Burns Festival lineup announced

Published on 13 March 2018

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What more fitting headline artist for the 2018 Robert Burns Scottish Festival than the first musician in history to record inside the legendary poet’s childhood home?

Jamie McGeechan, aka Little Fire, is known for his interpretations of verses by Scotland’s national poet and recorded for his 2015 single, Roots, in Burns Cottage in Alloway, South Ayrshire.

Little Fire was this week named at the top of the musical lineup for the festival, which will be held in Camperdown from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 May.

Corangamite Shire Councillor Ruth Gstrein said Little Fire, an Ayrshire native like Burns, was bringing the poet’s work to a new generation.

“Jamie McGeechan is a true champion of Robert Burns’ legacy,” Cr Gstrein said.

“At the festival he will treat us to his own music and will also give a talk on Burns’ contribution to Scottish culture, and why he is still so revered around the world after more than 200 years.”

Globetrotting Melbourne-based Celtic rock band Claymore will also be on the bill, bringing some more up-tempo vibes to the festival.

“Claymore are always crowd pleasers and will round out a truly impressive line-up of local, district and Victorian acts,” Cr Gstrein said.

Other artists include Luke Plumb and Kate Burke, Peter Daffy, Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, The Simpson 3, Fiona Ross, Likely Celts, the Warrnambool Pipes and Drums, Tuniversal, the Mackinnon Sisters, Don Grieves and Angela Preiss, and The Neon Effect.

The festival will also feature its renowned lecture series, new events for food lovers, whisky tasting and Festival Finale Concert.

Tickets will go on sale in April at the Civic Centre, 181 Manifold Street, Corangamite, or on 5593 7100.