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

Fake Major are one of the goNORTH acts at Loopallu this weekend : see page 15 : photo by Euan Robertson

INSIDE: Treacherous Orchestra : Haddowfest : Glasgow Americana : The Spree : Music At The Heid : Beethoven Festival : Loopallu ..... plus our music festival listings - 2013 festivals are not over!

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Treacherous Orchestra play Radio 2 'Festival in a Day' in Hyde Park Watch the Treacherous Orchestra's live set in Hyde Park : The Treacherous Orchestra is a collection of some of Scotland’s best musicians, from the North to the South, East to the West they came, converging in the musical melting-pot of Glasgow, trading ideas over beers and playing music with ferocity, verve and passion. Combining pipes, drums, woodwind and strings they create incredible soundscapes. After forming at Celtic Connections in 2009, they released their debut album Origins last year and now after a rousing performance at this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards, they brought their unique take on folk to their inaugural Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park set giving them exposure to a whole new range of potential fans.

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HADDOWFEST: Edinburgh's multi-venue festival returns Edinburgh : 11-12 October : Get your Haddowfest tickets @

Edinburgh’s biggest multivenue music festival Haddowfest is back for its fourth year but this time it’s not just on the traditional Sunday as it's now a two day festival taking place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October. Haddowfest 2013 will see The Rifles and The Holy Ghosts as the main acts on the Friday night and Dry the River and We Were Promised Jetpacks as headline acts for the extended Saturday all dayer, with the usual Haddowfest mix of the wellknown and the more up and coming Scottish artists. With much, much more to be confirmed over the next few weeks keep checking their website for the latest additions - at the moment the line-up stands as:

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Friday 11 October (at Picture House, Maggie’s Chamber, Sneaky Pete’s, Cabaret Voltaire, Whistlebinkies) Starts 6:30 pm (curfew 11pm) - £17. Age restriction : 14+: The Rifles, The Holy Ghosts, The Nature Boys, Hagana, Death Ape Disco, The Rahs, Penny Black, Six Stories High

Saturday 12 October (at Picture House, Liquid Room, Maggie’s Chamber, Sneaky Pete’s, Cabaret Voltaire, Whistlebinkies) Starts 1 pm - £17. Age restriction : 14+: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dry the River, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward, Fisher, Hector Bizerk, Brown Bear & The Bandits, OK Social Club, Arches, The Birthday Suit, Young Kato, The Merrylees, The10:04’s, Jon-Paul Palombo, The Litigators, Blindfolds, The Phantoms, Darc, Steve Heron, Casual Sex, Echo Arcadia, The Last Battle, Misty Miller, Donnie Willow , Sunset Abbey, Jack Rowberry

The Rifles

Haddowfest's Hamish Jolly said: "We're really looking forward to this one, we have even more young Scottish up and comers this year and we're thrilled to have Dry the River, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Holy Ghosts and The Rifles and all the others joining us for the two days. After the success of Haddow On The Fringe, I'm hoping we can make this the biggest and best Haddowfest yet!”

Dry The River

What do the bands think of Haddowfest? The Rifles: "Everytime we play Scotland the crowd are always 100% behind us, singing every word and enjoying themselves, so we always look forward to coming back." The Holy Ghosts: “We like rock n roll and we like you” Dry the River: “Pumped to get back to Edinburgh for Haddowfest ! The city has always treated us so well. We opened for Plan B at the Picturehouse way back in the very early days of Dry the River and have toured all over the country as far as Ullapool, Stornoway, and Aviemore. Pete actually lived in Scotland for 3 years so it's exciting to be back in the capital to headline!” We Were Promised Jetpacks: “We were really happy to be asked to play Haddowfest again and really enjoy playing at the Liquid Room having grown up going to loads of gigs there. This will be our last show in Edinburgh for a while as we will be concentrating on writing and recording our third album. Hope to see you there!”


