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Abercrombie House – Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour featuring Capercaillie (Scotland)

23 May


“The most vibrant and exciting band in the field of Celtic music” (Billboard)

“Securely ranked among the Celtic world’s top live bands. . . Capercaillie walk the trad/contemporary line with admirable poise and scrupulous care” (Songlines)

Scots folk band Capercaillie will perform as their original acoustic nucleus quartet of Karen Matheson (vocals), Charlie McKerrron (fiddle), Manus Lunny (Bouzouki) and Donald Shaw (Accordion) in a special stripped back quartet format for the inaugural Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour, a new national tour to celebrate the Year of Scotland in Australia, 2020. The band have performed across Australia a number of times on headline theatre tours and festival appearances in the last 20 years, and are delighted to return with their unique take on traditional music and Gaelic songs. Presented in Australia’s splendid National Trust properties and town halls where the Scottish diaspora have made their homes, the 20 date Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour is a magnificent opportunity to celebrate the very best in Scottish Gaelic music in historic settings that are beautiful, quirky or opulent by turn.

From their homeland roots of Argyll in the highlands of Scotland, Capercaillie have been credited with being the major force in bringing traditional Celtic music to the world stage and inspiring the great resurgence so evident today. And even three ground-breaking decades after Capercaillie first performed as teenagers in their native Scottish Highlands; even as they continue the worldwide musical journey that’s taken them from the Brazilian rainforest to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, not to mention into the pop charts – it is the ancient Gaelic culture that still inspires them most.

Built on Wiradjuri land in the 1870s by James Horn Stewart, who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and originally known as ‘The Mount’, since 1969 Abercrombie House has been the home of the Morgan family. They have spent the last 50 years restoring and maintaining the magnificent house and its outbuildings and grounds and sharing it with the community as an outstanding example of Scottish Baronial style architecture. This venue is unique as a living family home, a ‘working house’ which is open to the public daily. The drawing room has a 1920s Steinway grand piano and the ballroom has a 108-year-old upright piano. The minstrel’s gallery in the ballroom has the oldest pipe organ on mainland Australia… and there may be a ghost in the apple orchard.