Americana adventures at Traquair House

Traquair Fair is back in 2015! Now in its 33rd year, the Fair is an unbeatable weekend of family entertainment held in the magical grounds of Traquair House. The Fair is now run on a bi-ennial basis and in 2015 we have an Americana theme. So “come on down” and enjoy a fabulous line up of Theatre and Wild West Shows, Music including country, bluegrass, soul and Celtic Americana. Children’s shows and activities including a rodeo bull! Classic American films, vintage cars and bikes, dance, storytelling, workshops galore with food & drinks from around the world including Traquair Fair Ale brewed exclusively for the weekend.

Americana adventures at Traquair HouseThe Traquair Fair is back this year with an Americana theme.

With outdoor spectacles, music, theatre, film, dance and workshops for all ages this is one of Scotland’s best loved family events and there is a packed programme lined up for the weekend of which highlights are announced today;

With the Americana theme running through the event, at Traquair House near Innerleithen, the Wineglass lawn will play host to some great Wild West Cowboy antics from Martell’s Raiders, with whip cracking, knife throwing and other stunning feats.

All sorts of fun over the weekend (August 1 and 2) will be had with Elvis Presley, a full on Talent Show, Michael Angelo, stiltman extraordinaire and some wild west characters complete with their horses.

On the Music Stage in the garden there will be a great line up of music with 11 bands over two days from Bluegrass to Country and Soul. Some Highlights include New York based Curtis Eller’s American Circus one of the quirkiest banjo players in the country.

From Georgia, Brooks Williams, a singer songwriter – ranked as one of the US top 100 acoustic guitarists. From Scotland, Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts – one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer songwriters described as Celtic Americana with a rocky pop edge.

There will also be Edinburgh based choir, Got Soul; Foot stomping music and soaring harmonies from Glasgow based rootsy band, The Chaplins. Great blues music from 8 piece band, Blueswater.  Edinburgh based soul kings; Rising Souls, and Borders’ based country favourites The Frequent Flyers with Kathy Stewart.

For children, there will be top quality entertainment for younger and older kids with theatre and puppet shows including the Latin American inspired puppets from Cusan Theatre, Macastory with some American inspired tales, Mr Boom, arts  and circus workshops, street theatre, swing boats, face painting, fairy wings and a range of other activities including the Rodeo Bull!

Out in front of the house there will be a display of classic American cars and motorbikes and up in the house a showing of some classic American films.

As well as all the entertainment there will be crafts, fantastic foods from around the world, local food producers and workshops for all to participate in including felt making, stone carving, green wood working as well of course, how to lasso!

For further details of the programme go to www.traquairfair.co.uk where tickets now on sale.

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