Events


Gaelic Song Classes with Brian Ó hEadhra


7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Jan, 4th Feb 2021
Event link: Facebook

Learn to sing popular Scottish Gaelic songs with acclaimed Highland based singer Brian Ó hEadhra. The class is very relaxed and the main thing is that you enjoy yourself whilst learning new songs and Gaelic language. It’s ideally suited to post beginner-intermediate Gaelic learners but all are welcome. 

Both Gaelic and English will be used in the class.

The class fee is by donation: paypal.me/brianoheadhra

More info and how to sign up here.


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.


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.


Bird On A Wire – Online Songwriting Workshops

Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Jan 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.


School of Mànran – Week 2

Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Jan 2021, 3.30pm – 4.pm
Event link: YouTube

Week 2 School of Mànran is here. Join members from the band each afternoon this week on their YouTube channel from 3.30pm for some amazing classes.


Mayhem, Misery and Mirth

Wed 20th Jan 2021, 7.30pm
Event link: Scottish Storytelling Centre

January can be a difficult month at the best of times, but 2021 has really given us something to think about! So let us come together and celebrate the bleakness with an evening of music and stories led by Harley Loudon and Linda Perttula. We will laugh, cry, giggle and howl.

Tickets are Pay What You Can on a sliding scale, with donations to The Rock Trust also welcomed. The Rock Trust are Scotland’s youth-specific homelessness charity.


Scottish Culture & Traditions
Online Mandolin Workshop with Laura-Beth Salter

Sat 23rd Jan 2021, 1pm – 4pm
Event link: More info and booking

In this relaxed workshop over zoom, Laura-Beth will teach a few new tunes, using each one to demonstrate a bit of technique and some approaches for accompaniment, gradually getting a little more in depth as the workshop goes on. Expect fun tunes from America, Scotland and beyond.


RSCDS Burns Night Celebration

Sat 23rd Jan 2021, 7.30pm
Event link: Eventbrite

Join the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society online in music, song and dance to celebrate the Bard’s birthday with contributions from Pete Clark, Roddy Johnston, Seonaid Lynn and Ewan Galloway. This is a free online event via Zoom but you need to register in advance via Eventbrite.


The Warld O’er … Howth Burns Nicht

Sat 23rd – Sun 24th Jan 2021
Event link: Facebook

The World’s Room has been shuttered and dark this past while, but we’re delighted to announce a collaboration with the Howth Singing Circle near Dublin and Edinburgh Folk Club to bring you a night of words and music (and haggis) in virtual celebration of the bard. On the Scottish side we have contributions from Paul Anderson, Mairi Campbell, Shona Donaldson, Morag Dunbar, Scott Gardiner, Gilly Hewitt, Jimmy Hutchison, and Gary West, while Ireland offers Niamh Parsons and a host of fine musicians and singers.

23rd January, at 8pm. Hosted by Francy Devine and David Francis. Followed by a singing session on Sunday 24th, hosted by Niamh Parsons and Scott Gardiner.


Supper with Robert Burns
by David Campbell

Mon 25th Jan 2021, 7pm
Event link: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Join storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Robert Burns. You are invited to share this informal and joyful supper at home with traditional food and tales. Let the Bard light up these tough winter weeks. Performed by David CampbellRuth KirkpatrickMio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O’Shanter flow.

Presented by TRACS, from the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.


Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper

Mon 25th Jan 2021, 7pm
Event link: YouTube | Facebook

Scotland’s largest contemporary Burns celebration joins forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley as Big Burns Supper goes digital for 2021. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary, Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper dishes up a very special broadcast connecting Scotland to the world with contributions from local, national and international artists to help celebrate Burns Night in a way that helps give everyone a much-needed lift and a laugh.

Broadcast free of charge across Big Burns Supper’s Facebook and YouTube channels, the special 75-minute digital broadcast on January 25th 2021 sees Janey (in her own very special style obviously) welcome back a cracking selection of artists including – KT Tunstall, Donovan, Dougie MacLean, Skerryvore, Manran, Tidelines, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Camille O’Sullivan, Robert Softley Gale, Amy Canochan + Lots more. As staying in is the new eh, going out, Janey will host from her own living room as she prepares a Burns Supper while introducing guests and festival friends throughout the evening.


