Americana Fair at Traquair House
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd August
Final preparations for the Traquair Fair are under way for the 33rd Traquair Fair. This year, for the first time there will be an Americana theme including an Elvis tribute act, Danny Allan as well as Wild West Shows, Classic American Cars, Film, and a great line up of music throughout the weekend.
Catherine Maxwell Stuart who organises the event, commented:
“We may not be opening the Bear Gates just yet for this “king” but we can promise a sensational weekend of entertainment for all ages. There has been a great response already to the event and the Americana theme has touched a chord with many – who can resist Cowboys, Country, Cajun food and Cheerleaders! “
With outdoor spectacles, music, theatre, film, dance and workshops for all ages this Is one of Scotland’s best loved family events and there is a packed programme to cater for every taste:
Highlights will include Martell’s Raiders, with shows including whip cracking, gun fights, fast draw and other stunning feats. In a slightly more tongue in cheek vein, the hilarious Calamity Jane will be presenting her own show including and her own line in lasso line dancing!
On the Music Stage in the old walled garden there will be music until 7pm with 11 bands over two days from Scotland and the USA. Featuring Country, Blues, Soul and Celtic Americana they include New York based Curtis Eller’s American Circus one of the quirkiest banjo players in the country. From Georgia, Brooks Williams, a singer songwriter – ranked as one of the US top 100 acoustic guitarists. From Scotland, Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts – one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer songwriters described as Celtic Americana with a rocky pop edge. There will also be Edinburgh based choir, Got Soul; Foot stomping music and soaring harmonies from Glasgow based rootsy band, The Chaplins. Great blues music from 8 piece band, Blueswater. Edinburgh based soul kings; Rising Souls, and Borders’ based country favourites The Frequent Flyers with Kathy Stewart.
Up in the courtyard there will be traditional Appalachian clog dance, storytelling, as well as a new show from the Award winning Two Faced Dance Company who will be presenting “Kapow” a high octane family show starring Batman, Superman and Spiderman coming to terms with modern day life. And an Americana theme would not be complete with some professional cheerleaders from Elite Pro Dance.
For children, there will be top quality entertainment for younger and older kids with theatre and puppet shows including the Latin American inspired puppets from Cusan Theatre, Macastory with some American inspired tales, Mr Boom, arts and circus workshops, street theatre, swing boats, face painting, fairy wings and a range of other activities including the Rodeo Bull!
Out in front of the house there will be a display of classic American cars and motorbikes and up in the house a showing of some classic American films.
As well as all the entertainment there will be crafts, fantastic foods from around the world, local food producers and workshops for all to participate in including felt making, stone carving, green wood working as well of course, how to lasso!
For further details of the programme go to www.traquairfair.co.uk where reduced priced tickets can be purchased in advance until July 28th.
The Traquair Fair has been run since 1976 starting as a Craft Fair and growing into a large arts, theatre and music event. It is now run on a biennial basis.
Traquair is Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House and the event is held throughout the grounds and house.
The event regularly attracts 5 – 6,000 people over the weekend with camping available on site.
Contacts: Catherine Maxwell Stuart – organiser, Sarah Macdonald – marketing assistant
Tel; 01896 830323
Photographs supplied on request.