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INSIDE: Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival : Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender : Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival : Southside Fringe Glasgow : goNORTH : HebCelt : Orkney Folk Festival : Knockengorroch ..... plus and our 2013 music festival listings!

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D&G Arts Festival kicks off on Cardoness Beach

Dumfries & Galloway : 18 May – 2 June

Over 170 artists : 51 Live Events : 31 venues : Buy tickets 01387 253383 This year’s vibrant D&G Arts Festival kicks off with a spectacular outdoor arts installation LIMINAL, which will take place on 18 May at Cardoness Beach, Gatehouse of Fleet.

Shooglenifty play on 24th

The festival presents a dazzling array of theatre, music, art and literature with other highlights including: Opera a la Carte’s stunning presentation of CARMEN, the upbeat celtic tunes of SHOOGLENIFTY and the National Theatre of Scotland’s remarkable production CALUM’S ROAD and much, much more…

The music offering this year is varied and exciting: The brilliant Shoogleniffty playing at Dalry High School, Friday 24 May 7.30pm

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Kirkcudbright on Song, a weekend long celebration of great singer – songwriters and great songs with workshops and gigs in venues around Kirkcudbright Friday 24 – Sunday 26 May.


The Amy Geddes Trio perform as part of One Day in May at Kirkton Church Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm Song of the Oak and the Ivy – a wonderful symphonic journey performed by Scotland’s cutting edge traditional harpers. Corsock Village Hall, Sunday 26 May, 7.30pm

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London Soloists Ensemble will perform a series of concerts on various dates throughout the festival. The beautiful sounds of Lorraine McCauley and the Borderlands at Thomas Tosh, Thornhill on Monday 27 May The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform at The Bucceluch Centre Langholm on Thursday 30 May and in the Cochran Hall, Kirkcudbright on Saturday 1 June. Lulo Reinhardt the inspired gypsy guitarist at Colvend Hall on Friday 31 May at 7.30pm

Acclaimed folk artist Chris Wood will be supported by local favourite Zoe Bestel and her ukulele at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries on Sunday 2 June at 7.30 Tickets available now from the Booking Office, Mid Steeple Dumfries (open Tues – Sat 10.00 – 1600) T: 01387 253383, programmes are out now and a full calendar of events can be viewed online


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Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender brings you over 45 quality acts Kilmarnock : 31 May - 2 June It is with great excitement that we can announce the complete line up for Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender 2013. Organisers have built on the success of last year’s event and added a third venue to the event to total in over 45 acts performing throughout the weekend. The festival will begin on Friday 31st May and conclude on Sunday 2nd June. Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender will take place over three different venues including Bakers, Dirty Martini's and The Granary with a real eclectic mix of Scottish music. Headline acts performing include Esperanza, Jon Windle, Fridge Magnets, The Ok Social Club, Mechanical Smile, Junkman's Choir and Chris Helme. Festival organiser, David Hanvey comments, “After the success of last year’s event we knew we had set the bar very high, the team have worked hard to maintain that high standard. My hope is that people who attended last year enjoyed themselves and will return and show the same level of support!”

A SELECTION OF OUR GIGS .... 9 May (Greens) Tom Paley 10 May (Greens) The Former Members 11 May (Greens) Kevin Montgomery

Fellow organiser Richy Muirhead adds “It is great to be involved in this festival. I hope that we can build on the success of last year and music fans embrace the chance to discover new music as well as seeing some of their favourite acts on their doorstep!”

16 May (Greens) Tokyo Rosenthal 21 May (Greens) Nine Below Zero 23 May (Greens) Steve Poltz 26 May (Greens) Nimmo Brothers (acoustic) 29 May (Greens) Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash 30 May (Greens) The Kennedy's FULL GIG DETAILS ON WEBSITE

Other acts for the festival bill include The Holy Ghosts, Bear Arms, Culann, The Begbies, Crusades, Mickey 9s, Sinster Flynn, Waiting For Go, The Banter Thiefs, Matt Scott, Greg Pearson, Lori McTear, Delgetti, Altered Sky, Nothing But The Night and expect some surprises in between!

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FIND OUT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS! Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival : 25-27 May

Book online now at: Tickets are now on sale for the festival, which features an impressive line-up of musicians from Europe and the USA representing a wide range of styles and genres. Artists include: Donnie Munro, Sandi Thom, Jan Akkerman, John Doan, Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas, John Etheridge, Eric Faulkner, Peter Finger, Simon Thacker and Gregg Wright. As well as enjoying the many and varied performances, festival visitors can also participate in an extensive programme of seminars covering all aspects of guitar playing from metal, funk, jazz and folk accompaniment to harp guitar and ukelele. Sessions are delivered by an international group of highly experienced tutors including Phil Hilborne (Surviving as a Rock Guitarist), Hugh Burns (Getting the Right Sound) and Pete Sklaroff (Rock 2 Jazz). A trade exhibition, plus the finals of the Festival’s competition for young guitarists adds to a packed programme that runs each day from 10.30am until 11.00pm. Single daily ticket prices range from £10.00 for entry to daytime events (10.30am-5.30pm) or early evening concerts, through to £40.00 for an all day Passport (10.30am-11pm). Family tickets (2 adults plus 2 children) range from £30.00 to £120.00. Concessions are also available and children under 12 are admitted free accompanied by an adult. Seminars are priced separately at £10.00 each, or 3 for 2 at £20.00.

