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16 October 2018

Pipes, poetry and storytelling at Stirling Castle

The 30th Scottish International Storytelling Festival opens at Stirling Castle with a night of of music, poetry and storytelling

Gaelic musician, Ross Ainslie plays the bagpipes on stage

The Great Hall at Stirling Castle will host 'Ossian: The Pipes and the Story', a unique combination of music, poetry and storytelling, as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival on Thursday 18 October.

'Ossian: The Pipes and the Story' brings together a fusion of Scottish bagpipe music and poetry, weaving it with stories performed in Gaelic and Scots. The performance will take place in Stirling Castle’s Great Hall under atmospheric candlelight.

Laura Gray, Assistant Events Manager at HES, said:

We’ll be taking the audience on a journey back to a time when the Great Hall would have hosted performances like this for the Stewart kings and queens who lived here.

“'The Pipes and the Story’ assembles a stellar line-up of Scotland’s Gaelic musical talent, including Ross Ainslie, Allan MacDonald, Brighde Chaimbeul, Griogair Labhruidh, and Angus and Kenneth MacKenzie. We’re delighted to be welcoming them to the castle to tell the stories of Fionn, Diarmaid, Grainnhe and Ossian.”

Donald Smith, Storytelling Festival Director, said:

Growing up in Stirling, I watched the Great Hall being restored with apprentices serving their time on the fantastic stonework, and the magnificent roof timbers.

"Now, I want to make the Hall echo again with culture fit for kings.”

Stirling Castle, is one of over 70 staffed Historic Scotland attractions managed by Historic Environment Scotland, was first mentioned around 1110. Almost every Scottish monarch had either lived in the castle, or been crowned or died at the Castle.

'Ossian: The Pipes and the Story' takes place from 7.30pm – 9.40pm on Thursday 18 October. Discount is available for Historic Scotland members.

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