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CONNECTING: STORYTELLING NETWORK DEVELOPMENT DAY

Sat 25 Feb
Price: £24.00

Fair Maid's House, 15-19 North Port, Perth PH1 5LUThis year's Development Day will focus on audience development, support for sustaining local groups and developing local...

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EXPERIMENTAL STORIES: LIFE THROUGH A LENS

Sat 25 Feb
Price: £3.00

Join a storyteller and scientists to find out how a lens makes you see everything differently! Robert Hooke discovered that a glass lens could help you to see a fascinating...

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DARE TO BE LOUD! SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

Sat 25 Feb
Price: £10.00

Spoken word artist Katie Ailes guides you through creative writing and performance exercises, sharing stories and giving handy tips about performing them. Everyone will have...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS & FRIENDS

Sat 25 Feb & 25 Mar
Price: £8.00

The award-winning musical improv comedy troupe are joined by new and established improvisers and sketch comedians as they present two hours of off-the-cuff scenes and original...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 18 Jan, 1 & 15 Feb, 1, 15 & 22 Mar
Price: £5.00

From social and energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couple dances from France,...

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ST ANDREWS TO IONA: A SCOTTISH CAMINO?

Sat 4 Mar
Price: £16.00

This day explores proposals for new pilgrim routes in Scotland, in particular linking Iona and St Andrews. Speakers Alastair McIntosh, John Henderson, Richard Frazer, Donald...

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STORIES ON THE WAY

Sat 4 Mar
Price: £8.00

An evening of stories from our apprentice storytellers, inspired by the theme of spring. Scotland has a vibrant group of new storytellers, honing their skills, developing their...

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DARK TALES

Tue 7 Mar
Price: £8.00

Join David Campbell, Mara Menzies and Daniel Allison for an evening exploring the dark side of story. From the forests of Africa to the icy wastes of Siberia, our ancestors...

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EXHIBITION: VOICES OF EXPERIENCE

Fri 10 Mar - Sat 8 Apr
Price: £0.00

An exhibition of images and audio from photographer Jim Mackintosh that explores our social history by celebrating the lives, experiences and achievements of the older members...

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FLINT & PITCH PRESENTS: SHOW ME THE MONEY BY PAULA VARJACK (+ SUPPORT)

Fri 10 Mar
Price: £10.00

A new spoken word/theatre experience from Flint & Pitch Productions. Acclaimed headline acts in full-length shows, supported by local, emerging spoken word artists. In March...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 2

Sat 11 Mar
Price: £24.00

A hands-on introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills, with leading storyteller Fiona Herbert. This participative session takes you a step further in developing...

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VOICES OF EXPERIENCE TALK

Sat 11 Mar
Price: £0.00

Hosted by The Gather FestivalPhotographer Jim Mackintosh shares his experience of creating his 'Voices of Experience' exhibition, which explores our social history by...

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BODY ELOQUENCE

Sat 11 Mar
Price: £8.00

What stories do our bodies tell? Marion Kenny, Janis Mackay and Claire McNicol explore body image, sharing ancient tales and creating new, empowering stories, taking ownership...

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TINY TALES: SPRING TIME GINGERBREAD TALES!

Tue 14 Mar
Price: £5.00

Jane Mather leads a delicious morning of stories in the Storytelling Bothy, full of fun and imagination for little ones and their adults.Please book in advance.A booking fee of ...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH

Tue 14 Mar
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Held in the relaxed setting of the...

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DEICH BLIADHNA BHUAITHE

Wed 15 Mar
Price: £6.00

It's been ten years since the end of the Great War. At a kitchen ceilidh in Cape Breton a group of emigrant Highlanders share songs and memories of the old country. This new...

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RICHARD III (A ONE-WOMAN SHOW)

Wed 15 & Thu 16 Mar
Price: £10.00

Richard III. An Audience. Anything can happen. What part will you play? Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater presents their multi-awardwinning show...

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CAFÉ VOICES: ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Thu 16 Mar
Price: £5.00

Join storyteller Alexander Mackenzie for an evening of Irish tales celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for...

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ABSOLUTELY LEGLESS: TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC, SONG & DANCE

Fri 17 Mar
Price: £10.00

Formed in 1997 by experienced, respected dancers and musicians in Edinburgh, this vibrant group has developed a reputation for exciting and innovative performances throughout...

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Sat 18 Mar
Price: £16.00

If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to a workshop held in the Storytelling Centre with prize-winning author Janis Mackay (Magnus Fin and the...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 1

Sat 18 March
Price: £24.00

Join other beginner storytellers for a hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. A participatory session for anyone curious about...

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SCOTTISH FOLKTALES FOR CHILDREN

Sat 18 Mar
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Judy Paterson and illustrator Sally Daly for an afternoon of stories and art activities to celebrate the launch of their new book, Scottish Folktales for...

