Sto­ry­telling in the cas­tle

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Stir­ling Cas­tle’s Great Hall will host a unique event from The Scot­tish International Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val next week in a show­case of mu­sic, song and tall tales.

En­ti­tled ‘OSSIAN: The Pipes and the Story,’ the can­dlelit cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18, blends a feast of mu­si­cal tal­ent with some of Scot­land’s lead­ing sto­ry­tellers to share the great Celtic saga of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Diar­maid, Grainnhe and Ossian.

The ma­te­rial forms a back­drop to James MacPher­son’s ro­man­tic po­ems of Ossian, to con­nect with Scot­land’s con­tin­u­ing tra­di­tions of song, mu­sic and story.

As­sem­bled on the night is a line-up of Scot­land’s mu­si­cal tal­ent, in­clud­ing Ross Ainslie, Al­lan Mac­Don­ald, Brighde Chaim­beul with Martin MacIn­tyre, Ja­nis MacKay, Don­ald Smith and David Camp­bell pro­vid­ing the con­nect­ing nar­ra­tive.

Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Don­ald Smith 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.’

Vis­i­tors should ar­rive at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Tick­ets cost £19.50 and can be booked on­line at www.his­tori­cen­vi­ron­ment. scot or call 0131 668 8885

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