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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

You are invited to share in songs and stories that have travelled far beyond the Scottish Borders, where they were first collected by Sir Walter Scott. Join Wattie and his...

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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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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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DONEGAL TO DÙN ÈIDEANN

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: £8.00

(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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