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TALL TALES OSCAR

Sat 18 Mar
Price: £8.00

Hilarious, mysterious or just plain ridiculous - listen to tall tales, ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by Scotland's finest tellers, then you decide who wins...

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MIND WELL

Mon 20 Mar & 3 Apr
Price: £0.00

A relaxed, social session of stories, songs and laughter in the Storytelling Court. Hosted by some of our loveliest storytellers, with tea, coffee and biscuits included. Come to...

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JOSEPHINE SILLARS: RIPPED FROM THE WIRE SPINE

Thu 23 Mar
Price: £10.00

A coming-of-age story about growing up in the Highlands and navigating adulthood in the central belt. Mixing music, storytelling, film and poetry, the show explores the Scottish...

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THE PEOPLE'S PARISH

Sat 25 Mar
Price: £18.00

The People's Parish is a new initiative from TRACS to support communities to explore, shape and creatively use their local assets - stories, traditions and history - to say...

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MAIRI CAMPBELL - PULSE

Thu 30 Mar
Price: £15.00

Plus live concert performanceA homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling - this is the story of award-winning musician Mairi Campbell's quest to heal...

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THE FOLKLORE SOCIETY CONFERENCE: FOLKLORE FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE

Fri 31 Mar - Sun 2 Apr
Price: £150.00

The Folklore Society's AGM conference 2017, jointly hosted with TRACS and Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. This year's conference will focus on beliefs and...

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GUID CRACK: TALES FROM THE WILD EDGE

Fri 31 Mar
Price: £0.00

Meet wolves, witches & wee folk seldom glimpsed. Go feral for the night; let our senses sharpen in the darkness and howl with delight as a wild yearning is satisfied....

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WORKSHOP: ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Sat 1 Apr
Price: £12.00

Mara Menzies and David Campbell open a discussion on the arts of oral storytelling for storytellers of all kinds.What are the skills, experiences and inspirations that drive...

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ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Sat 1 Apr
Price: £8.00

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Mara Menzies and David Campbell.Enjoy an evening of their favourite tales alongside their experiences and inspirations from...

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THE CURIOUS SCRAPBOOK OF JOSEPHINE BEAN

Thu 6 – Sat 8 Apr
Price: £10.00

By Shona ReppeThe clues are in its pages… Everything is flat, pressed, squished. A dusty, musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and a string lifts a flap to reveal a...

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GIFTING EVERY CHILD: LOCAL SONGS

Fri 17 Feb (Glasgow), Fri 7 Apr (Inverness)
Price: £0.00

Gifting Every Child aims to provide every child in Scotland with a core repertoire of traditional songs, tunes, stories and dances. It is a free online resource and TRACS is...

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EXHIBITION: ALSO VIEWED…

Fri 14 Apr - Sun 7 May
Price: £0.00

This exhibition from Conrad Molleson depicts some of Edinburgh's finest musicians in action. Some appear as cheeky caricatures conveying their vibrancy and flair; others are...

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ONE MAN SHOE

Fri 14 & Sat 15 Apr
Price: £8.00

One Man Shoe is a delightful, dynamic and uplifting show for children and families, performed by Jango Starr. When the headline act fails to show up, Jango, a bumbling theatre...

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SCOTT GIBSON: LIFE AFTER DEATH

Thu 20 Apr
Price: £10.00

This show tells the story of the three weeks that changed Scott’s life forever. On returning from a stag weekend in Blackpool, Scott’s brain exploded – he had suffered a massive...

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FUARAN

Thu 27 Apr
Price: £10.00

Fuaran is a Fèisean nan Gàidheal heritage initiative offering young singers aged 16 to 25 a unique opportunity to research, learn and record Gaelic songs with mentoring support...

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SONGS & STORIES OF SCOTLAND

Thu 27 Apr
Price: £8.00

Join Lynne Campbell on a tour of Scotland's dragons and jute mills, fairy hills, Hogmanay traditions, herrings, murder and intrigue. Revisit familiar tales and songs, and learn...

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3TROUBADOURS: MOBILE DREAMS

Thu 27 Apr
Price: £10.00

Mobile Dreams is a poetic, funny and warm storytelling performance about the everlasting human search for truth and connection, freedom and beauty. In a playful stream of...

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POETS' HOWFF

Fri 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

A Scots/International Poetry Café event with new poems and sangs (and maybe a wee tune!) in Scots, English and more. Join host Mary McCann, with friends Maureen Sangster, Sheena...

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AWAY WITH THE FAE

Fri 28 Apr
Price: £8.00

Scottish storytelling wouldn't be complete without tales of the wee folk, the other crowd, the Dine Sidhe - occasionally helpful, sometimes wicked, these lovers of dance,...

