Director Matt Hulse's film Dummy Jim, which was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at last year's Edinburgh Film Festival, is shortly to embark on a tour of Scotland with the support of Film Hub Scotland and the Saltire Society.

The film is the story of James Duthie, a profoundly deaf Scotsman who cycled from his home at Cairnbulg in Aberdeenshire to the Arctic Circle and back, a distance of more than 3,000 miles, at the start of the 1950s. Hulse's movie was a 12-year project, begun after his mother found a copy of Duthie's book about the adventure, entitled I Cycled Into The Arctic Circle, in a charity shop on the island of Uist. Director Duthie, pictured, and lead actor Samuel Dore will set the film off on its own journey at Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday July 6 and it takes in dates in Aberdeenshire and as far north as Wick before the "Wee Tour" d'Ecosse winds up at Edinburgh Filmhouse on July 17.


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Quigley signs record deal

Scottish trumpeter Ryan Quigley, pictured, who has been busy touring with George Michael and Robbie Williams as well as working with Holland's prestigious Metropole Orkest over the past year, has signed to London-based jazz label Whirlwind Recordings. The first album under the deal is due to be recorded at Steve Winwood's private studio in the Cotswolds at the end of this month and features leading New York drummer Clarence Penn, saxophonist Paul Booth, pianist Steve Hamilton, and bassist Michael Janisch. The group play dates at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (July 23) and Stereo, Glasgow (July 24) as part of a short UK tour before going into the studio.


City date for Texan singer

Texan singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz, pictured, appears at Oran Mor, Glasgow on Tuesday July 22, the sole Scottish concert on her latest UK tour. Jarosz, who has been working with acclaimed Californian vocal harmony duo the Milk Carton Kids in the US, was nominated for two awards at the 2014 Grammys, Best Folk Album for her album Build Me Up From Bones and Best American Roots Song for the title track, and she fulfilled every bluegrass musician's dream last month when she appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.