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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) 

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Tamfest August Update

We hope you have all been enjoying the summer and the great Scottish weather we have been having! As we get closer to all things Tamfest in October, we have a busy and productive time ahead!

Work is starting this month on one of our key projects for the festival. We can’t give away too much just now but we can let you know that this will be a unique film project and will feature Eddi Reader, one of Scotland’s most cherished singer/songwriters and recipient of 3 Brit Awards. Lachlan Goudie, writer, TV presenter and one of Scotland’s top artists. Cameron Nixon, BBC young traditional musician of the year finalist. It is an honour for us to work with Eddi, Lachlan and Cameron!

The Gaiety

The Gaiety is one of Scotland’s oldest and most iconic theatres. We are delighted that they are playing a key part in the project. The Gaiety’s support who are one of our long-term sponsors is essential to the festival every year. The film project will be shown on the evening of Halloween – Sunday October 31st! As always, more details to follow soon!

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 to sign up 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!

Festival Importance By Marjorie Calder

Singing, dancing and performing your way back from a pandemic doesn’t sound too bad a strategy – and can provide a credible approach to urban and rural regeneration also. “It stands to reason that music and the arts tap into energies and emotions in a way that other activities simply can’t,” according to Meredith McCrindle, the driving force behind Ayrshire’s annual Tamfest festival. Now expanded to encompass events all year long, Tamfest originally started out as a celebration of two unlikely bedfellows; Robert Burns and Halloween, through the link of the classic Halloween poem, Tam o’ Shanter. Its purpose is already established as an Ayrshire artistic showcase; bringing together talent and tourism across Ayrshire, currently in a virtual sense but widening to encompass the footfall and spending of visitors again as soon as pandemic uncertainty allows. 

Tam’s Sunday Club

Tune in on the 25th July for our Tam’s Sunday Club! Turn it up this month and get your Tam on...

Tam’s Sunday Club which showcases talent from Ayrshire, Scotland and worldwide continues to grow and be a great success. We have a fantastic line up for you on August 29th…

Flew The Arrow – Very popular Alt / folk artist from Ayrshire, residing in Glasgow.

Frank Gormanley – Male vocalist in the hugely popular Ayrshire band Angelstar and is performing an exclusive solo set. Frank is also the President for the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce!

Christie Oliver -Fantastic rising singer / songwriter from West Lothian! 

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)