Since its foundation in 1966, The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland has helped to foster and promote Scotland's unique musical traditions.
The TMSA is a membership organisation open to all. Our members include music enthusiasts, festival fans, amateur and professional performers, tutors, academics and entire families.
The TMSA encourages both widespread popular participation and individual artistic excellence. Its branches provide opportunities for participation (as performer and audience) for people of all ages and abilities by running festivals, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops, tours and competitions.
The branches are each involved in sustaining the specific cultural traditions of their area, as well as those of Scotland as a whole.
Each year, the TMSA organises a national tour of the finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition – The TMSA Young Trad Tour and Cultural Exchange. As well as performing in concerts, the young musicians meet tradition bearers and give workshops for schools and the general public.
Gaelic Arts organisation, Fèis Rois has teamed up with the 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.