Myths, legends and heroes of the north-east will be celebrated when the Beechworth Celtic Festival presents its new showcase event, the Old Gaol Tattoo, on Saturday 11 November.
The historic gaol’s exercise yard will be transformed into a performance space featuring 200 performers from across Victoria in a first for the long-running festival that annually attracts thousands of visitors to the region.
The tattoo will pay homage to the indigenous people, the legend of the Kelly gang on the 137th anniversary of his hanging and salute heroes who have served their nation in time of war and conflict and modern-day heroes, local volunteer firefighters.
Among pipe bands performing with the tattoo will be Scots School Albury, fresh from their acclaimed performances in this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Pipe bands will be joined by highland and Irish dancers and Wodonga Brass Band.
Tattoo producer Chris Earl says the line-up of talent will be significant.
“We’re bringing together some of the best community musicians and dancers in Victoria and NSW for the festival’s inaugural Old Gaol Tattoo,” Chris said.
“Performing in such a unique space will add a new experience for the tattoo cast, providing a wonderful event for the crowd.”
Festival committee chairman Roger Humphris said the new format program for this year’s festival would connect local communities and celebrate the outstanding talent of the region, bringing top contemporary Celtic groups to Beechworth.
“This year’s program is aimed at continuing the proud festival tradition of entertaining families with the heart and soul of folk music in Australia,” he said.