Traditional Music Forum Launches First Comprehensive Directory of Traditional Musicians in Scotland

(Photo above: Maeve Mackinnon – photo by Paul McNally) The Traditional Music Forum (TMF) and TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) proudly present Scotland Online: A Directory of Musicians, the only comprehensive online resource of its kind, promoting traditional musicians working and recording in Scotland. To celebrate the launch of the directory, TMF have invited … Continued

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Highland arts organisation awards musicians £40k for youth arts projects across Scotland

(Photo above: Successful applicant of the fund – Perthshire fiddler and 2017 winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Charlie Stewart) New fund is supporting 12 freelance musicians to deliver a variety of music projects to young people £40,000 has been awarded to 12 musicians across Scotland to support them … Continued

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An Evening Without Borders – TRACS is Inviting Europe for a Ceilidh

This World Storytelling Day, Sat 20 March 2021 at 7.30pm, TRACS is hosting a European Ceilidh to reach out to our friends, celebrate and strengthen our connections across Europe. As Lorenzo, one of our participating storytellers, put it so beautifully “If our stories have no borders, why should we?”. Of course, a traditional Ceilidh includes … Continued

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The Bothy Society announce 2021 plans with Whyte, Adam Holmes, Man of The Minch, Brother Raksha, Eabhal, and Heisk

You might think 2020 was the worst possible year to start a music business, but we disagree. Out of this past year has come a number of important conversations about the music industry – worldwide and here in Scotland – which gives us an opportunity for change. This is something we at The Bothy Society … Continued

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New Gaelic film encourages youngsters to explore the outdoors

A new Gaelic film aimed at young children, produced by arts organisation Fèisean nan Gàidheal, will be streamed on Facebook this Saturday 13th March. Cuairt Bheag (A Wee Walk) is a short film with a focus on the fun of exploring and playing outdoors and introduces the audience to Hùb Hàb who finds a magical … Continued

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The 40th Edinburgh International Harp Festival, 9th – 12th April 2021

Last year, the Edinburgh International Harp Festival was one of the first to go online in April.  Skilfully put together in haste by Rachel Hair, it was very successful, bringing together harp players and enthusiasts from all over the world at a stressful and uncertain time.  This year, we will be online again, putting into practice … Continued

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Spotify adds Scots as a Language

Award-winning folksinger Iona Fyfe led the campaign which saw Spotify adding Scots to its list of languages. Scots is one of Scotlands three national languages with over 1.5 million speakers (2011 census) and is recognised as a language by the European Charter for Minority Languages. Iona noticed that despite Spotify listing every other UK Minority … Continued

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Traditional Arts Mentoring Programme

TRACS is delighted to be assisting Creative Scotland and other partners in delivering a pilot programme of Traditional Arts Mentoring, building on work undertaken by the Traditional Music Forum. The aim is to exchange knowledge, skills and experience between the generations. The programme is aimed at early or mid-career practitioners in Scotland. Successful applicants will … Continued

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Michael Biggins Wins BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2021

The winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2021 Michael Biggins (Photo by Alan Peebles) Pianist Michael Biggins has been named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician for 2021. The 23 year-old, originally from Newcastle but now living in Glasgow, accepted the award from Gareth Hydes, Commissioning Editor, BBC Scotland, … Continued

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Between Islands Project Online

Despite some challenging circumstances in the past months, An Lanntair’s Between Islands project has now placed the majority of its activities online, with a range of short films, musical performances and three separate museum exhibitions now available to view on the dedicated website www.betweenislands.com. The project, which is funded by LEADER, links arts and heritage … Continued

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