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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Kata (pictured) appear at Northern Streams which runs from 25-28 April in Edinburgh ..... read more on page 6 :: photo by Finnur Justinussen


Doc 'n' Roll Film Festival :: TradFest :: Northern Streams :: Oban Live :: Shuffle Down :: HebCelt :: Shetland Folk ..... PLUS our Scottish music festival listings

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Doc’n Roll Scotland announces Edinburgh weekender Edinburgh :: 25-28 April :: BUY YOUR TICKETS @

Lights, camera, music! Doc’n Roll, the UK’s Documentary Music Festival, kicks off its debut Scottish edition in Edinburgh from 25 to 28 April with six critically heralded films about music and the unforgettable stories of those who make it. From jazz giants and Seventies punk heroines to a journey through rock’n’roll’s gospel roots, and from a pianist-provocateur’s tall tales to a crate-digging secret history of library music, Doc’n Roll Scotland promises to entertain music lovers and documentary aficionados alike with Scottish-debut screenings and Q&As with directors, artists and music experts. The Cameo, one of the nation’s oldest cinemas, will host all six documentaries: The Library Music Film, Stories from the She Punks, Pure Love: The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald, Chilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play the Piano, It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story, and How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock’n’Roll. Confirmed Q&As include a post-screening session with Gina Birch (The Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (The Chefs), directors of Stories from the She Punks. According to Morven Masterton, Doc’n Roll Scotland’s Fife-born director, “The beauty of what Doc’n Roll does is that it celebrates music of all genres, and we give a lot of love to the unusual and unexpected along with outstanding portraits of the icons of popular music.” “We’ve programmed a fantastic mix of films for Edinburgh. My personal favourite is Shut Up and Play The Piano, about the outrageous genius that is Chilly Gonzales. He’s performed in Edinburgh a few times, and if you’ve seen him live you’ll love this look at the man and his alter ego; it captures his eccentricity, energy and talent in such a playful and entertaining way.” Masterton, who joined the Doc’n Roll team as a volunteer in London,

where the festival began in 2014, adds, “For the past few years I’ve been desperate to bring the festival back home to Scotland, and we’ve had a lot of local support to help make it happen. “We had a sneak Doc’n Roll Scotland preview at a sold-out screening of Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records at The Cameo in December. After the Edinburgh weekender in April, we’re finalising plans for Glasgow in late June. I have high hopes to tour Doc’n Roll across Scotland, and who knows - I may even set something set-up in my beloved Fife in the near future!” Doc’n Roll is supported by the BFI Audience Fund using money from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films.

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Edinburgh Tradfest Programme Edinburgh :: 26 April - 6 May :: BUY YOUR TICKETS @

Edinburgh Tradfest has announced its full programme for the 2019 Festival. Now in its 7th year, Tradfest, held at various locations across the city, mixes the very best in traditional music, world cinema celebrating folk culture, and storytelling. This year’s music programme kicks off on 26 April at the Queen’s Hall with anarchic Irish folk band Lankum and continues for the next 11 days with - What A Voice, celebrating female tradition-bearers with music from three of Scotland’s most engaging and accomplished singers – Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter and Kaela Rowan; the fiery Scandinavian fiddles and bubbling Northumbrian pipes of Baltic Crossing; Johnny Campbell and the Brothers Gillespie in concert at Leith Depot; the May Erlewine trio from Michigan; the award-winning dynamic folk quartet Gnoss; Celtic-harpist Savourna Stevenson performing with saxophonist Steve Kettley; fiddler Adam Sutherland in a double-bill with the explosively energetic Talisk; a celebration of Gaelic Spiritual Music, in memory of John Macleod, in Gloir at the Usher Hall; acclaimed folk artist Heidi Talbot presenting contemporary Swedish folk artists Väsen, (French harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist Floriane Blancke, and one of Fair Isles’ finest musicians Inge Thomson); bluegrass from Grammy award winner John Reischman and the Jay Birds; and Canadian supergroup The Fretless.

