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

30 April


“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. 

Bankfoot House is the oldest surviving residence in the Glass House Mountains, on Jinibara, Gubbi Gubbi and Kabi Kabi lands, now a state heritage-listed property. William and Mary Grigor established the house in 1868, naming it after Mary’s village in Scotland. Cobb & Co coaches, travelling between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields, used the property as a lunch stop and staging post and independent travellers used Bankfoot House as an overnight stop, paying one shilling for dinner, one shilling for a bed and one shilling to feed and stable their horse. The Grigor, Burgess and Ferris families occupied the house for over 130 years, making a huge contribution to the district in local industries, community life and local government.

Ticketholders will enjoy a range of activities during the event such as Memories of Scotland exhibition in the Mary Grigor Centre, as well as guided tours of Bankfoot House.

Gates open at 4.30pm- Free guided tours of the house available, view the ‘Memories of Scotland’ exhibition and hear Curator’s Floor talk. Show- Cappercaille commences at 6.30pm. Food and Refreshments available including cash bar.

Refreshments will be available – check our website for more details.