On Saturday 30th November come to the Scottish Storytelling Centre to celebrate St Andrew's Day with traditional Scottish entertainment for the whole family. We have music, stories, songs and delicious food on offer throughout the day to bring you quality Scottish culture in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town.
The entertainment begins at 11am with a family storytelling session from Mrs Mash, the storytelling cook who loves cooking and stories so much that she’s combined the two to create tasty tales for all ages.
Mrs Mash uses interactive stories, songs, and rhymes with younger children and families to educate and encourage healthy living through a love of good grub. The St Andrew’s Day Specials include neeps and tatties, Faries Favourites and butter making to tame those runaway oatcakes.
At 3pm Andy Cannon invites you to join The Gaberlunzie Man - Lord of Misrule, jester and teller of tales - for his family storytelling event, Tales of a Grandson: My Story of Scotland.
With his bag of stories and pot of knowledge Andy is sure to whip up hysteria as he wades his way through the chaos of Scotland's history, uncovering a fascinating fact or two along the way. Come along and play a part in Andy’s epic tale of Scotland.
This event is the first chapter of a larger storytelling project that began on 9th September 2013, which was the 500th anniversary of The Battle of Flodden and the week of his 50th birthday. Andy set off from Flodden Field on his year-long exploration of Scotland to create a contemporary response to Sir Walter Scott’s classic history of Scotland, Tales of a Grandfather. Throughout the year Andy will share small chapters from this great story with the project culminating in a full day of epic storytelling in October and November 2014 at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
"During my fiftieth year I plan to travel throughout Scotland, telling the epic story of its past in five separate chapters from the dawn of pre-history right up until the outbreak of the Great War in 1914.”
Come along to hear the first chapter of this epic new tale of Scottish history as part of your St Andrew's Day celebrations.
As well as Scottish storytelling, we have a traditional music workshop in the afternoon with an accompanying concert in the evening.
At 2pm Frieda Morrison and Aileen Carr delve into the treasure trove of the Greig Duncan folk collection. In the early 20th century, Gavin Greig and Reverend James Bruce Duncan compiled almost 2000 Scots songs, giving a fantastic insight into this part of Scotland’s social and cultural history. This workshop offers insight into the material and advice on how to perform it.
At 7.30pm you can listen to the riches of Scotland’s greatest folk song collection performed by some of the most acclaimed singers in Scotland, Frieda Morrison, Aileen Carr, Steve Byrne, Lucy Pringle, Alison McMorland, Geordie McIntyre, Sarah Beattie and Jo Miller, plus special guest Fraser Fifield.
35 of these pieces, from love songs to bothy ballads, are available to listen to in an online archive, developed by broadcaster and traditional singer Frieda Morrison, the Artist in Residence at Celtic and Scottish Studies at the Unviversity of Edinburgh.
We hope you can join us for a great day of traditional Scottish entertainment on our national day of celebration.
Join Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook for a celebration of Scotland's amazing stories and its fantastic food. Hear of tremendous turnips, marvel at the favourite food of Scottish fairies and have a go at making your own butter to tame runaway oatcakes! Tales, songs and joining in fun for all the family.
Sample the riches of balladry, lyric and bothy ballad and learn from experienced performers how to tackle this wonderful material in your own way. With Frieda Morrison and Aileen Carr.
Andy Cannon invites you to join the Gaberlunzie Man - Lord of Misrule, jester and teller of tales. With his bag of stories and pot of knowledge he's sure to whip up hysteria as he wades his way through the chaos of Scottish history and uncovers a fascinating fact or two on the way. Come along and play a part in Andy’s epic tale of Scotland.
Some of the most acclaimed singers in Scotland come together to perform songs and music from The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection.