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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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Following the success of the Words + Music conference and live showcase in March, Horsecross has joined up with  Perth College UHI and the Traditional Music Forum once again to create another unique event combining great live Scottish music and music industry discussion. Fresh Meat will be a key part of Perth College UHI’s Freshers Week but is also completely open to anyone and everyone who enjoys seeing the best new Scottish artists or wants to learn more about the music business. Admission to the panel and all performances is free.
The evening kicks off with a panel discussion titled Living The Dream? at Blend cafe at 6pm with DJ Jim Gellatly in conversation with musicians Dan Willson (aka Withered Hand), Ross Clark (Three Blind Wolves), Alice Marra (The Hazey Janes) and emerging songwriter Declan Welsh.
The panel is followed by performances at The Twa Tams, The Green Room and Blend from 8pm with stripped-down sets from some of Scotland’s finest artists: Withered Hand, Three Blind Wolves and The Hazey Janes, acoustic music from Freyja, Declan Welsh and Charlie Grey and Pablo Fuente and a locally-led indie lineup at The Green Room with Return To The Sun, Machines In Heaven and Good Cop Great Cop.
Words + Music presents
Fresh Meat
Saturday 13th September: 
Panel Discussion, 6pm, Blend
Live Performances from 8pm: Blend, The Twa Tams, The Green Room  
Admission Free
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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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MU Officer Caroline Sewell and Duncan McCrone from MCPS/PRS for Music will be visiting Dumfries and Stirling, and invite you along to book a 1-2-1 advice session.

You may have questions about your career and how best to move forward, or a legal query which you would like help with. It could be a project which you would like to get up and running but needs some initial advice.

Perhaps you are considering becoming a member of the Musicians’ Union, MCPS or PRS for Music and would like to discuss the matter further.

Whatever your question, we look forward to meeting you and helping you navigate the more complicated areas of the music industry.

When: Thursday 28 August, 12pm–4pm
Where: Oasis Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries

When: Tuesday 30 September, 11am – 3pm
Where: The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling

To book a 30 minute appointment or for more information, please email

1-2-1 advice sessions are available to all members of the Union, wherever they are. If you would like a face to face meeting but are unable to attend the above, or would like to see 1-2-1s in your area, please contact

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