Grammy-award winning John Reischman and his 'Jay Birds' are appearing at this year’s Tradfest. He’ll be at Traverse Theatre on Sunday 5 May, and we’ll be having a big bluegrass session in the bar afterwards. Bring your instrument!

Laila (1929) with a live score by award winning folk duo Rona Wilkie and Marit Fält; a selection of short folk films by Wishaw’s under-sung queer avant-garde pioneer Enrico Cocozza at the 2019 Film Ceilidh, with music by Alun Woodward (The Delgados); Danny Glover in African-American masterpiece Sleep With Anger; Alexander Dovzhenko’s Zvenigora (1928) a silent masterpiece accompanied by a newly commissioned score from Folklore Tapes; and Further music events happening in other venues many other screenings from local and international filmmakers. across the city include Dave Burland at Edinburgh Folk Club; a knees-up Family Ceilidh In 2019 Edinburgh Tradfest is operating under at the Storytelling Centre and Live Music the new direction of Edinburgh based music Sessions every weekend. promoters The Soundhouse Organisation, who Luath Press returns this year with two events: Stones of the Ancestors: Stewart McHardy and Douglas Scott where audiences discover what Scotland’s prehistoric monuments can tell us about the culture of our country; and Scotia Extremis: Editors Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson bring together a wide range of Scotland’s best-known contemporary poetic voices to celebrate the country’s culture and personality through spoken work. Tradfest is also delighted to partner with the Folk Film Gathering, a celebration of the myriad ways in which world cinema has engaged with folk culture in different places and times. Highlights (all at the Filmhouse) include: a screening of one of Norway’s greatest silents

Jamie Chambers from the Folk Film Gathering said: "The Folk Film Gathering are privileged to remain part of Tradfest's broader celebration of folk and traditional arts from Scotland and further afield. Since its inception, Tradfest has been at the forefront of exploring the ongoing place of folk culture in contemporary Scottish life, and we are very pleased to be able to contribute to that, in exploring the part that cinema might play within that conversation."

Donald Smith, Director of the Storytelling Centre said: “Tradfest gets a fresh boost this year with Soundhouse taking the promotional Douglas Robertson, Founder of The lead. They are champions of Edinburgh’s music Soundhouse Organisation and Programmer scene, and with partners such as the Scottish of this year’s Edinburgh Tradfest said: “This Storytelling Centre and Queens Hall aboard, this year’s programme mixes the very best Festival of folk arts looks set to go from strength traditional music with unique and inspiring to strength.” events across storytelling and film. We are Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative thrilled to be organising the festival this year, Scotland said: “Edinburgh was at the heart of and look forward to seeing what local and the Scottish folk revival in the 1960s. Since international artists bring to this wonderful then, the capital’s folk scene has been nurtured festival.” by passionate and dedicated souls at the likes of Lankum who play the Queen’s Hall on Edinburgh Folk Club and TRACS. Tradfest has Tradfest’s opening night said: “It’s a flown the flag for traditional culture more widely pleasure to be involved with Tradfest and always since 2013, and I’m delighted that the festival fun to come back to Edinburgh. There’s always a will continue under the direction of The Soundhouse Organisation, who themselves have worked wonders in keeping the city’s live music scene alive year-round. Scotland’s folk and trad music sits at the core of our cultural identity and is a driving force in our dynamic music industry. It’s great to know that Tradfest will continue to showcase this brilliant music to audiences from near and far.” take over the reins from TRACS at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

A dynamic quartet of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion, Gnoss tackle energetic tune sets and driving folk song with a “maturity of ability many of a greater age will envy” - The Living Tradition They appear at The Scottish Storytelling Centre on Tuesday 30 April, to launch their brand new album, Drawn From Deep Water.

great buzz/rapport with audiences and we usually come away with sore heads and good memories.”

Tradfest runs from 26 April to 6 May 2019 and is managed by The Soundhouse Organisation and supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Tattoo Culture Fund.

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Northern Streams - Extra events added to festival programme Edinburgh :: 25-28 April :: BUY YOUR TICKETS @

A bonus ‘sneak preview’ afternoon concert in Dundee and free family music taster session have been added to the programme of Northern Streams festival of Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance at the end of this month.