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Top Acts Head For Seventh Glasgow Americana Festival Glasgow : 2-6 October :

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The seventh Glasgow Americana Festival, an established favourite on the Scottish live music scene, runs this year from 2-6 October. And it will include a special tribute show on the final night to Gram Parsons, the Grievous Angel, who died 40 years ago this year. Headline acts include – Israel Nash Gripka, Slaid Cleaves and Laura Cantrell – will be featuring songs from their new albums, all being released in the run-up to the Festival. Baptist minister’s son, Israel Nash Gripka, whose music represents all that’s good about Americana, returns for the third time to Glasgow for the opening show at the 02 ABC2 on October 2. The highly-rated, Austin-based Slaid Cleaves is appearing the following night, October 3, at the CCA for his first headline show in Glasgow for eight years, and promises to be a hot ticket. Nashville-born but based in New York City, Laura Cantrell is also making a welcome return to the city. Her new album “No Way There From Here” – her first album of original material in eight years – features eleven new original songs. Laura will play St Andrews in the Square on Friday, October 4. On Saturday, October 5, there is a double-header with a matinee show at the CCA with Hazy Recollections. In session will be My Darling Clementine, featuring Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish; Anna Coogan; Dean Owens; Jenn Butterworth and Laura Beth Salter plusFindlay Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers playing a selection of covers from the songbook of George Jones, who died earlier this year. In the evening at the CCA will be awardwinning Canadian acoustic folk/pop/ roots duo, Madison Violet. The last time Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac appeared in the city was during Celtic Connections 2011. And Madison Violet are among many lined up for The Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons’ 40th Anniversary Celebration night at Cottiers on Sunday, October 6, which will feature songs, some of which have been covered by the biggest names in country music. Love and Money’s James Grant, Roddy Hart, Ben Glover, The Parsonage Choir, My Darling Clementine and The City Sinners are among those performing.

Festival director, Kevin Morris said: “We have a fantastic line up and I think it’s great these top names in their musical field are determined to be part of the Festival. “Ticket sales are going very well so, clearly, the Festival is giving fans of Americanaflavoured music what they want to hear.” ADVERTISE IN OUR 3 WEEKLY DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

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Paisley prepares for their second Spree Paisley : 10-20 October : Get your Spree tickets @

The Spree Festival is returning to Paisley after a successful debut in 2012. The Spree will see 10 days of music, comedy and literary events and a full children’s programme take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square, and Paisley Abbey, which celebrates its 850th anniversary this year. Headline Spree acts include Edwyn Collins, Capercaille, Donnie Munro, Rachel Sermanni and a unique collaboration between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the RSNO. Top comics Craig Hill and Fred McAulay will provide the laughs. Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan, said: “I’m excited to see such a diverse line-up of events in the town throughout The Spree and also the Mòd. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the town this October and know they will find plenty to see and do while they are here.”

Rachel Sermanni : photo by Debbie Park

Plus Paisley welcomes the Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail Meanwhile running in tandem with The Spree is The Royal National Mòd and the Mòd Fringe running from 11-19 October which is set to attract thousands of participants and visitors. Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, while Mòd Phàislig (Paisley's Mòd) has announced a diverse line-up of fringe events to coincide with and support the main event. The main Mòd competitions will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall and venues across the town, while the series of fringe events include a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, cèilidh dances and a fiddlers’ rally featuring some of the best artists in the Gaelic scene, full details can be found at There will also be a two-day children’s Mòd fringe, with a vibrant mix of arts, crafts and games delivered in partnership with Gaelic community group organisers, Sradagan, and featuring a special appearance from BBC Alba’s Dè a’ Nis. The week will end with a highlight performance from legendary Scottish group, the Vatersay Boys. They will play a headline show in the Lagoon Leisure Centre with support from local boys CherryGrove. Vatersay Boy, Donnie MacNeil said: “We are delighted to be playing the final night of Mòd Phàislig. There's going to be a rammy in Paisley...a Vatersay Boys rammy. Paisley is in for a night to remember!” Ealasaid MacDonald, Convener of Mòd Phàislig said: “The Vatersay Boys having a big cèilidh in Paisley is a great finale to our fringe programme. We are putting on something for everyone, with a great kids fringe to a lively night time programme. Gaelic is coming to Paisley and is going to give Paisley the opportunity to show itself off in style. We hope everyone comes out to enjoy a flavour of Gaelic culture and Paisley hospitality.” ADVERTISE IN OUR 3 WEEKLY DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS

