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BEYOND THE BANK: VOICES FROM THE VAULTS

Fri 27 Apr
Price: £0.00

It may be one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings, but few know the stories that lie within the walls of The Bank of Scotland headquarters.Join Edwardian bank clerkess Miss...

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SAMBA SENE & DIWAN

Fri 27 Apr
Price: £10.00

Led by charismatic Senegalese singer Samba Sene, this diverse international collection of musicians share a global outlook and love of West African rhythms.Exuberant fusions of...

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IRISH SET DANCING

Fri 27 Apr & Fri 4 May
Price: £0.00

These traditional dances aren’t only popular in their native Ireland, they are enjoyed all over the world.Based on Quadrilles, the session will introduce you to this potentially...

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ANNASACH'S CEILIDH

Fri 27 Apr
Price: £8.00

Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at their regular Ceilidh at The Counting House.All dances will be called so beginners are welcome.Please note that an official...

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RANT

Fri 27 Apr
Price: £12.00

Four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players meet. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a rich and vibrant sound while retaining all the...

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CELEBRATE SCOTLAND'S STORIES

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

Edinburgh-based a cappella trio Simmerdim share some of their favourite Scottish stories in song and verse, plus well-known folk tunes and original material in beautiful harmony...

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DUNCAN CHISHOLM: THE GATHERING

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £18.00

This concert will present a live, sonic interpretation of what is believed to be one of the earliest inhabited areas of Scotland.Duncan Chisholm's assembly of musical...

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SHOOGLENIFTY

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £15.00

The Shoogles are delighted to be returning to TradFest!Following the death of their much-loved fiddle player Angus R Grant in 2016, last year was all about remembrance,...

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SCOTS MUSIC GROUP FUNDRAISING CEILIDH

Sat 28 Apr
Price: £9.00

Scots Music Group's monthly ceilidhs are sell-out affairs and one of the hottest ceilidh tickets in town.No experience necessary, so come on your own, with friends or in a group...

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NATHANIEL GOW QUADRILLES WORKSHOP

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £5.00

Nathaniel Gow’s published dances were all the rage 200 years ago and they are just as much fun today!With four couples in a square, you have a community to help keep you on...

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IRISH SET DANCE WORKSHOP

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £5.00

Irish set dance has evolved from 19th Century Quadrilles. Many areas in Ireland have created their own versions and this vigorous and sociable dance is accompanied by wild reels...

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HIGHLAND DANCE WORKSHOP

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £5.00

Learn the basics of traditional highland dancing and perform the famous ‘Highland Fling’ at this one hour workshop which is suitable for all ages and abilities, with Fiona...

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SECRETS OF THE BRAIDS: STORY WALK

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £5.00

Storyteller Jane Mather leads an exploration of the Braid Hills, one of Edinburgh's Seven Hills.Combining a magical mixture of folk tales, plant and faerie lore with geology and...

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DANCE YOUR STORY WORKSHOP

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £5.00

A workshop filled with movement and innovative ideas for approaching the merging of story and dance.Pirita Tuisku will guide participants in using story as part of improvisation...

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THRAWN TALES AND STUBBORN SONGS FROM NORWAY AND NEWHAVEN

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £6.00

The strong historical links between Norway and the port of Leith are celebrated with a wonderful collaboration of voices.Established in 2013, Newhaven Community Choir bring...

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BALLAVEU & EDINBAL: EUROPEAN CEILIDH

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £11.00

A great night of European social dancing with Ballaveu and EdinBal musicians.Coming all the way from Catalonia, Ballaveu (Patri Garcia & Xavier Rota) offer an evening filled...

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SINGLE LIFE

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £8.00

How has life changed for single people in the last decade?Dating today is an online world, in which you can be who you want to be. How does this affect single life?Join in the...

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THE FRETLESS

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £11.00

Juno award-winning Canadian supergroup (2017 Instrumental Album of The Year), The Fretless continue to grow in stature around the world, seen by many as one of the...

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THIS IS HOW WE FLY

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £15.00

Traditional music and dance, wherever you find it, has not stood aloof from the tools of change that characterise life in our modern world.This is How We Fly brings together...

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WEE FOLK CLUB: THE COALTOWN DAISIES

Sun 29 Apr
Price: £5.00

This singer-songwriter duo is renowned for their highly engaging live performances of dynamic folk, soul and Americana, which has allowed them to perform at sought after venues...

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WOODY PINES

Mon 30 Apr
Price: £11.00

It was as a professional busker that Woody Pines first cut his teeth, drawing from lost back-alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music.Woody and Gill Landry ...

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BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL 2018

Mon 30 Apr
Price: £9.00

In 2018, the Beltane Fire Society once again invite the world to Calton Hill to see in one of Europe’s biggest May Day Eve celebrations.This year sees the mantle of May Queen...

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INDOOR SCOTS – WHY HAVE WE LOST OUR CONNECTION WITH NATURE?

Tue 1 May
Price: £8.50

Insights and perspectives from one of Scotland’s most thoughtful and popular personalities today. Lesley Riddoch draws on her latest research and most recent books, ‘Blossom:...

