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FF-14-logo4-300x298The Scots Fiddle Festival are looking for talented young fiddlers aged 12-18 years old to be part of an exciting project working with professional musicians leading towards a performance at the Scots Fiddle Festival’s Saturday night concert at The Queen’s Hall!

Participants will build repertoire, meet other young musicians, develop skills and gain confidence in arranging, learning by ear, working as a group, talking to audiences, learning to use microphones, as well as the experience of recording at a top Edinburgh recording studio and performing at one of Scotland’s biggest traditional music festivals.

All workshops and performances will take place in Edinburgh – participants may come from other parts of Scotland as long as they can make these. Auditions will be held on the 4th & 5th of October with workshops on 12th, 19th, 26th October, 2nd, 9th, 16th November & performance Sat 22nd November. There is no cost for participants to be involved in this project.

If you are interested in auditioning or for more information contact: by the 1st of October.

To see a video of last year’s  project and the 2014 festival programme see:

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Hands Up for Trad wants to harness just some of the emotions and positive thoughts that have been at the forefront of all our minds in recent weeks, by creating a New Songs For A New Scotland Songbook which will feature thought provoking songs for a positive Scottish future.

There has been so many amazing ideas, positive thoughts and visions for the future in the last few years from both sides of the debate. We can’t lose these ideas – they are too important.

The New Songs For A New Scotland Songbook is looking for submissions which will be included in an ebook that will be available for free download to anyone who wants to see Scotland in a positive light. It is not a competition – all entries will be considered. So express yourself through song writing and help us capture this unique time as Scotland moves forwards. The songs don’t have to be about heather and mountains (although they can be if you want), they can be political but we are not looking backwards only forwards.

For more about submitting visit their website.

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Are awfie pleased tae announce that the Scots Hoose learning and creativity resource is noo online.

In Scots Hoose you’ll find Scots language creative writing ideas, tips, suggestions, examples, information, poems, stories, artwork, audio, films, links and hunners and hunners o guid Scots words. You’ll also find great new writing by children and young people from across the whole of Scotland. And information on how more young writers can be published in our online e-magazine Skoosh!

Scots Hoose is funded by Creative Scotland and is a much-needed resource which will help children, young people, teachers, parents and new writers learn about, develop and celebrate their skills with the Scots language.

For mair details, visit or contact project leader, Matthew Fitt, (Any comments, feedback, initial responses to Scots Hoose would be much appreciated – write to

To quote Edwin Morgan, one of Scotland’s greatest Scots poets, ‘Open the doors – and begin!’

Braw wishes, Matthew Fitt


A swatch o Scots Hoose…

Da waves is brally strong
Aa da rocks is slippery…

Ma hoose seemed like lego. When I got hame, there were boxes a wy.

Three craws sat upon a waw…

Heid, shooders, knaps and taes, knaps and taes…

When dookin in the River Nile…

Mr and Mrs Bonnie hae hunners o mirrors in their hoose.

For auld lang syne, my jo…

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Two of the most dynamic, forward thinking, exciting and engaging traditional Celtic music acts join forces on a UK Tour this autumn, resulting in one dazzling and compelling concert.

The Outside Track and The Paul McKenna Band combine a vast array of cultural folk influences in their respective repertoires. Hugely popular as young ambassadors for roots music, their special marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world.

Both bands have been recognised with several major industry awards, including ‘Best Group of the Year’ in the Live Ireland Awards, ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the Tradition in Review awards and ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ in the Scottish Trad Music Awards, as well as nominations for ‘Best Live Act’ and ‘Folk Band of the Year’. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, the two bands are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation.

Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre promises a truly memorable spectacle.

26/09/14 GRAND HALL Kilmarnock

27/09/14 EDEN COURT Inverness

28/09/14 PITLOCHRY THEATRE Pitlochry

29/09/14 PLOCKTON HIGH SCHOOL Plockton

30/09/14 ST ANDREW’S IN THE SQUARE Glasgow

01/10/14 THE LEMON TREE Aberdeen

02/10/14 THE QUEENS HALL Edinburgh


04/10/14 THE NEVIS CENTRE Fort William

05/10/14 GATESHEAD TOWN HALL Gateshead

Full details at:

For further information, review copies of CDs, photographs and to arrange interviews with the bands, please contact Ailie Robertson on 07834949136 or

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In 2014/15 Enterprise Music Scotland have been given an allocation of £35,000 to distribute to small arts projects. There will only be one application deadline – Friday 10th October 2014 at 5pm.

Individuals/Organisations can apply for up to £3,000 for projects involving the following:
  • Scottish Traditional Dance
  • Scottish Traditional Music
  • Scottish Traditional Storytelling

You can find further information and an application form on our website: 

All applicants should also fill in an Equalities Monitoring Form which can be downloaded from the website.

Examples of projects funded in the most recent round of awards (Summer 2014) is available on this blog:
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