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'Music in the Heid' Pathhead : 28-29 September : Buy your tickets @

Music fans are invited to the Midlothian village of Pathhead to enjoy the Pathhead Music Collective’s first ever community festival MUSIC IN THE HEID. The festival; a mix of concerts, sessions, a family ceilidh and have a go workshops has been organised by the Pathhead Music Collective (PMC) as part of Midlothian's MIDFEST in collaboration with community groups and with funding from Creative Scotland’s 'Creative Place Awards'. Pathhead is only 11 miles south of Edinburgh on the A68 and is perfect for a trip out of town.

of instruments from the penny whistle to the Brazilian samba drums. Pathhead’s own street band KaBoodle will lead an open air parade to get everyone in the festival spirit.

The Bevvy Sisters, fresh and feisty from a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe feature in a Saturday night concert – ticket price includes a stovies supper. Sunday’s Jazz Brunch at The Stair Arms Hotel sees some of Scotland’s top jazz musicians including Sophie Bancroft, Tom Lyne and Amy Geddes, PMC member and fiddle player is proud to present a guest pianist Paul Harrison ease festival goers into a relaxed Sunday packed programme; “We have 11 events over 2 days, most are free for programme which includes a jam session in The Foresters pub. For those under 5s and we have done our best to keep costs and therefore ticket in need of some fresh air a guided walk will take in some beautiful prices down in order to make the programme accessible to all”. Midlothian scenery and reveal secrets of this historical mining village. The Festival Finale Concert is a unique opportunity to hear PMC members Festival goers will have the opportunity to see professional musicians perform an all acoustic set. perform in a variety of village venues and to have a go at playing a range Sophie Bancroft, PMC member and a professional jazz musician said: “We know Pathhead has a thriving creative scene and is a vibrant place to live, work and play music; now its time for Pathhead to mark its place on the festival map. We are so grateful to all our community partners, Creative Scotland and Midlothian Council for making Music In The Heid' a reality.” The Pathhead Music Collective are Creative Place Award Winners 2013. The awards supported by Creative Scotland were established to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contribute to the rich cultural life of a community, as well as its social and economic well-being. The Collective are a voluntary organisation created to celebrate talent, to collaborate creatively as artists and contribute musically to the village of Pathhead. The 15 members include Martin Green, Tom Bancroft and Karine Polwart. Full festival listings and tickets are available at or alternatively buy your ticket and a delicious hot roll (MNS editor's note - and superb pies!) direct from Wahlberg’s Bakers, Main Street, Pathhead. For details on Midfest go to

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Glasgow's celebration of Beethoven festival Glasgow : 27-29 September :

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Glasgow Music is delighted to announce the launch of a new three year series of weekendlong mini-festivals by the new Artists in Residence, the Elias String Quartet and pianist Llyr Williams.

Each September from now until 2015, they will perform two complete cycles of Beethoven’s string quartets and piano sonatas in conjunction with a series of talks, workshops and encounter sessions get to the heart of Beethoven’s masterpieces. The festival runs from Friday 27 September to Sunday 29 September and will be the first time the Elias String Quartet and Llyr Williams have performed together. No strangers to Glasgow, these outstanding performers will take audiences on a profound musical journey from Beethoven’s earliest to his latest works. Covering three decades, the programmes opens with Beethoven turning 30 and ends with one of the very greatest Late Quartets, dating from 1825.

