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Event Calendar 2019

The 2019 TMSA Event Calendar contains dates and information of various traditional music festivals, events and folk clubs across Scotland in 2018 and into early 2020.

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 various locations across the UK and events around Scotland. Click on the image above to download it as a pdf.



Forthcoming Events


For Folk Clubs visit our What's On Page for details!

The TMSA at Celtic Connections 2019

Missed this concert or want to experience it all over again? You can by watching the livestreams at!

We brought together members of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2018 group along with previous BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year winners Charlie Stewart and Paddy Callaghan plus Graham Mackenzie for the first half of this concert at Celtic Connections.

The second half was the launch of 'The Little Book of Scottish Folk Songs' - the result of a second collaboration between the TMSA and the publishers, Collins, to bring back useful resources for singers into print. This is a revision of 'The Scottish FolkSinger' originally created by Norman Buchan and Peter Hall. Celebrating the launch onstage will be Anne Neilson as compere, with Tom Spiers, Sheena Wellington and Robyn Stapleton (another previous BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year winner).

Check out the Collins Classified Listing advert in the latest TMSA Event Calendar to see how you can get 30% of the new publication!

Join our young musicians and singers running sessions across Scotland!

Over this and the next month or so we will have sessions starting that you can join in places such as Glasgow, Paisley, Inverness and Braemar. Each session will be lead by a small group of young musicians and all are welcome to attend. Check out the listings to the left on the the What's On page for details.

Funded by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, musicians receive payment to host sessions as well as a bursary to participate in training with leading musicians in the field. 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. Apply as soon as possible through the dedicated project website 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.

TMSA Young Trad Tour & CDs

We are making plans for the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2018 Tour for around the middle of this year. The group consists of West Lothian singer, Hannah Rarity, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 with finalists Ali Levack - whistles/pipes (Maryburgh), Rory Matheson - piano (Drumbeg), Amy Papinransky - voice (Keith), David Shedden - bagpipes (Glasgow), Luc McNally - guitar & voice (Dipton). We await to see the results for the 2019 group at the finals on Sunday 27 January at Celtic Connections. (Photo: Alan Peebles/BBC Radio Scotland)

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.

'101 Scottish Songs/Wee Red Book'

Also available from the TMSA Shop are the DVD recordings of the 3 Celtic Connections Concert based around the Norman Buchan’s '101 Scottish Songs' or 'Wee Red Book' in association with Collins.

You can purchase the DVDs - 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.

These 3 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.

Make a donation to the TMSA!

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