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Stonehaven Folk Festival Achieves New Guinness World Record For World’s Largest Ceilidh Band

IT’S official! The World’s Largest Ceilidh Band, organised by Stonehaven Folk last year is a Guinness World Record Holder. It took months of planning to meet the stringent requirements for last year’s attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest ceilidh band. Forms had to be filled and strict evidence protocols followed. Stewards, … Continued

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Coast to Coast: SISF Celebrates Cultural Links with Canada

The 2019 Scottish International Storytelling Festival – Beyond Words – will have a special focus on Canada, showcasing new creative work developed by Scottish and Canadian artists. This international project to develop new collaborations between Scotland and Canada has been awarded £80,000 through Festival Expo funding, which is supported by the Scottish Government through Creative … Continued

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Riverside Music College – HND in Traditional Music Performance

New for 2019, the HND in Traditional Music Performance is the ideal course for traditional vocalists and instrumentalists looking to hone their craft, and learn the skills and knowledge required to build a successful career in the industry. Combining practical learning with the academic study of the theory and history of music, the Traditional Music HND … Continued

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The Edinburgh International Harp Festival: 5th-10th April 2019

Isobel Mieras, is the Artistic Artistic Adviser to the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and President of The Clarsach Society and introduces to us to the Edinburgh International Harp Festival’s 2019 programme… “Putting together the Festival programme each year with my co- Artistic Adviser, Patsy Seddon, is both a great joy and a challenge. We aim … Continued

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Ceilidh Fitness. Fun for All. Through Participation, not Performance.

This guest article has been penned by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland board member and accordionist, Bernie Hewitt. As the title suggests Bernie advocates participation in traditional dance with an emphasis on fun, friendship and fitness.  I have been playing the accordion for ceilidh dancing for longer than I care to remember, and have many … Continued

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Help Musicians Scotland Info Session – 4th Feb @ Summerhall Cafe, Edinburgh

✨ Help Musicians Scotland Info Session & Roundtable ✨ Mon 4th Feb, 3-5pm Summerhall Cafe, Edinburgh   Help Musicians Scotland is touring all of the 15 regions in Scotland. Firstly, they are doing a brief introduction to their service and how you can access it. Next, in the format of a roundtable, they would love … Continued

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Traditions Still Thriving: Burning the ‘Calleach Nollaigh’ in Lochinver

There’s tales afoot in North West Scotland, where there’s a thriving community enjoying connecting with place through the stories its landscape holds. Ahead of his involvement in a new documentary, which is set to explore communication and traditions in the Highlands past and present, Greg Dawson Allen (Griogair MacAillean) gives us a taste of traditions … Continued

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Fochabers Fiddle Week, 1st – 4th April 2019

Since 2013 the Fochabers Fiddle Week has been providing students aged 9 – 17 the opportunity to work with and learn from some of Scotland’s top fiddle players! Fochabers Fiddle Week 2019 is delighted to welcome Ewen Henderson as this years guest tutor. Joining Ewen as ever are Mhairi Marwick and Jack Smedley, two musicians … Continued

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Burns Night – Celebrating the Nation’s Favourite Scot

It’s that time of the year, when Scots and Scots-at-heart gather to celebrate one of the country’s lyrical sensations and national treasure, Robert Burns. Born on a stormy night in Alloway on the 25th of January 1759, the 18th Century poet continues to touch people with his timeless prose, illustrating topics such as injustice, hypocrisy … Continued

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Free Inclusive Dance Training @ Dance Base

Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for dance, is offering two inclusive dance training sessions for dance artists and schools teachers. These sessions have been designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and attributes to provide and have an insight into creative movement sessions for groups with diverse abilities. This will be delivered by Indepen-dance, … Continued

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