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Scotland's Living Tradition in Song and Music

Our small selection of Traditional Song and Music Events for 2011
If your own event is not included or not updated please let us know!! (see Help/Faq). For more events see the Traditional Music and Song Association calendar for the year on the TMSA website or download the TMSA Events Calendar in pdf format.

January 2011

Inverclyde Music FestivalCeltic Connections Glasgow
January/ February 2011
tel: 0141 353 8000
website: Celtic Connections

Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow's international festival of traditional music and the biggest winter music festival of its kind in the world. Launched in 1994 as a small festival in only one venue that attracted 32,000 people to attend. Now over 100,000 are filling 10 venues, listening to hundreds of artists brought to Glasgow from every part of the globe.

February 2011
Edinburgh & Lothians The Singers' Gathering
19, 20 February 2011

tel: 01506 777666
website: Edinburgh & Lothians TMSA
Howden Park, West Lothian

The Singers' Gathering, held in conjunction with West Lothian Arts Services, is at the recently refurbished Howden Park Centre in Livingston. The tutor for the day is Ali Burns. Email us at eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk if you need the pdf of the booking form.
March 2011

Milnathort Crackin Ceilidh Weekend
11 to 13 March 2011
tel: 01577 863000
website: Milnathort Crackin Ceilidh

Milnathort - Kinross-shire

Concerts, ceilidhs and informal pub sessions in the Town Hall, The Jolly Beggars, The Village Inn, The Royal Hotel and various other locations.

Neil Gow Festival
18 to 20 March 2011

tel: 01350 728920
website: Niel Gow Festival

Dunkeld & Birnam - Perthshire

The Annual Niel Gow Festival was established in 2004 to celebrate the life and music of Perthshire's fiddle legend. It is envisaged that through time the festival and other activities will gather enough funds to erect a fitting memorial in Dunkeld & Birnam. The festival will include recitals, concerts, workshops and sessions and Ceilidh Dance.

Ceilidh Culture
25 March 2009 to
16 April 2011

tel: 0131 221 3381
website Ceilidh Culture

Edinburgh, Scotland

Ceilidh Culture aims to raise the profile of the city’s traditional arts events, while anticipating and encouraging a greater interest and involvement in the traditional arts in Edinburgh and further afield, building on the legacy of the Edinburgh Folk Festival.
April 2011

Girvan Folk Festival
29 April to 1 May 2011
tel: 01560 321102
website: Girvan Folk Festival

Girvan - Ayrshire

Set in the beautiful seaside town of Girvan in Ayrshire, the Girvan Festival has the reputaion as one of the friendliest and most popular folk music festivals in Scotland.
May 2011

Shetland Folk Festival
28 April to 1 May 2011

tel: 01595 694757
website: Shetland Folk Festival

Lerwick - Shetland

Prestigious Festival on Shetland which attracts performers and visitors from all over the world. This year celebrating it's 27th anniversary!

13 to 15 May 2011
tel: 01337 830773
website: FifeSing2011

Collessie - Fife

This is the ninth year of this unique event which brings together some of Scotland's finest exponents of traditional singing for a weekend of old songs and bothy ballads in concerts and singarounds in the rural surroundings of the Fife Farm Park. The weekend also includes workshops/talks on topics related to traditional song and culture.

Buchan Heritage Festival
20 to 22 May 2011

tel: 01779 821301
website: Buchan Heritage Festival

Strichen - Aberdeenshire

A festival of Scottish north-east culture and heritage in song and music. Opening dance on the Friday evening. Competitions for traditional song, bothy ballad, music and verse on Saturday. Prize-winners concert and ceilidh on Saturday evening.

Orkney Folk Festival
26 to 29 May 2011

tel 01856 851635
website: Orkney Folk Festival

Stromness - Orkney Islands

The sweet strains of fiddles and accordions, voices and guitars mark the start of the summer for our islands as the 29th Orkney Folk Festival takes place. Year after year musicians and visitors come from all over the world.

