Storytelling in the castle
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