Music, Folk, Festival

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Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

The 65th annual festival of its kind. Kicking off with a ceilidh, the event takes in competitions and championships during the day before finishing with the Senior Scottish Championship and performances by some of Scotland's top musicians.

Salutation Hotel, Perth

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01738 492949

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

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug 2015

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

Times & prices vary

Sun 23 Nov

Times & prices vary

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 4 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 5 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 6 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

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Orkney Folk: The Fiddle Gathering

Folk and fiddles galore, featuring the likes of Douglas Montgomery, Fionn MacArthur, Kenny Ritch, Andrew Gifford, FARA, Hadhirgaan, Brian Cromarty, Billy Peace, Gavin Firth, Erik Laughton and more.

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Nov

£18 (£15) / 0131 668 2019

Part of Scots Fiddle Festival.

Speyfest

Well-established as one of the best Celtic and Scottish music festivals in the country with a varied programme of seated concerts, ceilidhs and stomps across three days and nights. The festival line-up features some of the biggest names from the worlds of Scottish traditional and contemporary music.

Fochabers

Fri 31 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 1 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary

Ceolas

Annual summer school focusing on the connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic song and dance, with expert tuition and workshops plus lectures, demonstrations, concerts and ceilidhs, all in the spectacular surroundings of South Uist.

Various venues, South Uist

Sun 5 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01878 700154

Mon 6 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01878 700154

Tue 7 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01878 700154

…and 3 more dates until 10 Jul 2015

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

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary

Portsoy Music Festival: The Sixth Haal

A three day festival which captures the varied music traditions of the north of Scotland, so there's everything from bothy ballads to Burns as well as Celtic, folk, Americana and Irish influenced music. There is also a range of sessions, workshops and storytelling from local performers and musicians.

Various Venues, Portsoy

Fri 29 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01261 842571

Sat 30 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01261 842571

Sun 31 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 01261 842571

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Aberfeldy Festival

Community festival with film screenings, street entertainment, storytelling, workshops and fireworks alongside a bumper line-up of bands.

Various Venues, Aberfeldy

Fri 31 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

Sat 1 Nov

Times & prices vary / 01887 822997

African Drum Village

Scotland's only festival dedicated to drumming, with African beats echoing around the landscape of Glenisla. With the emphasis on friendly, relaxed fun, workshops are provided for all the family to learn how to sing, play and dance African style.

Scottish Outdoor Education Centre, Meigle

Thu 6 Aug 2015

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

Fri 7 Aug 2015

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

Sat 8 Aug 2015

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

Sun 9 Aug 2015

Times vary / £200 (ages 5–16 £50 and must be accompanied by parent/guardian; under 5s free) / 01899 221115

Ticket price includes accommodation, food and drink.

Arran Folk Festival

The island known for being Scotland in miniature presents a weekend of folk, with sessions, concerts and ceilidhs centred in Brodick.

Various Venues, Arran

Fri 5 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary

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

Bristol Folk Festival

Two days of folk music featuring Seth Lakeman, The Full English, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar and Heg & The Wolf Chorus. Plus workshops, ceilidhs, market and Bristol's much loved Morris dancing.

St George's Bristol

Sat 2 May 2015

£60–£70 / 0845 40 24 001

Sun 3 May 2015

£60–£70 / 0845 40 24 001

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Ceol Cholasa

Four-day folky fest on the Island of Colonsay with some great acts appearing. The line-up is announced closer to the time but the 2014 festival featured Bella Hardy, Battlefield Band, Rura, Kathleen MacInnes, David Francey and Mairearad & Anna. There is also a series of workshops and a ceilidh.

Colonsay, Isle of Colonsay

Thu 17 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Fri 18 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 19 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 20 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary

Cottier Chamber Project

The Cottier Chamber Project is a lively, genre-hopping festival unto itself in the wider orbit of Glasgow's West End Festival. Hosted by the enterprising chamber group Daniel's Beard, it brings top-flight professional chamber musicians to the West End and promotes chamber music, jazz, nu-folk and world music to Glasgow…

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary

…and 19 more dates until 26 Jun 2015

Darvel Music Festival

A community-led festival, Darvel has been gathering fans over the past 11 years under the stewardship of Neil and Sheila McKenna. Last year's show features Eric Bibb and Band (on their only UK date), with support from Michael Jerome Browne.

Town Hall, Darvel

Fri 1 May 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

Sat 2 May 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

Sun 3 May 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01560 322437

…and 2 more dates until 13 Jun 2015

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

Times & prices vary

Sun 9 Nov

Times & prices vary

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 25 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary / 07764 170399

Sat 26 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary / 07764 170399

Sun 27 Sep 2015

Times & prices vary / 07764 170399

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Held on the beautiful grounds of Merchiston Castle School, EIHF annually welcomes a healthy mix of world-class harpists and up-and-coming local talents playing a range of musical styles from folk to jazz for concerts, courses, workshops, the UK's largest harpmakers' exhibition and late night music sessions.

Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

Sat 11 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

Sun 12 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 554 0212

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr 2015

Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland

A little bit of Ireland descends upon Edinburgh in the run-up to St Patrick's Day. Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland is a multi-arts, family-friendly celebration of the Emerald Isle, with storytelling, music, dance, talks, comedy and food & drink events.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 11 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

Thu 12 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

Fri 13 Mar 2015

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

…and 2 more dates until 15 Mar 2015

Galloway Music Festival

Competitive music festival for amateur musicians of all ages. The syllabus covers a wide range of categories including piano, brass, woodwind, recorder, strings, ensemble, vocal, choral, jazz, recital, composition, speech and Scottish traditional, with members of the public welcome to attend all competitions and a…

Various Venues, Stranraer and Newton Stewart

Mon 9 Mar 2015

Times vary / All events are free except for the Festival Concert (£5). / 01671 402570

Tue 10 Mar 2015

Times vary / All events are free except for the Festival Concert (£5). / 01671 402570

Wed 11 Mar 2015

Times vary / All events are free except for the Festival Concert (£5). / 01671 402570

…and 3 more dates until 14 Mar 2015

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

Hebridean Celtic Festival

The picturesque Hebridean islands of Lewis and Harris provide a fitting backdrop for this family-friendly festival that showcases Celtic, traditional and contemporary music with a strong focus on Gaelic culture. Last year's line-up included Donnie Munro, Cara Dillon, Rachel Sermanni, Big Country, Duncan Chisholm, The…

Various Venues, Hebrides

Wed 15 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01851 621234

Thu 16 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01851 621234

Fri 17 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01851 621234

Sat 18 Jul 2015

Times & prices vary / 01851 621234

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