Border Gaitherin
27 May - 29 May 2011

tel: 01573 224920
website: Border Gaitherin

Coldstream - Borders

A mix of workshops, ceilidhs, large and small concerts, sessions and good crack. Historic Coldstream is a perfect setting for this event. Listed among the best small traditional festivals, the Border Gaitherin goes from strength to strength. A mixture of some of the most experienced traditional musicians playing in the country today.
June 2011

Keith Festival
10 to 12 June 2011
website: Keith Festival

Keith, Morayshire

Long established traditional music and song festival with competitions, ceilidhs concerts and sessions attracting singers and traditional musicians from throughout Scotland. Organised by the Keith branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival
1 to 3 July 2011

tel: 0131 663 1541
website: Newcastleton Festival

Newcastleton - Borders

The Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival is probably the longest continuously running traditional music festival in Scotland - 41st Year. Founded in 1970 we revolve around a series of competitions (mainly on Saturday), loosely linked by dances and organised ceilidhs on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Camping within the village.
July 2011

Stonehaven Folk Festival
7 to 10 July 2011

tel: 01569 767666
website: Stonehaven Folk Festival

Stonehaven - Aberdeenshire

A fantastic line-up with many headline guests and the annual Tradition Bearers concert on the Sunday afternoon.

Feis an Eilein -
The Skye Festival

June/ July/ August 2010

tel: 01471 844207
website: Skye Festival

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Concerts, workshops, music, dance, theatre and sessions. Gaelic-based with cultural surprises from around the world. Our main venue is at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland's only Gaelic College. Other venues are throughout the Isle of Skye and surrounds.

Cullerlie Traditional Singing Weekend
22 to 24 July 2011

tel: 01224 272996
website: www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone

Skene - Aberdeenshire

A festival to celebrate the singing traditions of Scotland, England, and Ireland. Singing sessions and workshops celebrating the rich wealth of traditions of the north east of Scotland. A unique celebration with traditional singers from Scotland, England, and Ireland.

Lomond Folk Festival
29 to 11 July 2011

tel: 01389 757561
website: Lomond Folk Festival

Balloch - Dunbartonshire

The Lomond Folk Festival is held annually during the month of July at Moss O' Balloch Park on the beautiful shores of Loch Lomond. Concerts, Ceilidh, Workshops, Competitions, Craft Fair and Children's entertainment
August 2011

Auchtermuchty Festival
12 to 14 August 2011
tel: 01337 860482
website: Auchtermuchty Festival

Auchtermuchty Festival

The Auchtermuchty 10 day festival was started in 1981 with the second weekend as a traditional folk music festival. The event brings musicians and singers from all over Scotland with competitions in traditional instruments and singing, concers, ceilidhs and open-air music.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
5 to 29 August 2011
tel: 0131 226 0026
website: Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The biggest arts festival in the world. In 2006 the Fringe presented 1,800 shows in almost 250 venues. One of the main series of Folk Events is at the Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride's Centre.

Whitby Folk Week
20 to 26 August 2011
tel: 01274 833669
website: Whitby Folk Week

Whitby Folk Week

Over 600 events covering workshops, concerts, singarounds, dances, sessions, street entertainment and events. No Scottish festival brings together a fraction of the great traditional song and music performers to be heard at Whitby - just look at the Guest List!!
September 2011

Linlithgow Folk Festival
7 to 11 September 2011
tel: 01506 843376
website: Linlithgow Folk Festival

Linlithgow Folk Festival

Ever since we got together in 1998, we have had as our main aim the promotion of folk music in West Lothian, in all its many different styles. This takes many forms - apart from our annual festival, we also arrange concerts, ceilidhs, pub folk music sessions, and opportunities to learn about folk music.
October 2011
Nothing to Report
November 2011

Carrying Stream Festival
13 November 2011
(not yet confirmed)
tel: 07961 918366
website: Carrying Stream Festival

Carrying Stream Festival

The Carrying Stream Festival is Edinburgh Folk Club's annual celebration of the life and work of Hamish Henderson featuring concerts, lecture, poetry, film, and a workshop..
December 2011
Nothing to Report