The TMF recently carried out a survey on trad music learning across Scotland. Summary and link to the full report: https://t.co/7UHa2aYk03
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The Institute is an initiative on the part of the University of Aberdeen to introduce the study of human traditions into its research portfolio, especially the traditions of the North and the North-East of Scotland.
Lews Castle College, Benbecula has been teaching full-time courses in traditional music and Gaelic language since 2000. It has made a commitment to the teaching of traditional and especially Gaelic music, but has also invested in giving its students hands-on experience using the latest music technology, including Pro Tools, the industry standard recording system.
Celtic and Scottish Studies is part of Edinburgh University’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. Since 1951 material has been collected for the School of Scottish Studies Archives, which contain over 9000 recordings of songs, music, tales, verse, customs, beliefs and oral history.
The department of Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow offers the only honours degree in Scottish traditional music in the world. It also offers a piping degree run in collaboration with the National Piping Centre, which is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in Highland Bagpipe teaching.
Situated in Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland within the village’s High School, NCETM offers top class tuition and an all-round, in-depth experience in traditional music for young people of secondary school age from all over Scotland.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is an all-Gaelic educational institution, with the prime objective of defending, support and developing the Gaelic language. The College does this by providing quality educational, training and research opportunities through the medium of Scottish Gaelic; and by interacting innovatively with individuals, communities and businesses, to contribute to social, cultural and economic development.
Based on the Isle of Wight, but agents for Scottish bands Cherrygrove and the Rachel Hair Trio (not UK).
Stoneyport is one of Scotland’s longest established music agencies, representing artists such as Dick Gaughan, Michael Marra, the Poozies and Alasdair Fraser. The agency is also linked to Aegis Promotions and the Acoustic Music Centre, the major trad music promoter at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Established in 1990, and based in Paisley, Active Events has since grown to become Scotland’s largest international music agency. Artists of all musical genres are represented including Mike McGoldrick, Breabach, Session A9 and Karen Matheson.
The Rolling Hills Folk Club in October 2014 celebrated its eighth birthday. You’ll find them just by Melrose in the Scottish Borders. They meet on the first and third Fridays of the month, in the beautiful Smith Memorial Hall, in the village of Darnick just outside Melrose. Join them either to listen or to participate.
Hosts regular nights (Fridays and Saturdays) at the Salmon Bothy in Portsoy (birthplace of the legendary Jimmy McBeath) and also organises an annual festival (The Haal) in May.
Meets weekly on Thursdays at the Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth St, Falkirk, FK1 1NL. Also promotes the ‘Feast of Folk’ at the annual Falkirk Tryst Festival in May.
The club meets weekly (Wednesday evening) for most of the year in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh
Meets the first Saturday of the month except January, June July and August. Presents a mixture of established and emerging artistes. Situated in the delightfull village of Craigie by Kilmarnock, Contact Dave on 07765573240 or Lorna on 07899978736 for further information and to book tickets.
Meets the last Tuesday of every month, presenting well-established professional (or semi-professional) artistes, and providing a wide selection of talent so that there is always something for everyone’s particular taste in folk music. Situated on the western edge of Edinburgh.
Folk and acoustic music club established 1986 with around 11 guest artistes and 12 singers' nights each year
DAMC are a vibrant new club bringing touring acoustic bands to Dundee to perform in various venues at our twice-monthly concerts, normally featuring local support acts. Check out their website to see who is on.
Traditional Arts education in Aberdeenshire.
The Aberdeen branch organise a monthly session and a number of other events throughout the year that promote Scots and Doric traditional music and song.
In addition to its annual festival in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, the festival has a well established outreach programme, involving young people from the surrounding area in the rich musical traditions of this part of Scotland.
SCaT’s aim is to promote awareness and growth of Scottish traditional culture, and to do so in a way which brings enjoyment, encouragement, enthusiasm and a sense of community. It organises weekly classes in music, song and dance in Aberdeen.
The Scots Music Group is an Edinburgh-based charity which builds communities through active involvement in traditional music. It teaches Scottish traditional music, song and dance, runs a wide variety of events, and supports its members to build their confidence and skills so they can take music out into the wider community. “Our members are building links, spreading goodwill, and involving people round about in the joy of traditional music, song and dance.”
Sangstream is a community Scots folk choir, based in Edinburgh. The choir has
60 members, and performs regularly at community and charity events.
It is open to all and meets once a week on Thursday evenings.
