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Festivals! the weekly Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Glasgow Americana - now until 7 October - - see p 2 Don't miss! Sunday 7 October “A Celebration Of Austin Texas“ : Austin Song Writers In The Round: With Sam Baker, Eliza Gilkyson, Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin @ CCA, Glasgow : Tickets £14 on 0141 352 4900 or online : 8pm start

INSIDE: Belladrum 2013 : Reloaded Fest : Oxjam We're Skint - They're Skinter : Frontier : Fiddle 2012 : Selkirk Sessions : Haddowfest : plus 2 pages of festival listings

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Beauly in Inverness-shire : 2-3 August 2013

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Tickets to the tenth staging of Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival are now on sale. The festival takes place on 2 & 3 August 2013 Full weekend, child (12 & under), campervan/caravan and electrical hook-up e-tickets can be purchased by going to this ticket link - Prices have been pegged for early birds at 2012 levels. Booking fees have been reduced on e-tickets and a new ticket deposit scheme has been introduced for customers wishing to buy full weekend tickets in instalments. Bella has sold out each of the last four years, often months before the event so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment. E-tickets are more customer-friendly and less easy to scam, but printed tickets will also be on sale via the usual retail outlets nearer to Christmas The 2013 theme is ‘Carnival’, in keeping with the birthday party atmosphere the milestone event is bound to create. “We really hope as many as possible of those people who have supported us in the past will come and celebrate this significant birthday at Bella, but we will also hope to welcome the usual complement of newcomers to the event” said festival promoter Joe Gibbs.



A new video created by Tom Welsh from, Edinburgh, has also gone live on Youtube at v=hJiPq88n2NI with a track from Frightened Rabbit as its soundtrack. The 2012 event featured Scots indie stars Travis and Liverpool rockers The Wombats plus numerous other acts including: mystery special guests Kassidy; The Buzzcocks; The South (formerly The Beautiful South); Beverley Knight; Frightened Rabbit; We Are Scientists; Roddy Frame; Vintage Trouble; The Blackout; Slow Club; Fink; Macfloyd; Willy Mason; The Milk; Sweet Billy Pilgrim; TreacherousbOrchestra; Foy Vance; Lanterns On the Lake; Rachel Sermanni; Juan Zelada; Ryan Keen; Bastille; To Kill A King; Dog Is Dead; Mad Dog McRea; Bobok; Federation Of The Disco Pimp; Red Sky July; Nina Nesbitt; The Magnetic North; Bwani Junction; The Draymin; Willie Campbell & The Open Day Rotation; Rae Morris ; Karima Francis; Bombskare; Marc O’Reilly; Gerry Jablonksi & The Electric Band; Man Like Me ;Ellen & The Escapades; Stanley Odd; The Ballachulish Hellhounds; Fatherson; Make Sparks; Zombie Militia; The Dangleberries; Niteworks; Grousebeater Soundsystem; James Mackenzie; Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders; Whisky River Band; Little Mill of Happiness; KOBI; The Rogues; Torridon; Hoodja; Feis Rois; TMC Youth Fiddlers; Davy & the Hosebeast; and The Red Kites.

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Belladrum 2013 takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat nonmusical entertainments and its allages approach. The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘oscars’.

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Reloaded Fest 2012 Stirling : 5-6 October 2 DAYS : 3 STAGES : 26 BANDS FRIDAY 5th Oct DOORS 5PM / £10 / £8 ADV

Broken Records Song of Return | Rail Fan | Little Men & Her Madison | Alex Hynes | Jake Rennison | Suite Pea | Matt Comley | Charlotte Riley SATURDAY 6th Oct DOORS 4PM / £12 / £10 ADV

Errors Fatherson | The Mouse That Ate The Cat | Blank Canvas Two Stripe | Six Storeys High | End of Neil | FRANK | Still Life | Gunning For 88 | The Streams | Aorta Failed At Sea | Calum Gilligan | Chris Garner | Hooks N Crooks | Lauren & Konnar

If you thought festival season was over, then think again. On Friday 5 October and Saturday 6 October Reloaded, Stirling’s platform for emerging bands, hosts its very own live music festival - and you can leave your wellies at home! The ambitious event is back for its fifth year at the Tolbooth, Stirling’s venue for music and the arts. A selection of Scotland’s best live acts will perform over two days across three stages – The Main Stage, The Attic Stage and The Acoustic Stage – including Friday’s headliners indie folksters Broken Records along with dark and moody rock of Song of Return. Saturday sees Errors return to the Tolbooth with their post-electro and support from indie rock new boys Fatherson. There’s also radio DJ, Jim Gellatly, who’ll be on hand both evenings and ensure that each band gets a fitting intro.