Key Festival Highlights include: The Tempest and the Harp – music from the 1800’s when Beethoven was in his 30’s in Vienna. Waldstein and Rasumovsky – here Beethoven challenges everything that meant ‘music’ in his own time. John Deathridge is one of the world’s leading Beethoven experts and opens this first Beethoven festival with an insight and overview of the works we will hear. Guided walk with a historian exploring parts of Glasgow that date to Beethoven’s time.

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Reef and Kassidy added To Loopallu Ullapool : 20-21 September :

Check for remaining Loopallu tickets @ Loopallu is delighted to announce REEF as the latest addition to the 2013 Loopallu Festival. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year Reef have had three top ten albums, including 1997's 'Glow' which stormed the UK charts, hitting the number one spot. With a string of hit singles including, 'Come Back Brighter', 'Consideration', 'Yer Old' and the one and only 'Place Your Hands', frontman Gary Stringer who had one of the most distinct voices of the nineties and the band are guaranteed to provide one of the biggest singalongs Loopallu has seen. REEF join KASSIDY who have confirmed they will play the Friday night and recently announced Saturday night headliner and guitar virtuoso NEWTON FAULKNER, Friday night Headliners THE ENEMY, eighties 2-Tone legends THE BEAT, fast rising London based band THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT,folk star and former IDLEWILD frontman RODDY WOOMBLE, RODDY HART & THE LONESOME FIRE appear in support of their debut self titled album, alt.folk-rock band THE MOULETTES, actor turned singer songwriter LAURENCE FOX (star of ITV's Lewis), firm festival favourites Kassidy THE VATERSAY BOYS and the set to be festival favourites of the future, retro 60s act THE NEW PICADILLYS, buzz electronic act PRIDES, and finally 2 of Glasgow's finest emerging acts BLOOD RELATIVES and FAKE fine food and drink from around the Highlands as well as the famous MAJOR. warm Ullapool welcome.

Loopallu Fringe events: The Arch Inn: Thursday - Elephant Sessions ; Friday - The New Picadillys : Saturday - Rhythmnreel : Sunday - Loopallu Wrap Party with John the DJ The Argyll Hotel: Friday - Hunter & The Bear : Saturday - Martin Stephenson The Seaforth: Friday - Ally Macrae DJ : Saturday - Ally Macrae DJ Caley Bar: Friday - Ladarna : Saturday - The Rogues The Ceilidh Place: Friday - Cuddly Shark : Saturday - Moulettes Ferry Boat Inn: Friday - Samuel Taylor : Saturday - Cuddly Shark The Frigate: Friday - Elephant Sessions : Saturday - Hunter & The Bear

Camping tickets for Loopallu have now sold out and a very limited number of general admission tickets remain. Tickets, available in person from Northwest Outdoors (Ullapool), Ironworks (Inverness) or online at

goNORTH @ Loopallu The three goNORTH acts selected by Loopallu to appear at this year’s festival are, Prides, Blood Relatives and Fake Major "We are delighted to be closing this year's goNORTH Festival Tour at Loopallu and continuing our long-standing relationship with the event", said goNORTH Director Amanda Millen. Loopallu consistently delivers an exciting and diverse line up of emerging and established acts, and is a fantastic platform for our artists to develop their audience". Loopallu takes place in the west coast village of Ullapool and doubles the population of the village for the weekend. As well as the usual eclectic line up of acts appearing at the festival big top and the fringe events after hours in the village’s pubs, the festival will again provide a selection of


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SEPTEMBER Tarbert Music Festival Tarbert September 20-22 Annual free music festival in the beautiful fishing village of Tarbert Loch Fyne, Argyll. Every kind of music from Rock to Pipe Bands, Reggae to Jazz to Folk. Thanks to very generous sponsors, Tarbert music festival is mainly a free festival. However, there is a small admission fee but only for the main event on Saturday Night. No tickets are needed, just show up and pay at the door. There is a collection to cover costs, please give generously!

The Lammermuir Festival East Lothian September 20-23 If you love music, and exploring new places, then the Lammermuir Festival is perfect for you. Wonderful musicians perform great music in striking and sometimes unexpected locations across the beautiful Scottish county of East Lothian.