Sangstream recorded a CD ‘More than a Choir’ in 2012, celebrating both the
group’s singing and social activities.
Riverside Music Project began in 2005, and is a community group offering low-cost opportunities for all ages and abilities to come together to learn and play traditional music.The core of our activities are family sessions on Sunday evenings, at Stirling Rowing Club. Sessions are led, but informal. We encourage more able players to help beginners, and particularly support family and intergenerational learning.
Riddell Fiddles, based in the Scottish Borders,was established to allow anybody to learn the fiddle, by providing inexpensive fun-filled lessons for young and old alike. Riddell Fiddles has now branched out to include performances, and guitar accompaniment, run by Donald Knox. The emphasis is on performing with musicians working together and listening to each other. Fiddle Lessons and Guitar Accompaniment Classes are held in the Argus Centre, Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders, on Sundays.
The Academy has been teaching traditional folk, blues and acoustic music to students of all ages for over 4 years. They have over 13 teachers offering regular tuition in Fiddle, Singing, Guitar, Accordion, Piano, Wind & Sax; Drums from their teaching base in Melrose. Their continued success is due to offering top quality music tuition with some of the best tutors around as well as providing a warm, friendly and welcoming environment.
LMN is the largest provider of live music to the UK’s welfare, educational, justice and health sectors, with a unique resource of specially trained, young, professional musicians, including traditional musicians.
The Liltin Lassies is a fun singing group based in Dunblane. Classes are friendly, relaxed and sociable, and anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join! They sing many different genres of song, but specialise in Scots song and are taught by Amy Lord – a graduate of the Scottish Music Degree at the RSAMD (now RCS).
Glasgow Fiddle Workshop offers classes teaching a variety of musical instruments and song, mainly through the medium of traditional Scottish music. We use an extensive group of professional and semi-professional tutors who are highly experienced performers and educators. Monday and Wednesday classes take place at John Wheatley College. We also run occasional Come-and-Try sessions and Workshops in various places throughout the year to encourage wider participation and support of Traditional Music.
Based in Aberdeenshire, Gadie Music are committed to providing top quality music tuition at affordable prices to as many local adults and young people as possible. They offer community projects, workshops and tuition, schools partnerships, concerts and ceilidhs, and open traditional music sessions.
Tutored and organised by Jenny Gardner and Gica Loening, Fun Fiddle is based in Portobello, Edinburgh and offers weekly childrens and adults traditional fiddle classes for all levels. Fun Fiddle often takes part in local community events and we encourage all levels of players to perform together in public as well as at our own termly fiddle stramashes.
In the 19th century, the Dundee merchant Andrew J Wighton amassed a great collection of early printed Scottish music books. The collection is now housed in a purpose-built study centre and performance space in Dundee City Library. The Friends exists to help make the collection and the centre more accessible to the people of Dundee, Fife and Angus.
Based in Portobello, Edinburgh, FluteFling is an opportunity for adults to learn traditional music on flutes and whistles in a group setting. Led by Gordon Turnbull, the emphasis is on playing for enjoyment and is open to all levels and experience: to simple system wooden flute players, modern Boehm system instruments, low whistles and tin whistles. There are regular classes and occasional workshops throughout the year and students come together for informal musical gatherings.
Fèisean nan Gàidheal was established in 1991 as the independent umbrella association of the Fèis movement. It is a membership organisation that offers a range of services to its members including grant-aid, training, insurance, and instrument loans.
Providing access to top quality tuition and performance opportunities in traditional music and Gaelic language for young people throughout the Cairngorms National Park.
‘Fèis’ has come to mean a tuition festival, usually for children and young people, which celebrates the music and song culture connected with the Gaelic language. Rois is the Gaelic word for Ross-shire, the home area in which Fèis Rois is based. Fèis Rois organises popular weekend tuition events for young people (and adults) and is also a major agency for other traditional music work in the Highlands and beyond.
EYG was set up in 1995 to provide opportunities for young people from across Edinburgh to come together and learn skills in traditional Scottish music. It has now grown and , in addition to the hugely popular annual Easter event, EYG has a year-round programme for young people aged 9 – 25. These opportunities range from the weekly Craigmillar Ceilidh Club and Wester Hailes Music Mondays where young people can learn skills in singing, song writing, guitar, fiddle and keyboard to performance opportunities at international festivals abroad.
Based in Blackford in Perthshire, the group supports players from complete beginners onwards in fiddle, flute, small pipes, whistle, guitar, concertina and other instruments. It has performance groups including a ceilidh band and holds workshops, weekly sessions on Fridays and events throughout the year.
