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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the weekly Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

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INSIDE: Carrying Stream : Celtic Connections : Perthshire Amber : Kinross-shire Winter Fest : Brookfield-Knights : Carlisle Blues : The Spree : plus our music festival listings ..... 2013 festivals are not over yet!

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Carrying Stream Festival set to play tribute to Hamish Henderson Edinburgh : 6-13 November :

Edinburgh Folk Club's Carrying Stream Festival that is their annual tribute to the great Scottish poet, songwriter, and folklorist Hamish Henderson takes place next month across various venues.

talents. It is looking backward and forward, is part of the carrying stream of the folk tradition. The Carrying Stream Festival is held in November to coincide with Hamish Henderson’s birthday on 11 November. This year's programme features Martin Simpson – twice voted Artist of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, the legendary Irish singer Len Graham, fiddler Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention fame, plus Jimmy MacGregor, whose sparkling career as a folk singer and broadcaster spans more than 50 years – and not everyone can boast having played a gig with The Beatles as support act!

A feast of traditional singing is in store with Fife singers Chris Miles, Jimmy Hutchison, Peter Shepherd and Arthur Watson, while Margaret Bennett hosts Yorkshire singer Anna Shannon and the James Brothers (the Scots-Aussie combination Jamie McClennan and James Fagan). Sheena Wellington will give the annual Hamish Henderson Lecture in the City Chambers But the Carrying Stream Festival is not just a shrine to the great folklorist, song collector, poet on 9 November. and songwriter, political activist and convener of inspired colloquia in Sandy Bell’s – it is a Festival Tickets available at Coda on The Mound, from Edinburgh Folk Club on in the spirit of Hamish Henderson: celebrating club nights or email: traditional music, song, storytelling and poetry in all their historical and contemporary contexts, presenting established tradition bearers alongside international acts and up-and-coming Hamish Henderson (1919-2002) is often referred to as the ‘father of the Scottish folk revival’. Since the year of his death, Edinburgh Folk Club has kept the memory of this remarkable man alive in an annual festival dedicated to his life and legacy.


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Biggar - 3rd November, The Corn Exchange, Biggar Strathdon - 4th November, Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon Kilbarchan - 5th November, The Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan Edinburgh - 6th November, House Concert (Edinburgh) Kirkcaldy - 7th November, Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy

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India's top musical talent to appear at Celtic Connections Glasgow : 16 January - 2 November :

Find out how to book tickets @ The concert has been organised to highlight and celebrate existing and emerging cultural ties between Scotland and India and is one of the highlights of Folk Nations, the British Council’s three-year programme focusing on folk music in India and the UK.

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Within the Celtic Connections festival programme a series of concerts will be held in January under the banner of Showcase Scotland, which aims to promote some of the country’s finest musical talent alongside noted musicians from around the world. In January 2014, Showcase Scotland will specifically highlight musical talent from Scotland, India and Australia. The Indian acts appearing at Celtic Connections through Showcase Scotland can expect to perform to music lovers, media and more than 200 music industry delegates from around the world.

The Raghu Dixit Project : photo by Avinash Jaisingh

Several of India’s most talented music acts have been selected to perform at a major arts festival, Scotland’s External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf announced in India last week.

The surge of Indian talent performing at the Glasgow festival follows the signing of a historic three-year reciprocal performing agreement between Celtic Connections and Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) last year. Celtic Connections also marks the beginning of the cultural calendar for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Humza Yousaf, Scottish External Affairs Minister, said:

exhibitions, workshops, and free events. Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections – the largest gathering of the international music community in Scotland – provides a selection of Scottish and overseas acts with the valuable opportunity of performing in front of promoters, record labels and agents from over 20 different countries. Now in its 15th year, Showcase Scotland is organised by Active Events on behalf of Celtic Connections. It was initiated by Creative Scotland and British Council Scotland to provide a platform for promoting Scottish music and artists to new audiences around the world. The international exposure that artists gain at Showcase Scotland can lead to record deals and overseas touring contracts.