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the Faroe Islands as we’ve not yet had anyone Celebrating its 16th year and taking place 25-28 perform at the festival from there. Kata have an April, Northern Streams, features as guests: amazing, enigmatic way bringing old songs to Kata :: a five women group who sing traditional life with intriguing stories from the Faroese songs from the Faroe Islands in a striking tradition. I’m also pleased to have some of the manner young Swedish musicians who delighted festival audiences last year, returning to play and sing in Caolmhar :: a group of four young people from Caolmhar. And it’s great to be able to showcase Sweden that play a range of Nordic & Scottish the talent that Scotland attracts to study here, music and songs. 3 of them come from V-Dala especially people who have a shared interest in Spelmanslag – Sweden’s longest-running exploring the Scottish and Nordic traditions with student folk ensemble & three times student the trio of Jocelyn, Rav & Ellen.” world champions! The festival opens with ‘sneak preview’ Jocelyn Pettit with Rav Sira & Ellen Gira :: a afternoon concert in Dundee on Thursday 25 trio of top young musicians studying in Scotland, April, then in Edinburgh an evening concert on from Canada, Norway and the USA, who enjoy Friday; workshops, a concert and ceilidh on playing both Nordic and Scottish music. This will Saturday – to give you the opportunity to try be their first headline concert since forming. Nordic dances alongside the Scottish ones you Organiser, Fiona Campbell, said: “I really are likely to know already. All dances will be pleased we’ve been able to invite artists from called or demonstrated.

There are workshops during the day on Saturday, including the free family music taster, covering tunes, songs and dances from Scotland, Sweden, Norway and the Faroe Islands. The workshop period ends with the Sharing Session we recently started where all the invited guest performers and participants get a chance to share what they have learnt from the workshops and performances. A second free open session finishes the festival on the Sunday afternoon. (This session inspired the development of a monthly Nordic on the fourth Sunday of the month which will coincide with the festival in April). All events take place at the Pleasance, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ. Ticket prices range from £6 for a workshop – £35 for an allin-one weekend ticket. Concessions include TMSA members & Young Scot cardholders. See to book online and for other ways to buy tickets in advance including in person. (Tickets are only available at the venue during the event). Northern Streams is organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Edinburgh & Lothians Branch. The Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) was formed in 1966 as an organisation to promote, present and preserve the traditional music and song of Scotland. Details about the Branch @ and TMSA @ Thanks to support from individual donations, Torshavn Kommunar, Bilda plus the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust (EOTDT) & City of Edinburgh Council Southside/Newington Community Grants & Local Events fund. For more details of the Northern Streams programme email: call 0795 191 8366 or check the website and social media links below.

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Shortlist revealed for 'Oban the mns Live' talent competition collection …. Oban :: 7-8 June ::

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Major Argyll music concert Oban Live has announced the shortlist of Scottish acts that have made it through to the final stage of its nationwide talent competition. Musicians from all over Scotland entered the Scottish Sea Farms Unsigned Oban Live competition throughout March. Leading salmon grower Scottish Sea Farms teamed up with the event, which is Argyll’s largest outdoor live music concert, this year to give talented musicians the opportunity to win a stage slot at the rural stadium gig this June. The winners will also win £300 towards expenses and a slot at the Official Oban Live After Party at The View, Oban. Two slots at Oban Live 2019 are up for grabs, with one winning act being from the local area of Oban and one from the rest of Scotland. The panel of judges, which included BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, selected a shortlist from each category and both shortlists have now been put out to the public to vote for their winners.

Daniel Gillespie of Skerryvore and Managing Director for Oban Live said: “Congratulations to all those who made it to their category shortlist. It was a tough job for our panel as the standard of musicianship from the applicants was very high both locally and nationwide. Thanks to everyone who entered and we wish all finalists the very best of luck. Can’t wait to welcome the winners to Oban Live this year.”

