Thursday, August 20, 2009

Toasting Fiddles and Drams

A TWO-DAY musical extravaganza celebrating an array of Scottish talent launches at Winton House, in Pencaitland, next weekend.
Fiddles and Drams 2009 kicks off at 7pm with concert and ceilidh next Friday (August 28). Performances from Ruaridh MacMillan, current BBC Alba Young Musician of the Year, will be followed by Session A9 and an end of night ceilidh with Deoch n Dorus.
The following day (Saturday, August 29) is a family fun day, from 11am until 4pm, which includes music sessions and workshops with Rachel Newton and Jennifer McGlone, story-telling with Claire Mulholland and live music.
There will also be a range of activities, such as falconry, laser clays, dog and duck herding, clay pigeon shooting, archery and session tents - visitors are invited to bring their own instruments.
The jam-packed programme continues in the evening with a family ceilidh between 4.30pm-6.30pm.
From 7pm there will be performances from Lau, followed by The Julie Fowlis Band and an end of night ceilidh with 'Or' led by Fiona Dalgetty, the musical director for the weekend.
Rob Steadman, events and marketing manager of Winton House, said: "The estate and its surroundings offer stunning scenery and spectacular countryside and we hope to keep it that way.
"We are striving to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible from this event as we are already a Carbon Neutral Venue.
"We are encouraging visitors to use the shuttle bus service, car share, or hire a minibus if travelling in groups, in this instance parking is free."
And a treat is in store for 'patriots'. . . as all kilt/tartan wearers over the weekend will also be treated to one free drink.
For ticket information, visit or phone 01875 340222.

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