Festivals

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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Festivals Edinburgh appoints new director

Festivals Edinburgh has appointed Julia Amour as its new Director, succeeding Faith Liddell who is stepping down from the role in November. Julia brings significant experience to the position developed across the cultural, economic development and education sectors, having previously held senior positions with the British Council, Scottish Development International and the Scottish Higher Education … Continued

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