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Woodbridge – Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour featuring Capercaillie in partnership with National Trust WA

9 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. 


This 19th century residence on the banks of the Swan River, on Noongar land, was built in 1884 as a turreted colonial mansion. Surrounded by old-world gardens and with magnificent views over the river and beyond, the house reminds visitors of Perth’s early colonial years and the way that affluent settlers attempted to transfer their familiar style of architecture and English customs to their new lives in the antipodes, in this case, with devastating results for the traditional peoples of the area. Though Woodbridge House is a beautiful residence, it’s also a reminder of the clash of cultures when Europeans made their homes in Australia.