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Portpatrick Folk Festival

A weekend festival in a picturesque seaside village, with concerts at the village hall and sessions at harbourside pubs on the Friday and Saturday.

Various Venues, Portpatrick

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

Lanark Music Connections

Folk, blues and rock rub shoulders at this mix of local talent and more well-known artists that includes jam sessions, open mic events and workshops taking over pubs and venues in the Royal Burgh of Lanark. 2014 features Dougie MacLean, Drever, McGuire, Young, Patsy Matheson, Haggerdash, Crossfire and Touchwood.

Various Venues, Lanark

Sun 31 Aug

Times & prices vary (many free) / 01555 661661

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

Trad on the Tyne

A Borders-based celebration of traditional music, organised by the Haddington Pipe Band. Concerts, open stage, workshops, storytelling, late-night sessions, family entertainment, hog roast and more.

The Haugh, Haddington

Sun 31 Aug

Times & prices vary

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

A delicious staple in the Dundee calendar, with food and drink tastings, chef demonstrations, live music and competitions including the World Jampionships. Once they've had enough to eat, shows and face-painting are on hand to entertain the kids. Special guests announced nearer the time, but last year there were…

Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

Fri 5 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 433815

Sat 6 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 433815

Sun 7 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 433815

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Dunfermline Folk Weekend

Opening with a family ceilidh on the Friday evening, the weekend proceeds with a selection of workshops, sessions, open stage, family events and concerts, run by a folk club that's been in existence now for over 50 years.

Various venues, Dunfermline

Fri 24 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 25 Oct

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Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary

Glasgow Americana

Blues, country and folk fest following in the footsteps of the fondly remembered Big Big Country festival.

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07960 152333

…and 2 more dates until 5 Oct

Scots Fiddle Festival

Held over three days, this exciting, fiddle-fuelled weekend includes concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, stalls, sessions, festival clubs, and ceilidhs.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 22 Nov

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Sun 23 Nov

Times & prices vary

Isle of Jura Music Festival

Island festival of Scottish traditional music which encourages local talent with concerts, workshops and sessions, and completes the bill with established acts to give them something to aspire to.

Craighouse, Isle of Jura

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Trad on the Tyne Festival

Weekend music festival featuring headline acts Karine Polwart, Blazin' Fiddles, The Friel Sisters, the Victorian Trout Conspiracy, Alex Hodgson, and Rachel Gray & Amy Low. There's also come-and-try-an-instrument sessions, workshops in African dance, step dancing and singing as well as storytelling, massed pipes and…

East Haugh, Haddington

Sun 31 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 07597 269110

  • 19:30
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Blazin' in Beauly

The brainchild of Blazin' Fiddles, designed to immerse visitors in the music of the Highlands and Islands through concerts, sessions, talks and workshops – making this one of the finest fiddle festivals around.

Beauly

Sat 11 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 12 Oct

Times & prices vary

Mon 13 Oct

Times & prices vary

…and 4 more dates until 17 Oct

Linlithgow Folk Festival

Born from Linlithgow's highly active folk scene, the town's Folk Festival has featured big names such Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, along with music covering the whole spectrum of folk tastes. With musical workshops and family-oriented events, this is, as they claim, 'friendly folk in Linlithgow'.

Various venues, Linlithgow

Thu 11 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01506 433634

Fri 12 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01506 433634

Sat 13 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01506 433634

Sun 14 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01506 433634

Ullapool Guitar Festival

One for all lovers and players of the six-string with a combination of workshops, concerts, late night sessions and a trade fair with several top manufacturers of bespoke guitars.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07740 423554

Sat 4 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07740 423554

Bathgate Music Festival

A community-led music festival, including the Party in the Park, where a funfair accompanies the music. Live@lunch gigs cheer up the middle of the day, if you simply can't wait for the evening's fun.

Various Venues: Bathgate

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary. / 07500 608651

Best of the West Festival

Set in the stunning venue of the grounds of Inveraray Castle, this family-friendly festival highlights the best in food, drink, craft, music and entertainments from the West of Scotland. From fine crafts to fine food and from local pipe bands to world-famous headline music acts, the programme offers something for…

Inveraray Castle

Sat 13 Sep

£19.50 for weekend pass, £14.50 for single day pass (under 16s £14.50 for weekend pass, £9.50 for single day pass; under 8s free if accompanied by… / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 19:30

Sun 14 Sep

£19.50 for weekend pass, £14.50 for single day pass (under 16s £14.50 for weekend pass, £9.50 for single day pass; under 8s free if accompanied by… / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 18:30
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Big Burns Supper

Stars from across the country congregate as Dumfries celebrates the birth of the Baird with a vast selection of dance, theatre, visual arts, live art and comedy, turning Burns' Night into a festival of contemporary arts.

Various venues, Dumfries

Fri 23 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sat 24 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sun 25 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

…and 6 more dates until 31 Jan 2015

Blas Festival

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

Various venues: Highlands & Islands

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

…and 9 more dates until 15 Sep

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

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Sat 13 Sep

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Sun 14 Sep

Times & prices vary

Chester Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

With an awesome line up and some of the hottest names in the business stepping on stage, this is one music festival not to miss. Featuring headliner Steve Cropper alongside Animals and Friends, Billy Walton Band, The Hitman Blues Band and the New York City Horns, Mākuini and Lucy Zirins

The Live Rooms, Chester

Sat 18 Oct

£27

  • 14:00 – 22:00

Denholm Folk Festival

A wee folk festival for a wee village. The weekend's programme includes evening concerts, workshops and an open stage competition. The main events are joined by continual sessions for uninterrupted foot-tapping.

Various Venues, Denholm

Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 8 Nov

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Sun 9 Nov

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Douglasdale Folk Festival

Small, friendly and affordable festival with something to suit every folky's taste in a programme of concerts, workshops and pub sessions. This year's line-up features Tannahill Weavers, Pilgrim's Way, Heather Young and 2011 Open Stage winners The Daddy Naggins & Gordon Neil.

St Brides Centre, Douglas

Fri 19 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07851 861384

Sat 20 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07851 861384

Sun 21 Sep

Times & prices vary / 07851 861384

Dunbar Traditional Music Festival

As it approaches its silver anniversary, the DTMF has a back catalogue filled with some of Scotland's best loved music names, including Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, Sandy Legget and Ian Davidson. A range of trad music to suit most tastes, with a family concert on Sunday afternoon and workshops for all ages. 2014's line-up…

Various venues: Dunbar

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / Free (fish supper: prices vary) / 07764 170399

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / Free (fish supper: prices vary) / 07764 170399

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / Free (fish supper: prices vary) / 07764 170399

FordFest

A family friendly festival to raise money for the Fordhall Community Land initiative. There's live music and real ale and cider from local breweries for the grown ups and Jester Jack, face paintings and family games including welly wanging and barrel rolling for the kids. Camping is available for £10 a tent.

Fordhall Farm, Market Drayton

Sat 6 Sep

£12 in advance, £15 on the door (Children free) / 01630 638696

  • 11:00 – 23:00

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

A weekend community folk festival run by Girvan Folk Club featuring a range of open sessions, concerts, workshops and children's events.

Various venues, Girvan

Fri 1 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sat 2 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sun 3 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Glasgow Loves Hogmanay

A programme of family activities for the daytime and early evening of Hogmanay, including traditional music, children’s activities and Scottish food and drink.

George Square, Glasgow

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

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