A fun afternoon out for all the family with free food
from the garden and a packed programme of workshops and live music performance between 12pm and 4.30pm. Feel free to bring a picnic and stay for the whole afternoon!
Morrie Dolan 12.00pm - 12.30pm
Morrie Dolan is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Ardross studying music performance in Glasgow. She confines into a pop/folk style with a large listening of all genres which influence and inspire her. Today Morrie will be playing some original pieces along with some top folk and pop tracks.
Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail 12.45pm – 2.00pm
The Ceilidh Trail is a professional development opportunity for outstanding young traditional musicians, providing them with the chance to participate in a summer tour, with support from a team of professional musicians and specialist tutors. The musicians spend a week rehearsing and participating in workshops, including performance skills, sound engineering and dance calling, whilst also preparing for life on the road, before spending the summer playing music at venues throughout Scotland. The group performing today include Highland musicians Eoin Cumming (Gairloch), Freya Taylor (Black Isle), Anna Scott (Skye) and Sheena Peteranna (Uist) alongside young musicians representing Fèis Rois partner organisations. Cassie de St Croix is from Wales and Charly Curry-Brown was nominated to take part in The Ceilidh Trail by Cambridge Folk Festival.
Liam Ross 2.00pm – 2.45pm
From Invergordon, Liam is currently Musician in Residence in the Unexpected Garden in Alness. He has been leading workshops and composing new music in response to the growing. Liam is a superb fingerstyle guitarist and a highly
versatile musician. He recently gained an MA in Music and the Environment from the University of the Highlands and Islands.
TradBeats 3.00pm – 4.00pm
TradBeats is a thrilling encounter of ‘puirt-à-beul’ (Gaelic mouth music) with percussive footwork and beatboxing! Gaelic singers Deirdre Graham, Eilidh Munro and Catherine Tinney join Scottish step dancer, Sophie Stephenson, and beatbox extraordinaire, Bigg Taj. Together they create a feisty fusion of traditional Gaelic song and contemporary hip-hop grooves.
Unless stated, there is no need to pre-book workshops, just turn up and enjoy!
Fretboards in The Field 12pm – 1pm (and repeated 3pm – 4pm)
This workshop is open to young people and adults who are already playing guitar. Our Unexpected Garden Musician in Residence, Liam Ross, will guide all abilities of player, from improver to advanced, through this workshop exploring fingerpicking techniques and general ways to improve one’splaying. There will be a chance to explore the styles of some of the great players
like Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Mark Knopfler, and others.
TradBeats 12pm – 1.30pm
Do you know your beets from your beats? You soon will after this exhilarating workshop in the garden! TradBeats is a thrilling encounter of
‘puirt-à-beul’ (Gaelic mouth music) with percussive footwork and beatboxing! Gaelic singers Deirdre Graham, Eilidh Munro and Catherine Tinney join
Scottish step dancer, Sophie Stephenson, and beatbox extraordinaire, Bigg Taj. Together they create a feisty fusion of traditional Gaelic song and
contemporary hip-hop grooves. Join them in this workshop to try some steps, body percussion, beat boxing, puirt-à-beul and more! Open to all. Children
and adults welcome.
Woodland Adventures 12pm – 2pm (and repeated 2.30pm – 4.30pm)
Open to young people in P4-7, you might learn some easy knots to
construct your own natural shelter with scavenged materials; put up
(and chill out in!) a hammock; have a snack under your own tarpaulin
shelter; make rope ladders or tyre swings; create musical instruments
from sticks and branches; use clay to make “tree faces” - guardians
of the woods with special powers; bring out your inner detective to
spot clues to solve nature’s murder mysteries… and more! Everything
is great fun with Woodland Adventures! Wear suitable clothes for
being outdoors - remember sun cream and a hat for warm days and
waterproofs and wellies if it is wet.
Join Julie and Kerry for some Murder Mysteries and Tracking today.
Places are limited for this workshop. Book a space in advance by
emailing [email protected] or you can chance your luck
on the day!
Wee Stories 1pm – 2pm (and repeated 2pm – 3pm)
2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories and for over 20 years Lizzie
MacDougall has travelled around the Highlands and Islands gathering,
telling and sharing Highland stories. Her love for storytelling goes back
to her childhood and she aims to inspire children to enjoy our traditional
Highland tales and help keep them alive. Children aged 5 to 8 are
welcome to join these one-hour sessions with Lizzie.
4 River Cl N,
Venue and Access Information
If you're traveling to the garden by train, get off at Alness train station. From there the garden is a 1.5 km walk away.
The nearest bus station is 'Alness Library' located 600 meters away.
For access by car there is a drop-off and pick-up point at the main gate to the garden.
A toilet block is located close to the main entrance. Please note that there is currently no baby changing facilities on site.
There is priority parking available on site for up to 2 vehicles.
The site is entered through a gate directly onto an area of hard standing. From there, an accessible pathway leads into the stretch tent. The rest of the field is grass which during wet weather can be muddy. The ground around the tent is flat however please note that there are some uneven patches around the garden. There is seating available throughout the garden.
Unexpected Garden: The FieldThe Field,
4 River Cl N,
- Opening Times
- Monday 10:00 - 16:00
- Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
- Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
- Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
- Friday 10:00 - 16:00