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Music Industry Seminars Saturday 25 May


Paul Harkins: Lecturer Ian Tomlin School of Music Napier Obviously, EGMF is very much guitar University. After completing his Masters degree and specialising in the study of popular music, centric in it’s focus, but the fact is, now, more than ever, musicians need Paul was employed by the MCPS-PRS Alliance in London where he worked closely with writer and to be aware of the help, challenges and publisher members of the societies for a number opportunities that exist in today’s of years. On return to Scotland Paul started a musical world. EGMF has lined up a music publishing consultancy called Extra Yard range of experts who will cover a wide Music and continue to advise and assist range of topics from solo artists to songwriters, publishers, and record labels with matters relating to copyright, royalties, and the bands looking to further their fan bases, music communities, income and exploitation of their catalogues.In 2005/06 Paul became a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier royalty streams. University and started teaching the Business of Panel 1 Music modules on the BA (Hons) Popular Music degree, he became a permanent member of (11.30am - 12.30pm) staff in 2007. Paul is a member of the Cross Collection Societies Party Group on Scottish Contemporary Music at and Income Streams the Scottish Parliament as well as a member of For many musicians income simply comes from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). playing gigs and the occasional record sale, other income streams are unknown. The focus of Jonathan Tait: this panel is therefore the role of the collection Moderator Jonathan has worked with a number societies - how they collect money and how that of developing and established artists throughout money is distributed to composers and his career and has provided many services to musicians. The Panel is moderated by: Jonathan them from A&R, business start-up advice, tour Tait. management to direct artist management. As Keith Harris: Manager to Stevie WonderKeith began working in the record industry in 1974 for a small independent UK label called Transatlantic records. In 1976 he joined EMI Records as general manager for 2 years at Motown; working with artists including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. He formed his own UK management company in 1982 and has been involved in the management of various artists such as Junior Giscombe, Junior Tucker, Paul Johnson, & Omar. Keith managed the late Lynden David Hall, and still represents Stevie Wonder.

well as his work with the Academy of Music and Sound he continues to work alongside many industry impresarios. Robert White: Independent music industry lawyer

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Artist Management - how to build a fan base / music community

Hear the panel share their experiences in the wider music industry, initially discussing the roles and responsibilities of an artist manager Jamie Gilmour: Hail Eris Management and qualities required to make a good one. The Jamie represents the interests of the bands “We key focus of the panel however concerns the Were Promised Jetpacks” and “Over The Wall”. strategies that may be adopted to connect with Jamie is also a Special Projects Manager for the potential fans to build a music community and Scottish Music Centre as well as a freelance ultimately, an audience. With digital now events manager for the British Academy of permeating every aspect of the music industry Composers & Songwriters (BAC&S). Through his and the tools to connect becoming easier and experiences with artist management, BAC&S and easier to use, the question of whether a SMC Jamie has developed a close understanding manager is necessary nowadays will be of self publishing for bands, writers and explored. The Panel is moderated by Jamie

Gilmour (see previous panel). Scott Cohen: Co-founder of the worlds biggest digital distribution company “The Orchard” Scott started The Orchard with music veteran Richard Gottehrer in June 1997. The Orchard is the largest digital distributor in the world with offices in 25 countries. As a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer, Scott Cohen travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age. He is a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University and sits on the British Phonographic Industries Council. Scott's music career started in the late 1980s in independent and major label artist management. In addition to his responsibilities at The Orchard, Scott runs a music management company with longtime partner Richard Gottehrer. Ally Gray: Co-founder of Emubands, board member of the Scottish Music Industry AssociationAlly has been involved in the digital distribution of music since 2004, and in 2005 co-founded Emubands a simple-to-use yet powerful digital distribution service for artists and record labels. Ally’s career has also taken in concert promotion and artist management, and he is a board member of the Scottish Music Industry Association, as well as a music industry mentor for the Scottish Music Centre’s youth music project, Music+. He also regularly lectures at various colleges and universities in Scotland. Bruce Findlay: Management: Simple Minds, The Silencers, China Crisis. Bruce joined his brother in partnership and opened a record shop in Falkirk in 1967. By the early 1970s this had grown into Scotland's best-known record shop chain. In 1973, Bruce organised and promoted the first ever Edinburgh Pop Festival in association with the Edinburgh Festival featuring, amongst others Kevin Ayres, Gong, The Incredible String Band, Can, Procul Harum, Planxty and The Chieftans. Bruce started his own record label, Zoom Records in 1977 but is probably best known as the founder of Schoolhouse Management managing the affairs of, particularly Simple Minds, The Silencers, China Crisis, but also looked after the business affairs of Muriel Gray and producer Calum Malcolm. Bruce has lectured in numerous colleges and universities and is a regular speaker at music industry conferences. He was advisor to the British government when they set up the New Deal for Musicians programme.