Programmer, Stephen Hume says, “After the major success of last year’s Fest which was over two days, we decided to keep the second day, which allows us to celebrate the enormous amount of musical talent in and around Stirling just now. This gives us a better opportunity to showcase local acts and of course, more scope to bring in some of the top touring bands in the country such as Errors and Broken Records, who are both doing exceptionally well. Reloaded Fest encompasses exactly what the Tolbooth stands for: the very best in new music, from bands who are just starting out and in need of a platform, to Scotland’s top established musicians.”

5 October (Greens) Monterey Festival Celebration

Tickets from Tolbooth Box office (01786 274 000) or online via - £15 weekend tickets available directly from venue.

9 October (Greens) Jefferson Starship

6 October (Greens) Trevor Burton 8 October (Greens) Catfish Keith

11 October (Greens) ReGenesis

12 October (Greens) Terry Reid 13 October (Greens) Terry Reid & Rumer 16 October (Greens) Steve Poltz 20 October (Greens) The Mentulls FULL GIG DETAILS ON WEBSITE

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We're Skint, They're Skinter Glasgow : 6 October

The team here at Glasgow Oxjam have been busy little bees in preparation for We're Skint, They're Skinter, and it is very nearly upon us. The one day festival is part of Oxfam's month-long music festival. We're Skint, They're Skinter will take place on Saturday 6 October in Glasgow's SWG3 (100 Eastvale Place G3 8QG), featuring music and stand-up comedy from local artists, market stalls, educational workshops and a variety of other activities.

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Kitty the Lion are one of the headliners on Saturday evening pic by : Allan Roney

Basically, We’re Skint, They’re Skinter is the entire festival experience brought to the local level and condensed into a single day; showcasing emerging Glasgow talent, while providing an interesting and engaging event for audiences. It’s also just a fiver! With this event, we’ve tried to make the most accessible festival as possible, placing it right in the heart of a local audience. This can be seen across the planning and management to promotional activity. Through various online surveys, the team were able to tailor an experience which filled a gap and met audience demands. A number of busking campaigns have been staged across the city to bring some of our performers directly to the audience. There has been a pop up box office in Flat 0/1, offering tickets and information about the event. We’ve also held our famous pub quiz We’re Smart They’re Smarter. The day itself will be spilt into two parts; a free activity focused music festival and a ticketed comedy/club night. The daytime component, running from 12pm to 5pm, will feature a number of stalls offering everything from professional facepainting to haircuts, as well a variety of educational workshops. This will run alongside performances from some top local musicians. In the evening slot, from 7pm to 2am, the bill will include sets by local comedians, bands and DJ’s, headlined by Michael Cassidy, Kitty the Lion, Viv Gee and Teklo. To top it all off, it’s raising money for a good cause. So, through an event which engages the community and offers a platform to local performers, Oxfam receives help to continue its amazing work across the world. Good news for all involved. @Oxjam_WSTS

Sounds Like a Whisper Laura Corrigan Genesee Sinny C Amanda Williams Natalie Reid Mark Copeland and Wounded Pirates DJ Mira Evening TeKlo Michael Cassidy Kitty the Lion Orphans SpaceFace The Long Lies La Bamba Altered Mode

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FRONTIER FESTIVAL Berwick Upon Tweed : 9-14 October 6 days, 7 venues, 30 acts

Frontier Festival takes its name not just from Berwick’s border location, but from its organisers’ desire to pluck the best music from the very frontiers of lo-fi, indie, rock, electronic and folk and showcase it across the town.

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Travelled Music collaborators Alan Thompson and Hamish Bell delve into the corners of the music world where burgeoning talent like Electric Penelope resides alongside legendary acts such as Ralph McTell. Their line-up includes the finest artists from Berwick, North East England and South East Scotland along with international touring acts. Folk legend Ralph McTell opens the

Alan Thompson said: ‘We took festival on the 9th in the Maltings our inspiration from boutique festivals such as Eye o’ the Dug which was held in St Andrews earlier this year. It showed us that a small town similar in size to Berwick could utilise its best venues to bring some different sounds and sights to music fans.’

