CASTLE HAS A FASCINATING TALE TO TELL
IF the walls of Stirling Castle’s Great Hall could talk, they would have their own extraordinary tales to tell. However, on Thursday, October 18, they can stay silent and play host to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
This will be the spectacular venue for this year’s opening event, OSSIAN: The Pipes and the Story.
A blend of story, music, and song, the event brings together some of Scotland’s leading storytellers with outstanding musical talent who will share the great Celtic tales of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Diarmaid and Grainne, and Ossian.
The event will be staged by candlelight, just as the Stuart kings would have enjoyed performances like these – blending stories, poems, and music to bring colour and life to the great Celtic myths and legends.
There are versions of the stories of Fionn, Diarmaid and Grainne, and Ossian on both sides of the Irish Sea and this event will tell the Scottish tales. Traditional piping from a stellar line-up of Ross Ainslie, Allan MacDonald, Brighde Chaimbeul, Griogair Labhruidh, and Angus & Kenneth MacKenzie will be linked by dialogue, with storytellers Martin MacIntyre, Janis MacKay, Donald Smith and David Campbell providing the captivating connecting narrative, in Scots and Gaelic.
All of this will form a remarkable backdrop to James MacPherson’s romantic poems of Ossian.
OSSIAN: The Pipes and the Story has been devised by Hamish Moore and Donald Smith and will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland.