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Date and Time Fri 26 Apr, 7.30pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price SMG Members: £9 (£7), Non-members: £10 (£8) Scots Music Group Concert An opportunity to enjoy the talents of some of the Scots Music Group tutors who are top-class performing musicians. Tutors appearing include: Scots/Scandinavian duo Rona Wilkie & Marit Fält, Scott Murray with the Men from Bethany, multi-instrumentalist Nigel Gatherer & step dancer Alison Carlyle. Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 2-5pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price £5 (£3 participants & conc.) Open Mic This is your opportunity to take part in Trad Fest! Sangstream Folk Choir invites you to an “Open Mic”. Experienced performers, newcomers, groups or individuals equally welcome. Alternatively come and listen to an exciting eclectic afternoon of music and song. Who knows who’ll be there? To book a spot email: firstname.lastname@example.org Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 7.30pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price £10 (£7) Flowers of Edinburgh It’s been fifteen years since the old Folk Festival showcased the traditional music talent of Edinburgh in two memorable evenings of music. We revisit the idea for 2013 with performers including Karine Polwart, Hamish Moore, Simon Thoumire, Jim Sutherland, Freeland Barbour, Bella Hardy and lots more. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support. Date and Time Thu 2 May, 7.30pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price £10 (£7) Alasdair Roberts and Friends – Wonder Working Lyrical journeys of love, death, sex, faith and history – turning the wheels of the world. No-one is pushing the boundaries further. With Ben Reynolds, Shane Connolly, Rafe Fitzpatrick, Stevi Jones and Olive Chaney. ‘The sound of new myths and new music being hewn from folk’s stone’ The Wire
Date and Time Sat 4 May, 12-1.30pm Venue Bruntsfield Links to Bristo Square Price Free Title The Mummers Walk Description Scottish and Irish Mummers link up in full costume at the ancient Boroughmuir Assembly point, and proceed through the Meadows green wood to an outdoor display in Bristo Square. Date and Time Sat 4 May, 2-3.30pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price £6(£4) The Mummers Workshop Armagh Rhymers with Scottish Mummer Troupes. Learn about the rich traditions of folk drama and dance, the costumes and the songs. Share first hand in the contemporary renaissance of ancient traditions, and try things out at your own pace. Date and Time Sat 4 May, 4-5pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price £8(£5) The Armagh Rhymers Edinburgh welcomes the world’s most celebrated folk theatre ensemble. Their unique blend of mask, music, drama and dance has renewed a tradition spanning nearly three thousand years. With support from Scottish Mummer troupes from Edinburgh and Prestonpans. The Armagh Rhymers are an international treasure to be cherished and enjoyed. Date and Time Sat 4 May, 8pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price £15 (£12) Standing Shooglenifty A spectacular home appearance from the makers of Techno Ceilidh, Acid Croft and Hypnofolkadleia. Shooglenifty’s unique sound has made them international ambassadors. Experience their wild, up tempo mix of trad talent and funky phonics, melding heritage and hedonism in one pulsating whole. Date and Time Sun 5 May, 2-5pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall) Price £5 (£3) Songs of Peace and Protest Explore the singing and making of protest songs old and new. What are the traditions and what is happening now? Led by Penny Stone of Protest in Harmony. Date and Time Sun 5 May, 3-6pm Venue Teviot Row House (Dining Room) Price £6 (£4) The Big Sangs Steve Byrne leads a journey for singers into the ‘muckle sangs’ of Scots tradition. With the riches of the Greig Duncan collection open for all there is an opportunity for younger singers to learn from great tradition bearers and create their own styles. Date and Time Sun 5 May, 7.30-10pm Venue Teviot Row House (Debating Hall)
Price £10 (£7) Songs of Peace and Struggle A gala evening of song ringing the world, with passion, humour, struggle and protest. Arthur Johnstone, veteran of radical music making, leads off the first wave with Brian Miller, Charlie Soane, and the Star Band. Karine Polwart opens up the second wave with her distinctive exploration of the way we are, and might be. Date and Time Mon 6 May, 10.30am-5pm Venue Teviot Row House (Dining Room) Price £12 (£8) Open Fields: The Future of Trads The first TradFest conference will explore the role of the traditional arts in Scotland today. What now? Where are we, and where should we be? With an invited panel of guest speakers, this event will foster collective debate and discussion along four main themes: Cultural Ecology, Empowering Voices, Connecting Communities and Envisioning Scotland. See www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk/tradfest for details on speakers and a frontline interface between archives and young musicians from Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin. Date and Time Mon 6 May, 7.30-10pm Venue Teviot Row House (Dining Room) Price £10 (£7) Bothy Nichts A last night feast to cap the fest. Traditional treasures combine with contemporary voices to send us off in rousing form. Hosted by Steve Byrne with guest singers including Joe Aitken, Scott Gardiner, Shona Donaldson, Hector Riddell and John Valentine.
Date and Time Fri 26 Apr, 7.30pm Venue Pleasance Cabaret Bar Price Concerts £10 (£8); Weekend £27 (£21) Northern Streams: Songs and Music of the North Sea Irmelin, comprised of Swedish singers Karin Ericsson Back, Maria Misgeld and Eva Rune delight with their a capella virtuosity, while Marit Fält and Rona Wilkie (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012) are a Norwegian-Scottish Fiddle/Mandola/Voice Duo who also won a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections. Date and Time Tue 30 Apr, 8pm Venue Pleasance Cabaret Bar Price £12/£10/£8 (EFC members) Nordic Fiddlers’ Bloc The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson – hail from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands respectively. They are three of the finest young fiddlers currently working in the folk music scene and are in great demand playing in various musical constellations throughout the world.
Date and Time Thu 2 May, 8pm Venue Pleasance Cabaret Bar Price £8 Singing Place Gary West, broadcaster, folk musician, lecturer and author of Voicing Scotland: Folk, Nation, Culture (Luath Press, 2012) explores the role of folk song in the modern world in the company of Dick Gaughan, Patsy Seddon, Rod Paterson and Nancy Nicolson. Date and Time Fri 3 May, 7.30pm Venue Pleasance Cabaret Bar Price £8 (£6) The Five Freens Age Range 12+ Songs of Irish Immigration: Robert Tannahill Morran, Weatherby, Duff, Brechin, and Freeman perform a wholly unique collection of songs: Irish melodies and subject matter written in defence of the early 19th-century Irish emigrants to Scotland. With these songs, Tannahill contributed to changing perceptions of the downtrodden Irish, and left us with a lovely body of Irish lyric and melody. Date and Time Fri 3 May, 8pm Venue Pleasance Theatre Price £15/£13/£10 (EFC members) Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is known for dynamic playing, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music, keeping him in constant international demand. The vibrant young cellist Natalie Haas is one of the most sought after cellists in Celtic music today. The duo has toured for over 12 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound.
Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 7-9.30pm / Di-dòmhnaich 28 Gibl, 7-9.30f Venue Greyfriars Kirk / Eaglais nam Manach Liath Price £10 (£7) Dùn Èideann Celebrate Edinburgh’s Gaelic culture in song, music, dance and story. Pioneering Dannsa joins forces with the songmakers of Cruinn and the Lothian Gaelic Choir to provide a spectacular evening in the unique open spaces of Greyfriars, where the Gaelic poets are commemorated. Contributing artists include Caroline Reagh, Fin Moore, Sandra Robertson, James Graham, Fiona Mackenzie, Brian Ó hEadhra, and Rachel Walker. Comharraich cultar Gàidhlig Dhùn Èideann ann an òran, ceòl, dannsa is sgeulachd. Tha buidheann tùsail Dannsa a’ tighinn còmhla ri luchd-sgrìobhaidh òrain Cruinn agus Còisir Ghàidhlig Lodainn gus oidhche mhòr ciùil a thoirt dhuinn air làrach ghrinn Eaglais nam Manach Liath, far am bheil na bàird Gàidhlig air an cuimhneachadh. Am measg an luchd-ealain tha Caroline Reagh, Fin Moore, Sandra NicDhonnchaidh, Seumas Greumach, Fiona NicCoinnich, Brian Ó hEadhra, agus Raonaid Walker.
