Declaration 700 Celebration; music, song and stories

Webster Memorial Theatre
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The event is a celebration marking 700 years since the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, which led to the confirmation of Scotland as an independent European nation under King Robert the Bruce.

The event will have music, song, spoken word and theatrical performance, including new work inspired by the anniversary.


Breabach – winners of Scottish Folk Band of the Year and Live Act of the Year. Their brand of high-energy folk, combining two pipers, fiddle, guitar, flute and double bass, plus Gaelic and Scots song, alongside Scottish stepdance, will provide a triumphal end to a varied evening.

Steve Byrne - 2019 Scots Singer of the Year. Founder member of band Malinky, Steve is an Arbroath singer/songwriter with a vital place in the modern folk scene. 

Sheena Wellington - Traditional Music Hall of Fame, superb singer fae Dundee. Wellington famously opened the Scottish Parliament in 1999 with her rousing rendition of ‘A Man’s a Man For A That’.

Billy Kay – Newport-based writer and broadcaster, recently awarded the Mark Twain Award by the St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York. Kay will bring to life the historical context and European significance of the Declaration with an introductory speech. 

Dr Donald Smith - Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Donald will lead a new theatrical work, drawing inspiration from John Barbour's epic 15th century poem about King Robert the Bruce, entitled The Brus. The ambition of the piece is to draw out the voices of women, and voices of the common folk who lived through the period of the Wars of Independence.

Edinburgh-based artist Andrew Redmond Barr will introduce his new book, The Illustrated Declaration of Arbroath, and will prepare a new display of creative work especially for the event. 

The host for the evening will be columnist and broadcaster Alistair Heather, from Newbigging. 


Ticket price
£7.00 - £10.00*

*booking fee applies