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Hamish Bell added: ‘We both have long experience of staging gigs in both Berwick and Edinburgh. We feel we have combined some old favourites with some new and exciting future favourites. It’s a great chance to get everyone in the town together and thanks go to Berwick Rotary Club and Northern Lab who have helped us enormously.’ Already confirmed for Frontier Festival 2012 are a wide range of acts including folk legend Ralph McTell, young newcomers The Moon, The Son and The Daughters, local hero Derek Meins and an album launch from Electric Penelope. Frontier Festival takes place in venues around Berwick from 9th to 14th October. Buy a Passpartout Ticket for only £26.50 from The Maltings 01289 330999 ticket includes access to all events on Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun.

Ralph McTell @ Maltings Theatre & Cinema

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Ages & Stages: A Film About The Meligrove Band (UK Premiere) @ The Corner House Cafe

Thursday 11th October Berwick Bands Collective @ Barrels Alehouse

Friday 12th October Electric Penelope Album Launch with guests - Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou + The Moon, The Son & The Daughters @ The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

Saturday 13th October Derek Meins, Cattle & Cane, The Cornshed Sisters, Rob Heron & The Teapad Orchestra, Ordinaryson, Breaking Boundries Award Winner, Flux inc. Gav & Flinty plus RIDNA DJs Various Venues

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Sunday 14th Iain Petrie Presents... Bridie Jackson, Tasha Blackmore plus many more @ The Watchtower

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Fiddle 2012 Edinburgh : 16-18 November The seventeenth consecutive annual Fiddle festival, for the second time at the Queens Hall, once again combines concerts by the very best performers from the world of traditional fiddleplaying along with a whole week-end of all things fiddle, recitals, workshops, talks, cabarets, ceilidhs, stalls, food & drink, open stage, youth events and much more. With two unmissable concerts featuring Kevin Burke and Liz Carroll. The UK's biggest and best Fiddle Festival and one of Europe’s leading events in its field (The Scotsman), Fiddle 2011 had five star reviews in both The Scotsman and The Herald. Last year, the Festival not only survived its relocation onto several sites, the audiences actually increased. This year, the festival has fine-tuned (we’re fiddlers, that’s what we do) the way that they will use the two main venues (Queens Hall and Kings Hall), to ensure that non-stop music-making opportunities continue throughout the day. The Kings Hall will host a wide range of stalls, with food and drink, and a session that’s free for all-comers. This year’s line-up for the two main concerts features two of the finest Irish/American fiddlers:

Friday 16 November Main Concert Celtic Fiddle Festival, with Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître and André Brunet on fiddle and Nicholas Quemener on guitar / Kevin Henderson (fiddle) and Mattias Perez (guitar)

Saturday 17 November - Main Concert

Mairearad Green and Anna Massie give a day time recital on the 17th pic by : Archie Macfarlane

(guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with a warm and friendly stage presence. They will be showcasing new material from their second album, due for release early next year. “...the camaraderie and sheer fun of musical collaboration is plainly evident and infectious.” Songlines

