Events


BLAS Festival


Fri 20th – Mon 30th Nov 2020
Event link: blas.scot/events

This year the BLAS Festival will take place online. Over 11 days we will deliver a fantastic programme of concerts, cèilidhs, workshops, lectures and more celebrating the music, songs, language and culture of the Highlands. 


SEALL Festival of Small Halls


Thurs 26th – Sat 28th Nov 2020
Event link: Tickets

SEALL Festival of Small Halls 2020 is going online. SEALL aims to continue to bring the very best festival experience to our audiences and this year the musicians will be in residency at the Sligachan Hotel from 21-25 November, practising together and making new music for three live-streamed concerts on 26 and 27 November straight from Braes Hall and Dunvegan Castle.

The concerts will form part of the programme of the mighty Blas Festival 2020 and will be presented by Skye’s Eilidh Cormack.

On Saturday 28 November, the highly popular Small Halls Big Cèilidh will take place live-streamed from the Sligachan Hotel in honour of Scotland’s national day. This year’s event is also part of the philanthropic St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Festival and will raise money for our SEALL@Home project which uses performance art to tackle loneliness and isolation within our communities.

On the night, the whole world is invited to join us in celebration of Scotland’s national day and enjoy the music and craic with our nine musicians. The evening will be presented by BBC Radio Scotland’s Gary Innes of Take the Floor fame.

View the full programme.


Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with Jenn Butterworth and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


Fri 27th Nov 2020, 12pm
Event link: scotland.org

Jenn Butterworth is one of the most notable folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene and has collaborated with musicians from around the world including France, Germany, USA, China, Canada – to name just a few. Known for producing music based on the themes of fairness, kindness, inclusivity and empowerment, there is no one better placed to kick off this year’s events.

Jenn currently holds the title of ‘Musician of the Year’ from the Scots Trad Music Awards and was nominated for the same title in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In this performance, she will be mixing spoken word and music and working with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – one of the world’s top performing arts schools.


Guid Crack Storytelling Session
with Lauren Bianchi


Fri 27th Nov 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Mother: In All Its Glorious Forms

A word that means something to everyone, be it a nurturing presence, a hole in our lives, the earth we live on or the land we call home. Folklore is full of Mother (and Grandmother) tropes – from the Cailleach, to the Crone; the giver of life to the fallen woman and the great creation myths from all over mother earth. Join us with a story for an evening of whatever mother means to you.

Our guest storyteller is Lauren Bianchi, who is based in Glasgow at the Village Storytelling Centre.


Folk at the Salmon Bothy
Live on Fridays


Fri 27th Nov 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: bothyfolk.org

Friday night live online with Folk at the Salmon Bothy.


RURA Live at Hands Up For Trad Music Club


Fri 27th Nov 2020, 8pm
Event link: Tickets

RURA perform a live set at Hands Up For Trad Music Club straight to your living room!

This is a live concert on Friday 27th November at 8pm that will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after. This event is part of our St Andrew’s Weekend.

Ímar will be playing at Hands Up For Trad Music Club on Saturday 28th November. Get tickets for both events here.


Ímar Live at Hands Up For Trad Music Club


Sat 28th Nov 2020, 8pm
Event link: Tickets

Ímar perform a live set at Hands Up For Trad Music Club straight to your living room!

This is a live concert on Saturday 28th November at 8pm that will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after. This event is part of our St Andrew’s Weekend.

RURA will be playing at Hands Up For Trad Music Club on Friday 27th November. Get tickets for both events here.


Solas Festival Hearth


Sun 29th Nov 2020
Event link: solasfestival.co.uk

Solas Festival Hearth is a one day celebration of music, community and creativity to warm our toes and raise our spirits as the days are short and the times seem dark.

#SolasFestivalHearth


Campbell’s Ceilidh
St Andrew’s Day Special


Mon 30th Nov 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Join us on St. Andrew’s Day for a special version of Campbell’s Ceilidh where story, song and music combine with whatever forces the ceilidh spirit brings. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the artistic flow and facilitated breakout sessions where there is a chance for all to participate in sharing in the ceilidh tradition.

Hosted by Mairi Campbell, with special guest performers, singer/songwriter Tom Houston, accordionist Megan MacDonald, storyteller Niall Moorjani and poet Elspeth Murray.


Hands Up For Trad Radio


Tues 1st Dec 2020, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr

Join Simon Thoumire for an hour of new and classic Scottish traditional music.


Hands Up For Trad
Afternoon Show


Wed 2nd Dec 2020, 2pm
Event link: Facebook

Join Simon Thoumire for the Hands Up For Trad Afternoon Show – lots of chat, music videos and fun!


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


Folk at the Salmon Bothy
Live on Fridays


Fri 3rd Dec 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: bothyfolk.org

Friday night live online with Folk at the Salmon Bothy.


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.


Leaving Iona
by Heather Yule & Donald Smith

Fri 11th Dec 2020, 8pm
Event link: Scottish Storytelling Centre

It’s Columba’s wake. But where does his body belong – in Donegal or Iona? And who will tell the story – the monks, the poets or the women? Join storytellers Heather Yule and Donald Smith for this special performance, as they follow the inner and outer journeys of Colmcille/Columba on the 1500th anniversary of his birth.

This event has been rescheduled from October and will now be live streamed and available to watch online. More information to follow.


MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020

Sat 12th Dec 2020
Event link: scotstradmusicawards.com

Na Trads 2020 will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances.


HebCelt Christmas Show
McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle:
Christmas At Home


Sun 27th Dec 2020, 7.30pm
Event link: hebceltfest.com

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle have recorded a very special Christmas show to be streamed into the homes of people the length and breadth of the UK. Linking with venues and festivals across the UK, the trio will bring Christmas cheer directly to audiences in their own homes with a show for the HebCelt audience set for the 27th December. This format allows both artist and venue to benefit so through buying a ticket for the 27th of December you’re helping keep HebCelt and the music we all love so much alive.


The Islay Sessions


Sat 9th Jan 2021, 7.30pm
Event link: Eventbrite

Postponed from 21st November 2020 to 9th January 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions. All tickets already purchased are valid for the new January date and all tickets are available to purchase up until the date.

The Islay Sessions 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!


Celtic Connections 2021

Fri 15th Jan – Tues 2nd Feb 2021
Event link: celticconnections.com

Celtic Connections 2021, in its digital format, will present concerts using an online platform every night between Friday 15th January – Tuesday 2nd February 2021. Top quality performances will be available to view online across the 19 days with some of the biggest names on the Scottish music scene and beyond appearing on screens across the world as part of the festival.

With the full programme set to be announced in early December, Celtic Connections fans can expect to see an array of the most well-known and best-loved acts that have traditionally graced the festival stages.