Events


Hands Up For Trad Strathspey & Reel Society – TERM 3

Wed 13th Jan – Wed 24th Mar 2021, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Event link: Citizen Ticket

The Hands Up for Trad Strathspey and Reel Society Term 3 will run from the 13th January 2021 to 24th March 2021. There are two tickets you can buy. A term ticket (£20 booking fee) which lets you into all 6 meet-ups or a ticket for each meet-up (£4). The dates for Term 3 are below.

13/01/21
27/01/21
10/02/21
24/02/21
10/03/21
24/03/21

The HUFT Strathspey & Reel Society is led by fiddler Claire Gullan and you will play arrangements of great Scottish & Irish tunes. The Strathspey and Reel are held on Wednesday at 7.30pm (UK time).

All the tunes will be uploaded to Hands Up for Trad’s website and you can download them here. It will be fun – we will play for 45-60 minutes! There are 19 great sets of music and more to come! 

Claire will take you through them at different tempos. You will be able to download them beforehand so if you have time you can practice them.


Siobhan Miller & Euan Burton

Fri 5th Mar 2021, 8.30pm
Event link: siobhanmiller.com/tickets


Siobhan Miller and Euan Burton will be performing a live concert on zoom on Friday evening from 8.30pm.


Arranging for Celtic Harp
with Ailie Robertson

Sat 6th Mar 2021, 2pm – 6pm
Event link: More info and booking

Join Ailie for this 4 hour workshop which will teach harpers, step by step, how to make their own arrangements.

We will be looking at chords, inversions, pedals, ostinatos, and much more.

Suitable for harpists from Grade 3+

Limited to 15 spaces


Fèisean nan Gàidheal Tutor Training Day

Sat 6th Mar 2021
Event link: More info & booking


FREE training day to inspire tutors working with Fèisean nan Gàidheal (FnG) in Fèisean, school or community settings.
If you are not yet involved as a tutor but would like to be, you are also welcome to attend.


Paul McKenna
Songs of Emigration

Sat 6th Mar 2021, 8pm
Event link: Facebook


Paul McKenna performs a live concert every Saturday night on Facebook. This week’s theme is songs of emigration.


Hands Up For Trad Radio

Mon 8th Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Alana McInnes for Hands Up For Trad Radio every Monday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast
Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes

Tues 9th Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Simon Thoumire for Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes every Tuesday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad
Afternoon Show

Wed 10th Mar 2021, 2pm
Event link: Mixlr

Join Hands Up For Trad for the Afternoon Show every Wednesday from 2pm.


Scots Music Group
Day of Tunes

Sat 13th Mar 2021, 10am – 4pm
Event link: More info & booking


Scots Music Group have brought together four great musicians to share their thoughts on four different types of traditional tune: pipe marches (Gary West), strathspeys (Sarah-Jane Summers), reels (Mike Vass) and jigs (Ian Lowthian).

The workshops will take the form of masterclasses. There will be no in-depth tune-learning on the day, but each tutor will provide two tunes in advance (notation and recording), one of which will be suitable for less experienced players. You will be able to play the tunes with the tutor on the day, and sections of the tunes will be used as illustrations.

The workshops are aimed at a wide range of levels. Complete beginners and players of other types of music are also very welcome.


Tame Your Technique Workshop
with Ailie Robertson

Sat 13th Mar 2021, 3pm – 6pm
Event link: More info and booking

For Elementary Harpists

Have you been playing for a little while now but know your technique needs some tightening up?

Join Ailie for this 3 hour workshop focussing on Harp Technique in a supportive and friendly online environment.

Improve your sound quality and increase your technical proficiency so you can get the most enjoyment from your harp!


VINCULAR by Ron Jappy
Live Stream Album Launch

Sat 13th Mar 2021, 8pm
Event link: Eventbrite


Ron Jappy presents the official album launch and first ever live performance of his debut album, Vincular. 

This live stream will contain all the music from the album whilst showcasing some of Scotland’s finest musicians featured on the record. 


