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Loanhead Music Festival

Now in its 14th year, this local folk festival still emphasises pub sessions and fun. There are also open mic sessions, a craft fair and competitions for songwriting and the best recycled instrument. Workshops in the miners' club include accordion, songwriting, slide guitar, banjo, finger-style guitar and fiddle.

Various Venues, Loanhead

Fri 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 07092 876798

Sat 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 07092 876798

Sun 15 Jun

Times & prices vary / 07092 876798

Orkney Folk Festival

A firm fixture in the folk festival calendar and now in its 31st year, the festival's combination of Orcadian talent and visiting musicians earned it the accolade Event of the Year at the 2011 Scots Trad Music Awards. This year's line-up features Aoife O’Donovan, Broken Strings, Madison Violet, No Soond, Saltfishforty…

Various venues: Orkney

Thu 22 May

Times & prices vary / 01856 851331

Fri 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01856 851331

Sat 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01856 851331

Sun 25 May

Times & prices vary / 01856 851331

Sara Grey

Singer of American, Irish and Scottish traditional songs, accompanied on frailing banjo.

The Greenhouse, Dingwall

Thu 17 Apr

Suggested donation £8 / 01349 867135

  • 19:30

Millport Country & Western Festival

A rootin' tootin' weekend of free country and western gigs across several venues on the Isle of Cumbrae. Past acts on the billing have included Lazy Dog and Carson City.

Various Venues, Millport

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

Scott Matthews

Solo artist from Wolverhampton whose folk/blues influenced sound can be heard on albums Passing Stranger and Elsewhere, the latter of which featured a duet with Robert Plant.

53 Degrees, Preston

Thu 15 May

£15 / 01772 893000

The Castle, Wellingborough

Sat 24 May

£10 / 01933 270007

  • 20:00

Colchester Arts Centre

Fri 24 Oct

£12.50 / 01206 500900

  • 20:00

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Tim O'Leary

Trad folk.

Captains Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

Free

  • 21:00

UnstFest

Britain's most northerly festival on Britain's most northerly island is a family-friendly affair with fiddle workshops, go kart races, film screenings and live music worth travelling for.

Various venues, Unst

Fri 4 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sat 5 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sun 6 Jul

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 13 Jul

Alastair McDonald

A celebration of Scottish life.

The Royal Oak, Edinburgh

Sun 11 May

£5 / 0131 557 2976

Part of TradFest.

Alastair Savage

Traditional and contemporary Scots fiddle music.

Cathedral of the Isles, Isle of Cumbrae

Sun 29 Jun

Free donation

  • 15:00

Holy Trinity Church, Ayr

Fri 27 Jun

£8 (Students £5; Children free) / 01292 610702

  • 19:30

Kinross Parish Church of Scotland

Sat 28 Jun

£10 (£8; Children free) / 01577 862570

  • 19:30

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Anarkali

Glasgow-based Anarkali, a band whose Indian name disguises that they are mainly influenced by the sounds of their Scottish and Irish homelands.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sat 19 Apr

£7 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30
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Anthony John Clarke

Northern Irish singer/songwriter known among other things for his bright red guitar.

Bodmin Folk Club @ The Mason's Arms

Fri 25 Sep 2015

Phone for prices

  • 20:15

Mansfield Folk Club

Mon 14 Jul

Phone for prices / 01623 825382

  • 20:30

Prospect Inn, Runcorn

Mon 3 Nov

£5 / 01928 561280

  • 20:30

Argyllshire Gathering and Oban Highland Games

Some of the biggest piping competitions in the world, as well as traditional Highland games with track and field events, music and much more.

Mossfield Park, Oban

Thu 28 Aug

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01631 564354

An Audience with Tommy Sands

The Irish singer-songwriter and social activist talks about the writing songs for peace. Hosted by Gifford Lind.

The Salmon Bothy, Banff

Sun 1 Jun

£5 / 01261 842571

Part of Portsoy Music Festival.

  • 13:00 – 14:30

Balerno Music Festival

This community-run music festival returns for a second year with folk and classical concerts and workshops and a distinctly family-orientated feel. Featuring performances from the Roger Cull Jazz Group, Heriot-Watt University's Excelsior Wind Ensemble, and students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The…

Various Venues, Edinburgh

Wed 24 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

Thu 25 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

…and 16 more dates until 12 Oct

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

World music from award winning ngoni (West African lute) player Bassekou Kouyate.

Whitby Pavilion Complex

Fri 17 Oct

£75 / 01947 604855

  • 12:00 – 23:00
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The Belhaven Best Dunbar Traditional Music Festival

The 26th year for this free music festival, which favours Celtic and traditional Scottish and Irish music.

Various venues: Dunbar

Fri 26 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07764 170399

Sat 27 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07764 170399

Sun 28 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07764 170399

Ben Sands

Life, love and the ways of the world from Ben Sands.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Tue 30 Sep

£8 / 0141 221 7705

  • 20:00

Llantrisant Folk Club, The Windsor Hotel, Pontyclun

Wed 8 Oct

£8 ( £5) / 01443 223 800

  • 20:30

Billy Bragg

Self-styled 'progressive patriot' and veteran political activist who is still one of the UK's finest writers of love songs.

Beverley Racecourse

Fri 20 Jun

£24

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Thu 20 Nov

£20 / 0117 922 3686

  • 20:00

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Thu 1 May

Sold out / 0844 249 4300

With Plus Special Guest Seth Lakeman.

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The Blas Collective

'Folk flavoured sessions' from this collective led by Jenn Butterworth.

Bloc+, Glasgow

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 0141 574 6066

  • 21:00

Mon 12 May

Free / 0141 574 6066

  • 21:00

Blas Festival

A massive celebration of the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland.

Various Venues (Highlands)

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

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Blyde Lassies

Shetland folk duo Frances Wilkins and Claire White.

Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh

Tue 22 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 07502 024852

  • 19:30

Carrying Stream Festival

Annual celebration of the life and work of Hamish Henderson, the founding father of the Scottish folk revival. His legacy is celebrated with a range of events including storytelling, gigs, traditional music and poetry.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

Times & prices vary

Thu 6 Nov

Times & prices vary

Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 5 more dates until 12 Nov

Ceol Cholasa

Four-day folky fest on the Island of Colonsay with some great acts appearing. This year’s line-up features Bella Hardy, Battlefield Band, Rura, Kathleen MacInnes, David Francey, Mairearad & Anna and others. There is also a series of workshops and a ceilidh.

Colonsay, Isle of Colonsay

Thu 11 Sep

Times & prices vary

Fri 12 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 13 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 14 Sep

Times & prices vary

Ceol's Craic

Monthly Gaelic club and platform for Gaelic art and culture. Children under 14 welcome until 10pm.

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 31 May

£10 (£8) / 0141 352 4900

This New Collaborations night features Margaret Nicolson (na h-Òganaich), Calum Martin, Ceitlin Smith, Innes Strachan (Niteworks), Ian Smith (Trail West) and Alasdair Whyte, plus Julian Corrie (Miaoux Miaoux) and Niteworks.

Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott

Moore is one of Ireland's leading solo artists, Moore mixes traditional song with contemporary social and political commentary. Here he is joined by musician and producer Sinnott to promote new album Folk Tale.

Armagh City Hotel

Fri 19 Sep

£35

  • 20:00
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