Events


Hands Up For Trad
Strathspey & Reel Society – Term 4

Wed 14th Apr 2021 and every two weeks after
Event link: Citizen Ticket


Join the Hands Up for Trad Strathspey and Reel Society Term 4 for our sessions led by fiddler Claire Gullan to play some arrangements of great Scottish & Celtic tunes!

There will be 6 meetings of the Strathspey and Reel Society in term 4 starting on 14th April and every two weeks after.

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 27 great sets of music and more to come! Claire will take you through them at different tempos. You will be able to download the music beforehand so you if you have time, you can practice them. You can also check our Facebook and YouTube pages for updates and videos to practice along with. Check them out here.


Scotland Online: A Directory of Musicians
Live online launch event

Fri 7th May 2021, 8pm
Event link:
Scottish Storytelling Centre

Ever wondered where you could find a list of Scotland’s traditional musicians to explore, buy and support their music? Join us for an evening of music and conversation to celebrate the launch of Scotland Online: A Directory of Musicians, a new website with a comprehensive and ever-expanding list of musicians working and recording in Scotland.

This event features special pre-recorded performances by Rachel Hair & Ron JappyMaeve Mackinnon (with Ali Levack & Luc McNally) and David Foley & Jack Smedley(with Jenn Butterworth). Including a live Q&A with the performers after the event!

Presented by the Traditional Music Forum and TRACS, from the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Part of Edinburgh Tradfest 2021.


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

Tues 11th May 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 12th May 2021, 2pm
Event link: Mixlr

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


World Play a Strathspey Day 2021

Fri 14th May 2021
Event link: Social Media


After the amazing success of World Play a Strathspey Day 2019 and 2020, Hands Up For Trad are once again inviting everyone to join in with the World Play a Strathspey Day 2021. All you have to do is record a video of yourself playing a strathspey, upload it to social media, and make sure to use the hashtag #worldplayastrathspeyday.


#WorldPlayAStrathspeyDay Live at Hands Up For Trad Music Club

Fri 14th May 2021, 10pm
Event link: Citizen Ticket


This is a live concert on Friday 14th May at 10pm that will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after.

Fiddlers Adam Sutherland, Ross Couper, Innes Watson, Megan Henderson, Kristan Harvey, Isla Callister and pianist Rory Matheson are coming together for a very special concert which will feature duets and ensemble pieces.


Claire Gullan’s Strathspey & Reel Weekend

Fri 14th – Sun 16th May 2021
Event link: Citizen Ticket


A music making weekend open to all ages, brought to you by Claire Gullan and the Hands Up For Trad Strathspey and Reel Society.

The weekend will feature a mixture of strathspey and reel sessions, instrumental workshops, and a Saturday evening gig from Claire Gullan and Will Marshall. This year it will be held on Zoom and you can join in with any instrument.

More info and tickets through the link above.


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

Tues 18th May 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 19th May 2021, 2pm
Event link: Mixlr

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


Perth Festival of Arts

Thurs 20th – Sat 29th May 2021
Event link:
perthfestival.co.uk

Over ten days in May, Perth Festival of the Arts will broadcast an arts-packed festival online including Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton (with friends) and Fat-Suit.


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

Tues 25th May 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 26th May 2021, 2pm
Event link: Mixlr

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


Gies A Scots Phrase Day 2021

Fri 4th June 2021
Event link: Social Media


On Friday 4th June Hands Up For Trad are hosting #giesascotsphraseday

Anyone who uses social media can upload a video or audio of themselves saying a Scots phrase. Make sure to use the relevant hashtag. It will be a brilliant day of Scots phrases where everyone can join in!


Summer Harp Festival

Fri 18th – Sun 20th June 2021
Event link:
ailierobertson.com

Join acclaimed harp tutors Maeve Gilchrist (Scotland/USA), Michael Rooney (Ireland), Ailie Robertson (Scotland) and Erik Ask-Upmark (Sweden) for a weekend of workshops and concerts.

More info through the link above.


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Fri 25th – Sun 27th June 2021
Event link: stbfportsoy.org


Our committee has been working hard behind the scenes on exciting plans to hold an alternative, digital festival over the weekend of June 25-27. Although you won’t be able to make a trip to Portsoy, we will bring festival highlights directly to your tablet, phone, laptop or desktop, wherever in the world you are.

So, it’s Ahoy Portsoy on June 25-27; be sure to join our digital coverage of music, boats, crafts, food and drink, dancing and much more as a taster for our return in 2022. The virtual format Scottish Traditional Boat Festival is supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 as Scotland continues to shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape.


Piping Live! 2021

Sat 7th – Sun 15th Aug 2021
Event link: pipinglive.co.uk


With the success of the reduced programme last year, this year will see the livestreaming and premiering of as many events as possible across the nine days of the festival.

However, with the Scottish Government announcing recently that audiences may be able to return to venues – subject to capacity constraints – organisers are looking at adapting as many events as possible to allow audiences to attend, where that can happen. If this is possible, there will be strict hygiene guidelines in place.

Finlay MacDonald, Piping Live!’s Artistic Director said: “We are preparing a fantastic line up and want our friends worldwide to be able to come together both online and, if possible, in person to enjoy the music that we all love.”

A full announcement with more details of the wider Piping Live! programme will be made towards the end of May.