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Borders Bands Take to the Traquair Fair Stage

Seven up-and-coming musical acts from the Scottish Borders will have a chance to shine next month when they take to the newly-created “Up-and Coming” stage at The Traquair Fair on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August in the grounds of Scotland’s oldest inhabited home Traquair House near Innerleithen.

Performers from Innerleithen, Peebles, Selkirk, Jedburgh and beyond will play at the event which also features an eclectic mix of traditional and world music, visual arts, outdoor theatre, arts and crafts workshops, children’s entertainment, a vibrant crafts market and food and drink from around the world.
The Up-and Coming Stage” has been introduced by the organizers for the first time for 2011 and, following a call for local musicians earlier this year, seven acts from the region have been selected to showcase their talents at the event which attracts around 5000 visitors each year.
The bands chosen to appear include:
Wind Power – a Selkirk-based woodwind group playing music ranging from Mozart to Gershwin.
Hell Bucket – a happy-go-lucky folk/hillbilly band from the Borders
Cake & Grief Counselling from Innerleithen – a young local band with a sound similar to heavy rock, but retaining an element of acoustic playing.  They plan to release their debut album “Eponymous” in the near future.
Spoonthrift – band members from Peebles, Jedburgh and Innerleithen play blues and rock in their own style.
Georgina Gordon – a talented 16 year-old from Peebles who writes and performs her own songs and is influenced by artists such as K T Tunstall and Paolo Nutini.
Michael Jewitt and Andrew Winton - This young local duo from Innerleithen and Walkerburn write their own songs and play with a djembe drum, guitar and ukulele.
Laura & Rob McCleod - a Peebles-based couple showcasing a collection of beautiful, lyrical melodies taken from the traditional Scottish repertoire and the popular classical music scene.
The groups will appear on a bill that also includes Scottish singer songwriter Rab Noakes performing alongside diatonic harmonica player Fraser Spiers, and Western Australian singer and acoustic guitarist Emily Barker and the all-female Red Clay Halo trio. Scotland’s award-winning Blazin’ Fiddles will also attend as will The UK-based New Rope String Band, with its unique combination of circus, clowning and beautiful acoustic music.  Superb Indian drumming group, The Explosive Dholis, is also set to perform.
Traquair Fair organiser Catherine Maxwell Stuart said;

“The Borders is home to a great wealth of creative and musical talent and this year we decided that we would build a special covered stage area at the Traquair Fair to give up-and-coming local groups the chance to showcase their work to a wider audience. The fair-goers are always extremely enthusiastic and we believe that the addition of these acts will be hugely popular with visitors to the event.”

The Traquair Fair takes place at Traquair, Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August from 11am until 6pm.   Discounts are available for advance bookings and tickets can purchsed online at www.traquair.co.uk/fair or at the Box Office, Tel: 01896 830323

Advance ticket prices Adult £19, Concession £13, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £46.  Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.
Standard ticket Prices on the day: Adult £21, Concession £15, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £48. Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.

The Traquair Fair has again benefitted from funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, through their National Funding Programme.

For further media information, please contact Karen Finlay or Yvonne Bruce at Artisan PR on Tel: 01578 722690.

Notes to Editors:
EventScotland is the national events agency.
 
EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world’s leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.
 
For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org

Children’s Authors Head for Traquair Fair

The Children's Book Tent at this year's Traquair Fair features a host of storytelling treats from Scottish-based authors and Borders-based storytellers.

The family-friendly event takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August in the grounds of Scotland's oldest inhabited home Traquair House near Innerleithen. As well as the Children's Book Tent and some great children's entertainment, the event features an eclectic mix of traditional and world music, visual arts, outdoor theatre, arts and crafts workshops, children's entertainment, a vibrant crafts market and food and drink from around the world.

The Children's Book Tent, which sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust and solicitors Turcan Connell, will feature the following authors:

Keith Brumpton
An author, illustrator and creator of CBBC series M.I.High, Keith has lived in Scotland for over 10 years.  He is the creator of the popular Dinosaur FC series and will tell tales of Triceratops, Dino FC and some fresh and funny football antics from this illustrated series with a prehistoric twist. (Age group: over 7s)

Linda Strachan
Linda has written over 50 books for children, many of them for use in schools – from picture books to teenage novels.  One of her most popular series is the adventures of Hamish McHaggis, the happy-go-lucky Haggis recognisable by his orange fur, big red nose and tartan hat. (Age group: 5-9 year olds)

Natalie Russell
In 2003, Dundee-based author and illustrator Natalie published her first book Hamish the Highland Cow and was shortlisted for Best New Illustrator in the Booktrust Early Years Awards the following year.  Since then she has continued to write and illustrate books including Home Sweet Hamish, Donkey’s Busy Day and Moon Rabbit. (Age Group 5-8 year olds)

Lari Don
Leith-based Lari loves finding stories, researching stories, reading stories, listening to stories, making up stories and writing stories. She will be reading some of her favourites including The Big Bottom Hunt, How to Make a Heron Happy, First Aid for Fairies, Wolf Notes and Storm Singing. (Age Group Under 7s and 7-12s)

The Guid Crack Storytellers
A group of local storytellers based in the Scottish Borders that tell tales both comic and mystic.

Traquair Fair organiser Catherine Maxwell Stuart said;

“The Children’s Book Tent is always extremely popular and we’re greatly looking forward to welcoming these fantastic Scottish storytellers.  Children love to listen to stories and we’re delighted that the creators of such fabulous tales will be attending the Fair to entertain our visitors and hopefully help to encourage a love of books and storytelling among our young people.”

The Traquair Fair takes place at Traquair, Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August from 11am until 6pm.   Discounts are available for advance bookings and tickets can purchsed online at www.traquair.co.uk/fair or at the Box Office, Tel: 01896 830323

Advance ticket prices Adult £19, Concession £13, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £46.  Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.
Standard ticket Prices on the day: Adult £21, Concession £15, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £48. Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.

The Traquair Fair has again benefitted from funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, through their National Funding Programme.

For further media information, please contact Karen Finlay or Yvonne Bruce at Artisan PR on Tel: 01578 722690.

Notes to Editors:
EventScotland is the national events agency.
 
EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world’s leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.
 
For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org

Traquair Unveils Eventful Summer Line-up

Scotland's Oldest Inhabited House, Traquair near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, has unveiled a fantastic line-up of events for this Spring and Summer as it prepares to open its doors to the public once more on 9 April.

The popular historic attraction saw a 7% increase in visitor numbers last year, aided by a vibrant programme of events.  This year's schedule of activities ranges from Easter egg hunts, medieval jousting and outdoor Shakespeare performances to story-telling bike-rides, discussions and the biggest event of the year, the Traquair Fair, which takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August.

Tickets for the Fair, one of best family events in Scotland, have just gone on sale and a theme of Fire has been chosen for this year. Award-winning Scottish musicians, The Blazin' Fiddles, are amongst the first acts to be confirmed as part of the event's music line-up along with The Explosive Dholis, a superb Indian drumming group.

Other music acts attending this year include Western Australian singer and acoustic guitarist Emily Barker who will perform with The Red Clay Halo, an all-female trio playing violin, cello, accordion and flute.  The trio also provides backing vocals resulting in some mesmerizing four-part harmonies.  The New Rope String Band, with its unique combination of circus, clowning and beautiful acoustic music, is also set to attend.

The Traquair Fair has been supported this year by Event Scotland and Scottish Borders Council which will help develop a new "Glamp Site in the grounds comprising ten luxury yurt tents to provide a more glamorous, family-friendly alternative to the attraction's traditional camping facilities.

Events at Traquair attract over 15,000 people throughout the year and Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair, is optimistic about the coming season.  She said;

"In spite of the economic downturn, we saw an impressive increase in visitors last year with many more from the UK and particularly Scotland where so many people are discovering the wealth of places to visit and things to do with the family nearer to home. We've been welcoming visitors to Traquair for over 50 years and believe our vibrant events programme is contributing to our continued success.  We hope as many people as possible, from the Scottish Borders and beyond, will come along in 2011 to see what this beautiful attraction has to offer."

