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MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards announces 2020 winners

2020 saw the annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards broadcast on BBC ALBA on Saturday 12th December at 9pm in a special programme named Na Trads 2020. The usually live annual event was this year broadcast in a vibrant programme put together and aired exclusively on BBC ALBA. Hosted by Alistair Heather and Mary … Continued


Bird On A Wire – Free Online Songwriting Workshops with Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier

Songwriting virtuosos Boo Hewerdine and Findlay Napier have announced the launch of ‘Bird on a Wire’ masterclasses that will take place in 2021 and will be free to attend to a limited number of artists. This series of new songwriting workshops is available to musicians who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications … Continued


Blas Festival goes online for 11 days of Gaelic music and culture

(Photo above – Ingrid Henderson & Iain MacFarlane) Highland festival launches impressive online programme of Gaelic song and music Gaelic music will still be celebrated throughout the Highlands and Islands this November as the Blas Festival will go ahead online, with an impressive line-up of some of Scotland’s best loved traditional musicians and singers. The … Continued



Public Voting opens this Monday 2nd November for nominees in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Na Trads 2020 will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. VOTE HERE (Voting closes Sunday 15th November at midnight) Murdo … Continued


Blas Festival to celebrate Scotland’s coasts and waters

(Photo above – Mike Vass) Brand new music and song will showcase Highland talent This year’s Blas Festival, which will take place online for the first time, will celebrate Scotland’s musical talent with a host of new song and music commissions – demonstrating the wealth of composers and musicians across the country, whilst showcasing people, … Continued


Finalists of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021 Announced

Congratulations to the finalists of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021. After a splendid semi-finalists concert held at BBC Scotland in Glasgow the 6 musicians above won through to the finals. All 12 musicians in the semi-finals played brilliantly and the judges had a very difficult time choosing the final 6. We are … Continued


SISF Art Challenge: Waterlines

Love drawing? Join the first SISF online art challenge and engage with the festival community in new ways, with the chance to win a book of Scottish folktales! Everyone is encouraged to join the fun. All levels are welcome, and our challenge is open to all art illustration styles and techniques. How to get on … Continued


40th anniversary of Island Gaelic music organisation celebrated online

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Fèis Bharraigh, a Scottish Gaelic language organisation promoting literature, music, drama and culture on the islands of Barra and Vatersay.  The Fèis (Gaelic for festival) was held online in July but its success and 40-year legacy was celebrated online at Fèisean nan Gàidheal Annual Conference at the weekend. … Continued


Announced: Semi-finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021

(Photo above: Ali Levack – winner 2020) The semi-finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021 have been announced. Congratulations to them all. The young musicians hail from all over Scotland and showcase the amazing amount of talent living in Scotland today. The finalists are: – Bradley Parker, 23, County Down (Bagpipes) … Continued

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