In the Landscape
Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 11am-1pm Venue Arthur’s Seat & Duddingston Village Price £8 Discovering the Arthurs Meeting at the Holyrood Palace car park, author Kellan MacInnes (Caleb’s List) and an Historic Scotland Park Ranger will guide you to the summit of Arthur’s Seat. With stunning views across the City, discover the history of an eccentric antiquarian and his almost-forgotten climbing challenge: bagging ‘The Arthurs’. Participants are advised to wear warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear with grips. Requires physical fitness. Date and Time Tue 30 Apr, 9pm Venue Calton Hill Price £10 (£7) plus booking fee in advance Beltane Fire Festival For 25 years the Beltane Fire Society have gathered volunteers, performers and the wider community to engage in a re-imagining of the Celtic festival of Beltane. The May Queen and her Green Man process with their Court, gathering the energies of the sacred Elements and lighting the sacred Bel Fire. Suitable for ages 18+ Date and Time Wed 1 May, 5-7.30am Venue Arthur’s Seat Price Free Dawn Rising Gather at the Meadowbank car park, by Queen Margaret Loch, in Holyrood Park. The route is a gentle ascent to the summit of Arthur’s Seat by the north side pavement and the slope from Dunsapie Loch. Reflective observations led by park rangers and Arthurs Seat storyteller Donald Smith. Celebrate the ecology and traditions of this special place on May morning. Please bring warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear with a good grip for rock and grassy slopes. Date and Time Sat 4 May, 11am – 1pm Venue Arthur’s Seat & Duddingston Village Price £8 Arthur’s Seat: Journeys and Evocations Join author Stuart McHardy (Arthur’s Seat: Journeys and Evocations) for tales of King Arthur at the summit of Arthur’s Seat itself. Meeting at the Holyrood Palace cap park, you will accompany Stuart and a Historic Scotland Park Ranger to the top of the summit to discover the ‘Mountainwithin-a-city’, later finishing in Duddingston Village, Edinburgh’s hidden enclave. Participants are advised to wear warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear with grips. Requires physical fitness.
Date and Time Mon 6 May, 2pm - 3.30pm Venue Portobello Promenade Price Free, non-ticketed Age Range All The Prom on the Prom!
Celebrate Portobello Fun Fiddle’s 10th Anniversary and join the live music train along Portobello Promenade. Led by Fun Fiddle, with support from street band Kaboodle. All instruments and ages welcome. Meet at bottom of Figgate Street and march along to ‘The Cake’ bandstand. You can access our easy-to-play march from Fun Fiddle website or Facebook page.
Scottish Storytelling Centre
Date and Time Wed 17 Apr – Sat 11 May, 10am-6pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price Free The Little One of the Big Heart: The Life and Legacy of Calum Maclean Raasay-born Calum I. Maclean (1915–1960) was one of the foremost Scottish folklorists and ethnologists of his generation. Through the combination of attractive images and informative text, this exhibition will allow an engaging narrative to unfold of Maclean’s life and the rich legacy that he left for future generations. Date and Time Sat 20 Apr, 10-5pm; 7.30-10pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre & Canons’ Gait Bar Price Conference is free to attend, with a suggested donation for non-TSF members of £5. TSF membership available on the day at £8 for one year. Entry to concert is £5, or £3 for TSF members. Traditional Song Forum – Spring Meeting A one-day conference on aspects of traditional song, with guest speakers including researchers from the School of Scottish Studies. Followed by an evening concert featuring local and visiting traditional singers including Margaret Bennett and Scott Gardiner. For more information see: www.tradsong.org Date and Time Thu 25 Apr: 7.30-11pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £7/£5 Folklore Tapes Night: Rob St. John ‘Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey’ 7” Release Folklore Tapes is an ongoing research and musical heritage project covering and sound tracking the folklore of the UK in volumes of tapes housed in bespoke books, boxes and hand stamped envelopes. This night will host Rob St. John’s release of the ‘Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey’ 7” single; the first live outing of the collaboration between Ian Humberstone and Malcolm Benzie; a presentation on traditions and practice of folk song and field recording by Tom Western; and music and projections from David Orphan (Folklore Tapes/Finders Keepers). www.devonfolkloretapes.blogspot.co.uk Date and Time Fri 26 Apr, 1-5pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price Free – drop in Edinburgh Craft Showcase Edinburgh crafts groups showcase their traditional skills in an innovative and contemporary way, featuring an exhibition, demonstrations and hands on activities including spinning, weaving, knitting, lacemaking, basketry.
Date and Time Fri 26 Apr, 8-10pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £10 (£6.50) The Highland Voyage (Inspired by Para Handy) The Highland Voyage’ of Para Handy and the puffer crew is a development of the original recordings of 1963 commemorating a voyage from Glasgow to Skye. The songs resound in Gaelic modalities but are delivered as parodies of the images created of the Gaels from out-with their own culture. What results is a comedic tongue-in-ear romp by three troubadours of this crossculture: Iain MacLeod, Russell Hunter and Allan MacDonald, who add their own diverse musical talents to put the icing on the black pudding. Recommended for ages 10+ and presented by Bothan, Edinburgh’s monthly Gaelic club email@example.com Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 11.30am-12.30pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £8 (£6) Robin Hood: The People’s Hero Throughout history storytellers have told fantastical tales of heroes fighting villains, of good conquering evil, of right defeating wrong; however none have proved more enduring than the legend of Robin Hood. Storyteller Andy Cannon revisits the ancient Scottish tradition of heralding in the spring with the heroic outlaw's tale – a story so radical that once upon a time just to tell it was to risk being outlawed yourself! Most suitable for ages 7+. Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 11am-5pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price Weekend Ticket: £27 (£21) (Save up to £14!), Workshop tickets: £7 (£5). Concessions: over 60s, student, unemployed, disabled, Young Scot + TMSA members. Northern Streams: Workshops 11.00am-12.30pm: 1. Danish tunes for melody instruments (Hal Parfitt Murray) OR 2. Song & accompaniment (Marit Fält & Rona Wilkie) 1.30pm-3.00pm: 1. Harmony singing with Irmelin (Sweden) OR 2. Swedish & Scottish tunes for fiddles (Kirsty-Jacqueline Lingard) 3.30pm-5.00pm: 1. Danish folk dancing OR 2. Danish tunes & harmony (Nikolaj Busk). Organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch www.northernstreams.org Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 10.30-11.45am Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £5 per child Northern Streams: Children’s Singing Workshop Discover mouth music or ‘diddling’ with Swedish singers, Karin Ericsson Back, Eva Rune and Maria Misgeld – members of Irmelin, a Swedish a capella group who are performing the night before. No need to read music or know Swedish! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for all levels. Organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch www.northernstreams.org Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 3-4pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) Age Range 5+ Toe-Tapping Tales Following on from a successful performance in December 2012, storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick returns
with a wonderful mix of engaging, traditional stories mixed with original music from musicians Jenny Gardiner and Gica Loening. Fierce fairies and pampered princesses will thrill you in these tales from Ruth’s book and CD, ‘Stories Allways’. Most suitable for ages 5+. Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 7.30-10pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price Weekend Ticket: £27/21 (Save up to £14!); Concert tickets: £10 (£8); Concessions: over 60s, student, unemployed, disabled, Young Scot + TMSA members. Northern Streams: Nordic Dance, Music and Song Back to delight Edinburgh audiences with their mesmerising fiddle, vocals, piano and feet skills, Hal Parfitt Murray & Nikolaj Busk (Denmark), are joined on the bill by the amazing dancing male Danes - ‘3 Men and a Bottle’ and their accompanist, Pia Nygaard, as well as Scottish/Swedish fiddler Kirsty-Jacqueline Lingard. Organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch www.northernstreams.org Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 11am-5pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £18 (£15) The Big Tales with Bob Pegg This intensive workshop is for storytellers and musicians who would like to open up the big traditions of Scottish story in contemporary performance. Many of the longer tales remain silent in the storytelling renaissance because the experience of hearing or performing them is rare. Storyteller and musician, Bob Pegg brings his experience of Highland storytelling to bear. The day will finish with an (optional) informal performance at 5pm.
Sun 28 Apr | Edinburgh in Song, Dance and Story A TradFest day for lifelong learners and families. Discover Edinburgh’s own cultural traditions through workshops and family fun events. See below for times, age groups and prices. Why not also take the chance to see onsite Edinburgh’s oldest house where Mary Queen of Scots visited her goldsmith and John Knox died.
Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 11am-1pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £8 per child Gododdin Come & meet Aneirin, the 6th century bard and join him in performing a translation of Scotland’s oldest surviving poem. You’ll hear tales of great valour & courage, when the Gododdin, an army of 300 brave warriors, journeyed south from Din Eidyn (Dùn Èideann), to quell the heathen horde. Most suitable for children aged 9-14 years. Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 11.30am-12.45pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £5 (£3) Macastory – in Auld Reekie Story, song and high jinks from Macastory partners in crime Ron Fairweather and Fergus McNicol. Sample the highs and the lows of Edinburgh life, past and present. For children aged 5+.
Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 1.30-3.30pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) Edinburgh in Song Scott Murray leads you through the riches of Edinburgh’s song traditions with opportunities to learn, explore and sing. From ballads to lyrical passions and political protest, and nonsense, Auld Reekie has them all, and the auld lady o sang is still birthing new offspring with every day that passes. For adults and young adults (14+). Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 2-4pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) Edinburgh in Story Explore some key Edinburgh stories and traditions with Fergus McNicol and Ron Fairweather. Then sally out to the Royal Mile to meet the storytelling Caddies on location. For adults and young adults (14+). Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 2-5pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £12 (£10) Edinburgh in Dance Phyllis Davison and Calum Marwick take you through Edinburgh’s evolving dance traditions, with presentations and a chance to go through some key dances. Sources, inspirations, titles and formations. For adults and young adults (14+). First session: 2-3.30pm (including interval) Dancing in the Old Town – dance traditions from the early eighteenth century on. Second Session: 4- 5.30pm (including interval) Dancing today within the influence of tradition, migration and social change. Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 7.30-8.20pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £8 (£6) Grit Amy pores over memories of her father, a war photographer, journeying into his past working in conflict zones across the globe. Examining the stories behind the lens, dazzling images are conjured with cardboard, sand and shadow. Grit blends puppetry, projection and object manipulation to create an intimate and engaging piece of visual theatre. Age 11+. **** The Skinny Date and Time Mon 29 Apr, 7-8pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) The Selkie Wife Join Fiona Herbert and Calum Lykan for a dark take on The Selkie Wife tale. Collaborative storytelling and theatre that takes two traditional stories and introduces them to the audience from the characters viewpoint. Date and Time Mon 29 Apr, 8.30-10pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) Age Range 12+ Tales & Music from Highland Perthshire Bob Pegg, Christina Stewart and Bill Taylor combine Perthshire stories, songs in Gaelic and
Scots/English and tunes played on the ancient wire-strung clarsach. These stories were collected by Lady Evelyn Stewart Murray (1868-1940) at Blair Castle, taken from local informants and preserved in twelve manuscript volumes, using their unique dialect and usage of native Perthshire Gaelic. Bob, Christina and Bill will present Lady Evelyn’s tales as they might have been heard at a traditional ceilidh, with a mix of stories, songs and music. With support from Enterprise Music Scotland Traditional Small Arts Grants Fund, with funds from Creative Scotland. Date and Time Tue 30 Apr, 7.30-8.30pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) Riders on the Storm: A Creation Myth for Scotland Out of the mists of the beginning the ancient hag of the ridges – The Cailleach – dropped from her creel the peats that formed her beloved Caledonia. Join storytellers David Campbell and Janis Mackay, and piper Allan Macdonald as they tell, in words and haunting music, the powerful and evocative tale of how Scotland was created. Celebrate the mythic shaping of a nation, where extremes meet and the Crone gives birth. Date and Time Wed 1 May, 11am-4pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) The Big Fat Pancake / Garvald: Weaving Memories In this traditional crafts afternoon Garvald Edinburgh share their skills in weaving, spinning and puppetry. Starting with the delightful Big Fat Pancake puppet show (£6/£4) followed by a free workshop on hand-loom weaving and spinning. Bring along a piece of cloth and you’ll be shown how to weave it in to a rug of memories (workshop suitable for ages 8+). Date and Time Thu 2 May: 7.30-9pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £12 (£10) The Lyrical Heart Journey with Frieda Morrison, Sarah Beattie and special guest Aileen Carr to the North East of Scotland, to experience the heart of Scottish melody and song. Frieda is the “Scots Language and Song” artist in residence at Celtic and Scottish Studies, Sarah is a gifted fiddler and Aileen is one of Scotland’s foremost traditional ballad singers. Date and Time Fri 3 May, 7.30-9pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £8 (£6) The Tarbolton Club Mairi Campbell on fiddle/vocals and Hamish Moore on Small Pipes/percussion combine forces with Will Lamb on bouzouki/mandolin and Fiona Moore on fiddle/piano. This lively blend with its inherent and irresistible dance rhythms will prick your emotions, set your toes tapping and leave you desperate for a Scotch Reel. Date and Time Sat 4 May: 11am-5pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price Free – drop in Book and Craft Fair Browse, buy and sample a wide range of books and crafts in the Storytelling Court. A great
opportunity to meet local artists and producers and maybe pick up a bargain! Please contact Daniel Abercrombie firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on booking a stall. Date and Time Sat 4 May: 7.30-9.30pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) A Braw Nicht Oot The third Braw Nicht Oot features many Scots speaking storytellers telling tales in different dialects, plus a wonderful mixture of music and song. Don’t miss out on this great celebration of the Scots language – a sell out every year! Date and Time Sun 5 May, 1-4pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £6 (£4) Title Telling Tales: Storytelling Competition Description A fun afternoon of tale-crafting from local youngsters (under 16s) as they compete for the second annual Young Storyteller award. For more information please contact Daniel Abercrombie on 0131 556 9579 or email@example.com Date and Time Sun 5 May, 3pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price Free (entry by donation) Title Inspire! Description A celebration of Scots Music Group Inspire’s work in the community, including live performances, new work created by participants, a showcase of photos and other media from the project, and some very special guests! See www.inspirescotsmusic.org.uk for final event details. Date and Time Mon 6 May, 10-10.40am & 11.30am-12.10pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £5 per child Tiny Tales A special TradFest Tiny Tales for toddlers (1-3yrs), with an early introduction into the world of music and stories in the Storytelling Bothy. Date and Time Mon 6 May: 2-3pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £5 (£3) (Family of 4, £12) The Singing Street The much loved 1951 amateur film The Singing Street awakes memories old and new of the streets, and the children’s games and songs of Edinburgh. Join Ewan McVicar to see the film, share your memories, and find out that children of today also have their funny, surreal songs and games. Suitable for everyone aged 5+.
Date and Time Sun 5 May, 10.30am-3.30pm Venue Dance Base Price Various Highland Fling workshops and talk with Scottish Ballet 10.30am-12.30pm, £18 (£14.50), Community Dance Workshop A fun workshop inspired by Scottish Ballet’s production of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. Participants will enjoy a ballet-based warm up and then explore some of the repertoire from the production. The class will be a relaxed session; no ballet experience is necessary and beginners are welcome! 12.45-1.10pm, £5 (£4), ‘Behind the Scenes’ Illustrated Talk Using images, film and costume, we will give you an insight into Highland Fling, a wonderfully imaginative reworking of La Sylphide. There will also be a Q&A with a Scottish Ballet dancer. 1.30-3.30pm, £10, Professional Dance Workshop An advanced technique and repertoire-based creative session, taught by one of Scottish Ballet’s dancers. Participants will learn elements of choreography from Highland Fling. A minimum of four years’ ballet experience necessary. Date and Time Sun 5 May, 11am-1pm Venue Dance Base Price £18 (£14.50) Rapper Sword Dance workshop with Mons Meg Rapper Sword is a traditional dance from the mining areas of the North East of England, involving five dancers linked through flexible two-handled swords. Mons Meg, Scotland’s only rapper team, performs regularly in Edinburgh, Glasgow and further south. This workshop is suitable for beginners; bring hard, flat-soled shoes if possible. Date and Time Sun 5 May, 1-3pm Venue Dance Base Price £10 (£8) Scottish Country Dancing Today A general Scottish country dancing class open to all. Learn some basic steps, formations and straightforward dances. This class is all about moving to traditional music and having fun.
