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Bothwell Town Hall – Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour featuring Capercaillie (Scotland)

21 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.

Bothwell Town Hall

Governor George Arthur named Bothwell after a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland which lies to the east of Glasgow. In terms of European settlement, Bothwell Historic Town is one of the most historically significant towns in Tasmania with a total of 60 buildings and locations of significant historic interest. There are two 19th century ‘gentlemen’s residences’ near Bothwell, which was established on Palawa land. ‘Ratho’, which lies to the west of the town on Highland Lakes Road, is a single storey stone house with wooden Ionic columns at the front. Built in the 1830s to a design by architect Andrew Bell it was the home of Scottish business man Alexander Reid. Ratho’s great claim to fame is that the Ratho Golf Course is the oldest course in Australia and the oldest known course outside Scotland. Ratho is still a working farm with grazing sheep maintaining the fairways and fences to keep them from the square greens. The course is a time capsule of how the game began and the way it was played during its first 500 years. It is now over 170 years old.