Commenting on the shortlist, Scottish Sea Farms’ Heart of the Community Coordinator Georgie Mackenzie said: “Securing a stage slot at Oban Live, which draws an audience of thousands, is a huge break for up-and-coming artists. We’re genuinely thrilled to be playing our part in supporting both local and Scottish talent, something we put a lot From the local category, the eclectic shortlist includes into with regards to our own teams, and we’ll be rapper S-Mac, The Argyll Ceilidh Trail, Crackin’ Craic watching with interest to see which two shortlisted and alternative rock artist 4Below, all from the area acts go on to win the public vote.” of Oban. The winners will join a whole stream of international Making it through to the Scotland wide category is Celtic, rock and folk acts confirmed for the 2019 November Lights (Monifieth), Lisa Kowalski (Paisley), event, attended by thousands on June 7 & 8, The Youth and Young (Fife), Banshee (Renfrew) and including Skerryvore, We Banjo 3, Red Hot Chilli DMS (Edinburgh). Pipers, Lucy Spraggan and more. You can vote on the weblink above and the webpage has videos and information about each act. Voting closes at 12pm on Monday, 22 April.

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Shuffle Down Turns Five! Larbert :: 26-27 April :: BUY YOUR TICKETS @

Shuffle Down Festival organisers have announced the event will return for it’s 5th year running on Friday April 26 and Saturday 27 April, and to celebrate they have expanded the event to include a Friday night of live music. The event is the biggest independent alternative music event in the local calendar and has attracted over 500 music fans for the previous 4 years. The stunning main Dobbie Hall stage plays host to several live acts throughout the day featuring some of the best up and coming unsigned acts as well as featuring some of the finest local acts the area has to offer. There is also a 2nd stage upstairs “Soul Steak Room” showcasing live electronic music and DJ’s into the evening. Friday Main Stage Line Up :: Glasgow giants BABY STRANGE headline the

inaugural Friday night line up and are joined by 2 Falkirk acts The Nickajack Men and Pleasure Heads . Also on the bill is Perth outfit Real Life Entertainment . Saturday Main Stage Line Up :: Headlining this year’s event is local legend Malcolm Middleton , the Arab Strap frontman playing his first show in the area for many

years. Glasgow R&B induced pop act BOSSY LOVE will play an energetic slot. Also on the bill are Glasgow act Medicine Men , Kid Canaveral’s frontman David McGregor’s new project Broken Chanter , hotly tipped Edinburgh act Callum Easter and Wojtek the Bear will also play the main stage. Flying the local flag will be Falkirk acts Ghostwriter, Primes , Rubian and Paper Machine Music. And finally opening the main stage will be 12yr old star Connor Fyfe. Soul Steak Room (Saturday only) :: The upstairs room will be taken over by Stirling DJ collective and record label Soul Steak and will feature a live set from their very own BDY TLK . Headlining the stage will be well known DJ David Barbarossa who will be joined by more DJ’s from Shapes and Stirling Underground. More! The event will be hosting the usual brilliant Arts & Crafts stalls, vinyl stall and William Bros Craft Beer bar, Prosecco Bar, Silent Disco and several Street Food options outside with artisan pizzas, Liege waffles and more on sale for the hungry festival goers! Innovation - The Festival will also be continuing to use some amazing sensory experiences (More on this soon!) The charity partner for this year’s event will be Maggie Centre Forth Valley and the organisers hope to raise awareness and funds for the charity on the day of the event. Main organiser Rikki Toner said “The event has continued to grow and has now become a firm fixture in the Scottish music calendar! We take pride in bringing in some brilliant talent to Larbert and 2019 will be no exception!”

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'HebCelt' Date For Top Of The Class Former Students Hebrides :: 17-20 July ::


Two former music students who are now performing on the international stage have secured a coveted slot at the renowned Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer. Jamie MacDonald and Christian Gamauf will join the likes of KT Tunstall, Tide Lines and The Shires in the HebCelt line-up after winning a competition for young talent organised by the festival and Lews Castle College UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. The competition was open to any performer or band which included members who are studying, or who have studied, on one of the college’s music programmes.

