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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 Summer Update

The summer is here and we have a busy month ahead for Tamfest! On the first weekend in July, we had several of our Virtual Tamfest performances 2020 handpicked to take part in the Camperdown Festival in Victoria, Australia. We couldn’t be more delighted to be part of this incredible international Burns event!

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite for a unique Tamfest event and it’s completely FREE! One of the virtual highlights of Tamfest in October will be Tam Beyond Reality – A virtual storytelling of Tam o’Shanter! Ever wondered how marvelous it would be to drop into Burns’ most epic poem and see parts of the story unfold? Or how about travel back in time to Alloway Kirk in the 18th Century on a strange haunted night similar to the one encountered by Tam o’ Shanter himself? Well a Tamfest, now you can thanks to a new virtual reality education platform edify developed through a partnership with the University of Glasgow!

Tamfest Updates

We are also delighted to announce that we have some new partners on board to support this year’s Tamfest. We welcome Launch back as our amazing marketing team; along with Marjorie Calder from Ocean Blue PR. We are also working on something very exciting behind the scenes with the incredible, AMD Studios. So make sure you stay tuned for updates.

Tam’s Youth Club

The Young Tam Friday Club is back this July with a mix of amazing performers. This month’s Sunday Club will be held on the 23rd July on Tamfest Facebook at 7pm. We have another great line up for you!

7:00PM Blair Gilmour. At only 14 years of age, Blair got through to the semi-finals of The Voice Kids TV show and stunned judges Danny Jones, Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott and Will.i.am with his singing, guitar-playing and drumming skills!

7:15PM DA Dance is a fantastic young dance academy from right here in Ayr. The Dance Arena offer a wide range of dancing styles and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us!

7:30PM Sasha Kaloheris is a rising singer/songwriter from Glasgow. Her impressive talent is making waves in the young music world.

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.

7:00PM Robbie Dale, from Ayrshire, is a session guitarist for the BBC and STV. He has performed on many TV shows including Hogmanay Specials, Songs of Praise, Shindig, Good Morning TV and he also is a regular member of the BBC Orchestra.

7:15PM George Cameron, a Tamfest favourite and popular Ayrshire poet. George’s performance always exceed expectations

7:30PM Take Note is a very special trio of voices, flowing guitar and a drumbeat! Take Note from Ayrshire have a Scottish/ Burns inspired set in store.

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 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 News

Tam o’ Shanter | Halloween | Robert Burns

Welcome to our first newsletter, where we will provide you with monthly updates on Tamfest, all our other events and projects plus fun and interesting posts on topics related to Tamfest’s history and heritage! Tamfest 2021 has started out with a bang, with the success of our monthly Tam’s Sunday Club, showcasing the rich talent of Ayrshire and Scotland. Recently one of our Sunday Club performers, Ayrshire poet Tracy Harvey, had over 120,000 views, with people tuning in worldwide! Tam’s Sunday Club on Sunday 25th April will have an all-star line up with exclusive performances from popular Scottish folk singer Elsa McTaggart, world-renowned Scottish artist, writer and TV presenter, Lachlan Goudie, and Ayrshire’s international songwriter, Jamie McGeechan. This is one not to be missed! 


This summer, Tamfest will also be starting the Young Tam’s Friday Club. A companion event to the Sunday Club featuring performers from Ayrshire and Scotland 18 years of age and under. More details to be announced soon! We have also been developing projects with the Robert Burns World Federation and Robert Burns Association of North America on a virtual takeover from July to September. This will feature performances from members worldwide from both organisations!

This year Tamfest will not be held on one day and instead will feature high impact and unique events over the whole month of October. We look forward to sharing more details on this soon! Stay in Touch As Tamfest enters its 7th year we can’t thank you enough for your support, it is deeply appreciated! Remember to like and share any content you enjoy and write us. We’d love to hear from you. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates and fun posts related to Tamfest!