Angus Folk is a community singing group, with a passion for local and traditional songs and singing in general. They can be found singing in Kirriemuir each Tuesday at 7.30pm at East and Old Parish Church, Bank Street, Kirriemuir.
Songmaking in Schools involves pupils participating together to create and develop songs on any topic, exploring language in English and Scots. Singing and performing the songs they have written, children fulfill the experiences and outcomes targets in curriculum areas including the new emphasis on Studying Scotland.
The Feral Choir is based at Castle Douglas, in the heart of Galloway, South West Scotland. We are a choir which actively encourages membership from a broad community. We use teaching methods that make music accessible to anyone, regardless of musical background. Entrance to the choir is without audition.
SeaSang is a new singing group formed to give community choir members the chance to sing more challenging music and also take part in singing in different settings such as theatre productions and multi arts events. The repertoire is based on Scottish traditional music and song - from all era's and encompassing all traditions. Contact: email@example.com
Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Our expertise in inclusive music technology and specialist teaching methods support people of all ages and a wide range of disabilities to play, learn and compose music independently. Our biggest achievements to date include setting up Inclusive Classroom, our flagship education programme for special and mainstream schools, implementation of our acclaimed training and CPD programme, our innovative developments in technology, and most recently the introduction of Figurenotes.
At Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop fiddle playing is taught traditionally, by ear; music provided but reading is not essential.
Adult (16+) classes are based in Strachur with occasional other events around Cowal / mid-Argyll.
Tutors are well qualified and experienced in Scots fiddle playing techniques.
All abilities catered for – total beginners to advanced; come along and try it!
Davno is a female singing collective based in Edinburgh and performing songs from the vocal traditions of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. In their approach they try to be as close to the old and traditional techniques of singing as they can, however, they sometimes enrich the songs with a touch of a more contemporary sound.
The TMSA advocates for our shared Scottish inheritance and unspoken need for everyone and anyone to engage with and participate in our own diverse Scottish cultures. The TMSA believes that grass roots participation in traditional music and song is fundamental to the culture of Scotland. It organises festivals, sessions, concerts and workshops throughout the country, and campaigns for and promotes traditional music and song.
The NAAFC’s member clubs are found throughout Scotland promoting accordion and fiddle music played in the Scottish style. It publishes a monthly magazine, Box and Fiddle, and runs festivals and competitions throughout the year.
Hands Up for Trad is an organisation dedicated to increasing the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy. It organises the annual Scots Trad Music Awards, the Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition in association with BBC Radio Scotland, the Tinto Summer School for young musicians aged 12-16 and administers the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. It also administers and co-produces Distil, the creative development project for professional traditional musicians working in the field of contemporary composition.
Horsecross Arts is a multi-arts organisation based in Perth, working primarily in music, theatre and new media. Through our Creative Learning department, and with funding from Creative Scotland, we are currently building ourselves to be a venue-based talent hub for Scottish traditional and Gaelic music where we will help develop early career musicians through collaboratively working with other trad/Gaelic music organisations across Scotland.
The main focus of Ceòlas is a music and dance summer school featuring expert tuition in piping, fiddling, singing, Scotch reels and Quadrilles, step dancing and the Gaelic language. It is set within the Gaelic-speaking community of South Uist and explores the vital connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic song and dance. Ceòlas also works throughout the year offering many different events like concerts, ceilidhs, symposiums, etc as well as working with other people in the community to enhance and encourage our language and culture.
Management and Scottish agency for Dougie MacLean, organisers of The Perthshire Amber Festival, manages Butterstone Studios and Limetree Arts and Music Publishing
The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene.
Burnsong celebrates the art and power of songwriting in Scotland. Songs are at the heart of contemporary Scottish culture. From the historic fame of Robert Burns, to the unknown singer pouring her life and heart into song in her bedroom, to the global commercial successes of Scottish bands and artists, songs matter to people in Scotland. Past Burnsong projects include The Gathering songwriting competition, the Songhouse residency and workshops and conferences including bringing the UK Songwriting Festival to Scotland.
Traditional Arts Development is the successor organisation to Inform, which was set up in 1992 as a development agency for the traditional arts. Among its achievements was the founding of The Living Tradition magazine, Living Tradition Summer schools, Common Ground Scotland and The Tradition Bearers.