Up in The Air - Jonny Hardie (fiddle and guitar), Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Davy Cattanach (percussion and guitar): This trio is back together 15 years after the initial release of their much loved “Up In The Air” album, a selection of traditional Scottish reels, jigs and airs largely taken from Other programme highlights include:nineteenth century collections, given a modern setting and lightly mixed with other influences. Gavin is now playing with Bellevue Rendezvous, Daytime Recitals on Saturday 17 November Barrule: the unique sound of traditional Manx music is the Celtic World’s Jonny is touring the world with the Old Blind Dogs, and Davy has been song writing and performing with bands in the north-east like The best kept secret. Barrule fuses three distinct musical forces - gifted Pictones. Their new album is available soon. fiddler Tomás Callister, accordion wizard Jamie Smith and Adam Rhodes on bouzouki - to create a powerful and wholly distinctive sound. Barrule will be performing a selection of traditional and contemporary music from Daniel Thorpe with Innes Watson (guitar), James Lindsay (double bass), Blair McMillan (drums): Daniel Thorpe, 2010 BBC the Isle of Man from rousing marches, jigs and reels, to sorrowful slow Young Traditional Musician of the Year, was born and brought up in the airs and beautiful songs sung in the Manx Gaelic language. North East of Scotland. Having studied at the National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music, he then gained a BA Hons in Scottish Pete Clark: A tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Music from the RSAMD. Heavily involved in music education as well as director of the Niel Gow Festival, Pete Clark loves fishing as well as performing, he released his debut record "The Curiostity Shop" in 2011. fiddling and annually combines his two passions on “The Troot Tour,” a Recently, he has been touring the UK, Europe and USA with 2011 MG week-long extravaganza of “tunes and troots” in the far north of Scotland, along with fellow musician and fly fishing addict Gregor Lowrey. Alba Folk Band of the Year, Malinky. Liz Carroll / Rant: (Sarah Jane Summers, Lauren MacColl, Jenna Reid, Bethany Reid) / Frank Rochford

This piscatorial partnership is celebrated in their new album “Caught & Released.”

Glasgow Fiddle Workshop Juniors Meets Riddle Fiddles and have taken this opportunity to establish both musical and social links between the two groups. For both groups, the emphasis is on having fun playing Friel Sisters: Born and brought up in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht, multi-instrumentalists Anna, music and meeting people. They will each perform music from their individual repertoires, and then the two community groups will perform Sheila and Clare Friel play a mixture of music interspersed with songs, together in a musical collaboration. many from their family repertoire and strive to maintain this tradition. They achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes approaching Emma Sweeney & Matheu Watson: Emma Sweeney is an Irish fiddler their music in a style inspired by many encounters with great musicians whose flair, grace and integrity belie her young age. A former finalist at and singers throughout Ireland, UK and America. the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2003, Emma has had the privilege Corran Baa: Kath Bruce (Piano/ Vocal), Janet Lees (Fiddle), Jenny Smith of sharing stages with fantastic traditional musicians including Cara Dillon, and she has performed as part of The Future Trad Collective on (Fiddle), Robbie Leask (Guitar/ Fiddle). Originating from Shetland to London, this quartet’s intertwined musical paths eventually converged on occasion. Emma is joined by multi-instrumentalist and composer Matheu Taransay in 2005. The inspiration of those all night, midsummer, musical Watson who won the “Best Up and Coming Artist” award at the 2010 Scots Trad Music Awards sessions led the band to take its name from a landmark of the island’s

stunning coastline. Heavily influenced by the traditional music that has flowed across the North, Atlantic and Irish Seas, expect moving melodies, Other musicians appearing throughout the Weekend in Workshops and Talks include: Pete Clark’s Fiddle Walk, Bruce MacGregor, Patsy Seddon, lush harmonies, soulful vocals and inventive accompaniment. Allan MacDonald snr and Much More - Ceilidhs on Friday and Saturday evening - Full programme of Youth events The Youth Gaitherin - Late Amy Geddes Trio: Galloway-born fiddler Amy Geddes has been a night Festival Club Sessions - Free events in the King’s Hall Main Hall stalwart of the Edinburgh session scene for years and is now at the Food and Drink - Friendship and Good Company on tap all week-end forefront of contemporary Scottish fiddle playing. Amy presents a new trio with Kevin MacKenzie (guitar) and Tom Lyne (double bass). The shared intimacy of these players brings a new sound to the Scottish fiddle Book tickets from the Queen’s Hall Box Office on 0131 668 2019 or and in person at The Queen's Hall, 85/89 Clerk scene mixing traditional and contemporary compositions. Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG Open Mon – Sat 10am - 5.30pm

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2012 Scottish Tour Dates October 9: The Old Library, Kilbarchan / October 10: Douglas Robertson’s Studio, Edinburgh / October 11: Avant Garde, King Street, Glasgow / October 12: Torphichen Inn, Torphichen, West Lothian / October 13: Heart of Hawick, Scottish Borders / October 14: Glencairn Memorial Institute, Moniaive weblinks: ticket details:

