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. 2016 will be the 17th year he and guide Charles Hunter have been leading these advantures.
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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| Click here to download the tour Application Form. Please print the form, fill it out, and return it with your deposit to: Wellfield Records Tours, 2411 West 8th St, Austin, TX 78703.
May 22 - June 1
3 nights in Peebles so we can explore the history-rich Borders area.
We'll follow the footsteps of Sir Walter Scott, from the ancient tower that first sparked his imagination, to the valleys where he collected so many old ballads, to his amazing "conundrum castle" home at bbotsford and his burial site in Dryburgh Abbey. There will also be an opportunity for hikers to walk the Eildon Hills.
2 nights in Banavie, near Ft William after visiting Scotland's largest
city, Glasgow,and the "bonnie banks of Loch Lomond." We'll have access
to the stunning West Highland scenery of Glencoe and Glen Nevis.
2 nights in Dunkeld, after visits to Glencoe and Balquhidder. We'll
stay in the luxurious Hilton Hotel, once the hunting lodge of the Duke
of Atholl on the banks of the River Tay. We'll visit the song-rich
Angus area and enjoy walks by the beautiful Hermitage waterfalls.
3 nights in Edinburgh - back to the Lowlands via St Andrews and a Fife
coast fishing village. Edinburgh (Ed's hometown) is Scotland's most
beautiful city, with a multitude of historic connections, museums,
shops and pubs - something for everyone. We'll also have a day touring
East Lothian, with stops at John Muir's home in Dunbar, Tantallon
Castle, the Seabird Centre in North Berwick and the birthplace of the
Scottish flag in Athelstaneford.
Throughout the tour, we will be joined by several of Scotland's best singers and musicians, whose music will connect us even more to the various landscapes we pass through.
Please note the itinerary is not carved in stone and is subject to change according to weather, availability of performers, and unforeseen opportunities.
June 5 - 15 is
Craig in Turc, Balquhidder 2015
Ed in Glen Coe 2015
The price for each of these tours is $3,200 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), 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 June 5. Flights from the USA are overnight, so the latest date to leave would be June 4.
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
Dancing at Carloway Broch, Lewis 2014