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Fiddler Jamie, from Tiree, and piper Christian, from Loipersbach in rural Austria, are BA Applied and the BA Applied Music. Music degree graduates. They met six years ago “We haven't been to HebCelt before, but we've while studying in Benbecula and began playing heard lots of great things about it. Jamie is also together at local concerts. playing with his other band Eabhal, and we can't Since then they have appeared at a number of wait to play at this festival in such amazing high-profile events and last year released their surroundings.” debut album, ‘The Pipe Slang’, which was HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: longlisted for Album of the Year at the Scots “Jamie and Christian were up against some very Trad Awards 2018. strong competition, but their musicianship shone They have just returned from New York, where through and they are very worthy winners. they performed at Tartan Week. Other recent “We are passionate about promoting young highlights include playing at Celtic Connections talent, particularly acts that have their roots in in February and at the Lorient Interceltic the islands, and we are very much looking Festival, Europe’s biggest Celtic festival, in forward to seeing them at the festival.” Brittany, last year. Christian, who also spent time on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, won Glasgow University’s Commun Oiseanach Piping Competition in 2016 and draws on both the Hebridean and Cape Breton styles in his playing. Jamie is also a member of folk band Eabhal, who were named Hands Up For Trad, Battle of the Folk Bands 2018 winners, and are also appearing at HebCelt.

“Jamie and Christian are graduates of the BA Applied Music degree and are busy performing on national and international stages. We look forward to them bringing it back home to the Hebrides where they began their musical journeys together.” HebCelt 2019 will be held from 17-20 July. It will feature almost 30 international acts in the main arena programme, as well as events in various venues in Lewis and Harris.

Lews Castle College UHI is sponsoring the festival’s acoustic stage for the third year in succession to strengthen its cultural, artistic and educational ties with HebCelt. Anna-Wendy Stevenson, programme leader, BA (Hons) applied music, at the college, said: ‘We are delighted that Lews Castle College UHI has been able to work with HebCelt to offer this fantastic opportunity for our students and graduates.

Christian said: “We are really delighted to have won the competition and perform at HebCelt this “There were many excellent applications which year. It's a fantastic opportunity for us to come highlighted the quality of musicianship which has been developed at the college over the years. back to the Outer Hebrides and we are looking forward to representing Lews Castle College UHI

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Shetland Folk Festival - Local Acts and Concert Line-ups Announced Shetland :: 2-5 May :: TICKETS @

Local music fans can start marking their diaries and pencilling in their dates as the Shetland Folk Festival announces its local artist lineup and concert programme this week. The 39th festival is even bigger this year with an increase in concerts, capacity and a range of one-off special showcase events leaving something for everyone. Over forty local acts will perform across the length of the islands (from Bigton to Baltasound) as well as the fifteen visiting artists announced last month. As usual, the local line-up gives a nod to the past, present and future of Shetland music featuring ‘weel kent’ local favourites alongside brand new bands and performers.

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Friday at a special ‘Stories behind the Music’ concert curated by local musician and broadcaster Claire White. This will also feature Shetland Fiddlers Society, Papa Stour Sword Dancers and songs from White’s new album, ‘A Lasses Trust in Providence’.

‘Blazin’ a Trail’ concert at Mareel on the Saturday afternoon aims to showcase Shetland’s current and former budding talent with Quarff’s Fresh from their long-awaited debut album, ‘The Jenna Reid with Blazin Fiddles on the same bill as the fledgling Scandi Fiddlers, High Level Hot Rowan Tree’, Americana-inspired, Kansa, will Club, Fraser Jamieson and Langstrings. While perform at Clickimin on the Saturday evening with Blazin’ Fiddles, JP Cormier & Tim Edey, May locals and visitors can sample more Shetland culture at the festival club on Saturday Erlewine and Kabantu. afterwards with a dance workshop and supper One of Yell’s best exports, Rack’ n’ Ruin, featuring music from Northmavine Fiddle and celebrate their 25th anniversary by performing Accordion Club. alongside Elephant Sessions and the Anxo Lorenzo Trio in Brae Hall on the Saturday at an Speaking about the line-up, the Festival's Local Artist Coordinator, Diane Wood, says the lineup additional standing concert this year. Their is a testament to how much talent is in the isles: fiddler and singer, Barry Nisbet will also be showcasing his solo work at the Festival Club on “When you see the list of local performers and the range of experience and styles represented it really demonstrates what Shetland music is all about. We are grateful for all our local acts who volunteer to perform each year." “With so many more visitors to the festival

