Festivals

Fringe 2019: Q&A with Brite Theatre on (Can This Be) Home

Name of your show: (Can This Be) Home How would you describe your show in one sentence? Poetic and musical journey through the personal impact of Brexit so far. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe? It is for Kolbrun, she usually doesn’t perform but writes or directs, but as … Continued

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Fringe 2019: Q&A with The Night With on The Night With… Evenings

Name of your show: The Night With… Evenings How would you describe your show in one sentence? An evening of interesting, new classical music mainly by Scottish composers and performers. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe? No, I presented The Night With… Wooden Elephant last year who performed string … Continued

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May Day Is Here! Dress Up, Dance & Celebrate the Arrival of Summer

May Day, known as Beltane in Gaelic, marks the beginning of summer in the Scottish Calendar. Yet some still argue that the Scots are a pessimistic nation… Whatever the weather, traditionally life moved outdoors on 1 May after the long dark days of winter and TRACS is marking the celebration this year in traditional and … Continued

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Edinburgh TradFest 2019

The past, present and future of traditional music Visit Edinburgh Tradfest site Edinburgh Tradfest has a rich story. With its longer tap roots in the Edinburgh Folk Festival, it was launched by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) in 2013 to provide a distinctive platform for folk arts in the capital city. Edinburgh is a … Continued

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Q&A: Connla

From Best New Group “The Livies” at Live Ireland Music Awards 2016, Conor from Connla answers some quick questions ahead of the bands gig at Summerhall this evening. What does Connla have planned for 2017? We are fortunate enough to have a very busy end to 2017. We have several trips to mainland Europe planned, … Continued

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Q&A: Dean Owens, Redwood Mountain: Transatlantic Crossings

Tell us about your collaboration, Redwood Mountain, and your plans for 2017? Redwood Mountain came together by accident really. A friend of mine sent me an old book called The Book of American Folk Songs by Alan Lomax. He’d been telling me about this book for years. Shortly after gifting me a first edition copy, … Continued

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Battle of the Folk Bands Finalists set for TradFest 2017

The finalists for Battle of the Folk Bands have been announced by Hands up for Trad. With impressive entries from 24 collectives, competition was tough so the final five promise an exciting and enticing evening of entertainment when they take to the stage on Sun 7 May as part of the finale for Edinburgh’s TradFest. … Continued

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What I Learned at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016

By Matthew Tucker (Image above: Tongue Tied and Twisted at SISF 2017 ft. Peter Chand and PKCtheFirst) My first experience of listening to a professional storyteller was as a child of around seven. A woman with a quilted skirt sat with us at our school to tell stories that were delivered with more eloquence, expression and … Continued

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Historical Literary Challenge Sparks Call for Spine-tingling Storytelling

A writing challenge issued 200 years ago that resulted in the creation of Frankenstein’s monster and the world’s first vampire is being used to inspire a modern generation to pen new tales that terrify. The National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Centre are inviting entries for a ghost story competition to mark the … Continued

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Call for Entries: TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann

TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) are now accepting proposals for events to be held as part of TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann 2016, which will take place throughout Edinburgh between Wednesday 27th April and Sunday 8th May 2016. TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann is a vibrant celebration of folk arts in Edinburgh, celebrating music, … Continued

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