If you have ever enjoyed Ed Miller as a performer, how about spending 11 days travelling Scotland with him as he shares his friends, humor, music and knowledge with you “on location” in his homeland. Imagine hearing Border ballads in a 16th century tower; dancing to the fiddle of Iain Fraser; hearing Gaelic songs from Margaret Bennett; singing sea songs in a fishing village or farming songs in an Angus bothy; enjoying Jim Malcolm’s songs of Perthshire; exploring the alleys, museums, shops and pubs of Edinburgh; or following in the footsteps of Robert Burns with an expert on Scotland’s national bard.
These are the kind of experiences Ed brings you on these very personal folksong tours.
Originally from Edinburgh, Ed has lived for several decades in Austin TX. He can, therefore, see his homeland from both a Scottish and American perspective. As a singer, folklorist (PhD), geographer (MA), radio host and amiable character with an infectious love and knowledge of Europe’s ” best wee country,” he is the perfect guide for a visit to Scotland.
The basic aim of the tour is to give folk music enthusiasts the chance to enjoy and learn about Scotland through experiencing its music and landscape. You’ll meet and hear singers and musicians on their home ground, visit the contexts from which the songs and music arose and enjoy evening concerts, dances and informal talks.
This is not a search for the Scotland of Brigadoon, Braveheart and the Loch Ness Monster. Rather it is a unique opportunity to learn about the music, people, history, folklore and landscape in a personal and entertaining way.
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Tour of Scotland Today!
Click here to download your Application Form. Please print the form, fill it out and return it with your deposit to the address at the botto of the form.
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Due to the high numbers of applicants for the
2014 tour, we have decided to offer 2 tours in 2015.
Tour No. 1 May 24 - June 3:
3 nights in Peebles, in the beautiful, history-rich Border hills south of Edinburgh. We’ll sing and go to the settings of some of the Border ballads, with an emphasis on the collecting work of Sir Walter Scott
2 nights near Ft William, at the end of the Caledonian Canal. From there we can access the stunning scenery of Glencoe.
2 nights near Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay, staying in the one-time hunting lodge of the Duke
of Atholl. We’ll have access to the song-rich Angus area and can walk by the waterfalls of the Hermitage.
3 nights in Edinburgh, Britain’s most beautiful city, with a multitude of historic connections, museums, shops and pubs, and which also has a thriving folk-music scene.
*This tour will also offer the chance to enjoy the countryside first-hand. A scenic, but not-too-hard hike will be offered in each of the 4 locations; so this tour would be best suited to reasonably active participants.
Tour No. 2 June 7 - 17:
2 nights in Peebles in the Scottish Borders…ballads in an ancient tower; Walter Scott’s unique house at Abbotsford; songs in the mysterious Yarrow valley.
2 nights in Ayrshire so we can follow the life and song settings of Robert Burns from grave to cradle,
accompanied by Burns experts.
2 nights on the Isle of Mull with a visit to the holy island of Iona, where St Columba settled and first introduced Christianity to Scotland.
2 nights in Blair Atholl in the Central Highlands…Blair Castle, Dunkeld, Birnam Woods…..
2 nights in Edinburgh to explore Scotland’s capital….something for everyone in this amazing old city.
The price for each of these tours is $3,150 per person, based on double occupancy. This price includes all hotels, and ground transportation in Scotland, all breakfasts & dinners, performers’ fees and entry to historical sites. Possible extras are: single room supplement ($700 on Tour 1, $600 on Tour 2), tips for the driver and guide, and lunches.
Due to the exclusive nature of these tours, reservations will be limited to a maximum of 35 people on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don’t delay securing your reservation.
This price does NOT include airfare. You can arrange whatever flight you wish to fit in with your personal schedule, but we will rendezvous in Edinburgh Airport or in the city center on May 24 (Tour No.1) or June 7 (Tour No.2). Flights from the USA are overnight, so the latest date to leave would be May 23rd or June 6th.
Application forms can be printed from this site. For more information about the proposed itinerary or if you have other questions, please contact Ed Miller at:
Wellfield Records & Tours
2411 W. 8th St
Austin TX 78703
Tel. 512-472 6036
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