Bird On A Wire – Online Songwriting Workshops

Mon 15th – Fri 19th Mar 2021
Event link: More info & booking

These 5-day online songwriting retreats with Boo Hewerdine and Findlay Napier are aimed at creative people in Scotland whose livelihoods have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Funded by Creative Scotland, the Bird on a Wire songwriting courses will be free to attend. There are a limited number of spaces.


Hands Up For Trad Radio

Mon 15th Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Alana McInnes for Hands Up For Trad Radio every Monday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast
Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes

Tues 16th Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Simon Thoumire for Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes every Tuesday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad
Afternoon Show

Wed 17th Mar 2021, 2pm
Event link: Mixlr

Join Hands Up For Trad for the Afternoon Show every Wednesday from 2pm.


Hands Up For Trad
Tinto Spring School Online

Fri 19th – Sun 21st Mar 2021
Event link: More info & booking

Tinto Spring School is the third online music school from Hands Up For Trad for participants aged 11-18 years. The spring music school will offer online classes in:

Guitar / Song / Song arranging (Jenn Butterworth)
Fiddle / Mixed instruments and more (Adam Sutherland)


Dance-Tune Dexterity
with Ailie Robertson

Sat 20th Mar 2021, 3pm – 6pm
Event link: More info and booking

Are you struggling to play as fast as you’d like? Do you find fast tunes much harder than slow ones? Do triplets trip you up?

In this workshop we’ll look at techniques and exercises to help you increase your dexterity and speed, and improve your ornaments!


Hands Up For Trad Radio

Mon 22nd Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Alana McInnes for Hands Up For Trad Radio every Monday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast
Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes

Tues 23rd Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Simon Thoumire for Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes every Tuesday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad
Afternoon Show

Wed 24th Mar 2021, 2pm
Event link: Mixlr

Join Hands Up For Trad for the Afternoon Show every Wednesday from 2pm.


Stunning Slow Airs Workshop
with Ailie Robertson

Sat 27th Mar 2021, 3-6pm
Event link: ailierobertson.com


For elementary / intermediate harpists.

Learn some beautiful slow airs from Scotland and Ireland in this workshop for elementary-intermediate players.


Iona Fyfe
Crowdfunder Launch Livestream

Sat 27th Mar 2021, 8pm – 9.15pm
Event link: Facebook


Award-winning Scottish folksinger Iona Fyfe performs an hour long livestream to mark the launch of her Crowdfunder campaign to fund her new album. The livestream is free, but donations to the Crowdfunder is much appreciated. 

Iona’s Crowdfunder is launched on 22nd March at 9am. The link can be accessed from then: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ionaalbum


Hands Up For Trad Radio

Mon 29th Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Alana McInnes for Hands Up For Trad Radio every Monday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast
Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes

Tues 30th Mar 2021, 3pm
Event link: Mixlr


Join Simon Thoumire for Mr Thoumire’s Fine Tunes every Tuesday at 3pm.


Hands Up For Trad
Afternoon Show

Wed 31st Mar 2021, 2pm
Event link: Mixlr

Join Hands Up For Trad for the Afternoon Show every Wednesday from 2pm.


Edinburgh International Harp Festival Online

Fri 9th – Mon 12th April 2021
Event link: harpfestival.co.uk

The box office for the 40th Edinburgh International Harp Festival is open now. 3 days and 4 nights of online concerts, courses and workshops.


National Piping Centre Spring Online Adult Gathering

Mon 26th – Thurs 29th Apr 2021
Event link: nationalpipingcentre.co.uk

The National Piping Centre is bringing you a series of online Adult Gatherings in 2021 for pipers aged 18+, which have been designed to give a fantastic social learning experience.

The next school, our Spring Adult Gathering begins on Monday 26th April. It will have two timezones of teaching, one from 9am UK Time for UK and European pipers and them from 4pm UK time for North American players. The school will feature individual lessons, workshops, masterclasses, practice time and more, all online from the comfort of your own home.

The World Class piping teachers of this school are: Willie McCallum, Dan Nevans, Dr Andrew Bova, Connor Sinclair, Ross Ainslie and Wilson Brown. The school costs £180 for the four days.