Orkney Blues Weekend Orkney September 20-22 Another spectacular weekend of blues awaits us in late summer. A medley of solo artists, bands and jams hosted by the port town of Stromness spread across several local venues.

Loopallu Ullapool September 20-21 On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but Loopallu seven years later has had the likes of Paolo Nutini, Mumford & Sons and Franz Ferdinand grace their little stage. This is a small intimate festival with a line-up of well known festival favourites and Scottish acts.

Stockbridge Festival Edinburgh September 21-28 Stockfest, is a weeklong festival celebrating Stockbridge, Edinburgh and the surrounding community, returns in 2013 for its 2nd festival. Following the success of previous

one day festivals in the area it was decided to spread events over a week and further involve local traders, community groups, schools and residents. Most of the events have again come from within the local community and the 2013 programme will not disappoint. Highlights include the Masai Warriors performing in a local venue and live music including an Opening Party Community Ceilidh and a Closing Party. The Ringos will be headlining at "Take it to the Bridge" at The Antiquary, St Stephen Street, Stockbridge on Friday 27th from 8pm, free entry.

will headline this years Lockerbie Jazz Festival.

Music In The Heid Pathhead (Midlothian) September 28-29

Music fans from Midlothian and beyond are invited to the village of Pathhead from to enjoy their first ever community festival; MUSIC IN Dunbar THE HEID. The festival; a mix of September 27-29 concerts, sessions, a family ceilidh and have a go workshops has been The Dunbar Traditional Music Festival continues to flourish since it organised by the Pathhead Music Collective (PMC), they 11 events began in 1988. Set in the historic seaside town of Dunbar, the Festival over 2 days. Festival goers will have the opportunity to see professional is committed to showcasing local musicians perform in a variety of and young talent alongside well village venues and to have a go at established and internationally known artists. Song, music, pipes & playing a range of instruments from the penny whistle to the Brazilian drums, children's workshop, samba drums. Pathhead’s own informal tunes and sessions, Midfest street band KaBoodle will lead an concerts, ceilidhs and open air Midlothian open air parade to get everyone in performances are the traditional September 21-29 hallmarks of the annual September the festival spirit. event. The Festival caters for a wide Midfest is Midlothian's newest range of musical tastes. Initially festival celebrating our rich culture the focus was on traditional Scottish here, we're kicking off with a special and Irish music but in recent years launch event on Saturday 21 this has broadened to include jazz, September - a day of arts, crafts, blues, Appalachian, country, music and performance in the bluegrass and skiffle. Glasgow Americana beautiful surroundings of Dalkeith Country Estate. There are over 100 Festival Glasgow events and exhibitions crammed October 3-6 into this festival so there's bound to The Doric Festival be something for everyone. Aberdeenshire Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as September 27 - October 13 far afield as Texas and Canada to A twa wikk lang splore o the tung, perform roots music from blues to Isle of Jura sangs, music and traditions o oor rockabilly. Music Festival byous Doric culture Jura Now in its twentythth year, The September 27-29 Doric Festival is unique in its involvement of local communities St Andrew’s Voices Now in its 20th year, The Isle of across the North-east in celebrating Jura Musical Festival is a wellour language, music and traditions. St Andrews established favourite for lovers of The Festival provides an opportunity October 3-6 the traditional music scene. To for all, especially our youngsters, to celebrate this 20th landmark, the witness the vibrancy of the tongue, Set in the beautiful historic town of weekend is going to be even bigger music andstories of this North- east St Andrews and drawing together the very best musicians from the and better than ever. From the neuk, and for performers to UK and beyond, St Andrews Voices locals Friday night ceilidh right participate in the preservation of presents inspirational concerts through to a brand new Sunday this heritage. celebrating the voice in all its many night concert in the distillery coguises: opera, folk, lieder, jazz, operage, headlined by Wolfstone, early music, musical theatre and enjoy a weekend packed with much more… fantastic performances, stimulating Deeside Harvest workshops, spontaneous sessions Folk Festival and great craic. To guarantee you Deeside don’t miss out, you can preSeptember 28 Carluke Jam Festival purchase your tickets online now. Carluke This festival has developed a October 4-5 reputation for bringing new and sounds to Deeside, and The first of an annual event, Lockerbie Jazz Festival exciting once again the team has come up Carluke Jam Festival is a celebration Lockerbie with something really special. A of Carluke's Jam making heritage September 27-29 strong and colourful thread of song, and music through an exciting array from old ballad to original songof family friendly events. Ran by Lockerbie’s Jazz Festival is a writing, weaves its way through the Carluke Development Trust the wonderful mix of musicians: great festival. And this is hardly Friday evening sees lots of local Scots, exceptional Europeans and surprising, when at its heart is host bands and musicians in various legendary jazz stars. There is Frieda Morrison, herself a traditional jazz, swing, modern jazz, passionate exponent of the songs of Carluke pubs and then on Saturday evening there's a grand finale with salsa, blues and jump-jive, from the North East of Scotland and a concert in Carluke Lifestyles amateur musicians to globe-trotting currently Artist In Residence at Centre hosted by Jim Gellatly and professionals and from young Edinburgh University’s School of featuring music from Roddy players to seasoned performers. Celtic and Scottish Studies. Woomble (Idlewild), TeenCanteen, Blues and soul singer Ruby Turner Carbon Copy and more. and Kyle Eastwood, son of Hollywood legend, Clint Eastwood,

