Events


Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Sat 17th – Sat 31st Oct 2020
Event link: www.sisf.org.uk

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is back this year, with their #SISFInTheFlow programme ON SALE NOW! Taking place from October 17 to 31, stay in the flow through over 90 events taking place across Scotland and online, and featuring performers and storytellers from around the world, including unique storytelling ceilidhs, a specially curated Voyage strand, festival favourites like Open Hearth and Guid Crack, Global Lab workshops, story walks for all the family to enjoy and more to explore.

Check out their NEW festival social media channels, @ScotStoryFest, for festival news, sneak previews, behind-the-scenes action and more, as they take you on a voyage through storytelling and music.

BROWSE THEIR PROGRAMME: https://www.sisf.org.uk/

BOOK NOW: https://sisf.online.red61.co.uk/


Edinburgh Tradfest Online
Siobhan Miller


Mon 26th – Mon 2nd Nov 2020
Event link: More info and booking

Siobhan Miller’s four solo albums have received widespread critical acclaim. The most recent, All is Not Forgotten (2020) is a mix of gorgeous new compositions and traditional material. With all album launch gigs cancelled (the album came out in April), Miller is delighted to share some of the tracks with us in Traverse 3.

Show goes live at 8pm on Monday 26 October 2020 and is available to book until 6pm on Monday 2 November. Show duration is 40 minutes (approx).


Hands Up For Trad
Afternoon Show


Wed 28th Oct 2020, 2pm
Event link: Facebook

Join Simon Thoumire live on the Hands Up For Trad Facebook page from 2pm as he chats to Scottish traditional musicians.


TUATH: Songs of the Northlands
by Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie


Wed 28th Oct 2020, 8pm
Event link: More info and booking

This event is part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Highland based duo, Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie, present an intimate show featuring songs from their acclaimed, recently released albums TÌR – Highland Life & Lore and TUATH – Songs of the Northlands. TÌR explores traditional and contemporary life and stories from the Highlands of Scotland. TUATH is a musical and cultural exploration of the connections between the Gaels and our nearest Atlantic neighbours.

The duo will provide introductions and read translations of the songs, which are mostly in Scottish Gaelic, but also in Irish Gaelic, English and Norwegian. A show not to be missed!

Filmed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.


Shetland Stories & Fiddle Tunes: The Greenland Days and the Haaf Fishing
by Maurice Henderson & Ewen Thomson


Thurs 29th Oct 2020, 6.30pm
Event link: More info and booking

This event is part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Join Maurice Henderson and Ewen Thomson as they share stories and songs from the days of sail. Many Shetlanders made their living through Haaf fishing, using small open boats to sail or row out to the deep-water fishing grounds. The boat handling skills of the Shetland fishermen meant they were in great demand to crew aboard the British Arctic whaling ships. The performance is enriched with Shetland traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes relating to the sea, inspired by the stories and traditions handed down from the days of the whaling and Haaf fishing.

Written and Performed by Maurice Henderson and Ewen Thomson. Filmed on location in Shetland.


Tom Orr & His Scottish Dance Band live in concert with compere Gary Innes


Thurs 29th Oct 2020, 8pm
Event link: Eventbrite

Join Tom Orr and his Scottish Dance Band for a night of virtual dancing and live music hosted by Take the Floor presenter, Gary Innes.

This concert will be streamed live to the world from the BlueStar streaming studios in Glasgow where their state of art technology will get you closer to the band than ever before. This unmissable night of Scottish dance music will be hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Take the Floor presenter Gary Innes, who will also invite the Tom onto the couch for a chat to find out a little more about him and his band. Viewers will also be encouraged to send in their own questions for one of the most loved Scottish Dance Band musicians of his time. 

A night of great music, fun and excitement not to be missed.


Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships 2020


Sat 31st Oct 2020
Event link: More info and booking

The National Piping Centre and William Grant Foundation are delighted to announce that the Glenfiddich Piping Championship for 2020 will go ahead online for 2020. To ensure a musically enhanced and faultless experience, all the performances will be recorded live from Blair Castle and premiered online from 10am UK time on Saturdy 31st October. The event will take place behind closed doors at Blair Castle, with competitors, judges and a small technical team providing an online stream for the audience.

Invited to compete are: Finlay Johnston, Callum Beaumont, Jack Lee, Roddy MacLeod MBE, Angus MacColl, Stuart Liddell, Iain Speirs, Willie McCallum, Connor Sinclair and Bruce Gandy.


57 Degrees North in conversation with Help Musicians Scotland


Mon 2nd Nov, 1pm
Event link: Facebook

57 Degrees North are hosting a Facebook live conversation with Help Musicians Scotland. It’s FREE to view and a great opportunity to find out about their work and how they may help yours.

A must for musicians in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire & beyond, you’ll find out about what they do and the funds and initiatives they have available.

The stream will also be available to watch after the event.


