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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo announces £150,000 funding boost for young Scottish artists

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Creative Scotland have today (Wednesday 10 October) announced the launch of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Talent Development Fund to nurture youth engagement and participation in traditional Scottish art forms. Arts and cultural organisations will be eligible to apply for a slice of the £150,000 funding pot which has been donated by the charitable … Continued


Tasgadh – Small Grants for Traditional Arts

Tasgadh is a fund devolved from Creative Scotland, managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and open to organisations and individuals. Tasgadh is designed to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. The fund can also support professional development and learning projects. The closing dates for applications in 2018/19 are: … Continued


Three Craws

A song as part of the Gifting Every Child Resource, which is a perfect starting point for parents, teachers and youth organisations to build their own local collections, to ensure the songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs every child in Scotland should know. Introduce youngsters to some accessible Scots language with family favourite, “Three … Continued


Wanted: Street Performers, Early Doors!

Scotland’s getting ready to go outdoors. Check out those flowers pushing through the snow and frost. And the growing buds. That’s called spring. And starting now is the build-up to May Day, or Beltane in Gaelic. Traditionally, after being cooped up for the winter, we went green-wild at Beltane. Spring seemed to take forever. Then, … Continued


Discover Scots & Gaelic Song with Siobhan Miller & Sineag MacIntyre

Enjoy a unique opportunity to delve into the rich song traditions of Scotland in two upcoming full-day workshops at the Scottish Storytelling Centre – Scots Song with Siobhan Miller on Saturday the 10th of June, followed the next week by Gaelic Song with Sineag MacIntyre. Siobhan and Sineag are two young women who have been … Continued


Q&A: Ishbel McFarlane – O is for Hoolet

Who owns language? Who governs it, and why? On at the Storytelling Centre from Fri 12 – Mon 29 Aug (not 15, 22) Ishbel McFarlane’s O is for Hoolet is a fascinating exploration of Scots. Here we find out more about the show, what inspired it, and what she thinks the future holds for the language. Scroll … Continued


Auld Cruivie

Auld Cruivie is a very old Scottish folktale that combines myth and local legend with a strong environmental message. Many different versions and variations exist – this one is by the late storyteller and tradition bearer Stanley Robertson.


Mallie an da paets

A story from Shetland, told in true Shetland style, exploring the theme of reward and punishment. The first document is written in Scots dialect, the second document is written in English. Contributed by George P. S. Peterson


The Paddo

As told by Margaret Tollick, with credit to Robert Chambers’ Popular Rhymes of Scotland. Margaret believes passionately in the need to keep our Scots language and local dialects alive and shares this very old folktale in Scots.


The World Must Be Coming to an End

Sung by Christina Stewart Recorded/produced by Bob Pegg Part of Gifting Every Child Listen to archive recording

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