Blas Festival to celebrate Scotland’s coasts and waters

(Photo above – Mike Vass) Brand new music and song will showcase Highland talent This year’s Blas Festival, which will take place online for the first time, will celebrate Scotland’s musical talent with a host of new song and music commissions – demonstrating the wealth of composers and musicians across the country, whilst showcasing people, … Continued

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Finalists of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021 Announced

Congratulations to the finalists of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021. After a splendid semi-finalists concert held at BBC Scotland in Glasgow the 6 musicians above won through to the finals. All 12 musicians in the semi-finals played brilliantly and the judges had a very difficult time choosing the final 6. We are … Continued

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40th anniversary of Island Gaelic music organisation celebrated online

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Fèis Bharraigh, a Scottish Gaelic language organisation promoting literature, music, drama and culture on the islands of Barra and Vatersay.  The Fèis (Gaelic for festival) was held online in July but its success and 40-year legacy was celebrated online at Fèisean nan Gàidheal Annual Conference at the weekend. … Continued

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Announced: Semi-finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021

(Photo above: Ali Levack – winner 2020) The semi-finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021 have been announced. Congratulations to them all. The young musicians hail from all over Scotland and showcase the amazing amount of talent living in Scotland today. The finalists are: – Bradley Parker, 23, County Down (Bagpipes) … Continued

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Over £76,000 worth of funds launched to support Scottish arts world

Two Scottish arts funds, worth over £76,000, are now open and accepting applications in a bid to help Scottish artists and organisations to continue to deliver creative projects, after many of them have been severely affected financially by Covid-19. Being delivered by Gaelic arts organisation, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, on behalf of Creative Scotland, the funds … Continued

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Global Music Match unites 14 Music Export Programs for a world first!

96 artists from 14 countries are taking part in what could be the largest online matchmaking of musicians ever undertaken. Created in a world first collaboration between founding partners Sounds Australia, Showcase Scotland Expo and Canada’s East Coast Music Association (ECMA), along with 11 other export organisations and showcase events from around the world, Global … Continued

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Young artists receive crucial funding from Highland arts community

(Photo above: Chloe Bryce, Tain) New creative fund provides financial support and mentoring to emerging artists at a time when the arts are under threat Talented young creatives have received a much needed boost from the Highland arts community in a bid to support them with their creative community projects, at a time when the … Continued

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Bandcamp Fridays to continue throughout 2020 to support artists impacted by the pandemic

Bandcamp Fridays started in March 2020 to support artists impacted by the pandemic. On the first Friday of each month Bandcamp waive their fees so that the artist receives 100% of the revenue. In the past few months the music community has come together in a huge way: in just four days, fans put more than … Continued

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NEW CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR POLITICIANS TAE TAK TENT O SCOTS LANGUAGE

A new campaign has launched demanding official recognition for the Scots language. Oor Vyce brings together academics, writers and political campaigners who want the Scottish Parliament to pass a law similar to the 2005 Gaelic Language Act to promote The Mither Tongue. They also want an official body like Bòrd na Gàidhlig, to raise the … Continued

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