Date and Time Fri 26 Apr, 8pm Venue The Queen’s Hall Price £18 The Fureys and Davey Arthur Renowned for their hit songs I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, and Leaving Nancy, The Fureys & Davey Arthur have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 35 years. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember.
Date and Time Wed 1 May, 8pm Venue The Queen’s Hall Price £24.50 (+£1.50 booking fee) Tom Paxton In describing Tom Paxton's influence on his fellow musicians, Pete Seeger has said: "Tom's songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they're becoming part of America."
Regular Clubs & Gigs: TradFest Specials
Date and Time Wed 24 Apr: 7-9pm Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre Price £5 Café Voices A special Cafe Voices to celebrate the start of TradFest 2013. Join host Donald Smith for an open floor evening of stories, song and music in the wonderful Storytelling Court. Date and Time Wed 24 Apr, 8pm Venue Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh Folk Club Price £12 (£10) (EFC members, £8) Sharon and the Reckless Angels An award winning Scottish songwriter, Sharon King continues to build a reputation for vibrant, funny, relaxed and intimate live shows. Her songs and banter are peppered with tales of her travels and astute observations on Scottish life, while colours and textures are woven through the narratives by the mandolin, fiddle, viola, and voices of The Reckless Angels. Date and Time Fri 26 Apr: 7.30-10pm Venue The Waverley Bar Price By donation (suggested £3) Guid Crack A TradFest special of Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club, hosted by Claire Hewitt. Upstairs at The Waverley Bar, accompanied young adults welcome.
Date and Time Sun 28 Apr, 8.30pm Venue The Royal Oak, Wee Folk Club Price £5 Polly Barrett Polly Barrett began her music career as a busker on the streets of Cork City. Her mellow, folksy songs and clear, easy voice reflect her love of nature and matters of the heart. Polly’s debut album entitled 'Mr. Bookshop' cast her as the new jewel of acoustic folk-pop. Date and Time Venue Price Café Ceilidh Tue 30 Apr, 2-4pm Scottish Storytelling Centre Free – drop in
Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a special TradFest Café Ceilidh! A welcoming afternoon of Scottish songs and music in the Storytelling Court. Date and Time Wed 1 May, 8pm Venue Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh Folk Club Price £12 (£10) (EFC members, £8) Sarah McQuaid, Richard Grainger and Bill Adair Sarah McQuaid is a captivating performer, seducing her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; Richard Grainger, a widely respected songwriter and guitarist who has released more than ten albums; and Bill Adair, a fine guitar player and one of Scotland’s busiest and most respected singer/songwriters. Date and Time Sun 5 May, 8.30pm Venue The Royal Oak, Wee Folk Club Price £5 Pete Davies Born in Bolsover in Derbyshire, Pete Davies is now a Middlesbrough-based singer/songwriter. He has spent over forty years singing throughout the UK, Europe and Australia. Date and Time Mon 6 May, 8.30pm Venue The Royal Oak, Foakies Concert Price £8 (£6) Simon Kempston, Mark Barnett & guests in concert Enjoy Scotland’s finest songwriters in an intimate, personal atmosphere. Simon Kempston is a leading Scottish acoustic finger style guitarist and highly regarded songwriter. Poetic, expressive lyrics delivered in a powerful, compelling vocal transport the listener on a uniquely Scottish journey. Presenting music from his upcoming second album, Mark Barnett blends intense performance with talented musicianship and deeply insightful words.