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Glasgow's Southside Fringe brings diverse range of entertainment to 28 venues Glasgow : 10-26 May

See the full Southside Fringe line-up @ The Southside Fringe organisers passionately believe in the arts; everything that has a creative edge is of interest to them and they want to share that interest with everyone, whether they live on the Southside of Glasgow or not. They aim to promote the creative community and its ever-growing talent, providing entertainment for the diverse community in a range of fabulous Southside venues. For the past four years the Southside of Glasgow has hosted an annual Southside Festival held in the Glasshouses and Queens Park Recreational Grounds in the last weekend of May. This festival has proven to be a great success with families, boasting attendance in excess of 20,000 people. But they felt that the massive range of arts represented in the Southside deserve their own, dedicated event; and now they have it the Southside Fringe. The Fringe aims to provide an experience that will include a wide and diverse range of entertainment that the Southside creative community cannot wait to share. By staging their own events and encouraging events and venues across the Southside to participate, the Southside Fringe is shaping up to be the event to highlight on your calendar. Yet the Southside Fringe is not just about providing quality paid opportunities for acts, performers and musicians. We really want to actively include all demographics of the area and participate in the community and economic regeneration of the Southside. By involving as many venues, businesses and organisations as possible, the festival can raise the profile of the Southside and its arts landscape, drawing new customers and audiences to the wonderful facilities the Southside has to offer. Not only that, but organisers are working in partnership with ‘Public-I Events and Media’ to develop models for creative collective festivals which will be pivotal in national ventures, including ‘Strength In Numbers’ (SIN) to be launched in 2014. So do it, right now, highlight it on your calendar. Southside Fringe, May 2013. Whether you’re an artist, an arts lover or just someone who wants to have fun and be part of an amazing venture, then the Southside Fringe is for you - go to this link for full listings info:

EAGLEOWL ALBUM LAUNCH @ SOUTHSIDE FRINGE ..... At the Southside Fringe on Sunday 12 May Eagleowl launch their long-awaited debut album, out on Fence Records. 'This silent year' is released on 13 May but you can get a sneaky early copy at this show! At Glad Cafe, 1110 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG 8pm Tickets £6 from Eagleowl : photo by Neil Cammock


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goNORTH Showcase acts announced for Inverness Inverness : 5-6 June

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goNORTH has announce the list of acts invited to showcase at goNORTH 2013. The thirteenth edition of Scotland’s leading showcase festival for the creative industries will return to Inverness over the 5 and 6 June, with over 70 acts set to perform across the city centre. “We are delighted with the quality and range of acts invited to showcase at this year’s goNORTH”, said Director for Music Shaun Arnold. “The A&R process to establish our 2013 list proved particularly challenging as we received a record number of high quality submissions. As goNORTH continues to develop, each year the music element becomes increasingly competitive. We would like to offer a huge thank you to all the acts that applied to play this year and look forward to delivering our most ambitious showcase programme to date”. As always, all elements of goNORTH are completely open and free to attend, although attendees are required to register free online here or at the event goNORTH will be announcing full details of their panel programme over the coming weeks. The goNORTH Festival Tour: A significant volume of acts invited to showcase will also secure additional opportunities across the goNORTH Festival Tour schedule. Partners for 2013 are Wickerman Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Loopallu. Wider UK and International Artists: goNORTH are also pleased to have worked with partners from the Excite network, MUSEXPO, A&R Worldwide, The Playmaker Group, The Bedford and the Welsh Music Foundation to highlight a superb range of wider UK and international artistes - who include: ALLIE BRADLEY (UK) / COWBOIS RHOS BOTWNNOG (WELSH MUSIC FOUNDATION) / EMMA-JANE THOMMEN (UK) / ICE CREAM CATHEDRAL (DK) / ILONA (UK) / KOF (UK) / MAASK (NL) / PROTECTION PATROL PINKERTON (BE) / SGROW (NO) / SHEZAR (UK) / TERRI WALKER (UK) / THE ENEMIES (IE) / THESE REIGNING DAYS (UK)

Duncan Overmeer who is based in the remote West Highlands plays a goNORTH showcase : photo by Mary Overmeer Photography

goNORTH is more than just music and the organisers are delighted to announce the full list of films, which make up their Screening Programme at this year's goNORTH Festival. Some of the films have been selected from an open call for submissions to feature alongside a specially curated programme of feature length and short films. All in all they have a nice line up for you, the full timetable will be released soon, check the goNORTH website to start planning the films you want to see. Screenings will take place from 10.30am to 5pm over the 5-6 June in the Mercure Hotel, Inverness, FREE to all registered delegates.

Full goNORTH Film Screening Programme: Abagail Grey ‘Beauty’ directed by Tristan M Aitchison Arthur Cant directed by Fabio Dominguez BAFTA screenings including The Making of Longbird directed by Will Anderson BARE directed by Gordon Napier Busking in Australia directed by June Caravel Contra-Tempo directed by Luis Candeias Close Encounters directed by Douglas Caldow Dead dans directed by Keiko Yamazaki Deid directed by Bruce Taylor Food for the Mind directed by Manjeet S Gill GMAC compilation of shorts Hitching the A1 directed by Gary Mcquiggin BBC: The Victorians – Behind The Scenes directed by Tom Duncan BBC: The Victorians – Brodie Castle directed by Tom Duncan BBC: The Victorians – Harris Emigration directed by Roddy Maclean


BBC: The Victorians – Living Conditions directed by Helen Graham BBC: The Victorians – Shetland Lace directed by Aidan Nicol BBC: The Victorians – Shetland Times directed by Aidan Nicol BBC: The Victorians – Shinty, The Wild Game directed by Helen Graham BBC: The Victorians – Up Helly Aa directed by Aidan Nicol Metro directed by Albinea Shakirova My Lives And Times directed by Gary Fraser My Name Was Jane directed by Karel Dolak Plagium directed by Brady Hood Small Gifts directed by Brady Hood Somebody's Daughter directed by Gareth Peevers Somewhere Near Tapachula directed by Stefan Hunt The Collection directed by Andrew Murchie The State of Greenock directed by David Newman and Gavin Grant Window Seats 'Juliette's Letter' directed by Window Seats An Drochaid/The Bridge Rising directed by Robbie Fraser Timelock directed by David Griffiths Tumult directed by Johnny Barrington You've been Trumped directed by Anthony Baxter

