Tamfest September Update

What a busy month August has been for us in Tamfest world! Work is well underway for our two key projects, The Tam o’ Shanter Trail of Terror and our unique film project! Visit our events page to find out more information on both.

The Tamfest team had a fantastic day at the iconic The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr for a day of filming for the film project with Eddi Reader (One of Scotland’s most cherished singer/songwriters and recipient of 3 Brit Awards) and Cameron Nixon (BBC young traditional musician of the year finalist) it was a joy to work with them both and we can’t wait to show you the end results! In a few weeks time we will be filming again with Cameron outdoors at another iconic location in Ayr to add a few surprises to the film! We also cannot wait to start filming with Lachlan Goudie (Writer, TV presenter and one of Scotland’s top artists ) at the end of September for his key role in the project!

Tam Beyond Reality…. A Virtual Storytelling of Tam o’ Shanter

Remember tickets are selling very fast for our fantastic virtual event, Tam Beyond Reality…. A Virtual Storytelling of Tam o’ Shanter! Sign up soon before it sells out at Eventbrite for a unique Tamfest event that is FREE! Tamfest is rooted in heritage and inspired by Robert Burns, Tam o’ Shanter. Ever wondered how marvellous it would it be to drop into this most epic of poems and see parts of the story unfold? Or how about traveling back in time to Alloway Kirk in the 18th Century on a strange haunted night similar to the one encountered by Burn’s most popular character Tam o’ Shanter? Well at Tamfest, now you can thanks to a new virtual reality education platform edify developed through a partnership with the University of Glasgow!

New Virtual Event

We also have a new virtual event added to the festival lineup in October! We have a great virtual reading for children(8-13) by the Author, Garry Stewart from his fantastic book –The Shanter Legacy: The Search for the Grey Mare’s Tail! The book was originally a popular play and the book is a fine development from it. As well as being a fun read, it is a bridge to Robert Burns being a ‘sequel’ of sorts to ‘Tam o’ Shanter’! The book is described as ‘magical realist fiction’, ‘fantasy adventure’, and ‘fantasy/horror’. The author, Garry Stewart, is well-equipped to write in this theme. He is an award-winning actor, writer and director!

Trail of Terror! 

We hope you have been enjoying watching our creative team on our social media turn everything into a Tamfest reality for The Tam o’ Shanter Trail of Terror! This will run at stages 5 to 14 of the Bluebonnet Trails in Ayr on October 25th -31st. Please keep checking our social media for updates on this family-friendly self-led wicked walk! 

Craig Campbell Art ©

Tam’s Sunday Club

Tam’s Sunday Club which showcases talent from Ayrshire, Scotland and worldwide continues to grow and be a great success. We have a fantastic lineup for you on September 26th!

Rosie Sings

Rosie has an impressive pop soprano sound! She trained in London and went on to perform in shows in the West End and worldwide. Rosie has been a session singer and voice artist for over 10 years!

D.A. Watson

An acclaimed Scottish horror Author gives us an exclusive reading from his acclaimed book – In The Devils Name! “Some of the locals in Ballantrae still tell tales about haunted Bennane Head, the cliffs just up the coast where the mythical Sawney Bean is said to have dwelt with his family during the seventeenth century. Never walk past there at night, they say, or heaven help you. Just a ghost story to give the tourists a thrill….”

Davie Anderson

Davie mixes the genres of Folk, Americana, Rockabilly, Blues and also a touch of Robert Burns! 

Stay in Touch

As Tamfest enters its 7th year we can’t thank you enough for your support! Remember to like and share any content you enjoy and write to us. We’d love to hear from you. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates and fun posts related to Tamfest!

Yours truly,
Meredith (Tamfest Chair) 


Tamfest May Update

April has been a busy and productive month here at Tamfest! The team have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you high impact and unique events in October 2021. We look forward to letting you know about these soon! The greatest news however, is our continued partnership with the South Ayrshire Council. This was confirmed at the end of April for the 7th year in a row and we are so grateful for their support to help Tamfest grow worldwide. Since 2015 the South Ayrshire Council have given Tamfest key resources in order to make our festival develop into the largest in Scotland, dedicated to a fictional character, our hero, Tam o’ Shanter! April’s Tam’s Sunday Club was a great success, with fantastic performances from Lachlan Goudie, Elsa McTaggart & Jamie Mcgeechan. With a combined viewing in the first week of over 7,000 views! Tamfest 

In addition, we have had some great features from Ayrshire Magazine and Ayr Advertiser and thank them both for their continued support. Please check these out on their social media accounts and websites. As mentioned last month, due to the success of Tam’s Sunday Club we are delighted to be starting Young Tam Friday Club on May 21st which will showcase the talent of young performers from Ayrshire, Scotland and worldwide! Young Tam Friday Club will happen every second month and please keep checking our social media for updates on the event and line ups. Stay tuned! 


We will be involved in the Camperdown Robert Burns/ Scottish Festival in New South Wales, Australia that is taking place in July. Tamfest now has a worldwide audience and it is fantastic to be involved in this great festival. More details to follow soon! If you go to our events page on Tamfest Facebook, you will find details on all our activities and events coming up and the events page is updated regularly. We also have some new projects to let you know about soon! We hope you all have a great May ahead and as always we can’t thank you enough for your continued support and enthusiasm for Tamfest! 

Tam’s Sunday Club

This month’s Sunday Club will be held on the 23rd May on Tamfest Facebook at 7pm. We have another great line up for you!

7:00 PM Nicola Cassells is a popular Ayrshire Soprano and has performed at many prestigious events all over the world! After her appearance of the UK’s hit show, The Voice, Nicola was dubbed the girl with the ‘golden voice’.

7:15PM Scott Nicol is a well known singer/songwriter on the Ayrshire circuit and also runs Possibility Screams which showcases the rich talent of young Ayrshire musicians!

7:30PM Debi Ronain is the lead singer for The Ronains and will be performing an exclusive solo set! Hailed as one of Scotland’s most powerful bands, The Ronains have sold out shows throughout the UK, performing all over the USA and supporting many great acts such as Jake Bugg , Gerry Cinnamon and The Coral! 

Stay in Touch

As Tamfest enters it’s 7th year we can’t thank you enough for your support! Remember to like and share any content you enjoy and write to us. We’d love to hear from you. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates and fun posts related to Tamfest!

Yours truly,

Meredith (Tamfest Chair) Tamfest