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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool October 4-6 Come and Join us for the 14th Ullapool Guitar Festival this October 2013. Amazing musicians in concert and held held in stunning surroundings. Enjoy workshops, 5 concerts, the guitar exhibition/trade show and the best kept secret in Ullapool - three nights of "The Late Club" - starting at midnight and runs till 03.00 am (and sometimes longer!). If you love guitar music in all its forms then this Festival is not to be missed. Only £130 for a full weekend ticket!

C, Maw Broon, Terry Neason, Stef Smith, Martin O'Connor & Donna Rutherford. We celebrate our LEGACY and the particular contribution made by LGBT artists past and present.

Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival Shetland October 10-14

This the 26th festival presents the best in traditional music from Shetland, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia. The Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club promotes the best in tradional Shetland music, holding events throughout the year, as well as the annual Selkirk Sessions Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival Selkirk (SAFF) October 4-6

2013 is the eighth 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.

The Spree Paisley October 10-20

The Spree is back after a successful debut in Paisley last year…and the 2013 version will be bigger and better. Taking place over 11 days in October, the festival has been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture, which is coming to Paisley for the first time. With Mòd fringe Callander Jazz events also taking place in the town and Blues Festival at the same time, Paisley will have Callander a real festival feel, and will be the October 4-6 place to be in October.The bulk of The Spree action will take place in The Callander Jazz and Blues the unique setting of a Spiegeltent Festival is now firmly established on in County Square in the heart of the the UK Festival map and is one of town, with bigger shows to be held the largest rural music festival in the stunning 850-year-old Paisley events in Scotland. Visit the Heart Abbey . of Scotland and experience a weekend of first class entertainment amongst the early autumn splendour of the Trossachs.


Cupar Arts Festival Cupar October 5-17

Edinburgh October 11-12 Edinburgh's' newest two day music festival is returning in October! This biannual festival programes the very best in contemporary visual art Royal National Mod and is a feast of installation, Paisley interventions, exhibitions and October 11-18 performance. The festival won't take place again until 2015, so don't The Royal National Mod will take miss out! place in Paisley in 2013. The Feis events will take place in local hotels, public houses and local central venues. An Comunn Glasgay! Gàidhealach is one of the oldest and Glasgow most respected Gaelic October 9 - November 9 organisations. Founded in Oban in 1891, it has long been a leading Welcome to Glasgay!. The 20th light in the teaching, learning and anniversary festival runs in Glasgow use of the Gaelic language and the with an exciting line up including study and cultivation of Gaelic work from Jackie Kay, Scottee, Tina literature, history, music and art.