“Both Scotland and India are world-renowned for their rich, vibrant and diverse culture. The partnership agreement between Celtic Connections and the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, and the focus Celtic Connections will place on India in 2014 through Showcase Scotland, are just two examples of this. Tonight’s folk concert in Mumbai is another. I Parveen Sabrina Khan : have been overwhelmed by the friendly welcome photo by Torben Ulrik I have received in India, and I am delighted to invite some of the country’s outstanding musicians to come to Scotland next year and my home city of Glasgow for Celtic Connections, where they can certainly expect to receive a Saurav Moni, Ruhaniyat, Suhail Yusuf Khan, The very warm Scottish welcome.” Raghu Dixit Project, Parveen Sabrina Khan, Asin Langa and Bhungar Manganiyar will take their Donald Shaw, Artistic Director for place in the spotlight during the next Celtic Celtic Connections, said: Connections – the world renowned folk music festival held each January in Glasgow which "The Celtic Connections festival has always been attracts more than 100,000 people each year. well known for celebrating the connections between Celtic traditions and cultures across the Mr Yousaf announced the significant Indian globe and we’re really looking forward to presence in next year’s Celtic Connections line- exploring further musical links with these Indian up during a visit to India, during which he has acts at next year’s festival. I was blown away by been highlighting and strengthening business, the talent of these performers when I had the education, diplomatic, and cultural links between opportunity to see them in India earlier this year the two countries. and I can’t wait for the Glasgow audiences to experience this too.” The Minister was speaking ahead of a collaborative folk concert to be held in Mumbai Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music tonight, at which Bangalore folk rocker Raghu festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic Dixit and contemporary dance artist Mayuri music and its connections to cultures across the Upadhya will perform together. Scottish folk globe. Between 16 January – 2 February 2014, group, Kaela Rowan and the Menagerie will also 2,100 musicians from around the world will perform. descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art


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Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival Welcomes the World as 10 Days of wonderful music gets underway Perthshire : 25 October - 3 November : Get your Perthshire Amber tickets here:

Over 8000 music fans are flocking to Perthshire over the next ten days as the extraordinary Perthshire Amber Festival has begun!

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Legendary singer songwriter Dougie MacLean, who wrote Scotland’s unofficial anthem ‘Caledonia’ and proudly collected a lifetime achievement from the BBC Folk Awards earlier this year, is the festival host and will welcome over 300 of his musician friends to perform. The festival launches tomorrow when Karine Polwart and Dougie MacLean will play a sell-out concert in the grand ‘Caledonia Hall’ of Scotland’s smallest distillery Edradour. The festival takes place in 25 venues across Perthshire including Perth Concert Hall, Methven Castle, Blair Castle, Murthly Castle Chapel and Dunkeld Cathedral. Headline acts including award winning songwriter Karine Polwart, Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson and AMWWF (Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher) and an exciting new collaboration known as The MacLean Project described as “...a brilliant weave of great songs and skilled instrumental magic” which brings together Dougie MacLean, Ross Ainslie, Sorren Maclean, Gordon Maclean, Chris Marra, Laura Beth Salter, Jamie MacLean, Hannah Fisher and Pete Garnett, who are all among the impressive line-up. Thousands of music fans travel to the festival, which has established itself as an important part of the Scottish festival calendar, with visitors coming from 23 countries to enjoy the best in Scottish, folk and world music and a very warm Perthshire welcome.

