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Event Calendar 2016

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Dates and information of various traditional music festivals, events and folk clubs across Scotland in 2016 and into early 2017. The Calendar includes information about groups and venues that provide or support opportunities to learn/take part in traditional music and song on a regular basis.


Forthcoming Events

TMSA Young Trad Tour & CDs

The current Tour started off in October in Helensburgh and is continuing to Dumfries, Shetland, Skye and Dunblane - dates, venues and booking links are here. Make sure you get to see fiddlers Ryan Young, Seamus O’Baoighill and Gemma Donald, Gaelic singer Ainsley Hamill, clarsach player Heather Downie and winner, Claire Hastings, plus Robyn Stapleton, who won in 2014 - plus their CD will be available at the concerts as well as the TMSA Shop, Amazon, and available to download on iTunes.

The project is supported by Creative Scotland, The Robertson Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust. Visit our shop to buy previous Tours' CD and help support this project to continue.

Congratulations to Mohsen Amini, concertina player from Glasgow, who won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2016 title. His fellow finalists: Hannah MacRae (Lochaber) fiddle; Jessica Burton (Orkney) clarsach; Murray Willis (Lismore) accordion; Robbie Greig (Edinburgh) fiddle; Ryan Young (Cardross) fiddle, will be joining him on their TMSA Young Trad recording and Tour - expected to be around the beginning of 2017 starting at Celtic Connections! (Photos: thanks to Louise Bichan & Allan Peebles - BBC Radio Scotland)

Back to Blairgowrie Concert - celebrating 50 years of the TMSA in one night!

Thanks to all those who took part in and attended our concert on Saturday 27 August celebrating when in 1966, the TMSA emerged from the Blairgowrie Folk Festival. This unique event featured a selection of the people who have made the TMSA and make it what it is today - Archie Fisher, Sheena Wellington, Doris Rougvie, Jimmy Hutchison, Joe Aitken, Kenny Hadden, Davey Stewart, Aileen Carr, Pete Shepheard, Gillian Frame and Simon Thoumire. Supported in memory of Ian (Jock) Hunter. The evening was recorded so there will be an opportunity to catch it if you missed it!

'101 Scottish Songs/Wee Red Book'

The Launch concert of the reprint of Norman Buchan’s ‘101 Scottish Songs’ in association with Collins at Celtic Connections in January was recorded for people to enjoy at a later date, and provide a resource for the songs in ‘The Wee Red Book’. The concert featured 20 of Scotland’s finest singers performing to a packed audience, who listened and joined in with gusto. The DVD was launched at the TMSA Aberdeen Branch 50th Anniversary Concert in the Lemon Tree in April and is available from the TMSA shop to 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.
The event was filmed by Gill and Stuart Duncan of Red Barn Studios whose skill, expertise and extremely good ears ensured that this DVD will be something to treasure. Thanks to all that helped with its making!

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