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5 July 2017

Top Scottish folk musicians celebrate Scotland’s Amazing Ages

Hundreds of costumed performers are set to storm Fort George later this summer and in their midst will be some famous faces from the Scottish traditional music scene.

Julie Fowlis head shot

Hundreds of costumed performers are set to storm Fort George later this summer and in their midst will be some famous faces from the Scottish traditional music scene.

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are bringing a brand new event to the Highland fortress, in celebration of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Amazing Ages! will uncover 2,000 years of Scottish history and culture with an exciting programme of live music.

While performers, representing different periods in history, tell Scotland’s story through living history camps and dramatic re-enactments, a stellar line-up of Scottish folk musicians will be taking to the stage to perform, with a different headline act for each day.

Saturday will star much-loved, Edinburgh-based seven-piece Shooglenifty, renowned for fusing traditional melodies with a mixture of contemporary influences.

Frontman of Shooglenifty on stage with backlighting

Multi-award winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis tops the bill on Sunday. Deeply influenced by her early upbringing on the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist, she is perhaps best known for singing the theme songs for Disney Pixar’s Oscar winning film Brave.

Speaking ahead of August’s event, Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at HES, said: “We’re thrilled to be marking the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with this brand new event.

“We’re particularly excited to welcome such an array of Scottish musical talent to Fort George, with acts that are sure to create a festival atmosphere at this unique site against the beautiful backdrop of the Moray Firth.

Amazing Ages! is set to bring the strands of Scotland’s history and culture together in a lively celebration that is not to be missed.”

The event will also offer a host of other hands-on historical activities, with the chance to have a go at traditional skills, meet archaeologists and find out about the fascinating finds that help piece together the puzzles of the past.

Amazing Ages! has been funded in part by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the inaugural Amazing Ages! through our National Events Programme.

“In Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, this fantastic event, held within the iconic fortress of Fort George, will undoubtedly play its part in showcasing Scotland’s rich historic past and cultural heritage with an exciting programme of traditional music acts, fascinating living history camps, re-enactments and family activities to entertain visitors of all ages.”

Shooglenifty drummer on stage playing drums

The History Bug will be in full effect as Amazing Ages! takes place at Fort George, near Inverness, on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August from 11am-5pm. Tickets are priced £13 for adults, £11 for concessions and £8 for children. Family tickets are also available. Book in advance online and receive a 10% discount.

This event is free for Historic Scotland members.

The full musical programme will be announced on our website www.historicenvironment.scot/amazing

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

About EventScotland

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. 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. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.

EventScotland is a team within the VisitScotland Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see www.visitscotland.org or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see www.visitscotland.com

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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For further information

Claire Mullaney
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct Line: 0131 668 8588
Mobile: 07881 512 379