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TMSA Newsletter Issue 1 2013
TMSA Newsletter Issue 1 2013

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Traditional music and song sessions cap Year of Homecoming

Scotland comes alive this Autumn with the diverse sounds of traditional music and song, as the Homecoming Scotland 2014 Sessions begin their nationwide programme.

Presented by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA), with support from Homecoming Scotland 2014 and Creative Scotland, around 250 traditional Scottish music and song sessions will take place throughout the country until the December festive period, rounding off this Year of Homecoming.

Regular sessions are starting up in many corners of Scotland; from Inverness and Elgin in the north, to Dumfries and Newton Stewart in the south. With many more being added regularly, head to to find full listings, as well as details of other traditional music and song events taking place throughout Scotland.

Fiona Campbell, TMSA convener said: “Sessions are traditional music in its simplest form – informal and regular meetings of singers and musicians, with an emphasis on inclusion, sharing and fun! At a Homecoming Scotland 2014 Session, we have arranged for a couple of musicians to keep the tunes and songs flowing to help people join in, to create a great social gathering, free to all. We encourage locals and visitors to come along and take part, soak up the atmosphere, and experience great folk on your doorstep.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
“I welcome this lively and inclusive addition to the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme, that is shining a light on Scotland’s rich and deep cultural heritage. The sessions will celebrate Scottish traditional music, which is a key part of our culture and national identity. The programme offers a wonderful opportunity for people to take part in traditional music sessions around Scotland through informal and regular meetings of singers and musicians. Congratulations to the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) for presenting these sessions with support from Creative Scotland and Homecoming Scotland 2014.”

This year’s session programme boosts an already jam-packed programme of events, taking place the length and breadth of Scotland, as the 2014 homecoming celebrations enter their latter months. Alongside the TMSA’s comprehensive guide of traditional and folk events, Homecoming Scotland 2014’s listings can be found at

For further information on the sessions, to find one near you, or to host a regular session, contact the TMSA national office, at

The following are Sessions that are underway or about to start. There are also others currently being finalised – updated details will be available at

• The Crown Hotel, 102 Queen Street, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway DG8 6JW
Sessions: Saturdays, 3pm - 6pm

• The Drouthy Cobbler, 48 High Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1BU                                                Sessions: Mondays 7.30-10.30pm

• The Dalriada, 77 The Promenade, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2EL
Sessions: Wednesdays, 9pm - 12pm

• The Glad Cafe , 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG,
Sessions: Thursdays , 7.30pm - 10.30pm

• No 1 High Street, 1 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR,
Sessions: Thursdays, 8.30pm - 11pm

• Caledonian Bar , 35 James Square, Crieff, PH7 3EY,
Sessions: Friday 31 Oct, 7/21 Nov & 19 Dec, times to be confirmed

• Captains Bar, South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA                                                           Sessions: Tuesday/ Thursdays 3pm - 7pm & Sundays 3pm - 7pm

• The Globe Inn, 56 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JA
Sessions: Monday 3 Nov 8pm-11pm, Sunday 30 Nov & 7 Dec 3.30pm - 7pm

  • The Red Lion, 2-8 Tollbooth Street, Forres, Morrayshire, IV36 1PH Sessions: Saturday 6th Dec, 13th Dec, 20th Dec, 27th Dec, 3rd Jan  3pm - 7pm
  • Old Mill Inn, Brodie, Forres, Morray IV36 2TD Sessions: Sunday 7th Dec, 14 Dec, 28 Dec & 4th Jan 8pm - Late

We are also expecting further sessions in the Moray area & Western Isles which are still to be confirmed.

Thank you very much to The Waterfront, The Star & The Spree Festival who have now finished for the season and we hope you enjoyed the sessions if you attended.

The Homecoming Scotland 2014 Sessions are building upon the success of previous TMSA session projects, including Trad Trails, in 2012 – a joint venture with Feis Rois – Homecoming 2009 sessions, and the McEwan’s Sessions, between 2004-2007. These ventures were successful in cultivating widespread awareness and interest in traditional music and song, with many first-time session venues were prompted to continue hosting sessions after the project support came to an end. Post session programme evaluation shown that not only did the national marketing campaigns drawn attention to the events, but local venues and musicians forged lasting bonds - fostering traditional music at a local level, throughout the country. 

About Homecoming Scotland
• Scotland has been welcoming the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 - providing a year-long programme of events alongside the  Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games
• The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country.
• Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage.
• Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners.
• To find out more visit

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