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A Feast of Folklore at TradFest 2016

Folktales have inspired artists of all kinds for centuries, and continue to do so – in the past year alone, films based on the stories of Krampus and Snow White have reached the cinema, and weekly Twitter event #FolkloreThursday has become something of a phenomenon.

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Six questions with... Fiona Ritchie

Written by broadcaster Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr (with a foreword by Dolly Parton, no less) Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia tracks the musical journey of traditional Scots and Irish songs,

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May Mumming at TradFest 2016

“At the approach of May, the people assembled and chose some respectable individuals of their number – very grave and reverend citizens perhaps – to act the parts of Robin Hood and Little John, of the Lord of Disobedience or the Abbot of Unreason, and make sports and jocosities of them.”

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Six questions with... Gerda Stevenson

Singer, actress and MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards nominee Gerda Stevenson treats us to a a unique evening of poetry and song as part of this year's TradFest, accompanied by musicians Seylan Baxter, Rob Macneacail and Kyrre Slind.

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Mairi dancing in ‘The Lost Seasons’ at Botanic Gardens, SISF 2013

Màiri Britton: Finding Our Feet – Step Dancing in Scotl

For me, step dancing is essentially about connections: between dancers and musicians, places and communities, generations of friends and family, and of course, the connection of the steps themselves, strung like beads along the rhythmic thread of music.

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