TMSA Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland

Current TMSA Projects

TMSA Young Trad Tour

The TMSA undertakes a national tour and cultural exchange programme with the talented young traditional musicians who appeared in the annual BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award, along with the winner of the previous year. 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.

Line-up for the 2015 group (pictured)
Claire Hastings: Song (2015 winner)

Robyn Stapleton: Song (2014 winner)

Ainsley Hamill: Song

Gemma Donald: Fiddle

Heather Downie: Clarsach

Ryan Young: Fiddle

Seamus O'Baioghill: Fiddle (& pipes)

with accompanist Anna Massie

Tour Dates (in 2016) are:

Thursday 6 October - The Tower, Helensburgh 7:30pm 01436 820 369

Wednesday 23 November - Cresset Hall (Loch Arthur Camphill Community), Dumfries 01387 259 669 (please note this has changed from the CatStrand)

Monday 5 December - Mareel, Shetland 01595 745 500

Tuesday 13 December - SEALL at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye 01471 888 000

Wednesday 21 December - Victoria Halls, Dunblane 01786 822 176

See our What's On page for details of each event as times and tickets get finalised or you can use the links above.

You will be able to purchase the CD of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2015 online by visiting the TMSA shop, through Amazon, or download a copy through iTunes from 6 October.

Otherwise CDs from 2004 to 2014 are available now through the TMSA Shop here.

Tour Sponsors/Supporters

The Hugh Fraser Foundation & The Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust


We expect to be able to announce details later this year of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2016 which we expect will be taking place at Celtic Connections and the following months in 2017. On the Tour is expected to be 2016 winner, Mohsen Amini - Glasgow (concertina); Hannah MacRae - Lochaber (fiddle); Jessica Burton - Orkney (clarsach); Murray Willis - Lismore (accordion); Robbie Grieg - Edinburgh (fiddle) and Ryan Young - Cardross (fiddle) plus the 2015 winner - Claire Hastings. The Tour concentrates on visiting the young musicians' home towns plus other locations where possible.


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.


Line-up for 2014 was:

Robyn Stapleton: Song (2014 winner)

Paddy Callaghan: Accordion (2013 winner)

Jack Badcock: Guitar

Neil Ewart: Fiddle

Alastair Ian Paterson: Piano

Mhairi Marwick: Fiddle

Ian Smith: Accordion


TMSA Event Calendar 2017

Groups, venues, folk clubs and events who want to attract more visitors and locals to their activities, are invited to list in the latest edition of the only annual publication concentrating on traditional/folk music events and activity across Scotland.

The publication is distributed across the country through events, visitor centres and other outlets with an 100% pick up rate. It is compiled each year by the Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) of Scotland, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Besides adverts, event and folk club listings, there is a Classifieds section for venues and groups where you can list or advertise your venue or organisation if you run regular traditional/folk music events and activities rather than specific one-off events or festivals.

Prices for listings start from £25 and cover:

  • inclusion in the 30,000 hard copy print run of the Event Calendar - distributed through VisitScotland Information centres and other outlets,and at events such as Celtic Connections
  • inclusion in the electronic version situated on the TMSA website
  • your information inthe TMSA'sinteractive listings helping publicise events both to a domestic and international audience at very cost effective prices.
  • For affiliate members, extra publicity support such as a press release service

Bookings and listing/advert copy are needed by 30 November 2016. Connect the TMSA Office to note your interest and for more details.