recently we felt we needed to create a bigger platform for Shetland music and hopefully this can be seen in the concert line-up. We are particularly looking forward to the special showcase concert at Mareel and the chance for our young musicians to see someone like Jenna Reid, who has shown what talent and dedication can bring.” Other local favourites such as Haltadans, Vair, Sheila Henderson & Freda Leask, Fjanna, Shetland Mandolin Band, Girsie’s Loose Ends, Herkja, who wowed audiences on their first festival appearance last year and many more will perform over the weekend with party bands such as First Foot Soldiers, David Sandison’s Tennessee Wannabees and Isaac Webb Trio performing late night slots at the Festival Club through it all. In terms of themed concerts, three of the finest singers from across the Atlantic will perform on Sunday afternoon’s ‘Voices of Canada’ show featuring JP Cormier, Kaia Kater and Pharis & Jason Romero, while jazz fans can see French swing quartet, Les Fils Canouche alongside local jazz musicians that same day. Sunday night will see the now legendary Foy concerts featuring the vast majority of visiting performers from the weekend and the festival weekend's venue sizes will range widely from Friday’s ‘Spanging Spree’ at Clickimin featuring Rob Heron & The Teapad Orchestra, Kinnaris Quintet and Elephant Sessions to more intimate song nights at The String featuring acts such as The Jaywalkers, May Erlewine and local festival debutantes, Trevor and Eva and Trio o Dem. Other events to look out for include children’s concert, ‘Peerie Spang’ featuring Bon Debarras, Kabantu and Anxo Lorenzo as well as workshops and sessions in the festival club and the return of the Norwegian tall ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl as a live venue over the weekend.

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Northern Streams Edinburgh 25-28 April

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The Festival as the UK's most northerly folk festival is regarded a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised Come along to experience the best and new of Nordic and Scottish folk music, song and dance - by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides For three days in April this unique festival combines concerts, workshops and sessions. The itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised festival opens with ‘sneak preview’ afternoon concert in Dundee on Thursday 25 April, then in throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music Edinburgh an evening concert on Friday; that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting workshops, a concert and ceilidh on Saturday – to give you the opportunity to try Nordic dances artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our alongside the Scottish ones you are likely to remote isles have to offer. know already. All dances will be called or demonstrated. There are workshops during the day on Saturday, including the free family music taster, covering tunes, songs and dances from Scotland, Sweden, Norway and the Faroe Orkney Folk Festival Islands.

Orkney 23-26 May

Killin 14-16 June An electric three day festival of music featuring live bands and artists on the main stage, as well as fringe events throughout the area over the weekend. The packed 2019 lineup includes: Elephant Sessions // Trail West // Siobhan Miller // Blue Rose Code // Kinnaris Quintet // Torridon // Ryan Young // Gnoss // Tom McGuire & The Brassholes // Beinn Lee // Eabhal // DLÙ // The 101 // Headland // Greig Taylor Music Blues Combo // Katie & Abi // Open Stage Sunday Competition. All remaining tickets are on sale now!

Glasgow Jazz Festival Glasgow 19-23 June

Glasgow’s longest running music festival and music fans across the city won’t be far from unmissable live jazz with a diverse and exciting programme. The Glasgow International Jazz Festival was founded in 1987, when Glasgow was bidding to become the European City of Culture for 1990. The City had studied the competition and worked out that all major cities in Europe had a jazz festival. If they had one, then so should Glasgow. From the very beginning, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival brought some of the biggest names of jazz to the City.