Traditional Arts Development is a community interest company.Its latest projects are to establish Adelaides as a folk music venue in Glasgow; peace/war themed shows under a title of Only Remembered and a 'history' project concept called 'Silent Movies on the Radio'.
The Scots Language Centre exists to further the interests of the Scots language and its speakers.
The mission of RSCDS is to grow a vibrant worldwide community of Scottish Dance and Music. With nearly 12,000 members in over 450 branches and affiliate groups across the world, their network provides many opportunities for people to learn and develop their skills in Scottish Country Dance and associated music. This includes music schools which offer participants an opportunity to come together to learn and experience playing for Scottish Country Dancing, and to also share ideas and repertoire.
TRANSGRESSIVE NORTH is a music and film collective based in Scotland. Our organisation consists of film-makers, composers, musicians, writers, visual artists, and more. We work independently and with other organisations to produce and release arts projects.
The SMIA exists to champion and strengthen Scotlands music industry. They run events, training, panels and the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) awards.
Scotland's Towns Partnership is Scotland’s largest towns’ collective; representing and promoting the diversity of our towns and places, and supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them.
John Mulhearn and Calum MacCrimmon initiated The Big Music Society as a multi-platform musical venture with the aim of creating new and exciting performance contexts for Ceòl Mòr (lit. Big Music), Scotland’s oldest piping tradition. Since it’s conception, The BMS have commissioned and staged new music from leading performers such as Murray Henderson, Allan Macdonald, Fraser Fifield, Matthew Welch and bagpipe supergroup, Tryst.
The Martyn Bennett Trust exists to protect and promote Martyn's music but have also been involved in several musical charities/projects in Scotland and overseas.
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, 2nd weekend of July.
Annual festival held in Edinburgh celebrating the fiddle: concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, sessions, open stages, stramashes, two nights of festival clubs, and ceilidhs
Newcastleton, Scottish Borders. Possibly the longest continuously running music festival in Scotland, the festival revolves around a series of competitions, loosely linked by dances, organised ceilidhs and singarounds. Last weekend in June.
Based in Campbelltown, Argyll. Runs last weekend of August.
Moniaive, Dumfriesshire. First weekend in May.
Created with the express aims of bringing great music to the hills of Galloway and supporting rural regeneration in the Uplands of Scotland, Knockengorroch produces two festivals annually in beautiful locations in South West Scotland. Knockengorroch is a Community Interest Company, looking to work for community benefit with not-for-profit distribution status.
Great concerts with the stars of Celtic music alongside workshops, community events, sessions and much more... The festival is held over third weekend in August all around Innerleithen, Scottish Borders.
‘HebCelt’ has become established as one of Scotland’s major festivals, presenting traditional and contemporary music from around the world. It takes place in July, in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
The Border Gaitherin is the major showcase for Borders music and for the immense musical and creative talent which resides in the Borders. It is a fun family friendly participative traditional music event.
Festival of the performing arts for young people up to the age of 26. AIYF has a strong traditional music programme centred on its summer school, The Splore, and the innovative trad music big band, Ceol Mor.
A superb weekend of Scots trad music and song taking place every September in the hardy Angus town of Kirriemuir.
Strong emphasis on the music of the area, although folk do come from all over Scotland to play and to listen.
The Festival format is based around sessions and concert/ceilidhs, with instrumental, singing and storytelling competitions taking place on the Saturday.
A traditional music festival supporting Scottish traditional musicians and singers. Their mid-summer festival features a ceilidh dance, concerts, talks, workshops and competitions.
The Clarsach Society exists to promote the instrument and to help players. It has 11 local branches throughout the UK and a special interest group for wire strung harp enthusiasts. It organises the Edinburgh International Harp Festival each spring. The Clarsach Society exists to promote the instrument and to help players.
Alan is a touring and recording folk singer and songwriter.
He was a vital member of the Battlefield Ban from its inception in 1969 until his departure in 2010. His singing has long been respected by his peers and he has many solo recordings as well as recordings with other artists.
Eileen is a traditional and political singer and songwriter based in Edinburgh. She is an experienced song and workshop leader.
Former Head of Strategic Projects at Creative Scotland, with a general interest in the arts and in particular the Traditional Arts and Scots Language.
David is also Chair of Traditional Music Forum.
Nigel is a professional musician, who has been involved in the performing, teaching, collecting and publishing of Scottish traditional music for thirty years. In 2009 he was nominated as Tutor of the Year in the Scots Traditional Music Awards and inspires people around the world with an infectious way of transmitting music.
