TMSA Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland

Current TMSA Projects

The Muckle Sing 2015 - Saturday 14 February

The Muckle Sing 2015 is a day of workshops for community singing groups and individual singers, led by Siobhan & Brian Miller, plus an opportunity for informal group performances. Organised by the TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch, all are welcome - from the beginner to the experienced performer and no need to be able to read music.

There will also be a short performance by Siobhan Miller - twice winner of the Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Award - and her father to round off the day. The Muckle Sing takes place on Saturday 14 February 2015, 10am to 5.30pm at Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7JA. For more details including prices and a booking form click here.


The Annual General Meeting of the TMSA will be held on: Saturday 13 December 2014, 2.30 – 3.30pm (refreshments from 2.00pm) at the Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LS.

Papers for the meeting are available by clicking here.

TMSA Young Trad Tour 2014

The TMSA undertakes a national tour and cultural exchange programme with the talented young traditional musicians who appeared in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2014, along with the winner of the previous year. The TMSA Young Trad Tour and Cultural Exchange Programme exemplify the TMSA's commitment to promote and develop traditional music in all areas of Scotland and include young people in that remit. A CD is produced as part of the project each year - recorded to be available during the Tour.

The Tour takes the young musicians back to their home towns as well as other parts of Scotland so they can inspire others and thank their communities for the support they have had over the years.

The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition takes place during Celtic Connections Festival in January each year. The competition is organised by Hands Up For Trad and is a well-respected and successful showcase for young performers representing the breadth of Scotland’s musical and song traditions.  Previous winners are now amongst the most successful young performers of Scottish traditional music both nationally and internationally; and this tour can assist the young musicians to make the step towards professional careers in traditional music. The TMSA Young Trad Tour and Cultural Exchange Programme has expanded each year. It includes significant professional development for the young musicians whilst acting as a flagship example to all of the strength and vibrancy of Scottish traditional music and song.

Each year, as well as the concerts, the Cultural Exchange is where the young musicians have the opportunity both to get together with experienced tradition bearers and also to pass on their own experiences to school age children. The interaction with the local communities is an essential element in the tour and one which the TMSA has pioneered and supports wholeheartedly.


Robyn Stapleton: Song (2014 winner)

Paddy Callaghan: Accordion (2013 Winner)

Alistair Iain Paterson: Piano

Ian Smith: Accordion

Jack Badcock: Song & Guitar

Mhairi Marwick: Fiddle

Neil Ewart: Fiddle


Tour Dates
See What's On & News page for details of the Tour which is including Fochabers, Kilchoan, Portpatrick, Tiree, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

You will be able to purchase the CD of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2014 online by visiting the TMSA shop, through Amazon, or download a copy through iTunes.


Tour Sponsors/Supporters
Creative Scotland

The Robertson Trust

Hands up for Trad



Homecoming Scotland 2014 Sessions Programme

Presented by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA), with support from Homecoming Scotland 2014 and Creative Scotland, up to 250 special 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 in the north, to Dumfries in the south. With many more being added regularly, head to our What's On section to find full listings, as well as details of other traditional music and song events taking place throughout Scotland.