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The Year of Scotland – Capercaillie Folk Band CONCERT CANCELLED

29th April, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| AU50.00

A message from the Organisers:

In response to the current advice and shifting climate around COVID 19, Woodfordia Inc has cancelled the Scottish Towns and Grand Houses tour, featuring Capercaillie. As with all events, the organisation of this concert series has been a huge amount of work – 18 months in the making. We are very grateful to our tour’s presenting partners for all of their work over this time, and look forward to imagining a rescheduling of this beautiful idea when the world settles a little.

You would all be aware of the COVID 19 pandemic spreading worldwide. We’re not sure if the panic surrounding the Coronavirus is more damaging than the virus itself; but in the event world, as you would’ve read, the reality is, we cannot risk the health and wellbeing of our community. It’s not up to us to be ‘sure’ that the threat is real – it’s up to us to heed advice and try to make the best decision we can.

Bringing an international artist into travel to 30 different communities over one month goes directly against prevailing advice from medical experts who are advising all community members to do what they can to ‘flatten the curve’. 

For those who have purchased tickets already, we will be organising the refunding of your ticket purchases into your account in the next couple of days.

We wish you all well, and hope that you and your families are in calm good health during this time.

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.

Newstead house is Brisbane’s oldest surviving European home, established in 1846 on a parcel of lands originally occupied by the Turrbal People, purchased by Patrick Leslie, a Scottish settler from Meikle Wartle in Aberdeenshire. This iconic landmark has evolved from a simple Georgian cottage into a grand residence following significant renovations and extensions in 1867. The house occupies a commanding position within Newstead Park, with sweeping views of the Hamilton and Bulimba reaches of the Brisbane River. Newstead House is an established house museum, decorated and furnished to reflect the late Victorian period and is a significant part of Brisbane history.