"In addition to the audiences at the concerts, a world-wide audience will be tuning in from home as the festival is broadcast live via the live streaming was

Dougie MacLean explains: developed in 2011 and “We’ve been planning this people can watch all the festival for nearly a year now and the team have been main concerts live during working flat out for the past few months to bring it all together, the festival." the anticipation has been mounting – and I just can’t wait for it all to begin. We’ve got some really exciting talent appearing this year, this is the ninth Perthshire Amber and I think the line-up is one of our strongest. I am delighted to welcome so many friends, new and old, to my home region and it’s great that those who can’t come along are able to tune in and be part of the wider audience via Butterstone TV. If anyone hasn’t got tickets yet, come along at see us at Perth Concert Hall on Friday 1 November – it’s going to


be a fantastic night and yes, I promise to sing Caledonia!” The packed 2013 programme also includes Amber Discoveries which includes a series of walks, talks, workshops, the Perthshire Amber SongBus (Mon 28 Oct and Fri 1 Nov, 10am) and the ever popular Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession (Sat 26 Oct 11am). This element of the programme has been developed to truly encourage visitors to get involved in and appreciate Scotland’s natural bounty and wonderful landscape as well as its culture and heritage. This year’s workshops include making skincare products from natural ingredients, bee keeping, group singing and various musical instrument masterclasses. To find out more or to buy tickets, go to or call the box office on 01350 724 261 and to subscribe for the live broadcast see Keep up to date with the festival, with latest updates, tickets and photos on the festival's facebook and twitter pages.

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Kinross-shire Winter Festival has Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross headlining Kinross + Milnathort : 14 - 24 November : Get tickets for the Ricky Ross + Sienna concert here:

Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation (KLEO) has announced their delight that Ricky Ross will perform at the Kinross-shire Music Festival which take's place over two weekends in November in Kinross and Milnathort. Ricky celebrated 25 years in Deacon Blue in 2012, when they released a Top 20 album and sold out their 17 date UK tour. In 2013, Ricky has done something a little different, releasing a stripped down solo album ‘Trouble Came Looking’. That gave him the opportunity to hit the road again performing songs from throughout his solo career, as well as classic Deacon Blue songs and some of their less well known tracks. Ricky says: “The tour was a great opportunity for me, Dundee's Gregor Philp joined me on guitar and the two of us set off around the country playing places we couldn’t get to with Deacon Blue, and sharing the untold stories behind my songs.” The tour took in village halls and theatres across the country, including the highlands and islands of Scotland. November sees Ricky and Gregor head out again and Kinross-shire Music Festival will be their second festival appearance, the other in Somerset at Glastonbury. Gregor Philp is one of Dundee’s most popular musical sons and has had a career which takes in projects working with Michael Marra and David Byrne. Ricky’s concert will be on Saturday the 16 November, at 8pm at the Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross. Tickets (£22) are selling well so be quick if you don’t want to miss your chance of seeing Ricky Ross live!

KINROSS-SHIRE WINTER FESTIVAL To celebrate all local events that are happening in November/December in Kinross-shire KLEO (Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation) has produced a Winter Festival Brochure with numerous local events organised by local community groups and businesses. To download this brochure or for more information go to Other than Ricky Ross, there is a great variety of performances and events during the festival: A Winter Afternoon Tea Dance : Sienna : Tich Frier & Neil Paterson : Kinross-shire's Got Talent : Dennis Locorriere : Route 56 : Glenn Tilbrook : Ian Dunnett : Lucy Duffy & Guests : Choirs Together : Elaine Shorthouse Duo : Fraser Speirs & Allan Jones : Home Bru Concert : The Youth and Young : Kirsty Marquis : White China and a lot more... a great variety of workshops, films, nature walks, Christmas fairs, Santa Grotto's and other events for all ages


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Scotland's Brookfield-Knights agency bring top acts to Celtic Connections 2014 in Glasgow Glasgow : 16 January - 2 November :

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The Brookfield-Knights roots music agency is delighted to announce that once again, it will be providing a string of great acts to participate at Glasgow’s big midwinter musical jamboree, Celtic Connections, in 2014. The Scottish-based operation, which brings in Americana and World Music acts to tour in the UK and Ireland, has contributed many top names from its roster in the past, including Pokey LaFarge, The Wilders, The Wiyos, Furnace Mountain, The Hot Seats, and Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Woody Pines, Petunia & The Vipers, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Zoe Muth, Fidil, The Two Man Gentlemen Band, The Henry Girls…and many, many more. Brookfield-Knights has confirmed, in what is a stunning Celtic Connections that includes no fewer than 2000 musicians, they will have Elephant Revival, The Stray Birds, De Temps Antan, Jenny Ritter and band and The Mountain Firework Company. The venues are The Old Fruitmarket, The Mitchell Theatre and St Andrews In The Square. It's going to be a cracker and tickets are on sale now!