network of local organisations to produce a varied programme of events exploring new music. The festival brings together a large Blazin’ in Beauly range of different genres of music Beauly to appeal to a wide variety of tastes October 12-19 and encourage people to discover Blazin’ Fiddles host the 13th Blazin’ new sounds and widen their musical in Beauly from 12th til 19th October horizons. 2013. Expect full immersion into the music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland – things Perthshire Amber which Blazin’ Fiddles have been championing throughout their 15 - The Dougie MacLean years in the Scottish music scene. A Festival unique opportunity to learn from Perthshire the band and their special guest October 25 - November 3 tutors as well as take part in sessions, concerts, masterclasses and ceilidhs whilst establishing new This is the 9th year of Perthshire Amber and promises once again to connections in a stunning part of be full of wonderful concerts the country. featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. The venues are as special as ever, ranging from Biggar Little Festival the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to Biggar town halls and tiny village halls, October 17-27 from atmospheric castles to the historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even A family-friendly festival in the including an iron age Crannog on historic market town of Biggar Loch Tay…18 venues in all in 2013! celebrating music, dance, arts and crafts, literature, and drama. Biggar The festival is always always will be filled with an eclectic evolving (remember it began as just programme of workshops, a weekend of concerts!) and this exhibitions, children's events, year organisers have put a lot of performances, a craft and food fair, thought into the whole concept of and festival clubs. Take your pick 'Amber Discoveries' to complement from more than 50 events spread their programme of concerts. All across 10 days in October. Many the Perthshire Amber team look events are free! So start planning forward to welcoming you to your visit to the Biggar Little Perthshire in the autumn. 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 is helping to eradicate poverty across the globe. With the help of this festival, money can be raised to help families all over the world. So whilst you have a great day listening to the best local talent around, you'll be helping out a great cause.

Sound North East Scotland October 23 - November 21 sound is driven by the passion to make new music more accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It embraces a

40th Glenfiddich Piping Championship Blair Atholl October 26 The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire and stimulate the world's finest individual pipers, and to seek the best overall exponents of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag (the little music). Blair castle provides a spectacular backdrop for this thrilling musical event.

24th Glenfiddich Fiddling Championship Blair Atholl October 27 The Glenfiddich Fiddling Championship was established in 1989, to encourage, stimulate and perpetuate the art of fiddle playing throughout the country.

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our festivals lisitings - to be included email details to: 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.

Skye Swing Jazz Festival

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Strathspèy Away 2013

Kinlochard November 7-8

Kingussie November 15-17

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

Building on Dannsa's legacy, Strathspe Away will now be lead by a committee of enthusiastic supporters of the event. Dannsa is happy to announce the return of the very successful weekend festival of traditional dance but this time with an international twist. On 15-17th November 2013 Kingussie will be bouncing once again with dance workshops, showcases and live music from across the land.

