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Tam’s Sunday Club

At Tamfest Facebook on the last Sunday of every month, we have Tam’s Sunday Club which features 3 virtual performances from a wide variety of Ayrshire & Scottish performers! For the January Sunday Club, we had a performance by Ayrshire poet Tracy Harvey. The poem is now the most viewed video in Tamfest history with over 100,000 views!

The poem called “Betty Through The Waa” is about what it means to have a good neighbour!

“This poem was inspired by my neighbour Rena Ruggeri who lived “throu the waa” from me when my daughter and I lived in Auchinleck for years. Everybody needs a “Betty” next door, and, hopefully we’ll all become Betty’s someday”

Tracy Harvey

Virtual Tamfest

For this year only Tamfest is going online and direct to your home!!

We didn’t want you to miss out on Halloween this year so grab your broomsticks, pumpkins and capes as we are going to bring you a TAMFEST VIRTUAL FESTIVAL direct to your living rooms! We will be working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, who are kindly sponsoring the festival.

Please be rest assured we will be back next year. We will do our very best to put together an amazing festival for you in 2021! Thank you as ever, for your continued support.

Grado and Jane McCarry

We were delighted to announce Scottish wrestler and actor Grado for Virtual Tamfest!! Grado performed a hilarious version of Tam o’ Shanter that is not be missed!

We also welcomed Scotland’s most loved actress Jane McCarry (Isa – Still Game) to Virtual Tamfest. Jane performed at Tamfest in 2017 with actor Mark Cox (Tam – Still Game) for a hilarious and unforgettable performance. We are delighted to have her back again for what will no doubt be one of the highlights of Virtual Tamfest!


Buy Tam a Dram!

As you know Tam loved a dram! We would love you to buy Tam a Dram to help Tamfest grow, safe in the knowledge there will be no sore head waiting for Tam tomorrow morning!

Tamfest is run by a local charity for the benefit of the community and funding is crucial to our on-going success. The support helps us to deliver a festival that Ayr deserves and can be proud of. It means we can expand Tamfest while honouring Ayr’s long history with the apocryphal Tam o’ Shanter poem by Robert Burns. And as a thank you for your kind donation we will credit your name on our thank you page on the website!  

Please donate to our Paypal account using the button below.

Slàinte mhath! Cheers! Thank you for your support!


Tamfest is inspired by the Tam o’ Shanter poem by Robert Burns!

We are delighted that South Ayrshire Council has allowed us to share their new video of Alexander Goudie’s Tam o’ Shanter, a tale told in pictures!

Rozelle House is home to Scottish Artist Alexander Goudie’s magnificent series of paintings inspired by Robert Burns’ famous poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. This narrative cycle of 54 paintings was purchased by South Ayrshire Council with funding provided by the T.B. Hunter Charitable Trust, The Fraser Foundation and the Souter Foundation, and they are now part of our permanent collection. A selection of these works is on display at Rozelle House all year and you can see all 54 works in the video!


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We hope you enjoyed Tams Sunday Club last night! We have another great line up for you on Sunday March 28th!

*NICOLA MEEHAN 7.00PM

Scottish performer Nicola has toured the U.K. with ‘The Osmonds’, playing ‘Trish’ in Boogie Nights the Musical. Nicola recently toured with Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole in his production ‘Showman'!

Nicola has traveled the world extensively on cruise ships as lead production vocalist and now spends most of her year performing her one woman show with orchestra’s on board luxury liners!

At Christmas you can usually find her playing ‘Good Fairy’ in lavish pantomimes around the UK. She loves to sing every genre, from swing to current pop & classic covers and we can't wait for her Tams Sunday Club set!


* COLIN HUNTER 7.15PM

It’s difficult not to be impressed with this Ayrshire musicians musical prowess!

To immerse yourself in Colins songs elicits a powerful response. He bravely opens the door and lays himself open. Similar to Jeff Buckley there is an intensity to his performance, but unlike Buckley who hid behind a lyrically cryptic style Colin instead casts a light on every corner of his heart and soul in language that anyone can comfortably empathise with!


*WILD HORSE WILL 7.30PM

With influences ranging from folk, blues with funk, reggae roots and having performed at Tamfest in the past we look forward to a great set from popular Ayrshire performer Wild Horse Will!

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Nicola Jane Vocalist
Colin Hunter
Wild Horse Will
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Please welcome our final performer for this months Tams Sunday Club, Alexandra Shrinivas!

Ayrshire Soprano Alexandra has many notable performances which include recitals as part of the local Word Festival in 2010 and the St. Andrews Cathedral concert at noon series, in 2010 and 2011. Other performances include the 2011 Production of Carmen by the Aberdeen University Opera Society, Patience by the Aberdeen University Gilbert and Sullivan Society and The Fairy Queen by the Aberdeen University Baroque ensemble, playing the role of Night.
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Next up for Tams Sunday Club is Simon Lamb with a fantastic original poetry performance!

Simon won The Gaiety Theare Got Talent in Ayr in 2015 with his show-stopping ‘A Miserable Night at the Theatre’

His writing for the stage includes ‘Classroom 2039’ (Winner, Caithness Music Festival 2018), ‘Time Begins At Midnight’ (Scottish Finalist, SCDA One Act Play Festival 2017), ‘Cinderella’ (Lybster Primary School 2016) & ‘Pass the Salt – A Play Peppered with Humour’ (On the Rocks Festival, Fife 2013)
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Please welcome to Tams Sunday Club!

To start an evening of fantastic performances we have David Douglas, a very popular Tenor from Ayrshire who has put together a great video!

David trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music and has performed for some of the World's most prestigious companies including: Les Arts Florissants, Glyndbourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Dartington Advanced Opera, The Britten Pears Young Artist Program, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Dunedin Consort and Opera North.

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Tams Sunday Club will begin in five minutes!

First we have a introduction from the Chair of Tamfest, Meredith McCrindle!
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