Brookfield-Knights Celtic Connections 2014 Acts ELEPHANT REVIVAL: (The Old Fruitmarket) Leading the charge in 2014 will be Colorado-based five-piece Elephant Revival who will arrive with a brand new album, The Changing Skies, which has been winning the band rave Stateside reviews. It is to get its UK launch to coincide with their appearance here. The Celtic Connections show - a headline appearance at the city’s Old Fruitmarket - will be their first ever British show. The band is firmly established in America as one of the biggest roots music acts on the festivals circuit, having played every major event there.

of classic tunes and songs, as well as original compositions, thanks to the infectious nature of the music, their boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre. This hugely-impressive multi-instrumentalist group is firmly established as The Big Three of Quebecois traditional music. De Temps Antan video:

JENNY RITTER (and band): (The Mitchell Theatre - double bill with Joy Kills Sorrow)

Canadian Jenny Ritter's songs are aimed straight at the heart. While Bright Mainland is technically her debut solo album, it represents the culmination of many years immersed in music. She was guitarist and THE STRAY BIRDS: main song-writer for the critically-acclaimed roots country band The Gruff (St Andrews in The Square) who made four albums in a decade. Reviewers invariably talk about her The Stray Birds took America by storm last year having ended 2012 with vital spark as she possesses that rare gift – the ability to light up a room. When Jenny showcased some of her joyous new creations at the Folk this accolade in the country’s NPR Music Awards: “One of the top ten Folk/Americana albums of the year.” When the CD was finally released on Alliance International event in Toronto, in 2013, many said her presence had energised the whole shebang. this side of the Atlantic, it went straight to the Number 3 slot on the hugely-influential Euro Americana Chart and won them widespread praise Jenny Ritter video: from many prominent writers and radio presenters. Reviewing the album for AmericanaUK, Jeremy Searle awarded a 9/10 rating and concluded: ”Acoustic, simple, marvellous writing, superlative playing, it really is THE MOUNTAIN FIREWORK COMPANY: astounding. If you have an ounce of interest in Americana then you (sharing the stage with Imelda May at The Old Fruitmarket) really should get this album now and let The Stray Birds become your new favourite band…Because they will be." Featuring the creative force that is Belfast-born Gareth McGahan, The Mountain Firework Company made their first big impact in 2008, The Stray Birds video: following the release of their debut album, when the now legendary around-a-single-mic ‘live’ footage of the band attracted big online DE TEMPS ANTAN: audiences. Compared to everyone from The Waterboys and Dire Straits (The Mitchell Theatre) to Richard Thomson, their second album, Samurai continued to impress. It was a show-stopping set at Glastonbury that finally established the It is more than three years since their last album created a huge buzz five-piece as a force to be reckoned with and by the time the latest around the world, and with a terrific new release from Quebecois album, The Lonesome Losing Blues, arrived, they were winning livewires, De Temps Antan, there’s an air of excited anticipation as they widespread praise on both sides of the Atlantic. prepare for this visit. ‘Live’, André Brunet, Pierre-Luc Dupuis and Éric Beaudry - all of whom have associations with popular Canadian band La Bottine Souriante - have been thrilling audiences with a dynamic delivery The Mountain Firework Company video: 'Sometimes' Elephant Revival video:

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Take a hop over the Border to the Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival mns collection …. Carlisle : 8-10 November : Buy your tickets here:

The highly acclaimed Carlisle Blues Festival celebrated five incredibly exciting and successful years with a weekend event in November 2011 which many regarded as the best UK blues festival of the year. 2012 even surpassed that cementing the event as one of the top three of its kind in the country.

entertainment world that has been sucking the life out of real music for too long. The time looks to be right for a sweeping change with blues looking set to become the next big thing, it is in fact the perfect antidote to Ian Siegal everything fake or hyped. Who knows, maybe 2013 will be the year?? Lets hope so, for the sake of music. Whatever happens the Carlisle festival in 2013 promises another feast of the very best in real live music. Would you want to miss out?