Burns Night Concert
with Claire Hastings

Mon 25th Jan 2021, 8pm
Event link: Facebook

Claire Hastings sings the songs of Robert Burns.

Join singer, Claire Hastings for a cosy evening of live music and a celebration of Robert Burns!

This is a free event, donations welcome:
paypal.me/clairehastingsmusic


Oor Vyce Burns Nicht

Mon 25th Jan 2021, 8pm
Event link: Facebook | YouTube

Jyne Oor Vyce as we celebrate the life o Rabbie Burns wi an eon o entertennyment wi speeches, poems, sangs an tunes, presentit by Iona Fyfe. Featurin Billy Kay, Margaret Bennett, Len Penni an Jack Capener. Wi pipin, fiddlin an sangs fae John Dew, Cameron Nixon, Iona Fyfe an Michael Biggins. Hae a keek fir free at Oor Vyce’s Facebook and Youtube live on 25th Januar at 8pm.


Winter Online Adult Piping Gathering

Mon 25th Jan – Thurs 28th Feb 2021
Event link: More info and booking

The National Piping Centre is bringing you 4 online Adult Gatherings in 2021 for pipers aged 18+, which have been designed to give a fantastic social learning experience. These events are:

Winter Online Adult Gathering – Monday 25th – Thursday 28th January 2021
Spring Online Adult Gathering – Monday 26th – Thursday 29th April 2021
Summer Online Adult Gathering – Monday 26th – Thursday 29th July 2021 
Autumn Online Adult Gathering – Monday 1st – Thursday 4th November

We hope that we will also be able to run in-person schools later in the year, but these will run alongside our fantastic online offering.

The first school of the year begins on Monday 25th January and will feature individual lessons, workshops, masterclasses, practice time and more, all from the comfort of your own home. The World Class piping teachers of the Winter Online adult Gathering will be: Finlay MacDonald, Connor Sinclair, Margaret Dunn, Wilson Brown, Andrew Bova and Ross Ainslie.


Guid Crack Storytelling Session
with Anne Pitcher

Fri 29th Jan 2021, 7.30pm
Event link: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Join acclaimed Scottish storyteller Anne Pitcher on a storytelling journey of Burns, Beasties and Bogles! With her warm and welcoming ceilidh style of telling tales, Anne weaves stories around the audience like a beautiful tapestry, so that they feel immersed in the sights, sounds and even the smells of the story.

If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).


Winter Harp Festival

Fri 29th – Sun 31st Jan 2021
Event link: Eventbrite

Join acclaimed harp tutors Gráinne Hambly (Ireland), Tristan Le Govic (Brittany), Ailie Robertson (Scotland) and Adriano Sangineto (Italy) for this online Winter Harp Festival.

This festival is open to harp players of elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Gráinne Hambly will be teaching tunes from the Irish tradition by ear; Ailie Robertson will be teaching tunes from the Scottish tradition; Adriano Sangineto will give a workshop about “Getting the groove”, aimed at exploring the rhythmic aspect of the harp, developing that rhythmic-harmonic awareness that is essential for playing dance music; and Tristan Le Govic will be teaching some wonderful tunes from the Brittany region of France.


Bird On A Wire – Online Songwriting Workshops

Mon 15th – Fri 19th Feb 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 Music Club
Malinky

Fri 26th Feb 2021, 8pm
Event link: More info & booking

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

This is a live concert on Friday 26th February at 8pm that will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after. 

Malinky is a Scottish folk band specialising in Scots song. Their current four-piece line-up, centred on the outstanding voices of Fiona Hunter, Steve Byrne, and Mark Dunlop also features award-winning composer Mike Vass, with instrumentation including bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, whistle, bodhrán and cello.

2019 was the 20th Anniversary of the band and they released their double CD Handsel on Greentrax to celebrate the occasion.


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
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)