Scotland

Q&A: James Brown is Annie

Barry Gordon, JBiA guitarist, answers some quick questions ahead of the gig tomorrow evening at the Biscuit Factory, which promises a fusion of sounds from four nations, as well as tasty food too. Tell us about your band, James Brown is Annie, and your plans for 2017? James Brown Is Annie (or, JBiA for short) … Continued

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Q&A: Lynne Campbell, Songs & Stories of Scotland

Lynne Campbell, storyteller and singer, presents Songs & Stories of Scotland at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the 27th of April. Revisit familiar tales and songs, and learn new ones in Lynne’s personal account of Scotland’s cultural heritage. We had a chat with her about the show and her background: Tell us about your show, … Continued

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Adam Sutherland Errogie Collection Launch

Loch Ness fiddler & composer Adam Sutherland is releasing a new collection of contemporary Scottish folk melodies .  Entitled ‘The Errogie Collection’ it is illustrated with fantastic photographs by Somhairle MacDonald. Adam is launching the book as part of the Scot’s Fiddle Festival on Saturday 19th November with a session of tunes and stories from 11.30-12.30pm. Hamish … Continued

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#DareToDream at the Scottish Rural Parliament this weekend

Voluntary Arts Scotland, a partner in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival’s #DareToDream campaign 2016, will host a civic conversation at this year’s Scottish Rural Parliament. Civic Conversation, a useful tool in community planning, opens up dialogue for the multiple perspectives which combine to make a community. The approach finds its strength in an inclusive process, … Continued

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Scotland and Celtic Identity

Can we say that Scotland is a Celtic nation? Saturday 10 September 14:00-16.30 £10 (£8 members and concession) Scottish journalist and author Neal Ascherson, will chair a panel discussion, exploring the history of our national, cultural and linguistic identities and their resonance for those in Britain, Ireland and the global Celtic diaspora. This event is organised … Continued

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Opportunity for Young Gaelic Speaking Artistes

Cothrom do luchd-ealain òga Albannach Luchd-ciùil Seinneadairean Sgeulaichean Tha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig & An Lòchran a’ sireadh luchd-ealain Albannach gus pàirt a ghabhail ann am pròiseact eadar Èirinn & Alba, ag obair le buidheann òga ann an Èirinn airson taisbeanadh a chur ri chèile airson cuairt. ’S e cothrom iongantach a tha seo do luchd-ealain … Continued

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Màiri Britton: Finding Our Feet – Step Dancing in Scotland

For me, step dancing is essentially about connections: between dancers and musicians, places and communities, generations of friends and family, and of course, the connection of the steps themselves, strung like beads along the rhythmic thread of music. I love step dance because it allows me to express the joy I feel when I hear … Continued

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Art of the Storyteller: Lesley O’Brien

The gift of storytelling is one of life’s most powerful – and coveted – skills. A well told story can make you laugh, weep, swell with pride, or rise with indignation and human beings are fundamentally hard-wired for stories: they are how we record both the small, everyday moments and the monumental events of life. … Continued

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A Warm Welcome Awaits at Scotland’s Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is the world’s largest celebration of live, traditional storytelling, taking place as the seasons change in Scotland’s stunning capital city and reaching out across the nation as Scottish tellers merge with guests from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, in a fantastic, ten-day celebration of oral traditions and cultural … Continued

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