Rijksmuseum Van Gough, Amsterdam

Performance of John Cage’s Scottish Circus. Recorded by National VPRO radio. Reviewed by Mary Miller in the Scotsman 2 December 1992:

“Sunday morning, the museum is packed… No-one, one suspects, knows quite what to expect… The silence warmed to rapt attention, for McGuire’s marvelous 1982 String Quartet [played by The Utrecht Quartet]: two outer movements of wriggling, vital fast moving pattern and exploration enclosing a vast, still Largo, where the high violin and creeping bass line seem to climb inexorably together. One listened, hypnotised by the sound.

And wide-eyed, ears straining, we remained, as more haunting phrases crept from all around – from the upper galleries, from distant rooms and hidden corners. John cage’s Scottish Circus, he devised for the Whistlebinkies, an improvisation of incredible beauty and delicacy. Upstairs, hanging in sombre splendour, Alexander Reid stares from his ornate frame, out over the work of his friend VanGough. There’s a Hornel on one wall, Van Gough’s peasants on another. None of this seems strange. It is, after all, art, and music, in context.”

Molenpad, Amsterdam

Informal concert. Reviewed by Mary Miller in the Scotsman 2 December 1992: “…a Dickensian room on the Prinzegracht. The Dutch munched bravely at Scots food, the Scots drank and reminisced about Glasgow pizza, and the Binkies played, Peter anderson drumming withwonderful menance to Mick Broderick’s wild tales.”

Rijksmuseum Van Gough, Amsterdam

Reception for Glasgow: Art in Concept exhibition. Reviewed by Mary Miller in The Scotsman 2 December 1992:

“As the Binkies played and sang, amid an irritating amount of noise, the listeners gathered round, to hear Judith Peacock’s gentle voice, McGuire’s bewitching flute, and rhythms which rolled like a stream over cobbles.”

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