MINI VILLAGE HIGHLIGHTS
Every self-respecting castle bailey in the world accommodated itinerant traders. Outlandish will replicate this aspect with a small trading village of select and very interesting stalls at the Standing Stones site.
Village Highlights will include:
- Celtic Dreaming Celtic Jewellery
- Albion Tea Co.
- Kevin Kelly BodhranWorld. Buy a bodhran or take part in the workshops on site during the weekend
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One of the finest collections of Celtic Jewellery in the world, the Celtic Artisan, Desmond Mackenzie-Harris hand makes and hand finishes the pieces, using Australian sterling silver and gold.
The Jewellery tells one story of the people of North-Western Europe and how their lives were shaped by Trade, art and religion. The designs are derived from Celtic, Viking, Pictish and Saxon artefacts and relics with inspiration from the Books of Kells, Darrow and Lindisfarne.
The Albion Tea Co. from the USA presents the Highland Collection, inspired by the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Diana Gabaldon’s epic saga, Outlander. We let our literary inspirations guide us to create a unique tea experience with every sip, enhancing the stories we love so well and bringing adventure to your cuppa. All of our tea blends are crafted by hand using the finest teas and ingredients we can find. In the spirit of Claire herself, we only use real herbs, foods, spices, nuts, fruits, and flowers to bring flavour to our teas…no flavouring oils or additives to be found here!
Sassenach is a classic English brew with a bit of independent flair, perfect for our heroine. Our smooth Ceylon tea base is joined by rosehips, a delicious herb often used for healing purposes, and blue cornflowers for a pop of colour.
Highlander embodies our favourite Scot…strong, earthy and second to none. Glenlivet Scotch Whisky is infused into a bold, malty Assam tea, giving a whole new meaning to whisky tea, one that we find quite irresistible.
Highland Mist is reminiscent of the heather-clad hills and moors of the Scottish highlands. Ancient Forest Tea and real Scottish heather blossoms bring together the perfect marriage of flavour, subtle richness with a hint of a wild floral.
Coming Soon: La Dame Blanche, stunning white tea blend, is the newest installment in our Highland Collection, to be followed by a herbal tisane. More details forthcoming!
Derry-born Kevin Kelly grew up in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains where local traditional music greatly influenced his style of Bodhran playing. Kevin now lives in Sydney and is regularly in Ireland performing and running team-building drumming events. Kevin is the Founder of BodhranWorld. He has been playing and teaching the Bodhran since his early twenties, establishing himself as a renowned Bodhran player and teacher. Kevin teaches the Bodhran to everyone, from top-level executives at corporate team-building days, to preschoolers (Drumkins). He believes that anybody can learn the first basics of bodhran playing in just their first session. Come along to the Workshop and find out how quickly you can learn.
Kevin has recorded seven albums, and performed live at Glastonbury (UK), Woodford (Aus) and Hyde Park. His recent Bodhran DVD is sponsored by Tourism Ireland.
Christine Knox will be sampling this beautiful product and also have it for sale.
Claire’s Balm was inspired by the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This nourishing balm has been created using naturally healing plant extracts.
Claire’s Balm Ingredients: Beeswax, Lanolin, Olive Oil, Walnut Oil, Yarrow, Comfrey, Elderflower, Bog Myrtle.
Uses for each of the herbs:
Yarrow has the capacity to stop bleeding when applied to a wound. Yarrow is also anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, antimicrobial, and wound healing so it is a good choice for shaving cuts, skinned knees, bleeding mosquito bites, and other minor wounds.
Comfrey is best used for treating broken bones, damaged ligaments, and tendons, and healing small wounds. The high levels of allantoin and rosmarinic acid found in comfrey cause rapid growth of new skin cells. It is not for internal use as causing liver damage.
Elderflower has uses as an anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-catarrhal, decongestant, relaxing nervine, it is great for drying up mucus from hay fever and flu.
Bog Myrtle is a Scottish herb and interestingly will be added to traditional wedding poses – Bog Myrtle has been used, and still is, as a mosquito repellent. The essential oil is now recognized as an effective agent against insects (especially mosquitoes). In a Scottish study, volunteers allowed mosquitos free access to their arms. Only one arm was covered with a gel with bog myrtle essential oil. After 10 minutes the protected arm had average of 1.6 stings, while the unprotected arm had 9.4 average stings.
Bog myrtle is astringent and antiseptic herb with styptic, wound-healing and diuretic properties. Traditionally it was used as a medicinal herb to treat wounds, acne and digestion problems. It should never be ingested by pregnant women due to it’s abortive qualities when ingested. (It is a healing balm, think of it like tiger balm)
James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose was a soldier, poet and one of the most romantic figures in British history. Originally fighting for the Covenanters in the War of the Three Kingdoms, he later supported King Charles and led campaigns of dashing brilliance as a Royalist Captain General in Scotland.
With a small swift-moving force of Highlanders and Irish, he ran audacious rings around his opponents. Along, with Alasdair MarColla, he mounted guerrilla campaigns against the Campbells and their chief, the Marquis of Argyll. They struck deep into Campbell territory and inflicted a grievous defeat on the clan at the battle of Inverlochy in February 1645, breaking their power in the western Highlands.
An-T’Arm Mhontroise portrays a unit of Mhontrois’s army, consisting of Highlanders and Lowlander levies in 1645 – as well as the Highlanders in the lead up to the Battle of Culloden (1742 to April 1746). Wearing the costumes of the times, they show Highland life from the gentle handicrafts of the womenfolk to the fighting skills used, with displays of sword work, cutting displays which display the vulnerability of the human body, the use of black powder weapons and the Warrior dance, The Highland Fling.