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A young female quartet who played their first gig only in February have won a coveted stage slot at one of this summer’s top Scottish music festivals. Gria secured the sought-after spot in the main arena at the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival after winning a talent competition to find the stars of tomorrow. The Glasgow-based group were voted the best of 17 high quality entries for HebCelt’s One Step Further contest which was open to any young band or performer, aged between 18 and 25, playing a genre of music that reflects the general programming of the event. Gria will now find themselves performing at the festival which runs from 17-20 July in Stornoway and will be headlined by Van Morrison, Dougie MacLean, Capercaillie, The Battlefield Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. The girls - singer Ceitlin LR Smith, from Lewis; fiddler Louise Bichan, from Orkney; pianist Lana Gria are (left to right) Lana Elaine, Louise Elaine, from Shetland, and accordionist Gemma Bichan, Ceitlin LR Smith and Gemma Telfer Telfer, from Northumberland - will showcase their mix of traditional and contemporary music when they perform live on Saturday, 20 July on the Island Stage. They will also receive £250 towards expenses. main stage will help Gria go on to great things in the The festival, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary music industry.” this year, attracted an international audience of over Gria, who take their name from an adaptation of 14,000 in 2012 and ticket sales this year are well Grian, the Gaelic word for sun, got together at the ahead of target. end of last year. Ceitlin, Gemma and Lana attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally known as Ceitlin, 20, originally from Ness, said: “We were shocked to hear we had won the contest, being such a the Royal Academy of Music and Drama) together. newly formed band, but we were over the moon about Louise, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, also played with Lana in a band called Dalamist. it. “I've always wanted to play at HebCelt, being a local. Their first gig together was at Celtic Connections in We hope it'll get our name out there a bit more and give more people the opportunity to hear our music.” February when they won the Danny Kyle Open Stage award and last month they played for the Scottish Government at Edinburgh Castle at a dinner for The One Step Further contest was backed by European chief officers. acclaimed singer Julie Fowlis who was given one of her first opportunities to sing solo at a festival when she performed at HebCelt in 2003. She has since gone In August they will play abroad for the first time as a band when they take part in the Festival Interceltique on to international stardom and sang on the in Lorient, France, and they have gigs lined up soundtrack of the Oscar-winning Disney Pixar supporting Manran and Treacherous Orchestra at the animated film Brave. Glenfiddich Distillery, as well as the Orkney Folk One of the first inductees to the HebCelt Hall of Fame Festival and St Magnus Festival also in Orkney. and an ambassador for the event, Julie said: “Winning The group have also been recording with plans to the One Step Further contest is a great achievement release an EP in the summer and their first album by for a group that only started playing together in the end of this year or early 2014. February, although the musicians are already experienced performers. The HebCelt line-up also includes Karine Polwart, “Playing the main arena at HebCelt will provide them Darrell Scott, Pete Roe, Paddy Callaghan, and local artists Iain Morrison, The Boy who Trapped the Sun with a wonderful stage to bring their beautiful music to a much wider audience and I am sure they will use and Face the West, as well as Dundee’s Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher; Lau, voted ‘Best the experience to go on to even greater things in Group’ at this year’s Radio Two Folk Awards; Orcadian future. I wish them all the best.” HebCelt festival director, Caroline MacLennan, added: eight-piece The Chair; The Hot Seats, from Virginia; Manchester outfit The Travelling Band; Welsh band “Gria are a very young band but their musicians are Rusty Shackle; Fatherson, The Dirty Beggars and extremely accomplished performers. The quality of Donald MacDonald & The Islands, from Glasgow, and their playing shone through in their entry and the Rose Parade, a four-piece from Ayr. judges were very impressed with their collective sound.

“The festival prides itself on helping to bring young talent from throughout the Celtic nations to a wider audience and hopefully this opportunity to play on the

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - A Festival under the Stars!

Galloway : 23-26 May

ISLAND FESTIVAL VOWS ALL WILL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT, AMIDST TEMPORARY LOSS OF CRUCIAL FERRY LINK Orkney : 23-26 May The Orkney Folk Festival committee has this week confirmed that it is working alongside Serco NorthLink Ferries to ensure that any potential festival travel problems are avoided, in the wake of the loss of the lifeline Stromness-Scrabster ferry link. Serco NorthLink Ferries’ MV Hamnavoe has been out of action since April 26, due to a severe engine failure. It is currently awaiting a replacement crankshaft in Rosyth, however, due to the extent of the repairs, it is anticipated that the ferry will only return to service on Saturday, May 25, at the earliest – two days after the 31st Orkney Folk Festival is due to start, in less than three weeks time.