Edinburgh Tradfest Online
Malin Makes Music


Mon 2nd Nov – Mon 9th Nov 2020
Event link: More info and booking

Acclaimed Skye piper Malin Lewis is joined by Ali Hutton (guitar) and Shona Mooney (fiddle) in a dynamic new trio. 

Show goes live at 8pm on Monday 2 November 2020 and is available to book until 6pm on Monday 19 October. Show duration is 40 minutes (approx).


The National Piping Centre Online Adult Autumn Gathering


Mon 2nd – Wed 4th Nov 2020
Event link: More info and booking

The school is for pipers and drummers aged 18 and over. It has been designed to give a fantastic social learning experience.


Hands Up For Trad
Strathspey & Reel Society: Term 2


Wed 4th Nov 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: More info and booking

Join the Hands Up For Trad Strathspey and Reel Society for sessions led by fiddler Claire Gullan to play some arrangements of great Scottish and Celtic tunes.

Term 2 dates:
9th September
23rd September
7th October
21st October
4th November
18th November
2nd December


What If…
Conference/Workshop


Sat 14th Nov 2020, 10am – 4pm
Event link: Eventbrite

Some post-Covid scenarios for Scotland’s Traditional Arts community.

The Traditional Music Forum‘s ‘What If…’ conference/workshop is taking place online on Saturday 14th November 2020, with presentations from professionals in Scotland’s Traditional Arts community followed by a choice of break out rooms for discussion and action points.

The speakers and their topics are:

Jenn ButterworthWhat if Scotland’s trad scene were more equitable, more diverse?
Steve ByrneWhat if we had a proper Scottish Traditional Music Archive?
Malcolm ReavellWhat if there were some kind of basic income?
Donald SmithWhat if blended performances are the future?
Jim SutherlandWhat if there were fairer, musician-owned streaming platforms?

Register for this event now on Eventbrite.


Mànran 10 Year Anniversary Party live from the iconic Barrowland Ballroom

Sat 14th Nov 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: Eventbrite

Mànran’s last Scottish show was from the famous Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom before heading off to tour England. 2020 was set to be a milestone year for the band as they were due to celebrate their 10 year anniversary with tours of China, North America, Europe and at home with their own flagship festival but alas all champagne was to be put on ice, until now! 

So join the band for their first performance in over 8 months as they celebrate their decade milstone with some old and new material and experience some live music from one of Scotland’s most loved bands from the comfort of your armchair.


Follow-up Zoom Training Sessions with Mairi Campbell


Mon 16th Nov 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm
Event link: Zoom

In August Mairi Campbell, who has built up extensive experience of delivering events online, led three sessions exploring how you can adapt and develop your teaching practices using Zoom. There will now be a number of follow-up sessions.

These sessions are open to any tutors who want to check in with how their online teaching is going, share experiences and insights.

All sessions take place on Mondays from 2pm – 3.30pm over Zoom:

21st September
19th October
16th November

Click here for the Zoom link to access these sessions.


Hands Up For Trad
Strathspey & Reel Society: Term 2


Wed 18th Nov 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: More info and booking

Join the Hands Up For Trad Strathspey and Reel Society for sessions led by fiddler Claire Gullan to play some arrangements of great Scottish and Celtic tunes.

Term 2 dates:
9th September
23rd September
7th October
21st October
4th November
18th November
2nd December


The Islay Sessions


Sat 21st Nov 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: Eventbrite

The Islay Sessions 2020 live in your living room with Daimh, Maeve MacKinnon, LB Salter & Jenn Butterworth, and David Foley & Jack Smedley.

A unique opportunity to see some of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians, presented live from Islay.

Your ticket also includes one entry into the unique Fraser Shaw Trust Prize Draw!


Hands Up For Trad
Strathspey & Reel Society: Term 2


Wed 2nd Dec 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: More info and booking

Join the Hands Up For Trad Strathspey and Reel Society for sessions led by fiddler Claire Gullan to play some arrangements of great Scottish and Celtic tunes.

Term 2 dates:
9th September
23rd September
7th October
21st October
4th November
18th November
2nd December


Winter Glasgow School of Folk Online

Sat 5th & Sun 6th Dec 2020
Event link: Eventbrite

Two days of instrumental workshops, sessions and craic for adults, hosted over zoom, organised and taught by folk musicians.

Join Calum MacCrimmon (whistle), John Somerville (accordion), Laura-Beth Salter (mandolin) and Adam Sutherland (fiddle) for their second online Glasgow School of Folk, with guest tutor Fiona Hunter (Scots song).

Over the two days there will be ten one-hour workshops plus evening sessions all held over Zoom. The course runs on a suggested donation of £5 per workshop attended, and a paypal link will be made available for this closer to the time.

More info and registration on Eventbrite.


MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020

Sat 12th Dec 2020
Event link:

More info coming soon…