A native of Edinburgh, Linda was raised on a diet of popular Scottish music at home, fused with the classical and light operatic offerings from my schooldays. Her first instrument as a child was classical guitar .She have been playing accordion for about 25 years now, inspired by the playing of Eddie Reader in John Byrne's TV drama "Your Cheatin' Heart" and influenced by the teaching of Ian Lowthian of Ettrick Bridge. She has played rhythm accordion in ceilidh and performance Bands in a Celtic/Americana style. Linda is often to be found hosting sessions, composing tunes, giving private tuition and various performances, covering an eclectic range, including traditional Scottish, Celtic, Klezmer, Jazz, world music and some classical pieces.
With a voice that sends shivers and an amazing stage presence, Wendy Carle Taylor is making her mark internationally. Wendy is originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland and the story goes that she sang before she spoke. Best known for her moving and utterly beautiful interpretations of contemporary and traditional song, Wendy performs effortlessly through a range of languages and styles from folk to chansons, jazz and blues.
Unroofed Records is an independent record label and live arts production company based in Scotland. It is an artist-led company focused on fostering creativity, open-minded learning and collaboration. Established by Charlotte Hathaway and fiddler/composer Mike Vass, and working with Fiona Hunter and Innes Watson.
Marram’s aim is to play its part in preserving a fragile language and tradition. The driving force behind Marram Music is Maggie MacInnes, Gaelic singer and clarsach player from a long line of singers and storytellers from the island of Barra.
Based in the Scottish Borders and particularly interested in Borders music and song. Artists include Borders Young Fiddles and Lori Watson.
Scotland’s major traditional music label with over 350 releases, owned and operated by the legendary Ian Green.
Greengold Music is the framework for the songwriting, recording and performing activities of Mairi Campbell and David Francis.
One of Scotland's foremost record labels. Based in Glasgow with wide range of artists including Aiden Moffat, Emma Pollock, Rick Redbeard.
The National Piping Centre is the global centre of excellence for the study, music and history of the Great Highland Bagpipe.
SEALL promotes over 20 major traditional music events each year in venues at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and Clan Donald, Skye. Our summer concerts, in conjunction with the famous SMO Short Courses are marketed as our Fèis an Eilein Summer series – remembering our Fèis or the Skye Festival which ran for 18 years. With 22 years of promoting, we appear to be a magnet for good audiences and brilliant musicians in well equipped and welcoming venues. We do all this voluntarily and to a high professional standard, because we love it!
Formerly Promoters Arts Network (PAN). Members promote events in communities from Bute to Shetland, from the Western Isles to Moray using all kinds of spaces : arts venues and theatres, village halls andcommunity centres, converted churches, schoolrooms and barns. The Touring Network’s mission is to support ‘the communities of the Highlands and Islands to promote artistic events of the highest quality.’
Remembered / Imagined is a creative commissioning hub, dedicated to bringing new and innovative work from young and developing artists, musicians, writers, dancers and theatre makers across Scotland.
We create projects which offer creative and professional development to artists, and challenge our notions of archives and tradition.
Remembered / Imagined is artistically curated by Amble Skuse, and managed by Judith Walsh.
DHM Concerts promote concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow mainly featuring singer songwriters, traditional, roots and americana. Current artistes and bands includes Heidi Talbot, John McCusker Band , Kathleen MacInnes, Rachel Newton, Fiona Hunter, Mairi Campbell, Mike Vass, Gretchen Peters, Bruce Cockburn, Freeland Barbour, Moishe’s Bagel and Sarah Jarosz.
DHM Concerts is run by David Heavenor.
Cultural Connections, based in Argyll and Ayrshire, was established to promote the best of Scottish traditional arts through music, drama and history. Promoters of Craigie Folk Club in Ayrshire.
Christine is a piper, music and arts enthusiast and aside from her day job of community development worker, she organises and promote gigs on a voluntary basis in the village of Comrie, Perthshire. She does this because she is passionate about music and wants local people to have the opportunity to hear music they might not necessarily think of going to, perhaps because they've never heard of the band or singer, and because it's more than a 50 mile round trip to the nearest big town.