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HEROES OF INDEPENDENCE: BISHOPS, WARRIORS & KINGMAKERS

Fri 28 Apr
Price: £8.00

Just over seven hundred years ago, in 1286, a stormy Scottish night was the catalyst that shaped the course of Scottish politics, changing the lives of many millions in the...

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GUID CRACK: CADDIE CAPERS

Fri 28 Apr
Price: £0.00

The street Caddies of Auld Reekie: porters, messengers, and private detectives of their day... they know the closes, taverns, nooks and crannies and all the stories, true and...

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A BRAW NICHT OOT

Fri 28 Apr
Price: £8.00

The legendary Braw Nicht Oot returns this year wi sang, story an muckle mair.Featurin a host o' singers an tellers wha will mak it, weel a braw nicht oot!Dinnae miss it!A...

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A THOUSAND & ONE OLIVE TREES: STORIES & SONGS FROM OCCUPIED PALESTINE

Fri 28 Apr
Price: £12.00

San Ghanny Choir return from the West Bank a week before this show, after their second trip to Palestine as an act of international solidarity and cultural exchange. San Ghanny ...

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YALLA: ARABIC SONG FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Sat 29 Apr
Price: £8.00

A great chance to learn some Arabic songs, with no experience of singing or Arabic necessary, just an inclination to learn something new! Lullabies, children's songs and songs...

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TUNES IN TALES

Sat 29 Apr
Price: £7.00

Storyteller Lindsey Gibb and traditional musician Munro Gauld weave tales and tunes together from Scotland's heartland of Perthshire. Music from as far back as the 18th century...

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SALMON FAIRYTALE

Sat 29 Apr
Price: £10.00

Combining joik (traditional song), philosophy and stories from Sami and North-American indigenous traditions, Salmon Fairytale is about wonder and madness. Considering the...

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THAT WAS THE WICK THAT WAS / NANCY'S WHISKY

Sat 29 Apr
Price: £12.00

Storyteller Eric Farquhar brings to life projected pictures showing the development of Wick from 1850 to 1970, as it became the largest herring port in the world. Expect yarns...

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THE TWO TRUTHS OF THOMAS THE RHYMER

Sat 29 Apr
Price: £8.00

Following last year's acclaimed performance, Daniel Serridge and James Spence return to TradFest with their production exploring childhood loss of innocence. Thomas the Rhymer...

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GET UP & TIE YOUR FINGERS EYEMOUTH

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £6.00

This stunning community performed production tells the story of how the people of Eyemouth recovered following the fishing disaster of 1881. 50 community members of all ages,...

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AKROWA UK

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £8.00

Dancer Adie Baako and drummer Thomas Annan share a lifetime of music and stories to transport audiences to their African childhoods near the coast in Ghana. With no electricity...

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GIANTS

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £8.00

Long ago, giants had lands of their own. They ruled in great kingdoms and were often demonised by humans. Mythology and folklore is abundant with tales of extra large beings in...

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BAGHDAD IS STILL SINGING

Sun 30 Apr
Price: £10.00

The fantastic Babylon Arabic Band, led by Mohammad Nafee, presents an evening of Iraqi music and storytelling with Marion Kenny. After the interval comes belly dancing and...

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ARTIE'S TARTAN TALES

Mon 1 May
Price: £8.00

Artie Trezise returns to TradFest with a brand new show which includes songs from his Singing Kettle days and brand new adaptations of traditional stories. All the songs have a...

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THE HAPPY LANDS

Mon 1 May
Price: £8.00

(Robert Rae, 2012, Scotland)Inspired by true stories from Fife, The Happy Lands follows the journey of a law-abiding community who become law-breakers in a heroic battle against...

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STORY BLANKET

Mon 1 May
Price: £5.00

Join Suit & Pace storytellers Beth and Andrew and choose your own tale from their Story Blanket. You might meet an artistic tortoise, a shape-shifting witch, a goat that...

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SOMETHING FOR A'BODY

Mon 1 May
Price: £7.00

Scotland's stories are as dramatic, breathtaking and beautiful as the country itself. Burgh Blatherers, a group of developing storytellers from Edinburgh and beyond, invite you...

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ISSHO DRUMMERS: FROM TAIKO TO TXALAPARTA

Mon 1 May
Price: £12.00

The beautiful wooden tones of the Basque Country's txalaparta and the low rumbling bass of Japanese Taiko drums are explored in this special performance exploring traditional...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH

Tue 2 May
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. The session is held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling...

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THE BRAVE DON'T CRY

Tue 2 May
Price: £8.00

(Philip Leacock, 1952, Scotland)An underappreciated gem of Scottish cinema, The Brave Don’t Cry is a moving true story, based on the true life events in Ayrshire of the...

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SEAL SKINS, STORMS & TREASURES DEEP

Tue 2 May
Price: £8.00

The sea whispers its secrets over the waves. Storyteller Beverley Bryant, Scots singer Aileen Carr and clarsach player Heather Yule return to TradFest with a new collaboration....