The Piano 2013 Glasgow November 16 - December 1

Ultimately, the piano, like every instrument is merely a tool, a means to an end. But no other Carlisle Blues & Rock Isle of Skye instrument can compare with the October 31 - 3 November Aberfeldy Festival is back and this Festival piano for the power it gives the year’s line-up is going to be bigger Carlisle individual player to create a whole This autumn sees the Isle of Skye and better than ever! With the November 8-10 many-voiced world of colours, lines, host its first “Swing Jazz Festival”, a latest and greatest contemporary weekend of wonderful music, fun, alternative music, alongside poetry, The highly acclaimed Carlisle Blues arguments, textures – and emotions. Few other instruments nostalgia, glamour and dancing. art, street entrainment and Festival celebrated five incredibly fireworks, it’s certainly going to be exciting and successful years with a have proven themselves as multifaceted and versatile as this The Sage Gateshead’s ‘Jambone a great weekend. Those kind folk at weekend event in November 2011 astounding creation of wood, metal, Youth Ensemble’ and Corrie Dick DEWAR’S® are sponsoring our which many regarded as the best the winner of Young Scottish Jazz amazing festival again this year, so UK blues festival of the year. 2012 wire, felt and lacquer. That is why in November, we celebrate The Musician of The Year will share the there is sure to be some great even surpassed that cementing the Piano. weekend with The Rick Taylor Big whisky too…what more can you ask! event as one of the top three of its Band, The Brian Molley Quartet and kind in the country. The Stu Brown Sextet who will be playing the music of Raymond Scott The key to the success of the the composer of the eye-popping Fiddle 2013 Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival has Scottish Soulful “Looney Toons” music for Tom and always been the consistent strength Edinburgh Weekender 3 Jerry, The Simpsons and Ren and November 22-24 of the line up and its refusal to be Dumfries Stimpey. restricted within a genre. It doesn’t November 1-3 The Scots Fiddle Festival seeks to guarantee to please all of the One of the highlights of the sustain and promote Scottish fiddle people all of the time but it does weekend is a 1940s Big Band Night SSW3 - the third Scottish Soulful promise to please the vast majority tradition and idioms, by providing a on Saturday 2nd November some of Weekender and biggest event so of the audience for the most part of platform for performance, the finest musicians in Scotland are far! The last two year's events were the time. education, and participation. A massive successes and were hailed coming together to perform the weekend of concerts, recitals, as "the friendliest weekender ever" music of Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, workshops, talks and exhibitions is Whatever happens the Carlisle Count Basie and all the greats. You by all of the patrons that attended held on an annual basis highlighting festival in 2013 promises another can dance the night away or sit and this incredible 3 day and 3 night regional Scottish fiddle styles and feast of the very best in real live listen with the 16 piece Rick Taylor event set in an incredible venue. music. Would you want to miss out? intercultural connections. Don't be misled by the name The Big-Band, featuring The Bevvy Sisters, who bring to life the iconic Scottish Soulful Weekender, yes we play a lot of soul music in some of Andrews Sisters. We are holding the rooms but we also cater for weekly dancing classes led by St Andrews Festival Kinross-shire Lorayne McLucas of SKYEDANCE to soulful and jackin' house music St Andrews lovers in the Pressure Point and nu Music Festival get us in the mood starting November 30 disko, techy vibes and edits in the Kinross-shire Wednesday 25th September. Blue Room with everything else in November 14-17+22-24 Celebrating St Andrews Day in St between. For tickets and info see Andrews is like celebrating St Kinross-shire Local Events Patrick’s Day in Dublin! Join the Organisation (KLEO) is delighted to town in celebrating Scotland’s announce that Ricky Ross will patron saint. Spend the day visiting Carrying Stream perform at the Kinross-shire Music top tourist attractions including St Festival which will take place over Sonica Festival Andrews Cathedral where it is said a two weekends (14-17 Nov and 22Glasgow Edinburgh relic of St Andrew is buried and 24 Nov) in Kinross and Milnathort. October 31 - November 3 November 6-13 then spend the night enjoying the Other performances will range from festivities. Join the pipe band led Rock, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Classical Welcome to the second Sonica, a The 12th annual autumn music torchlight procession through the long weekend of sonic art festival by The Edinburgh Folk Club and includes an under-18 “Kinross- town culminating in the largest encompassing music, performance, who meet every Wednesday at 8pm shire’s Got Talent Competition” for outdoor Ceilidh in the world! Savour Children in Need. Ticket information sound, multimedia and visual art. in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar the atmosphere of the weekend and sale will be through our website Sonica is Cryptic’s dedicated festival with a variety of fringe events and and TicketWeb. to world-class sonic arts and music. performances including the St Sonica adds to Glasgow’s vibrant Andrews Food & Drink Festival. music scene by presenting work by House Folk Scottish established international artists, Aberfeldy November 1-2


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