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TMSA Newsletter Issue 1 2013
TMSA Newsletter Issue 1 2013

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Trad Trails Launch!

Two of Scotland’s leading traditional arts organisations have joined forces to deliver this innovative project. It combines, for the first time, a National Ceilidh Trail organised by Fèis Rois and a Scotland-wide Session programme organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA).



Two of Scotland’s leading traditional arts organisations are joining forces to deliver an innovative new project as part of the Year of Creative Scotland in 2012.


Gaelic Arts organisation, Fèis Rois has teamed up with the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) to deliver over 500 informal concerts, ceilidhs and music sessions across the country throughout 2012.


Trad Trails will enable visitors and local people to experience the very best of Scottish traditional music. From March through to November, Scotland’s pubs, village halls, historic sites, farmers’ markets and other venues will resound to the strains of Scotland’s traditional musicians. Many of the events are free and all will guarantee an authentic experience of Scottish culture.


More than fifty traditional musicians will have the opportunity to work on Trad Trails, including those just setting out on their musical careers, as Fiona Dalgetty, Chief Executive of Fèis Rois explains:


“Fèis Rois launched its pioneering Ceilidh Trail programme in 2000,” said Fiona. “The Ceilidh Trail is a professional development opportunity for young musicians aged 16 – 25 who are considering a career in traditional music, whilst also contributing to cultural tourism by ensuring that there is high quality traditional music on offer in communities in the Highlands throughout July and August.


The Ceilidh Trail started in Ross-Shire and has now been replicated in five other Highland communities. However, these Ceilidh Trails are only open to young people living in those six communities and there is an increasing demand from young people from across Scotland to have a similar opportunity available to them. Since 2000, over 50 young musicians have performed to more than 20,000 in Ross-Shire alone. Many of those young musicians have gone onto carve out successful careers in the Scottish music industry.”


The 2012 Trad Trails project will include a new National Ceilidh Trail for Scotland. Fèis Rois is inviting young musicians aged 18 – 25 from across the country to apply for one of ten places on this exciting 6-week summer project.  They will have the opportunity to work with some of Scotland’s finest professional musicians before hitting the road to give 100 performances everywhere from Dumfries to Dundee and Aberdeen to Argyll.


Running throughout the year will be a series of Scottish traditional music sessions in pubs and venues across Scotland. Co-ordinated by the TMSA, these sessions will be led by accomplished traditional musicians, but they are open to anyone to join in or come along and just enjoy listening.


“We hope that by working together on Trad Trails, the TMSA and Fèis Rois will be able to showcase the diverse regional music and song traditions of Scotland, both in Scots and Gaelic,” said Fiona Campbell of the TMSA. “As well as contributing to the cultural economy, Trad Trails will bring traditional music into new venues and raise awareness of the very rich culture we have in Scotland.”