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ARCHIEOLOGY: AN EVENING WITH ARCHIE FISHER

Tue 2 May
Price: £12.00

Legendary Scottish folk troubadour Archie Fisher, in conversation with David Francis, looks back on an outstanding 50 years in folk music. Archie's ballads evoke the rough...

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MATEWAN

Wed 3 May
Price: £8.00

(John Sayles, 1987, USA)Perhaps the greatest film ever made about the labor movement, John Sayles’ drama is a poetic and deeply humane treatment of the coal miners’ strike in...

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THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS

Wed 3 May
Price: £8.00

Alice Fernbank and David Francis tell stories while musicians Mairi Campbell, Su-a Lee and Nicky Haire improvise responses. Featuring musicianship of the highest calibre, the...

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WAYWARD JANE

Wed 3 May
Price: £10.00

Formed in Edinburgh by friends playing in many guises over the years, Wayward Jane are vibrant and soulful, revelling in the sheer joy of playing together. Inspired by American...

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SENSING PLACE

Thu 4 May
Price: £5.00

What stories are important to you? This action research project explored the power of place in creative participation, working with archive film collections and Scotland's...

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TANTALISING TREATS

Thu 4 May
Price: £20.00

Storyteller Mara Menzies hosts an evening of marvellous, multicultural magic with Edinburgh's finest storytellers and musicians in the beautiful, fairy lit surroundings of the...

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JOCK'S JOCKS

Thu 4 May
Price: £10.00

Following on from its successful premiere at the Scottish Storytelling Centre during the Carrying Stream Festival in November 2016, this emotionally-charged one act play returns...

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UNSPUN

Thu 4 May
Price: £12.00

Following on from time with Shooglenifty, Conrad Molleson performs new works as Stringjammer in collaboration with musical partners, including Brazilian percussion from Mat...

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LORGAN BÀTA NAN SALM - TRACES OF THE PSALMBOATS

Fri 5 May
Price: £12.00

The Psalmboat community travel from Lewis bringing stories, poetry and the magnificent sound of Gaelic Psalms. Hear about sailing to church services, weddings, communion...

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SONGS OF ALLAN RAMSAY

Fri 5 May
Price: £10.00

The unofficial poet laureate of Edinburgh, Allan Ramsay was considered by Burns to be the greatest original 'genius' of pastoral whilst Hogarth honoured his caricatures with a...

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FROM THURSO TO BERWICK: A CELEBRATION OF MORRIS BLYTHMAN

Fri 5 May
Price: £10.00

A Rebel Ceilidh 'Come All Ye' celebrating the songs and poetry of Morris Blythman (aka Thurso Berwick), the 'Magic Marxist' of the Scottish Folk Revival. A chance to hear songs...

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FOUR NATIONS UNITED - A CULTURAL JOURNEY IN THE HEART OF EDINBURGH

Sat 6 May
Price: £0.00

A day of activities for all the family with BE United to embrace their core values of inclusion, connection, understanding and learning. With dance, music and storytelling...

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DRINKERS & THINKERS - THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT

Sat 6 May
Price: £12.00

Sangstream, an Edinburgh based folk choir led by well-known composer, harper and singer Corrina Hewat have performed traditional and contemporary Scots songs in harmony for 20...

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BEYOND THE BORDER: SIR WALTER SCOTT’S MINSTRELSY IN STORY & SONG

Sat 6 May
Price: £8.00

Discover songs and stories that have travelled far beyond the Borders, where they were first collected by Sir Walter Scott. Join folklorist Margaret Bennett and students from...

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AN IRISH HOOLIE

Sat 6 May
Price: £12.00

Tall tales, splendid songs and wickedly wise words, as three of Ireland's finest performers conspire to delight and entertain with great songs, heart-warming stories and...

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DONEGAL TO DÙN EIDEANN

Sun 7 May
Price: £8.00

Two fiddlers, two musical heritages and one shared passion. Liz Doherty’s Donegal tradition and Amy Geddes’ Galloway fiddle roots are explored in concert, with a sprinkling of...

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JOURNEY TO ALBA

Sun 7 May
Price: £6.00

Ingried Boussaroque’s concert is a tale of waves, sand, seagulls, salt and longing. The story of Scots and Irish taking to the sea in the hopes of a better life in Canada, which...

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NEST OF SONGBIRDS

Sun 7 May
Price: £5.00

Boasting two choirs (Fishwives and Fisherlassies), the village of Newhaven in North Edinburgh was once described as a Nest of Songbirds. The Newhaven Community Choir and local...

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THE TREE OF LIBERTY

Sat 13 May
Price: £10.00

(Timothy Neat, 1986, Scotland)Made in collaboration with Hamish Henderson, Timothy Neat’s passionate documentary explores the music of Robert Burns through Jean Redpath and...

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