arts, heritage

See Renaissance singers at historic Kinneil

The Gargoyles of GargunnockRenaissance singers are set to entertain crowds at historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness.

The Gargoyles of Gargunnock group will appear as part of a free open day this weekend.

Visitors can step inside the mansion – and enjoy the music – from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018. The event has been organised by the charities The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Environment Scotland.

A spokesman for the Friends said: “It’s great to welcome the singers back to Kinneil. They’ve appeared at the venue over the last few years and have always had a great response.

“The group specialises in Renaissance and Medieval music and seem a perfect fit for the House, which dates back to the 15th century and boasts some of the best Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

“Entry to the House, and to enjoy the music, will be free of charge. The last admission to the building will be 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, August 26 – so don’t be late. Please note that tickets for tours will be available from adjoining Kinneil Museum on the day.”

There will also be free orchard-themed cooking workshops (pre-bookable) in the grounds on August 26.

The Gargoyles – Helen Rowell, Zoe Fouracre and Elizabeth Wilkinson – say there are “wandering minstrels”.

The ladies, who don period outfits for performances, are based in the picturesque village of Gargunnock, around four miles from Stirling.

Helen said: “It’s great to perform at Kinneil. It’s a beautiful building – and its open days always draw lots of crowds. We’re looking forward to returning.”

The group formed in 2004 as an amateur acapella folk group. Helen said: “We became medieval singers by accident when we agreed to perform at the Border Reivers Festival in Hawick and then discovered it was a period dress event! Since then we have sung to thousands of people at many festivals and events throughout Scotland.”

She added: “We sing songs from 13th to 17th centuries – about love and war, drinking and lust, religion and nature. We have sung in venues from palaces to battlefields, from old folks’ homes to community centres, from pubs to chapels and from kirks to beer tents. We research and make our own outfits and have a range from the early through late medieval and Renaissance periods.”

After the Kinneil event on August 26, the Gargoyles will perform at Stirling’s Church of the Holy Rude on September 16, and then at an open day at Cambuskenneth Abbey, on the outskirts of the city, on September 22. The Gargoyles will also be “on song” at Bannockburn House on November 24 – and are planning to take part in Christmas fund-raising events.

Helen said the past year has been very busy for the group.

“We finished the 2017 season with appearances at St Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room and Museum in Edinburgh and did a variety of fundraising concerts at Christmas to raise money for the cancer charity Macmillan. We enjoy what we do – and it’s lovely when we can help raise money for charity.”

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The Gargoyles of Gargunnock are pictured above. From left, Helen Rowell, Zoe Fouracre and Liz Wilkinson.


  • Kinneil House, Museum and Estate are on the western edge of Bo’ness in central Scotland, just off the A904 and A993 and are part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. For directions, click here
  • The John Muir Way also runs through the site. For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode EH51 0PR. Images of Kinneil House and Estate are available on request. Email:
  • You can access a video of the Gargoyles of Gargunnock singing at Kinneil at
Inside Kinneil House – Arbour Room


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