Date and Time Thu 25 Apr, 8-10.30pm Venue Merlin Roadhouse Price £10 (£7) Merlin's 'Magic' Ceilidh Lively ceilidh with one of Scotland's top bands. The 'Cadjers' have a Caller who will ensure everyone from beginner to experienced dancer joins in to have a fun packed night. If you have never been to a ceilidh before then you will love the experience - all you need is to come along! Most suitable for ages 10+. Date and Time Fri 26 Apr, 7pm-12am Venue Greyfriars Kirk Price £10 The Cocktail Ceilidh For one night only, Reel-Time Events is hosting an unforgettable evening for all to enjoy. Joined by some very special guests, the Reel-Time Band will lead the dancing with their unique, rocking ceilidh music. With a fully-stocked cocktail and whisky bar, this promises to be the ceilidh of the year!
Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 7.30pm Venue St Bride’s Centre Price £8 (£6) in advance, £10 (£8) on the door Scots Music Group Ceilidh with The Belle Star Band No experience necessary! Come on your own, with friends or in a group. Have fun & join the locals in Scottish dancing with live music from top ceilidh bands! All money raised supports SMG, a small charity which runs weekly traditional music classes across Edinburgh. Date and Time Sat 27 Apr, 8pm Venue Summerhall Price £7 (£6) Mediterraneo at Tradfest - A Mediterranean Ceilidh! Mediterraneo comes to TradFest! After successive sold out shows, the third edition of this celebration of Italian and Mediterranean music and dance is here. Led by The Badwills with their hypnotic pizzica, tarantella and tammurriata rhythms, joined by special guests to enchant you with entrancing stories and foot stomping dances.
Date and Time Wed 24 Apr, 2pm Venue Vogrie House Price £6 (£4) Age Range 8+ The Lost Seasons A brand new performance especially created for TradFest blending the traditional arts of Storytelling and Dance. The Seasons have disappeared. No one knows where they’ve gone. The land is lost without them. Who find them and restore them to their rightful place? Join the adventure to find out. Most suitable for ages 8+.
Date and Time Thu 25 Apr, 6pm Venue Blackwell’s Bookshop Price Free On the Trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie Gregor Ewing ('Charlie, Meg and Me') and Stuart McHardy ('Tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites') discuss the myths surrounding one of Scotland's best-loved heroes, and attempt to follow his footsteps through the Scottish hinterland. Don't miss your chance to take part in the discussion of one of Scotland's most enduring and controversial stories. Date and Time Fri 26 Apr, 6pm Venue Muirhouse St Andrews Church Price £5 (includes tea & coffee) Alex Hodgson Live Scottish stories and song. Alex is a Burnsong finalist and a Greentrax recording artist who blends his original compositions with traditional material to give a show which bursts with humour and heartfelt entertainment for all ages. Date and Time Venue Sun 28 Apr, 2-2.30pm, 2.45-3.15pm & 3.30-4pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Price Free – drop in Meet the Ancestors – Springtime Stories! Join storyteller and musician Marion Kenny as she welcomes in the spring with some gorgeous Scottish tales and music for all ages (4+), inspired by the National Gallery’s fascinating portraits!
Date and Time Tue 30 Apr, 6pm - 8pm Venue Blackwell’s Bookshop Price Free Of Dogs and Men Description Join shepherd and storyteller John Barrington as he launches the follow-up to his highly successful Red Sky at Night. Of Dogs & Men features anecdotes, folklore, poems and history about the bond between man and his dog. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Date and Time Fri 3 May, 8pm-1am Venue Counting House Price £10 (£8) Mummers Ball A ceilidh dance with 20 minute performances by Armagh Rhymers, Prestonpans Mummers and Mons Meg Rapper Dancers. Songs and recitations will also be on offer. In the anteroom those not performing will host an informal traditional music session featuring music and song from Scotland and Ireland. Date and Time Sat 4 May, 7.30pm Venue The Jekyll & Hyde Price £6 Title Borderlands Description Banished to Virginia after the Union of Crowns, a veteran Border reiver reminisces about “the good old days” of rapine & slaughter. As the aftermath of events at a former day of truce are discussed, questions regarding loyalty, identity and morality arise amidst tales of sorrow and high adventure. Date and Time Sun 5 May, 6.30-9.30pm Venue The Constitution Bar Price Free Radical Voices: The rights of working people Come and join our monthly gathering to listen to singers of radical songs and share songs, stories and poems on a different theme each month. Entry is free, with raffle and donations collected for a relevant cause.
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