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The Knockengorroch World Ceilidh will take place for the 16th year near Carsphairn, Galloway from Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 May. The music line-up features bands which have travelled from as far as Texas and Ethiopia as well as arts, crafts and activities for all ages and persuasions. Organisers are also proud to boast that the mountain valley festival, arguably the most remote in the country, takes place under some of the brightest stars in the world. The Galloway valley in which Knockengorroch World Ceilidh nestles has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park, meaning the festival takes place under one of the darkest skies, least affected by light pollution, in the world. This recent accolade for its environs confirms Knockengorroch as one of the most beautiful and ‘off the beaten track’ locations for a music festival in the world, organisers claim. Festival organiser Katriona Holmes says that “it’s absolutely brilliant that Galloway is being recognised as an internationally outstanding natural location. There are not many festivals that can claim to have the best night sky views in the world! I hope everyone manages to get a moment to look up and lose themselves in the breathtaking beauty of a night sky free from light pollution. The World Ceilidh affords its visitors the perfect combination of a great festival in the great outdoors. Lovely vibes under the darkest skies (and that is certified)!’ The celebrated musical programme will span a multitude of genres including acts such as Asian Dub Foundation, one of the first bands to merge contemporary Western sounds with traditional Asian beats and melodies; Dizraeli and the Small Gods, a multi instrumental outfit fusing hip-hop with folk for a fresh outlook on both genres; Breabach, a young band making waves in the Scottish traditional scene who won the Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the 2012 Trad Awards; Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, four time Grammy-award nominated Texans playing authentic and soul stirring music from Southern Louisiana and Cornishman Luke Vibert, alias Wagon Christ, a lauded creative voice in electronica and ‘ambient trip-hop’. Alongside the music programme there will be the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory’s planetarium, visual installations, theatre, comedy, dance, circus, sessions, food, healing zones, a sauna, fire shows, solar cinema and many more activities for young and old. The line-up of the World Ceilidh festival includes: Asian Dub Foundation, Congo Natty aka Rebel MC with Tenor Fly, Slamboree, Luke Vibert, Headmix, Dizraeli & the Small Gods, The Correspondents, Breabach, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Vibronics, Mungos Hi Fi Sound System, Orkestra Del Sol, Federation of the Disco Pimp, The John Langan Band, The Old Dance School, Sheelanagig, Krar Collective, The Bevvy Sisters, Freddy Frogs, Morphamish, Samedia Shebeen, the Mezzanine Allstars, Awry, Girobabies, Trembling Bells, North Atlantic Oscillation, Victorian Trout Conspiracy, Grandma Staflasch and the Furious Grandads, Cera Impala and the New Prohibition Band, Jinx in Dub Sound, Breezak, Navigantes, Portnawak and the Woo, Kite and the Crane, Jen and the Gents, The Darlingtons, After Hours Quintet, Sahra Queen of Pressure, Post Orgasmic Sunshine Band, Too Much Fun Club, BarrowBand, Fridgemaster, Spartan Tartan, Tantz Klezmer Band, Myng and Styx, Pyroceltica, Flamenco Pena, Andy Paterson, Barocco Tribal Fusion Dancers. Club Mud and more. ADVERTISE IN OUR 3 WEEKLY DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

As the festival is based in Stromness, with over two thirds of the fourday programme taking place in the town, and with Serco NorthLink Ferries one of the primary sponsors of the festival, the majority of artists and audiences were due to travel to the county via the 90 minute Pentland Firth crossing, which docks a stone’s throw from the major festival venues. Since announcing that no bookings will be taken for the route up to and including Friday, May 24, earlier this week, Serco NorthLink Ferries have been working with the festival to ensure that all bookings are transferred to alternative carriers, and that all passengers – booked or prospective – are aware of the alternative arrangements. Existing bookings, for artists as well as passengers who had booked using the festival’s patronage scheme – which entitles festival supporters to discounted travel on the firms’ Pentland Firth and Aberdeen routes – have all been re-routed through Pentland Ferries, the alternative, non-subsidised firm that sails between Gills Bay in Caithness, and St Margaret’s Hope. Busses will also be laid on to transport foot passengers between Scrabster and Gills Bay, and then St Margaret’s Hope and Stromness, whilst any larger vehicles – such as coaches – can be still be accommodated on the Scrabster to Stromness route, via the firm’s stand-in freight service. Furthermore, should demand over the festival weekend exceed the available reduced capacity, both Pentland Ferries and John O’Groats Ferries – who run a passenger-only service to Burwick, on South Ronaldsay – have confirmed that they will assist by providing additional sailings, ensuring that all festival-goers will make it to Orkney and Stromness for the event – one of the largest and most popular throughout the isles. Serco Northlink Ferries are confident that the MV Hamnavoe will return to service in time for festival-goers’ homeward journeys on Monday, May 26. The company have also moved to assure the Orkney Folk Festival that neither it nor any festival passengers will be out-of-pocket as a result of the alternative arrangements. Orkney Folk Festival director, Bob Gibbon said: “As one of the principal sponsors of the folk festival, NorthLink Ferries, and latterly Serco NorthLink Ferries, have been solid supporters of the festival for many years, and so it is very encouraging to see their team in Orkney pulling out all the stops to make sure that transport to this year’s festival runs with as little disruption as possible, given the circumstances. Whilst the company has received a lot of public criticism for their response to this incident, I have to say that the local staff have been outstanding, and have really gone out of their way to help in what I can only imagine is a very stressful time for everyone. Given this work, and the assurances we’ve been given, we’re confident that everyone – artists and audiences – will get here on time for the festival.” James Linklater, customer care manager for Serco NorthLink Ferries, added: “As a sponsor of folk festival we want to reassure people that the island is still very much open for business". For further information or any queries relating specifically to travel with Serco NorthLink Ferries, the company can be contacted on 0845 6000 449 or www.

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Scribblers Picnic Stirling May 12

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The Scribbler’s Picnic is a charity that was set up in 2001 to raise money for five cancer charities – CHAS, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Centre, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Care. This outdoor event is held at the Stirling Rugby Club with each year getting better and better. Four stages of music and a charity fete make it a fun day for all the family.

Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival Skye May 23-25 The annual Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival just goes from strength to strength. The festival has built up a superb reputation for the quality and quantity of music, fine venues and hospitality and most of all a friendly and happy family atmosphere where old friendships are rekindled and new friendships formed through the mutual love of the music.

Glasgow May 10-26

We are a group of creative Southside professionals giving our time to build a Southside Fringe Festival to run in tandem with and complement the Southside Festival in May 2013. Working closely with Public-I Events and Media, we will act as an agency, bringing together venues and performers. The Southside Fringe is focused upon providing a fortnight of quality opportunities for acts, performers and musicians in May 2013. It’s an incredibly exciting time in the Southside with fantastic new venues The Glad Café and The Bungo actively encouraging creativity and supporting local Southside talent. The ethos of the Southside Fringe is very much ‘strength in numbers’ : the more facets of the community and local businesses who get involved the louder our voice and the bigger the Southside’s profile will be on the festival map.

Perth Festival of the Arts

The Buchan Heritage Festival at Strichen is one of the finest places to appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad 'Doric' language which is still very much alive here in the North East, and enjoy a friendly family Knockengorroch atmosphere where contestants have World Ceilidh come from a' the airt's and pairt's o' Kirkcudbright Scotland and sometimes beyond. May 23-26

Moniave Folk Festival Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, May 10-12 The Moniave Folk Festival has something for everyone, Great music, Piping competitions, Open stages, children’s events and concerts. Workshops. Come along for a wonderful family weekend.

Orkney Folk Festival

Doune & Dunblane Fling May 23-26 Like many others, the Fling was conceived with the help of music and alcohol. It began as an idea at the Dunblane Folk Club, among a group of people fond of music and fun. And so in May 1993 the first Fling happened. Since then the Fling has gone from strength to strength. Somewhere along the line the first 'Fling by the River' began. Held each Fling Saturday on Dunblane's historic Drying Green, its activities have ranged from an open stage for local young musicians, fire engines, space-hopper races and fire-eating jugglers, to the annual Rotary Club race for 4,000 plastic ducks down the Allan Water. Gradually a 'Fringe Fling' has developed, featuring over the years everything from ghost walks, pub quizzes, plays from the local Drama Group, master classes in everything from fiddling or mandolins to harmony singing or bodhran, and the now-annual Thursday Jazz Night.

Perth May 16-26

Orkney May 23-26

The Festival intends to celebrate its 42nd birthday by staging some world-class events with an international flavour with artists coming from the USA and Russia as well as the UK. The Festival covers many art forms from classical music and opera to comedy, rock, folk and the visual arts.

Here we are folks – Orkney Folk Festival number 31! Once again we have some big names coming north to join in the fun in May, and from the ceilidh bands to the almost indie strand, we have brought together a broad mix of artists that we hope appeals to everyone’s interpretation of the increasingly expansive folk genre. We are also excited to be working on some new and collaborative events within our fourday programme, more of which will Portsoy Folk Festival be revealed in the New Year.

Buchan Heritage Society Strichen Festival Strichen, Fraserburgh May 17-19


“The 4th Haal”

As ever, our local traditions and musicians – both established and emerging – will be centre stage alongside those visiting the festival. You would be hard pushed to find another festival throughout the country that has such a strong home representation, and it is one that we are hugely proud of.

If you prefer a bigger festival in a smaller pot you are a Knockengorrocher! Join us beside Comlongon Rocks the glittering Water of Deugh Dumfriesshire beneath the broad shoulders of FifeSing May 18 southwest Scotland's great Collessie, Fife mountain peaks to celebrate some May 10-12 Comlongon Rocks is an annual of the finest music from the Celtic exciting, live music outdoor festival diaspora and everywhere inThis unique event brings together held in the grounds of the between. The World Ceilidh melds some of Scotland's finest exponents spectacular Comlongon Castle at together the most ancient roots of traditional singing for a weekend Clarecefield, Dumfries. Now in its music with the latest cutting edge of old songs and bothy ballads in second year, Comlongon Rocks is sounds. This first truly backwoods concerts and singarounds in the the newest and most exciting upland music fest in Scotland hosts rural surroundings of the Fife Farm annual music event to arrive in some of the best musicians and Park. The weekend also includes Dumfries & Galloway. This unique, performers from across the world. workshops/talks on topics related to one-day event raises funds for local All are invited to journey over hill traditional song and culture. charities. Tickets are available from and dale by rock and stream to our the Comolongon Rocks Ticket natural greenfield auditorium and to Hotline on: 01387 870283 our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Portsoy May 24-26 A weekend of songs, tunes, stories, poetry, dance, workshops and sessions to be held in and around Portsoy. Main Festival Concert on Saturday featuring Glasgow based Irish Trio The Friel Sisters, who play Fiddle, Flute, Uillean Pipes and Sing. Irish International Sensation, the composer of ‘A Woman’s Heart’ Eleanor McEvoy. Songs and stories from our MC for the evening MC Arthur Johnstone.

Montrose Music Festival Montrose May 24-26 Featuring local and national bands and musicians Some of the greatest musical talent on show Something for everyone. “Music fans can expect bigger and better during the 2013 ‘MoFest’

Kintyre Songwriter's Festival Campbeltown May 24-26 The Kintyre Songwriters Festival is


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The Border Gaitherin focuses on providing a range of traditional instrumental and song workshops featuring internationally renowned artists as both tutors and performers. Blend this with its reputation as a very friendly event, with something for all the family, in the beautiful surroundings of Coldstream, and you have a recipe for a great weekend.