The key to the success of the Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival has always been the consistent strength of HEADLINERS: the line up and its refusal to be restricted within a genre. It doesn’t guarantee to please all of the people Bernard Allison headlines the first night and will be all of the time but it does promise to please the vast toting the same smokin’ six string shooter that his majority of the audience for the most part of the time. late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with. He is blessed with his father’s soulful voice, spiritual Insignificantly, yes insignificantly, despite the furore devotion, and a musical freedom, which experiments and nonsense it aroused, 2012 saw a name change with the blues. when ‘rock’ was introduced into the title. The name change was never intended to herald a change in Headlining on Saturday, is the critically acclaimed, direction, it was merely introduced to open the festival Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods. Ian's to more people who are yet to understand or get the sweat, passion, humour, balls-to-the-wind slide guitar connection. Carlisle Blues Rock Festival is happy to and a soul-infused voice big enough to fell trees, has embrace a new "BLUES BOOM" and if that gets more won him an ever-growing following of fans and a people involved then the better it will be. horde of female admirers. In the summer of 2011 Cody Dickinson and his North Mississippi All-stars It’s a great time for a blues boom, 2012 looked like partner and brother, Luther, joined Ian for a festival being the year for it to happen. The April 2012 edition performance in Belgium and the result was a powerful of the Classic Rock magazine devoted several pages musical chemistry that led to the The Mississippi to blues referring to it as ‘the new rock revolution'. It Mudbloods would appear that blues is on a roll, the signs are there, the genre most certainly has a new energy but On Sunday, the "Pièce de résistance" of the whole it's not the old purist blues, which has always failed to festival, is the fast ascending Royal Southern attract or inspire the masses, it’s the high-voltage Brotherhood who bring their thrilling new brand of blues that’s giving the rock and blues scene a massive blues-rock and white-hot musicianship from the shot in the arm. Southern States onto the world stage. Added to that, In this time of economic and government turmoil It appears there's a growing dissatisfaction with consumerism and commerciality and that dissatisfaction seems to be pouring into the

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Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad plus RSNO light up Paisley Abbey A highlight of Paisley's recent 'Spree' festival saw Scottish Album of the Year Award nominees Admiral Fallow and the Twilight Sad perform in the stunning setting of Paisley abbey alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The show, part of the ten-day arts festival in the town, was the brainchild of hometown lad and Radio 1 DJ Ally McCrae. With four and five star reviews already peppering the web it was a special show that those that were there those lucky enough to be there will not forget in a hurry, with many commenting they want to see more concerts of a similar formula in the Abbey. The Spree was back after a successful debut in 2012 and this year ran alongside the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language, on its first-ever visit to Paisley. With a packed house waiting patiently, The Twilight Sad took to the stage with an atmospheric darkness and treated the capacity crowd to a full 45 minutes of haunting vocals backed by a much stripped back band and a perfectly fitting orchestral score. The crowd responded with a full two minutes of standing ovation. Front man James Graham said as he left the stage, “It’s been such an experience sharing the stage with so many talented musicians. It was quite a daunting experience and not one I’ve fully taken in. The venue, the orchestra and the crowd were excellent. It’s a show I will definitely look back on with a huge smile on my face.” Admiral Fallow appeared shortly after and wowed the crowd with songs from both their albums; with their flute-and-accordion-backed harmonies mixing beautifully with the strings of the orchestra to create a sonic spectacular. The highlight of the set was an acappella version of Four Bulbs, set against the hushed silence of the Abbey crowd. Admiral Fallow's Louis Abbott said, “Stepping away from the mic was a really terrifying experience. We've played Four Bulbs in a lot of places but it was pretty special to do it in the abbey. I think the highlight for us was hearing songs we've lived with for years be transformed into completely new animals. I watched the Twilight Sad set and thought they were incredible." Ally McCrae added, “What an unbelievable show. I don’t know if I will be able to go to a gig without an orchestra again. I want to thank Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the RSNO for helping make it such a remarkable experience. Having been overawed by Paisley Abbey as a youngster, to come here now and be park of such a special event is unbelievable. It is very exciting to see Paisley having such a buzz around it and hopefully this is just a sign of what is to come!”