Events at Traquair this Spring and Summer are as follows:

Easter Eggstravaganza: Sunday 24 April. Children's activities and workshops and a hunt for over 5,000 mini-eggs in the Traquair maze.

Living History at Traquair: Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 and Monday 2 May. See soldiers of fortune from the 30 Years War in 1639 camped at Traquair.

Traquair Medieval Fair: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. Be transported back to medieval times with Traquair's Royal Medieval Pageant, falconry, archery, equestrian displays, early music, jesters and children's entertainment.

Shakespeare at Traquair: Wednesday 1-Saturday 4 June, Tuesday 7 - Friday 10 June. A stunning performance of Romeo and Juliet in Traquair's beautiful grounds.

Traquair Fair: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. Unbeatable family entertainment with theatre, outdoor spectacles, music, dance, storytelling, children's entertainment and craft and complimentary medicine stalls.

Books, Borders and Bikes: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August. A unique two-day literary festival featuring international writers.

For full details of all summer events and to purchase tickets for the Traquair Fair visit the web site at www.traquair.co.uk.

For further press information, please contact Karen Finlay or Yvonne Bruce, Artisan PR, Tel: 01578 722690

Traquair Fair on Fire 2011

Traquair Fair will take place this year on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August  with the theme of "fire" so expect red hot entertainment, passionate music and sparks flying!

On the main avenue the "art in action" theme will be expanded with demonstrations of glass blowing, forging on site, raku and candlemaking workshops.

Fire shows on the wine glass lawn, dance in the courtyard and music in the walled garden will join a feast of children;s entertainment, workshops and other events throughout the day.

Traquair Fair has also been awarded funding from Event Scotland for the second year and part of this funding  will be put towards the development of a new "glamp site" which will cater for campers who want to enjoy a more luxurious camping experience. Yurts and teepees can be hired ready erected in a quiet riverside area perfect for families and those who want a little peace and quiet in the evening.

Traquair Fair 2010

It has been announced today that Traquair Fair is back and will take place this year on the 31st July and 1st August.

After a year’s break, Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the organiser, said the event was coming back bigger and better than ever.

“ A year off gave us a chance to look at the Fair in detail, make a few changes and add some new entertainments. We all have renewed enthusiasm and energy and are really looking forward to this year’s event”.

The Fair will continue its varied programme of street theatre, world music, dance, children’s entertainment, workshops for all ages as well as a huge variety of craft stalls, workshops for all ages and complementry therapists.

In addition this year the Fair has received funding from Event Scotland which has helped support the creation of a new Visual Arts area for demonstrations, exhibitions and participatory workshops. Have a go at lithography, etching or Japanese calligraphy. There will also be a massive canvas  for everyone to add their own creation and build a record of the event.

In the Children’s Area, a new children’s book tent will make its appearance with a programme of writers and storytellers as well as book stands and a cosy area to browse and read.

The theme of the Fair this year will be “Beyond Borders” and we are highlighting the best of home grown culture as well as showcasing other small nations throughout the world such as Cuba, Afghanistan, Palestine and Georgia.

Festive Fayre At Traquair

Saturday 27th  and Sunday 28th November
11am – 4pm

Traquair is once again gearing up for a its very  popular free Christmas Opening which this year will include a lantern procession as well as music from Russia on Sunday from the Konevets Quartet.

Traquair will be in festive spirit with the house decorated for Christmas, floral displays and staff in Victorian dress. There is a sumptious Santa’s Grotto in the Lower Drawing Room for under 10’s and a new puppet show about Greyfriars Bobby from Poppy Browne as well as face painting and treasure hunts for children.

This year children can also take part in a lantern making workshop with a woodland procession at the end of each day.

Music will be provided by the St Ronans Silver Band on the Saturday and on the Sunday by the renowned Konevets Quartet, a superb chamber choir from Russia who will be singing a range of Russian sacred music, hymns and harmonies.