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SELKIRK SESSIONS THIS WEEKEND Selkirk - 5-7 October 2012 is the seventh year of the Selkirk Sessions Traditional Music Festival and flows on from the two previous Both Sides of the Tweed Festivals, which ceased in 2005. Selkirk Sessions welcomes all musicians who enjoy playing folk (traditional or modern), contemporary and bluegrass music; and anyone who just likes listening to good stuff.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE FRIDAY 5TH Sessions t.b.c. all from about 8:00 pm ish! Anyone wanting to start something before this time feel free! SATURDAY 6TH Sessions all day and night in:- Town Arms, The Masonic Lodge, Selkirk Bowling Club and The Fleece all t.b.c. Saturday Workshops: Traditional percussion instruments – Spoons, Tea chest base, washboard. All held in The Towns Arms (upstairs) Times to be confirmed.

As a result of last year’s experiment not to have a Saturday night concert it has been decided to do away with this item of the programme. There will not be a Saturday concert but they are having anchor people in each pub to make sure sessions go with a bang.

Saturday Competitions: All competitions will be held in the Masonic Lodge starting at 13:30 Chorus Cup U-16 Instrumental Song 16+ Instrumental 16+ Song/Poetry

Sessions galore in pubs and bars Saturday Workshops & Competitions Instead of a winners concert the festival has decidedto have a 'Mammoth Session' where organisers hope as many people as possible will come along as well as all the competition winners. This will be followed by 'Still Standing' sessions in the pubs

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER Mammoth Session plus winners and a’body else in O’Malley’s About 1;00pm-ish.

There's a campsite at the Haugh with free mini bus transport to and from Afterwards - Still Standing sessions in the Pubs the Sessions, plus nemerious hotels and B&Bs in town with food available. During the weekend the Festival Office is based in the Town Arms, Selkirk.

HADDOWFEST 2012 Edinburgh : 28 October

Now in its 3rd year the stimulating experience called Haddowfest is back for one day only, at seven venues across Edinburgh. So stick Sunday 28 October in your diary and get the Monday off work! For Haddow Fest tickets go here:

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Glasgow Americana Festival 3-7 October

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The Spree Paisley 25-28 October