Photos: top - The Twilight Sad with the RSNO are dwarfed by the magnificent Paisley Abbey and below Admiral Fallow soak up the abbey's atmosphere.

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events will take place in local hotels, public houses and local central venues. An Comunn Gàidhealach is one of the oldest and The Spree Glasgay! most respected Gaelic Paisley Glasgow organisations. Founded in Oban in October 10-20 October 9 - November 9 1891, it has long been a leading The Spree is back after a successful light in the teaching, learning and Welcome to Glasgay!. The 20th use of the Gaelic language and the debut in Paisley last year…and the anniversary festival runs in Glasgow study and cultivation of Gaelic 2013 version will be bigger and with an exciting line up including better. Taking place over 11 days in literature, history, music and art. work from Jackie Kay, Scottee, Tina October, the festival has been C, Maw Broon, Terry Neason, Stef designed to wrap around the Royal Smith, Martin O'Connor & Donna National Mòd, Scotland’s premier Rutherford. We celebrate our celebration of Gaelic language and Blazin’ in Beauly LEGACY and the particular culture, which is coming to Paisley Beauly contribution made by LGBT artists for the first time. With Mòd fringe October 12-19 past and present. events also taking place in the town at the same time, Paisley will have Blazin’ Fiddles host the 13th Blazin’ a real festival feel, and will be the in Beauly from 12th til 19th October place to be in October.The bulk of 2013. Expect full immersion into the Shetland Accordion The Spree action will take place in music, culture and craic of the the unique setting of a Spiegeltent Highlands of Scotland – things and Fiddle Festival in County Square in the heart of the which Blazin’ Fiddles have been Shetland town, with bigger shows to be held championing throughout their 15 October 10-14 in the stunning 850-year-old Paisley years in the Scottish music scene. A Abbey . unique opportunity to learn from This the 26th festival presents the the band and their special guest best in traditional music from tutors as well as take part in Shetland, Scotland, Ireland and sessions, concerts, masterclasses Scandinavia. The Shetland and ceilidhs whilst establishing new Accordion and Fiddle Club promotes Royal National Mod connections in a stunning part of the best in tradional Shetland Paisley the country. music, holding events throughout October 11-18 the year, as well as the annual Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival The Royal National Mod will take (SAFF) place in Paisley in 2013. The Feis

Biggar Little Festival Biggar October 17-27 A family-friendly festival in the historic market town of Biggar celebrating music, dance, arts and crafts, literature, and drama. Biggar will be filled with an eclectic programme of workshops, exhibitions, children's events, performances, a craft and food fair, and festival clubs. Take your pick from more than 50 events spread across 10 days in October. Many events are free! So start planning your visit to the Biggar Little Festival now!

Oxjam Dundee Dundee October 19 The biggest music event of it's kind in Tayside, with 5 venues hosting live local acts, from indie bands, acoustic artists, DJs, reggae acts and more, this years event will be the largest yet in Dundee's participation in the nationwide Oxjam Music Festival. Venues will be open from 1pm onwards, with an after party late on. All proceeds go to the great charity, Oxfam, which

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The Glenfiddich Fiddling Championship was established in 1989, to encourage, stimulate and sound is driven by the passion to make new music more accessible to perpetuate the art of fiddle playing throughout the country. audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It embraces a network of local organisations to produce a varied programme of events exploring new music. The festival brings together a large range of different genres of music to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and encourage people to discover new sounds and widen their musical horizons.

Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Festival Perthshire October 25 - November 3

Denholm Folk Music Festival Denholm (Scottish Borders) October 31- 3 November Folk fused with rock and country gives the 10th 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. Free sessions all weekend in the Auld Cross Keys, The Fox and Hounds and Denholm Meet. Sessions, licensed bar and meals available all weekend in the Festival Club, Lesser Hall.

This is the 9th year of Perthshire Amber and promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. The venues are as special as ever, ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, Skye Swing Jazz from atmospheric castles to the historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even Festival including an iron age Crannog on Isle of Skye Loch Tay…18 venues in all in 2013! October 31 - 3 November

Glasgow October 31 - November 3 Welcome to the second Sonica, a long weekend of sonic art encompassing music, performance, sound, multimedia and visual art. Sonica is Cryptic’s dedicated festival to world-class sonic arts and music. Sonica adds to Glasgow’s vibrant music scene by 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.

play a lot of soul music in some of the rooms but we also cater for soulful and jackin' house music lovers in the Pressure Point and nu disko, techy vibes and edits in the Blue Room with everything else in between.

Carrying Stream Festival Edinburgh November 6-13 The 12th 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 Kinlochard November 7-8

Now in its sixth year the House Folk Scottish Music Festival brings you Tickets on sale now. Early bird two nights of Scottish music tickets, purchase tickets to performed by top artists in a highly Tramway by Monday 21 October for unusual and intimate venue. The £8 instead of the standard price of concerts take place every year in £12. Special Offers: Buy a ticket for autumn in the village of Kinlochard two shows at Tramway and get a situated in the Heart of the free ticket for the third show. This Trossachs. The concerts offer an offer can only be purchased by expo of bagpipe, accordion, strings, calling the Tramway Box Office on fiddle, vocals and flute music fusing 0845 330 3501. traditional and contemporary Scottish styles that have influenced the music scene around the globe. Each night differs from the other but both include a blend of great music for everyone with a mix of folk and traditional styles!

NOVEMBER Aberfeldy Festival Aberfeldy November 1-3

Aberfeldy Festival is back and this year’s line-up is going to be bigger The festival is always always This autumn sees the Isle of Skye evolving (remember it began as just host its first “Swing Jazz Festival”, a and better than ever! With the latest and greatest contemporary a weekend of concerts!) and this weekend of wonderful music, fun, alternative music, alongside poetry, year organisers have put a lot of nostalgia, glamour and dancing. art, street entrainment and thought into the whole concept of fireworks, it’s certainly going to be 'Amber Discoveries' to complement The Sage Gateshead’s ‘Jambone a great weekend. Those kind folk at their programme of concerts. All Youth Ensemble’ and Corrie Dick DEWAR’S® are sponsoring our the Perthshire Amber team look the winner of Young Scottish Jazz amazing festival again this year, so forward to welcoming you to Musician of The Year will share the there is sure to be some great Perthshire in the autumn. weekend with The Rick Taylor Big whisky too…what more can you ask! Band, The Brian Molley Quartet and The Stu Brown Sextet who will be playing the music of Raymond Scott 40th Glenfiddich Piping the composer of the eye-popping “Looney Toons” music for Tom and Scottish Soulful Championship Jerry, The Simpsons and Ren and Weekender 3 Blair Atholl Stimpey. Dumfries October 26 November 1-3 One of the highlights of the The Glenfiddich Piping weekend is a 1940s Big Band Night SSW3 - the third Scottish Soulful Championship was established in on Saturday 2nd November some of Weekender and biggest event so 1974 to inspire and stimulate the the finest musicians in Scotland are far! The last two year's events were world's finest individual pipers, and coming together to perform the massive successes and were hailed to seek the best overall exponents music of Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, as "the friendliest weekender ever" of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the Count Basie and all the greats. You by all of the patrons that attended great music) and ceol beag (the can dance the night away or sit and little music). Blair castle provides a listen with the 16 piece Rick Taylor this incredible 3 day and 3 night event set in an incredible venue. spectacular backdrop for this Big-Band, featuring The Bevvy Don't be misled by the name The thrilling musical event. Sisters, who bring to life the iconic Scottish Soulful Weekender, yes we

Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival Carlisle November 8-10 The highly acclaimed Carlisle Blues Festival celebrated five incredibly exciting and successful years with a weekend event in November 2011 which many regarded as the best UK blues festival of the year. 2012 even surpassed that cementing the event as one of the top three of its kind in the country. The key to the success of the Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival has always been the consistent strength of the line up and its refusal to be restricted within a genre. It doesn’t guarantee to please all of the people all of the time but it does promise to please the vast majority of the audience for the most part of the time. Whatever happens the Carlisle festival in 2013 promises another feast of the very best in real live music. Would you want to miss out?


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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: Kinross-shire Music Festival Kinross-shire November 14-17+22-24 Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation (KLEO) is delighted to announce that Ricky Ross will perform at the Kinross-shire Music Festival which will take place over two weekends (14-17 Nov and 2224 Nov) in Kinross and Milnathort. Other performances will range from Rock, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Classical and includes an under-18 “Kinrossshire’s Got Talent Competition” for Children in Need. Ticket information and sale will be through our website and TicketWeb.

Strathspèy Away 2013 Kingussie November 15-17

The Piano 2013

Stirlings Hogmanay

Glasgow November 16 - December 1

Stirling Castle December 31

Celebrating St Andrews Day in St Andrews is like celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Dublin! Join the town in celebrating Scotland’s Ultimately, the piano, like every patron saint. Spend the day visiting instrument is merely a tool, a top tourist attractions including St means to an end. But no other Andrews Cathedral where it is said a instrument can compare with the relic of St Andrew is buried and piano for the power it gives the then spend the night enjoying the individual player to create a whole many-voiced world of colours, lines, festivities. Join the pipe band led torchlight procession through the arguments, textures – and town culminating in the largest emotions. Few other instruments outdoor Ceilidh in the world! Savour have proven themselves as the atmosphere of the weekend multifaceted and versatile as this astounding creation of wood, metal, with a variety of fringe events and performances including the St wire, felt and lacquer. That is why Andrews Food & Drink Festival. in November, we celebrate The Piano.

Fiddle 2013 Edinburgh November 22-24

The Scots Fiddle Festival seeks to sustain and promote Scottish fiddle Building on Dannsa's legacy, Strathspe Away will now be lead by tradition and idioms, by providing a platform for performance, a committee of enthusiastic education, and participation. A supporters of the event. Dannsa is happy to announce the return of the weekend of concerts, recitals, very successful weekend festival of workshops, talks and exhibitions is traditional dance but this time with held on an annual basis highlighting regional Scottish fiddle styles and an international twist. On 15-17th intercultural connections. November 2013 Kingussie will be bouncing once again with dance workshops, showcases and live music from across the land.

St Andrews Festival St Andrews November 30


Stirling's Hogmanay Concert on Stirling Castle's Esplanade, it's the big outdoor concert with headline 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 in October priced at £25 but 500 Early Birds on sale 17 September at £12.50


Edinburgh's Hogmanay Celtic Connections Edinburgh December 31

Glasgow January 16 - February 2

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.

Celtic Connections 2014 comprises a wealth of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events and late night sessions taking place over 18 days across various venues in Glasgow. Celtic Connections 2014 will also use the brand new SSE Hydro, Scotland’s biggest ever music venue. Tickets are on sale now.

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