The leading Celtic, Scottish and Irish sheet music publishers, based in the Isle of Skye. Tunes for fiddle, harp, pipes and many other traditional instruments, also DVDs, CDs and tutor books. They also provide online resources for downloads of video lessons, sheet music, practice tracks and more at their sister site
The Living Tradition is a bi-monthly, A4, glossy magazine promoting traditional folk music from the UK, Ireland and beyond. In production for over 20 years, it reaches a large number of traditional music enthusiasts throughout the world and is regarded as an independent and authoritative voice in the folk and traditional music scene.
Photography Scotland is run by Ros Gasson, a music and events photographer. Ros is also a keen fiddler and singer.
Provide support to artists, labels, promoters covering all aspects of the music scene — various promotional packages: press, radio, festivals, online promotion, disc production and packaging (including CD, DVD, blu-ray, vinyl & cassette), physical and digital distribution, full graphic design services and much, much more.
Celtic Music Radio is the UK’s only licensed broadcast radio station dedicated to promoting Celtic and roots music of all genres. Based in Glasgow, it has a mission to be a strong cultural voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture, pioneering new frontiers in communication and broadcasting by including people that do not have access to mainstream media. The service is targeted at the Glasgow area’s practising creative artists across a range of genres of music, media and speech.
Scots Language Radio is a programme that spiks aboot the culture and the ongyans o fowk fa use Scots in their wirkin warl. Accordin tae the last census in Scotland, there are aroon 1.5 million Scots spikkers in this country. Ye dinna hae tae wanner far tae hear it – jist ging as far North, Sooth, East an Wast as yir lugs’ll tak ye. I hope ye’ll enjoy rummelin aboot in the Episodes, and welcome tae the company that celebrates the Scots Language – and the fowk that jist spik it.
Inner Ear is a digital media production and promotion company, specialising in Live Streaming, Digital Content Creation and Content Strategy. They work alongside clients to create compelling content to communicate messages and engage audiences.
Founded in 1928, Aberdeen Strathspey and Reel Society encourages fiddlers and accordionists of all ages to learn Scottish music and play and perform it with other enthusiasts.
The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra was formed in 1980, deriving its origins from Fiddlers’ Rallies which were – and are – held throughout the country. After one of these Rallies, a group of enthusiasts met to consider the formation of an orchestra which would draw its members from a’ the airts and would form a cohesive, vigorously rehearsed group of musicians. The inaugural concert of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra was on 20th March 1980 in the Music Hall, Aberdeen. Since that time the Orchestra has settled into a sequence of six or seven major concerts each year.
The Musicians’ Union is a globally-respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.
Woodend Barn at Banchory hosts a diverse programme of music (including traditional music), theatre, comedy, dance, film, children’s events, art exhibitions and workshops.
Located in the heart of the old town, the Tolbooth is Stirling's venue for live music and the arts. Re-opened in 2002, after a sensational restoration and redesign by award winning architect Richard Murphy, the Tolbooth has quickly established a reputation as one of the best live music venues in the country. The Tolbooth has always been a feature of Stirling's cultural life, it has been a court and jail (complete with death cells) and hosted a parliament in the reign of James VI.
Music, visual arts and events. The Trust has undertaken the restoration and conversion of three architecturally important buildings in Cromarty: The Brewery, restored in 1989 and now operated as the Cromarty Training Centre; The Stables, a Listed Grade A building restored in 1995; and Ardyne, a fine example of a merchant’s house restored in 1994.
The Queens Hall is an iconic and vibrant venue in Edinburgh, which hosts an all year round programme of music and comedy. During the summer months we host events for the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The venue can accommodate everyone from a string quarter to a full symphony orchestra or a full touring rock band and still maintain the excellent natural acoustics of the Hall.
An Lanntair is a hub for creativity and the arts in the Outer Hebrides. It is a multi arts venue – at one and the same time a contemporary art gallery, a theatre, a cinema, a dance studio, a concert hall, a platform for poetry and literature, a studio – every space stretched to showcase the arts in multiple forms. The featured work stretches across a national and international platform, yet the distinctiveness lies in being ‘of the place’, rooted in who we are, and the creativity of Gaelic and the Outer Hebrides takes centre stage.
The Allan Ramsay, est. 1792, is one of Scotland's oldest coaching inns in the quaint village of Carlops, outside Edinburgh, nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills. Named after the celebrated Scots poet, Allan Ramsay, collector of Scots poems and music. The Allan Ramsay is host to regular traditional music sessions.
The Glad Café is a café and venue in southside Glasgow.The venue puts on an eclectic range of live music nearly every night of the week which includes the best of traditional music, as well as a trad session in the café every Thursday evening.