‘The Spree’ was born from a desire to build on Paisley’s successful bid to host the Royal Mòd in 2013 and Glasgow's annual celebration of with the intention of creating a Americana brings musicians from as St Andrews Voices is a new vocal The Royal National Mod will take cultural legacy invigorating the far afield as Texas and Canada to festival that will take place annually town beyond that particular event. place in Dunoon in 2012. The Feis perform roots music from blues to in October, beginning next year. events will take place in local The Spree is a flagship festival and rockabilly. This year’s Glasgow Located in the beautiful and world hotels, public houses and local forms part of a wider plan that links Americana takes place from 3rd to central venues with the final details famous university town of St with Renfrewshire Council's events 7th October, and features Jason & Andrews, the festival will play host and Creative Renfrewshire The Scorchers, Steve Forbert, Sam of this still to be worked out with to an eclectic range of top quality strategies and is part of the Year of Baker, Eliza Gilkyson, plus more tbc the local proprietors. An Comunn Gàidhealach is one of the oldest and performers of a wide variety of Creative Scotland. musical genres – from Baroque to most respected Gaelic 1930s-style cabaret; opera to organisations. Founded in Oban in contemporary folk. With such an 1891, it has long been a leading array of styles, presented in a mix light in the teaching, learning and Wave Festival Selkirk Sessions use of the Gaelic language and the of formal and more relaxed venues, Thurso 5-7 October the festival aims to attract study and cultivation of Gaelic Scottish Borders audiences young and old, and seeks 25-28 October literature, history, music and art. to encourage people to explore – ‘We Were Promised Jetpacks’ 2012 is the seventh year of the and enjoy – types of vocal music headline the festivals largest gig on Selkirk Sessions Traditional Music they may not previously have Festival. Selkirk Sessions welcomes Big National Ceilidh considered. If you would like to find the Friday to date at Skinandis Nightclub. Joining them are all musicians who enjoy playing folk out more about St Andrews Voices 13 October (traditional or modern), and be kept up to date with all the another up and coming Scottish act ‘Fatherson’ a three piece band from contemporary and bluegrass music Worldwide latest developments, please email Kilmarnock and local boys ‘Running and anyone who just likes listening The Big National Ceilidh is a With Scissors’. On Saturday The to good stuff. Sessions galore in Hazey Janes and We Are All pubs and bars. Saturday Workshops worldwide ceilidh or barn dance. Twitter: @StAndrewsVoices The 2012 event will take place on Outsiders play. & Competitions Campsite at the Haugh with free mini bus transport Saturday 13 October. This unique Biggar Little Festival event will unite the world in support to and from the Sessions. Hotels of WaterAid as thousands of people 18-28 October and B&Bs in town. across the globe dance to raise Shetland Peerie Willie A family-friendly festival in the funds and awareness to make a Guitar Festival difference to the lives of those living historic market town of Biggar - a 26-28 October small town at large! Join us to without safe water and sanitation. celebrate music, dance, arts and The money your event raises really Ullapool Guitar Festival will improve people's lives. You will crafts, literature, and drama. Biggar The Shetland Peerie Willie Guitar 5-7 October Festival is a celebration of guitar help communities in Africa, Asia and will be filled with an eclectic with concerts and educational programme of workshops, the Pacific work with WaterAid on The 13th Festival will take place on events. Known locally as the ‘Peerie exhibitions, children's events, safe water, sanitation and hygiene the 5th,6th and 7th of October Willie’ Guitar Festival, the event is performances, a craft and food fair, projects that not only improve 2012. The Festival normally consists dedicated to the memory of the late and festival clubs. Discover what people’s health but benefit their of 5 concerts, 3 latenight Festival William Johnson, a highly regarded brought well-known performers education and livelihoods also. clubs and workshops on the such as Ian Rankin, Kevin Bridges, guitarist who pioneered the jazz Saturday and Sunday mornings, we Old Blind Dogs, Fred McCauley and influenced accompaniment style, also have a fabulous trade show prevalent in traditional Shetland Alexander McCall Smith to the running throughout the Festival. festival in previous years. Take your music. The first 100 weekend tickets sold pick from more than 50 events Blazin’ in Beauly will be entered into a prize draw spread across 10 days in October. and the lucky winner will receive a 15-19 October Many events are free! So start fabulous Patrick James Eggle planning your visit to the Biggar Perthshire Amber Guitar, have a look at Patricks’ web Join Blazin’ Fiddles and friends for a Little Festival now! The Dougie MacLean musical extravaganza in a week of site .Weekend Festival classes, sessions, concerts and craic ticket price £130. 26 October - 4 November in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. This year we are Sound Internationally acclaimed Singerdelighted to announce that we have 20 October - 18 November songwriter and Composer Dougie guest fiddle tutors Adman MacLean fulfilled his dream with the Sutherland of Session A9 and Gillian Venues in North East Shetland Accordion and creation of The Perthshire Amber Frame, formally with Back of the Fiddle Festival North East Scotland's festival of Festival, a festival that lights up the Moon and currently tours with 11-15 October new music, is driven by the passion Autumn across some of Scotland's Findlay Napier and the Bar Room to make new music more accessible more beautiful countryside. The Mountaineers. The festival consists of concerts and to audiences of all ages and Perthshire Amber Festival includes dances throughout Shetland on backgrounds. It embraces a concert performances in an Thursday and Friday evening, a network of local organisations to inspiring range of venues...from Glasgay! grand dance in Lerwick on Saturday produce a varied programme of concert hall, town halls and village 15 October - 3 November evening and a final concert on events exploring new music. The halls to castles, cathedral and even Sunday afternoon. The festival festival brings together a large an Iron Age crannog! It gives locals Glasgay! is Scotland's annual presents the best in traditional range of different genres of music and visitors the opportunity to celebration of queer culture, the music from Shetland, Scotland, to appeal to a wide variety of tastes explore Perthshire with a focus, and festival was founded in 1993.The Ireland and Scandinavia. The and encourage people to discover for enthusiasts for Dougie Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club Glasgay festival presents a new sounds and widen their musical MacLean's music to experience the professional programme of top acts promotes the best in tradional horizons. place where he lives and gain a and new artists from around the Shetland music, holding events deeper understanding of the throughout the year, as well as the world with events spanning meaning of and inspiration for some annual Shetland Accordion & Fiddle comedy, music, film, theatre, visual of his songs and instrumental art, performance art, literature, club Festival (SAFF)

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Haddow Fest Edinburgh 28 October Haddowfest is back for one day only.Big announcement coming soon!

