Rippon Lea Estate - Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour feat. Capercaillie (Scot) in assoc. with the National Trust Victoria
13 May 2020 6:00PM
Rippon Lea Estate 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, VIC, Australia.
"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 of Australia (Victoria) 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.
Rippon Lea is a large 19th century mansion surrounded by 7 hectares of Victorian pleasure gardens, built on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. It is listed on the National Heritage Register as one of the finest examples of original suburban estate in Australia. In 1868 Sir Frederick Sargood contracted a two-storey, 15 room house be built. An extensive pleasure garden was laid out around the house, together with glasshouses, vegetable gardens and orchards.