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NEW GAELIC MUSIC ONLINE LESSONS TO BE OFFERED FREE DURING LOCKDOWN

ARTS ORGANISATION OFFERS NEW SERVICE TO SUPPORT MUSIC LEARNING FROM HOME In a bid to support people, of all ages, with their learning and practicing of traditional music and Gaelic skills at home during lockdown, leading arts organisation, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, has launched a new online music tuition service, which will be free of charge … Continued

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Scottish Heroes: Tales of Bravery to Inspire

During these trying times, we’ve found stories and fiction to be more important than ever in their power to transport us to other worlds. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite courageous Scots because we believe in listening and reading stories that move and inspire us right now. From the ever-popular Minerva McGonagall from … Continued

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SCOTLAND ONLINE – NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

https://scotlandonline.org The Traditional Music Forum are pleased to launch a new website with listings of livestream events featuring Scotland’s thriving traditional arts. Find out when and where the livestream Scottish traditional arts events are happening. If you’re an artist you can use the online form to submit your livestream event now.

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We Are Creating Lockdown Lore

It’s been hard to miss the various creative responses to the restrictions, mandatory and self-imposed, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. From the weekly outbreak of applause, pot-banging and bell-ringing in appreciation of the health workers, to rainbows in windows, and comedian Janey Godley’s affectionate parodies of the First Minister, people have been making sense of … Continued

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Scotland the When – Bardie’s Dream

Last year we celebrated big time the centenary of folklorist, poet and radical, Hamish Henderson. But is there more to Henderson than meets the popular eye? This fictional tale, by Donald Smith, re-imagines Henderson’s inner connection with Perthshire and the mystery of his parenthood. Who was Bardie and what dreams did Hamish live by? Bardie’s … Continued

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Content Call – Make Music Day UK, 21st June 2020

Visit the Make Music Day UK website here for full details. #MAKEMUSICDAYUK LIVE STREAM – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS CALLING ALL MUSIC MAKERS, ARTISTS, BANDS AND FANS… WE NEED YOU! As part of the official #MakeMusicDayUK LIVE programme on 21 June, we want to include some short pre-recorded videos made by music folk from across the … Continued

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Rebirth and Starlore – When All is Dark, We Turn to the Stars

“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” (Neil DeGrasse Tyson) However, as humans we cannot help but marvel at the great infinite sky and the sheer number of stars and constellations. We can trace first cave drawings of stars as far back as the stone age and we owe much of … Continued

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New Music Support Fund for Folk In Crisis Launches In Scotland To Help Musicians and Music Production Professionals

Stonehaven Folk Club recognizes the catastrophic impact that Covid-19 has had on Scottish Folk Artists and their crew’s incomes. To help address this impact, the Club has teamed up with Hands Up for Trad to start up a fund to help support Folk musicians and music production staff living in Scotland during the crisis. To … Continued

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World Dance Day – Connecting Two Worlds by Leonie Sweeney

For many years two important parts of my life ran along in parallel. My life in traditional dance arose from my own enjoyment of Irish and Scottish social dance and the old-style stepping traditions of both countries. Sharing the Irish Sets and Scottish Cèilidh dances I learned over the years seemed a natural thing to … Continued

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Scotland the When – Merlin’s Crag

This week we take a break from Scotland’s Brexit travails in favour of assassination attempts and a manhunt in Annandale. Though more than thirty years have passed, the Lockerbie bombing remains unresolved. More people were killed on Scottish soil in this murderous event than any other, excepting war. The only person ever tried was ‘Unsafely Convicted’ … Continued

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