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LEITH FOLK CLUB: BOB KNIGHT

Tue 1 May
Price: £8.00

Bob Knight is a traditional folk singer based in Aberdeen. He also writes new songs in traditional Scottish style, using Scots and Doric, securing third in the Edinburgh Folk...

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FLEDGLING FLIGHTS AND FOOTPRINTS

Tue 1 May
Price: £8.00

Our youth is our future and time can never stand still. Celebrate youth and the passage to adulthood and beyond as storytellers from Burgh Blatherers explore the challenges and...

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EDINBURGH CEILIDH CLUB

Tue 1 May
Price: £6.00

The Edinburgh Ceilidh Club happens every Tuesday night at Summerhall, with the best of Scottish ceilidh bands each week.The bands have a caller who will teach the dances, so the...

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VOICES FROM THE SCOTTISH DIASPORA

Wed 2 May
Price: £0.00

At the heart of Scottish diaspora lie stories of human adventure, achievement and adversity. A topic of interest as Brexit becomes a reality, Marjory Harper discusses the...

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EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB: GNOSS

Wed 2 May
Price: £10.00

Gnoss are a dynamic four-piece of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion who tackle energetic tune sets and driving folk song with a ‘maturity of ability many of a greater age...

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YE JACOBITES BY NAME: A ROYAL MILE POETRY WALK

Thu 3 & Sat 5 May
Price: £8.00

There are many places within Edinburgh’s Old Town linked to Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Highland army’s romantic but doomed campaign against King George II.Ken Cockburn reads...

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LOVE, TRANSGRESSION AND THE GAEL

Thu 3 May
Price: £0.00

Unexpected insights from Angus Peter Campbell, author of 'Memory and Straw' (Saltire Fiction Book of the Year 2017), in conversation with Peter Mackay, co-editor of 'The Light...

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NO SHORTCUTS: ORGANISING FOR POWER

Thu 3 May
Price: £0.00

Jane McAlevey is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Labor & Worklife Programme at Harvard Law School. Her first book ‘Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)’ documented her...

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THE PURPLE, WHITE & GREEN: THE STORY OF THE SCOTTISH SUFFRAGETTES

Fri 4 May
Price: £8.00

Specifically written to mark the centenary of (some) women's right to vote, this powerful piece of storytelling is both timely and compelling.Focussing on the Scottish...

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THE ROBERT FISH BAND: CELTA CEILIDH

Fri 4 May
Price: £12.00

The legendary Robert Fish Band returns to The Counting House for a night of traditional social dancing from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and beyond.The band have been getting...

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MAY DAY PARADE & RALLY

Sat 5 May
Price: £0.00

The Edinburgh and Lothians May Day Parade campaigns this year for ‘Secure Homes, Secure Health, Secure Jobs’.The procession begins on Johnston Terrace at 11.30am and proceeds to...

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BRIDGEND FARMHOUSE FAMILY DAY

Sat 5 May
Price: £0.00

An afternoon of local, live traditional musicians on an outdoor stage with guided walks and storytelling.The café will be open serving traditional farmhouse food and treats,...

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CENTRE STAGE - DRAKE MUSIC SCOTLAND’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Sat 5 May
Price: £15.00

Join Drake Music Scotland for a fantastically packed night of music to celebrate their 20th anniversary of bringing disabled musicians centre stage.With the Digital Orchestra,...

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NATIONS UNITED - SUNDOWN

Sat 5 May (Cancelled)
Price: £8.00

A chance to get your glad rags on and experience a delicious selection of food, live performance and music from Scotland, South Africa, Brazil and India.A true celebration of...

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PORTY FUN FIDDLE BRASS BLAST PROMENADE

Sun 6 May
Price: £0.00

Fun Fiddle and Brass Blast once again join forces for a celebratory musical jaunt along Portobello Promenade, culminating in a few ceilidh dances at the Cake Stand.Come and join...

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SLEEPING DRAGON: ARTHUR'S SEAT STORY WALK

Sun 6 May
Price: £5.00

Storyteller Jane Mather leads an exploration of Arthur's Seat, one of Edinburgh's Seven Hills, combining a delightful mixture of fanciful tales and folklore with geology and...

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BATTLE OF THE FOLK BANDS

Sun 6 May
Price: £10.00

Battle of the Folk Bands returns for its second exciting year. Five bands – Balter, Eabhal, Eriska, Suas and SKNT GOAT – compete for the prestigious Battle of the Folk...

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MARY ANN KENNEDY

Sun 6 May
Price: £11.00

An urban Gael living in the Scottish Highlands, Mary Ann's whole life has been music. Brought up in a tenement flat full of Gaelic song and classical music on the southside of...

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WEE FOLK CLUB: BARBARA NESBITT

Sun 6 May
Price: £5.00

Barbara Nesbitt, a native of Georgia, USA, has found her home in music. Her life is reflected in the songs she writes about the countless ways, large and small, we seek the...

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MARTIN SIMPSON

Mon 7 May
Price: £11.00

There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever.Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar...

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