Published: 17/06/2014 12:04 - Updated: 17/06/2014 12:16

Jacobite tunes ring out at Culloden once more

Leanach Cottage.
Leanach Cottage.

CULLODEN Battlefield will once again echo to the sound of Jacobite tunes with an outdoor concert at Leanach Cottage, next to the visitor centre.

The lunchtime concert on Saturday June 28th from 1pm to 2.30pm could provide musical accompaniment for a summer picnic, or just a chance to enjoy some traditional music from the Highlands.

This concert is organised in partnership with High Life Highland, whose traditional music co-ordinator Margo Maclennan has been working with the musicians to bring alive authentic Jacobite tunes.

"Some local folk have been learning Jacobite songs and tunes at the centre for 18th months now," Katey Boal, the National Trust for Scotland learning manager at Culloden, said.

"We’ve been working with Margo to put on this concert and they’ve been practising and practising to show off their skills. The idea is that people can buy lunch from the restaurant or bring their own and sit out and enjoy the music."

The musicians are of different ages and play a variety of instruments — but not bagpipes, the instrument banned by Government order following the Hanoverian victory at Culloden.

"It will be a fitting combination of music and setting, which we hope will reinvigorate interest in these old Jacobite tunes on the very ground the Jacobite cause was lost forever," Boal stated.

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