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Event Calendar 2019

Click here for details of how you can get your event, activity, venue or folk club listed in printed version of the TMSA Event Calendar 2019 - deadline Monday 10 December!

Event Calendar 2018

The 2018 TMSA Event Calendar contains dates and information of various traditional music festivals, events and folk clubs across Scotland in 2018 and into early 2019.

It also includes information about groups and venues that provide or support opportunities to learn/take part in traditional music and song on a regular basis.

It is available from the Glasgow Folk-Music Workshop Stall at Celtic Connections plus through other distribution points at the festival and throughout Scotland.


TMSA Young Trad Tour & CDs

Congratulations to West Lothian singer, Hannah Rarity, taking the title of The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 and the TMSA quaich at Celtic Connections. Other finalists were Ali Levack - whistles/pipes (Maryburgh), Rory Matheson - piano (Drumbeg), Amy Papinransky - voice (Keith), David Shedden - bagpipes (Glasgow). Unfortunately Luc McNally had an accident a couple of days before the day preventing him taking part but he will be part of the 2018 Tour in 2019. (Photo: Alan Peebles/BBC Radio Scotland)

The TMSA Young Trad Tour 2017 group have completed their visits to home locations around Scotland and beyond to London. Information about where they went is available here. The group comprised Charlie Stewart from Perthshire, winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition at Celtic Connections joined by finalists: Ella Munro, Scots song (Skye);  Dougie McCance, bagpipes (Glasgow); Kim Carnie, Gaelic song (Oban); Iona Fyfe, Scots song (Huntly); Grant McFarlane, accordion (Paisley) and Mohsen Amini (2016 winner). Their CD is available now from the TMSA shop. (Photo: Alanna Cole-Baker)

The TMSA Young Trad Tour project is supported by Creative Scotland. Visit our shop to buy previous Tours' CD and help support this project to continue.


Young musicians and singers needed to runsessions across Scotland!

There's still some places available on the TMSA programme to support young musicians and singers across Scotland (aged 18-26) to run traditional music sessions in their area. We expect each session to be lead by a small group who can organise and promote a programme of approximately 10 sessions to start before the end of December, in a local venue. Funded by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, musicians will receive payment to host sessions as well as a bursary to participate in training with leading musicians in the field. Some places are still available on this programme so apply as soon as possible through the dedicated project website before they all get taken up. We are happy to hear from any venues or groups that would like to support a trio of young people in a local session programme as well.

'101 Scottish Songs/Wee Red Book'

Another Celtic Connections Concert based around the '101 Scottish Songs' or 'Wee Red Book' took place on Friday 2 February 2018, at St Andrews in the Square.

We now have the recording of the concert on DVD and you can purchase it along with DVDs of the first and second 'Wee Red Book' or Norman Buchan’s ‘101 Scottish Songs’ Concert in association with Collins & Celtic Connections, filmed at previous Celtic Connections Festivals - featuring many of Scotland’s finest singers bringing the songs to life - from the TMSA shop at the same time - buy here. The shop page also has a link you can follow if you want to get a copy of the book from the publishers.

Both events were filmed by Gill and Stuart Duncan of Red Barn Studios whose skill, expertise and extremely good ears ensured that these DVDs will be something to treasure. Thanks to all that helped with its making. We are looking forward to the third concert DVD!

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Help us in our work to support traditional music making in communities around Scotland by making a donation through the link below.