Islay Malt & Music Festival

Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender

Islay May 24 - June 1

Kyles of Bute June 6-8

promises to be even more appealing and exciting than ever. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy top class Head to Argyll's Secret Coast for and highly professional artistes, this weekend of music and great some on a first time visit, as well as company set against the backdrop some old favourites, ensuring that of the stunning Kyles of Bute. There the festival caters for jazz lovers of will be live music in loads of venues all ages who appreciate quality as across Tighnabrauich and Kames. well as variety for their Most of the pub-based music events entertainment. are free entry plus there is a £10 ticket gig with three great up-and- coming Scottish bands. Expect a folk/blues/country vibe with a dose of good old rock n roll thrown in! Eden Festival Moffat June 7-9

Eden is a welcoming, atmospheric, family friendly festival, located in Isle of Arran the stunning Raehills Meadows and Since our beginning in 1984 the June 6-9 will be set across 8 stages from the Islay Festival Association must have Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender 7th to the 9th June 2013. The whole greeted literally hundreds of returns in 2013 building on the Arran Events are responsible for the aim behind the festival is to provide thousands of visitors, and still you success of 2012's festival. This continuance of The Arran Folk a 3 day celebration of music, dance, find us!! This year we will be years festival includes an additional Festival which will run from 6-9 colour, culture and community built featuring a ‘Food Event’, an outdoor venue, allowing the festival to cater June this year. As well as being fully on an ecologicaly sound and carbon gig, Gaelic lessons, music, songs, for more acts and this year also supportive of the work that Arran friendly set of principles and to ceilidhs, fishing, whisky tasting and sees the addition of an over 14's Folk Festival have done since its exhibit live music hand in hand with much more. The Festival is held in venue, giving the younger audience creation in 1990, we aim to widen stunning decorations and the last week of May every year, a chance to experience the festival. our scope and include all genres of surroundings. with ceilidhs, dances, recitals, music and hope that we will cater children's workshops; there is for most musical tastes! something for everyone. For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days Glasgow Loanhead throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix! Come along and West End Festival Music Festival Rockness Glasgow enjoy a week long celebration of Midlothian Inverness music and all that Islay has to offer. May 31 - June 23 June 14-16 June 7-9 Kilmarnock May 31 - June 2

The West End Festival is an independent event that takes place in the west end, but it’s not just for the west end. WEF has grown from Dumfries & Galloway small beginnings in 1996 to a major Arts Festival festival and has now run as long as Dumfries and Galloway Mayfest, which ended in 1997. It is May 24 - June 2 partly produced by its founder and director Michael Dale, but much of it Welcome to the 34th Dumfries and is self-produced by one or other of Galloway Arts Festival. As ever, this the many talented people who year we have a varied and lively choose to live and work in this great mix of entertainment, something for city. everyone you and old with all our usual genres of music and the arts represented.


Northern Roots Festival


Inverness May 31 - June 2 Established in 2009, Bruce MacGregor's Northern Roots Music Festival is held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness and features the very best in acoustic, roots, folk and blues from around the world. The Celtic Connections of the Highlands. 2013 sees a stellar line up.

The Border Gaitherin Coldstream May 31 - June 2

Inverness June 6-7 goNORTH is an annual Creative Industries Festival taking place in Inverness featuring a broad range of Music, Screen, Publishing, Fashion and Interactive content. Each year the event brings a wide programme of panels, workshops, film screenings, training opportunities, Q&A sessions, keynote interviews and live music showcases to the north of Scotland.

Arran Folk Festival

Get ready to shake it and get your rocks off alongside the best artists in electronic, dance and rock & roll at one of the most breathtaking natural festival sites in the world just outside the village of Dores on the shores of Loch Ness

Cumnock Music Festival Ayrshire June 7-15 The Cumnock Music Festival and Carnival is organised by Create a voluntary company and charity set up to establish a much needed music and arts centre in the area. The festival has been running for 10 years and getting bigger each year. The event runs over two days at Cumnock Town Hall and Woodroad Park from 7.30pm each evening with the Carnival starting at 12 noon on the Saturday.

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival

Kirkcudbright June 13 - 16

Kyles Music Festival

The 16th annual festival in this unique small Scottish town

The 13th Loanhead Music festival is a weekend of pub sessions, with workshops and competitions, and concerts. As always the emphasis is still very much on sessions and fun. Come and help us celebrate - as usual, we have a Friday evening concert, a full Saturday programme including a Craft Fair, an open mic event, a song-writing competition and a recycled instrument competition, as well as workshops in a variety of musical skills. And of course, there are the pub sessions, which form the heart of any good festival.

TMSA Keith Festival Moray June 14-16 Long established traditional music and song festival with competitions, ceilidhs concerts and sessions attracting singers and traditional musicians from throughout Scotland. Organised by the Keith branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.

St Magnus Festival June 20-28 Orkney


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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: The St Magnus Festival is Orkney's annual celebration of the arts. Founded in 1977 by Orkney's distinguished resident composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events. For 2013, a celebration of folk tales, myths and legends comes to Orkney with symphony orchestra, ensembles, music theatre, cabaret, opera and burlesque. 2013 also sees a bicentennial celebration of the life of the Orcadian explorer John Rae.

