Edinburgh's Christmas: best five St Andrew's Day events

Edinburgh's Christmas: best five St Andrew's Day events

Dean Owens, who will perform alongside five-piece band the Whisky Hearts

Including Liz Lochhead, Stick Man and Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts

Time to dig out your best tartan attire and paint a saltire on one cheek: St Andrew's Day celebrations are happening on Sun 29 Nov. This year, there's a jam-packed programme of events being held in St Andrew's Square (fitting) as part of Edinburgh's Christmas. Here, we've picked some highlights to help you celebrate Scotland's national day in style.

Stick Man
If you've got a young'un in the family, odds are you'll have heard of beloved children's book Stick Man, from Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This award-winning show is based on it, and the production went down a treat when it was featured as part of Edinburgh Christmas' 2014 programme. Our reviewer gave it four stars last year, noting that 'there’s a charming simplicity' that goes down well with young audiences.
11am (60 minutes)

Liz Lochhead
No biggy, it's only Scotland's National Poet. Here, she celebrates all things wordy, from poems and monologue to characters, lyrics and theatre pieces.
6.30pm (50 minutes)

Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts
Singer-songwriter Dean Owens performs alongside five-piece band the Whisky Hearts, with Celtic americana described as 'Leith via Nashville'. So honky tonk, ye ken?
9pm (60 minutes)

Blazin' Fiddles
I tell you, what these guys can't do with a stringed instrument. The multi-award winning band take to the stage with music from their new album.
7.30pm (60 minutes)

The Banana Sessions
The Scottish three-piece play some happy folk pop tunes, so you can bop like a, er, banana?
5.15pm (60 minutes)

St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh, Sun 29 Nov.

Blazin' Fiddles

On fiery form, these contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands mix solo and ensemble sets to create a unique blend of energy and sensitivity.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Fri 31 Aug

£22 / 01786 473544

With special guest Karen Matheson.

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Thu 30 Aug

£24.20 (£19.80) / 01224 647647

With special guest Karen Matheson.

The Sage Gateshead

Sun 18 Nov

Sage Two

£19.60 / 0191 443 4661

Dean Owens

Scotland's Americana troubadour.

Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick

Fri 10 Aug


Joined by the Celtabilly Allstars.

  • 20:00 – 21:30

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Julia Donaldson (book), Axel Scheffler (book), Benji Bower (music)

Scamp Theatre use puppetry, live music and songs to present Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book about a stick man trying to get back to the family tree.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 20 Oct

£22.80–£28.80 (Family £22.50) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 21 Oct

£22.80–£28.80 (Family £22.50) / 0844 873 3433

Mon 22 Oct

£22.80–£28.80 (Family £22.50) / 0844 873 3433

…and 54 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

The Banana Sessions

A modern, quirky take on folk from vocalist Roberta Pia and her band.

Liz Lochhead

Poet Liz Lochhead discusses all things writing.

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