Newstead House - Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour featuring Capercaillie (Scotland)
29 April 2020 6:00PM
Newstead House Newstead Park, Cnr Breakfast Creek Road & Newstead Avenue, Brisbane, QLD, 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 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.