NOVEMBER Denholm Folk Music Festival 1-4 November Denholm, Scottish Borders Folk fused with rock and country gives the 9th Denholm Folk Music Festival an added twist. This folk fusion festival in the Scottish countryside is a relative newcomer, slowly building a reputation in the local area. It's a small and cozy affair not far across the Scottish border which has always managed to attract quality headline acts to compliment the workshops and open mic sessions.

Carrying Stream Festival 7-14 November Edinburgh The annual autumn music festival by The Edinburgh Folk Club who meet every Wednesday at 8pm in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar

House Folk Scottish Music Festival 8-10 November Kinlochard Now in its 5th year the House Folk Music Festival brings you three nights of Scottish music performed by top artists in highly unusual and intimate venues. The concerts take place every year in autumn in the village of Kinlochard situated in the Trossachs.

Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival 9-11 November The highly acclaimed Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival celebrated five incredibly exciting and successful years with a weekend event last November which many regarded as the best UK blues festival in 2011. As the new year unfolds exciting new plans are shaping up for the Carlisle event, not just for this year but for the next one and beyond. More significantly, for the immediate future, the Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival is set to embrace a new "BLUES BOOM" and raise the bar yet again....

Sonica Glasgow 14-18 November Sonica is Cryptic’s new event dedicated to world-class sonic arts and music. Sonica will add to the already vibrant music scene highlighted by Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music, presenting work by established international artists, providing a UK platform for further performances of exceptional and rarely seen work and, showcasing the best emerging local and international talent. Sonica takes place across Glasgow’s most prestigious venues, with Tramway as the focal point, along with events taking place at the CCA, Scotland Street Museum, Scottish Music Centre, The Glue Factory, The Whiskey Bond and The Hub.

Fiddle 2012 16-18 November Edinburgh

The Scots Fiddle Festival seeks to sustain and promote Scottish fiddle tradition and idioms, by providing a platform for performance, education, and participation. A weekend of concerts, recitals, workshops, talks and exhibitions is held on an annual basis highlighting regional Scottish fiddle styles and intercultural connections.

bands, huge crowds, countdown to midnight and one of the very best fireworks displays in the country. Tickets go on general sale for the Hogmanay concert on Wed 5th September - priced at £25 / £12.50 (15yrs and under). But the HOT 500 are on sale from 10am from 22 August until midnight on 31 August (or earlier if the 500 tickets are sold)

St Andrews Festival 23 November - 2 December

Inverness Hogmanay 31 December

The 2012 Festival will start on Friday 23 November with the opening night of the Byre’s production of McPherson’s Rant in the Festival Marquee on the lawn in front of Madras College.

Red Hot Fling - Scotland's Biggest FREE Hogmanay Party brings the 2012 Inverness Festivals programme to a close. Full details can be found on their website later in the year.



Edinburgh's Hogmanay 31 December Four fabulous days and nights of amazing events kick off the world's greatest New Year party. With the traditional torchlit procession, street performers, fireworks, concerts, ceilidh, the big Hogmanay party itself and a New Year's Day run to blow the cobwebs away Edinburgh's buzzing. Come along and experience the magic for yourself.

Stirling Hogmanay 31 December The Hot Hogmanay 500 tickets are for Stirling's Hogmanay Concert at Stirling Castle's Esplanade. It's the big outdoor concert with headline

Celtic Connections 17 January - 3 February Around 1500 artists, 300 events, 18 days, 14 venues, 1 brilliant festival - 2013 line up announcement and tickets on sale dates coming soon! Glasgow comes alive each January as Celtic Connections, one of the world’s largest winter music festivals and the premiere Celtic music festival in the UK, ensures that the city is buzzing with music! The festival is a major event in the folk and world music calendar. Each year it welcomes visitors from around the globe to the festival, where international artists perform alongside the very best Scottish talent.

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MNS GIGguide

Our weekly gig guide giving a comprehensive snapshot of live music in every corner of the country


Our weekly look at Scotland’s music festivals with the latest news and a full listings for the year

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Here's the latest weekly FESTIVALS! supplement from the MUSIC NEWS Scotland team - enjoy:) Email your festival details to: carol.musicnews...

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