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Bundanoon Soldier’s Memorial Hall – Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour featuring Capercaillie (Scotland)

27 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.

Bundanoon Soldier’s Memorial Hall

A beautiful town in the Southern Highlands, explorer Charles Throsby referred to the area as ‘bantanoon’ is a corruption of a Tharawal (Dharawal) Aboriginal word meaning ‘deep ravine’ or ‘place of deep gullies’. The Darug and Gundungurra peoples are the traditional owners of the Blue Mountains region. ‘Bantanoon’ became ‘Bundanoon’ and it was only a short step from there for someone to declare that it was Scottish and now Brigadoon: The Bundanoon Highland Gathering is held here every April. The cultural and social centre of the community, the hall was built in the art deco style of the 1930s, and is much admired today because of the lovely architecture of the entrance and internal decorative features.