One of Scotland’s longest-running folk festivals, celebrating its 37th outing in 2019, the Orkney Edinburgh Folk Festival is one of the most prolific events in the Scottish and UK folk calendars, and one of 25-28 April the highlights of Orkney’s diary of community events. An entirely voluntary run event, the Lights, camera, music! Doc’n Roll, the UK’s festival annually attracts artists from all corners Documentary Music Festival, kicks off its debut of the folk world - from leading international Scottish edition in Edinburgh with six critically heralded films about music and the unforgettable names to up and coming fresh faces - to Stromness, in Orkney’s West Mainland, for four stories of those who make it. From jazz giants days of concerts, ceilidhs, clubs, sessions, talks and Seventies punk heroines to a journey and craic. Artists and audiences are welcomed through rock’n’roll’s gospel roots, and from a pianist-provocateur’s tall tales to a crate-digging by and into Orkney’s own thriving folk scene, with Orcadian artists providing around two thirds St Magnus Festival secret history of library music, Doc’n Roll Scotland promises to entertain music lovers and of the festival programme. Line-up announced 21-27 June across December-March, with tickets on sale in documentary aficionados alike with ScottishOrkney debut screenings and Q&As with directors, artists April, around six weeks ahead of the event. and music experts. The magical atmosphere of Orkney at midsummer, its ancient landscape and unique performance settings blend together to create a very special experience for audiences. Knockengorroch Performances take place across the Orkney Shuffle Down World Ceilidh Islands, in venues as diverse as a tall ship, Larbert (nr Falkirk) Galloway outdoor gardens, a sports centre and the great 26-27 April medieval cathedral of St Magnus in Kirkwall. 23-26 May Shuffle Down is an indoor festival taking place at the wonderful Dobbie Hall in Larbert! Now in it’s Knockengorroch's 2019 line-up will feature some 5th year the event will host live music, DJ’s, arts of the best home-grown Scottish talent alongside & crafts stalls, street food, craft beer bar, an eclectic mix of international acts, all coming prosecco bar and lots more going on in and together to create a melting pot of innovative around the hall! Headliners this year are Baby traditional and electronic music. Strange and Malcolm Middleton. Event takes XpoNorth Festival place 26 and 27 April!

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TradFest Edinburgh Edinburgh 26 April – 6 May

Edinburgh Tradfest has announced its full programme for the 2019 Festival. Now in its 7th year, Tradfest, held at various locations across the city, mixes the very best in traditional music, world cinema celebrating folk culture, and storytelling. This year’s music programme kicks off on 26 April at the Queen’s Hall with anarchic Irish folk band Lankum and continues for the next 11 days


JUNE Oban Live

Oban 7-8 June 2019

Inverness 3-4 July

The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth, formerly goNORTH, is Scotland’s leading creative industries festival and offers delegates access to an exceptional creative programme. The conference and showcase take place over two vibrant days and nights in the Highland capital.

Early bird tickets for Oban Live 2019, Argyll’s biggest outdoor music concert, are to go on sale on Saturday November 10, the event team has announced. The event, started in 2016 by one of Tiree Music Festival Scotland’s finest musical exports Skerryvore, Tiree takes place on June 7 and 8 next year at 12–14 July Mossfield Stadium in Oban, Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. TMF is celebrating the fastest ever ticket sales for the annual festival, with 750 early bird tickets selling out in just 52 minutes and all Glamping and Campervan tickets selling out in just 10 Killin Music Festival minutes, an unprecedented record for the


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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVALS to be included in our festival listings email details to: festival that will help mark its 10th edition. 2019 will see the 2000 capacity festival celebrate its 10th birthday and a special year of celebrations will mark the decade, beginning in January with TIREE: A Toast to 10 Years of Tiree Music Festival show at Celtic Connections. This one-off night will be hosted by Tiree natives Skerryvore and Trail West at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket where a number of very special guests alongside brand-new collaborations from musicians who have played the TMF stages over the last 10 years. TMF10’s line-up will also be officially announced in spectacular fashion as part of this celebratory night and remaining tickets will also be released on general sale.

Linlithgow 10-11 August

Lindisfarne Festival

Stonehaven Folk Stonehaven 12-15 July

The pretty North East coastal town of Stonehaven comes alive with a vibrant mix of traditional and contemporary “Folk” music and song ….. concerts, ceilidh, sessions, singarounds, workshops, the famous aqua ceilidh and world paper’n’comb championships!


five-day-long festival. We are delighted to confirm our dates for our 2019 Americana extravaganza. Please watch this space for This is the sixth outing for the Linlithgow festival details on the first acts confirmed for this year. and is set to be another highlight in Scotland’s live music calendar. Taking the top spots are The Charlatans and KT Tunstall (Saturday) and Deacon Blue and Wet Wet Wet (Sunday) and the rest of the weekend’s acts are sure to prove a hit with Party at the Palace regulars. It’s only 20 mins from Edinburgh and 35mins from Glasgow, Perthshire Amber making it one of the most easily accessible The Dougie MacLean Festival music festivals in Scotland.


Beal Farm, Berwick-upon-Tweed 29 August - 1 September An epic 3 day festival on the Northumberland coast, overlooking Holy Isle. Anyone who has been to the Northumberland coast will be well aware of the sheer magnificence of the scenery. Located in a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in the UK's voted #1 Holiday Destination, our festival site overlooks the mythical & magical Holy Island of Lindisfarne, boasting breath-taking views stretching from Goswick Sands to the North, to Bamburgh Castle to the South.

Hebrides 18-20 July Advance weekend tickets for next year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival, to be held from 18-20 July 2019, are available from the festival website. Day tickets and those for opening shows, late night activities and community events in Lewis and Harris go on sale next year when the full festival programme is finalised.

Doune the Rabbit Hole Port of Menteith 19-21 July

Doune the Rabbit Hole is an intimate family friendly, dog loving independent music & arts festival located amidst the glorious ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate in Port of Menteith. See you there!


SEPTEMBER Party in the Park

Bathgate, West Lothian 1 September

North Berwick 2-11 August

Linlithgow Folk Festival


Party at The Palace

SEALL Festival of Small Halls Isle of Skye 22-30 November

The Festival of Small Halls on the Isle of Skye brings music to ten remote village halls around the Island and Lochalsh. The SEALL Festival of Small Halls runs for eight days and includes concerts, cèilidhs and public and music workshops in halls and schools by some of the nation’s finest traditional musicians.

See in the New Year at the world’s best street party as Edinburgh invites the world to share the love, embrace friends – old and new – and celebrate the New Year in the home of Hogmanay. Get 2020 ready now - take advantage of our Early Bird discount with tickets for £20.00 + £1.00 booking (limited availability).

Organisers are promising a real "Feast of Folk" at this year’s festival. Planning for the Linlithgow Folk Festival in 2019 is now underway. Our programme is launched annually in July and will be available here at that time.

Tickets for our first wave of acts for Fringe By The Sea are now on sale. Check out our website for who’ll be joining us in North Berwick this summer, and scroll right down for the full lineup so far, by date. Follow us on social media for more music, comedy, film, family, literature, conversation, wellbeing & exploration Glasgow Americana announcements over coming weeks. We look forward to welcoming you harbour-side! Glasgow

The Perthshire Amber Festival brings together many musicians and entertainers from different parts of the world who have been involved with Dougie MacLean over the years. This unique festival shares Dougie’s inspiring music, celebrates the history and culture of Perthshire in the heart of Scotland and showcases the beautiful scenery. It’s a vibrant, welcoming festival with music at its core in beautiful autumnal Perthshire. The Festival Hub is Amber Central (The Royal Hotel, Dunkeld). With concerts from castle to concert hall plus Cabaret Amber, Open Mic + acoustic sessions. Contact 01350 724261 for latest or email

Celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary in 2019 Bathgate's 'Party in the Park' is a yearly family focused music festival with two music stages, childrens rides, free face painting, food, stalls, and lots of fun - it's held in the town's Kirkton Park. There is a main stage and acoustic stage with music on both throughout the day with free entry and no ticket required. A real mix of music Edinburgh’s Hogmanay from local bands and artists to those further afield. There is no ticket required and no entry Edinburgh fee and as this is geared towards families there 31 December is a strict no alcohol policy.

Linlithgow 11-15 September

Fringe by the Sea

Perthshire 1-3 November

2-6 October Glasgow Americana has lined up gigs featuring overseas and home-based acts for this year’s

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