of his country. It’s meant to be a trip that celebrates Scotland’s communities and lore. But then he meets Sheila Stewart– a 79-year-old force of nature and travelling balladeer whose life, and unexpected death, upturns Moffat’s musical assumptions. He believes these old songs are ripe for updating against a modern urban backdrop. She does not.

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With Sheila’s criticism ringing in his ears, the bold Moffat embarks on a trip around Scotland’s remote parts that proves to be as uncanny as the Scottish weather. He finds himself caught up in a feud between two monster hunters at Loch Ness, singing to a dismissive Hebridean farmer in his kitchen, and holding court with a mob of ancient warriors in a Highland graveyard.

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The Arab Strap frontman will be bringing together a number of traditional and contemporary musicians from the film for a gig following the screening.