There are lots of shopping opportunities as well with craft stalls in the house offering jewellery, hand made cards, wood turning, Christmas wreaths and swags, textiles and other gifts as well as great discounts being offered in the Gift and Brewery shops.

In the courtyard there will be a mini food market promoting local food and drink as well as hot dogs, mulled wine and chestnuts to get you in a festive mood.
 
In the Chapel there will be carol singing from local choirs Fortissimo and In Chorus with the St Ronan’s Silver Band performing on Saturday in the courtyard.

For photos and further information please contact Catherine Maxwell  Stuart, Traquair House Innerleithen, Peeblesshire EH44 6PW catherine@traquair.co.uk
www.traquair.co.uk Tel; 01896 830323

Ghosts of the Past bring Traquair’s History to Life

TRAQUAIR’S GHOSTS COME TO LIFE!

Traquair Historical Ghost Tours Friday 22nd and Sat 23rd October
Fri 29th and Sat 30th October. (7pm & 9pm)

Halloween Family Fun Day - Sunday the 31St October
11am – 4pm

Have yourself a real Halloween experience this year by visiting Traquair and discovering all the spooky goings on!

If you want to feel the hairs on your neck stand on end then why not join a historical ghost tour at night and really soak up the history and the atmosphere of this ancient castle. The spirits of Traquair literally come alive and will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of the family’s religious persecution and Jacobite sympathies.

You end the tour with a warming glass of mulled wine and the 1745 Cottages Restaurant is open for delicious Halloween Suppers for all who dare.

Tickets are £10.00 for adults and £8.00 for children ( not suitable for under 8’s) Tickets should be booked in advance as places limited.

If you want a less chilling experience and have children who love to dress up then perhaps the Halloween Fun Day will be a little less scary. With lots of activities both inside and outside you don’t need to worry about the weather.

Inside you can start off with the Spook Passage Experience on the ground floor, have your tarot read if you wish and  on the top floor you will find  a Witches  and Wizards Workshop, Spooky Face Painting and Ghost Stories in the Library.

Outside take part in lots of traditional Halloween Games such as Apple Dookin’ Sticky Scones and Spooky scavenger hunts. Then there will be ghost stories told in the Olde Yew Tree Circle and Owls will be on display with all days talks and flying demonstrations.

Come dressed to kill and win a fabulous prize for ages 0-5yrs, 5- 10yrs and 10 yrs and over.

Entrance to the house and grounds Adults £6.00 and Children £3.00 and Families £15.00 (tickets on the gate)
For ghost tours, tickets and other enquiries Tel; 01896 830323

Photos available for press on request.

Festive Fayre At Traquair

Saturday 27th  and Sunday 28th November
11am – 4pm

Traquair is once again gearing up for a its very  popular free Christmas Opening which this year will include a lantern procession as well as music from Russia on Sunday from the Konevets Quartet.

Traquair will be in festive spirit with the house decorated for Christmas, floral displays and staff in Victorian dress. There is a sumptious Santa’s Grotto in the Lower Drawing Room for under 10’s and a new puppet show about Greyfriars Bobby from Poppy Browne as well as face painting and treasure hunts for children.

This year children can also take part in a lantern making workshop with a woodland procession at the end of each day.

Music will be provided by the St Ronans Silver Band on the Saturday and on the Sunday by the renowned Konevets Quartet, a superb chamber choir from Russia who will be singing a range of Russian sacred music, hymns and harmonies.

There are lots of shopping opportunities as well with craft stalls in the house offering jewellery, hand made cards, wood turning, Christmas wreaths and swags, textiles and other gifts as well as great discounts being offered in the Gift and Brewery shops.

In the courtyard there will be a mini food market promoting local food and drink as well as hot dogs, mulled wine and chestnuts to get you in a festive mood.
 
In the Chapel there will be carol singing from local choirs Fortissimo and In Chorus with the St Ronan’s Silver Band performing on Saturday in the courtyard.

For photos and further information please contact Catherine Maxwell  Stuart, Traquair House Innerleithen, Peeblesshire EH44 6PW catherine@traquair.co.uk
www.traquair.co.uk Tel; 01896 830323

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