Traditional Arts

Fringe 2019: Q&A with Alice Fernbank and Graham Dickson on The Golden Fly

Name of your show: The Golden Fly How would you describe your show in one sentence?  An epic tale of a shapeshifting Goddess who journeys across worlds in search of a golden awakening. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe? No. What do you think sets your show apart from … Continued

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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Dougie Mackay on Supernatural: Wonder Tales from Scotland

Name of your show: Supernatural: Wonder Tales from Scotland How would you describe your show in one sentence? A storytelling voyage beyond the veil and into the heart of Scotland’s mysterious nature. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe?  Second. What do you think sets your show apart from all … Continued

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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Janis MacKay on Wee Seals and Selkies

Name of your show: Wee Seals & Selkies How would you describe your show in one sentence? Let award-winning children’s author and storyteller Janis Mackay take the whole family on a heart-warming journey to the sea, to meet a brave wee seal, and a magical selkie, accompanied by fiddle music. Is this the first time … Continued

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Go Beyond Words at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival this October

There is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey of the imagination. The 31st Scottish International Storytelling Festival features 60 events in Edinburgh and 22 throughout Scotland, with 20 international guests joining 60 Scottish artists to share old traditions and new connections, showcasing how music, dance and story communicate shared experiences that are ‘Beyond Words’. There … Continued

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Hamish Henderson Celebrated: Summer School, Ceilidh & Theatre Showcase Scotland’s Folk Legend

“Maker, ye maun sing them… Tomorrow, songs Will flow free again, and new voices Be borne on the carrying stream.” (Hamish Henderson) Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) presents the Hamish Henderson Summer School which reflects the visionary spirit and diversity of the founding father of Scotland’s 20th Century folk renaissance, offering inspiration and enjoyment … 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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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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Remembering the Legacy of Duncan Williamson as Part of National Storytelling Week

It’s fitting that Scotland’s national Centre for storytelling is honouring one of its most memorable enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to enjoy his stories told live, as well as a workshop to empower you to tell these fantastic tales. A three-fold exhibition of visual art, poetry and folk music brings to life the legacy of storyteller Duncan … 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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