Margie Gillis, The National Theatre of Scotland and Louise Welsh, and we’ll be bringing you news of our guest artists and the Head Space and Soul Space inspirers as soon as we can. But if you’re already keen to buy your ticket, pop on over to the Box Office.

Glasgow Jazz Festival Glasgow June 26-30

Jazz comprises of a whole range of styles, from trad and Dixie to free jazz, and the GIJF, now in its 27th year, always has had a rich and Fete de la Musique varied programme. We’ve also Edinburgh reached out to encompass world June 21 music, blues and hiphop crossovers, aiming to provide something for Following its launch on 21 June everyone. The Late Night Jam 1982, La Fête de la Musique is now Sessions are also a well established celebrated in France every year on regular, and though the venue has this date. This popular international changed over the years the musical event now takes place in excitement of seeing top names more than 100 countries worldwide. jamming into the early hours The Institut Français d’Ecosse has hasn’t! celebrated La Fête de la Musique in Edinburgh each year since it was started. Check the Events page at

Gigha Music Festival Southern Hebrides June 28-30

Insider Festival Aviemore June 21-23

A bijou festival on the tiny Isle of Gigha in the southern Hebrides. Music from with Heuch! Fred Morrison, Karine Polwart and Lau

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Insider 2013. Join us once again, as this year we go Around The World… As always the Insider Festival will be found at Inshriach, near Aviemore, in the highlands of Scotland. So throw caution to the Sirocco, pick your era and come revel in our rose-tinted historical Mendelssohn cruise through the most inspiring journeys, voyages and adventurers on Mull Festival of all time! Mull July 1-6 As a young man, the composer Felix Mendelssohn made a life changing journey through Scotland to Mull Solas Festival where he found inspiration to write The Bield at Blackruthven one of his most famous pieces – June 21-23 The Hebrides Overture, Fingal’s Cave. Each year the Mendelssohn The festival aims to create a on Mull festival, under the artistic generous, hospitable space in directorship of Levon Chilingirian Scotland where the arts can be invites a small group of young performed and enjoyed by all. The musicians at the start of their programme also makes space for professional careers to take part in challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the an extraordinary week of discovery and performance. They are political, cultural and religious mentored by highly experienced spectrum. Solas Festival offers a players of chamber music, and creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all perform to audiences in such diverse venues as the tiny Creich ages in a safe environment. We Church, which seats about 50 already have some amazing people, and the imposing grandeur performers and speakers lined up, of Duart Castle’s Great Hall. including Karine Polwart, Liz This year - The Mendelssohn on Lochhead, We Were Promised Mull Festival is celebrating 25 years Jetpacks, Breabach, Iain Morrison, of incredible music making.


The East Neuk Festival Fife July 3-7

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 Gaelicspeaking community of South Uist and explores the vital connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic song and dance while allowing ample opportunity for participants to enjoy all these art forms in Cèilidhs and in homes, the places which fostered them.

The award-winning and criticallyacclaimed East Neuk Festival presents world-class arts events in the East Neuk of Fife. The festival focuses on classical chamber music but has also presented world, jazz, folk and electronica and developed from an annual short summer series Fàilte gu Ceòlas! Tha sinn toilichte of concerts given in the area by the gu bheil sibh uile air tadhal air an làrach-lìn againn, is tha sinn an Scottish Chamber Orchestra. dòchas fàilte a chur oirbh gu seachdain air leth. Seachdain làn ceòl, dannsa, càirdeas is barrachd spòrs na tha ri fhaighinn an àite eile air feadh Alba fad an t-samhraidh.

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival Scottish Borders July 5-7

The Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival is probably the longest continuously running music festival in Scotland. Founded in 1970, the festival revolves around a series of competitions (mainly on Saturday), loosely linked by dances, organised ceilidhs and singarounds on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Non-combatants create adhoc sessions in all possible locations and visitors are more than welcome at every venue. One of the most popular events is the Grand Winners' Concert on Saturday night, featuring the best of the day's competitors interspersed with passing musicians who failed to escape the press-gang!

Kelburn Garden Party Largs July 6-7 Entertainment is spread across numerous intimate stages, nooks and crannies, just waiting to be discovered at your leisure: The Viewpoint Stage overlooking the burn to Kelburn Castle, The Village Square, at the hub of it all, The Pyramid Stage secluded in the trees, the dance area in The Tall Trees, the Secret Forest with its many hidden delights, the Late Night Ceilidh Tent, The Formal Gardens, and much more besides.

Ceolas South Uist July 7-12 Welcome to Ceòlas! A place full of music, song and dance in the Gaelic Community of South Uist. The main focus of Ceòlas is a music and

Stonehaven Folk Festival July 11-14 Stonehaven What a busy year we have had. In – 2012 the festival was nominated as “Best Event” at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards. Unfortunately we didn'’t win but the nomination was a great endorsement to what we have been doing to develop the festival over the years. 2013 will be our 25th Festival and we are hoping to make it just a little bit better than last year. Festival line up is now confirmed and includes Dougie MacLean, Ken Clark, Rura, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie, The Occasionals Ceilidh Band, Arthur Johnstone & Danny Cooper, the North east Folk Collective, Kristina Olsen, Breabach, Zoe Bestel, Bella Hardy and Paul Brady.

AUGUST Culross Festival Fife August 15-18 For twenty years, the charity that is the Culross Festival has been bringing some of the UK and Scotland's top acts to Culross. Memories of Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Red Hot Chilli Pipers will not fade and this year's programme is set to continue the tradition. Music for all tastes but why not try something different as well?

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