TMSA Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland

Current TMSA Projects

TMSA Young Trad Tour 2017

The TMSA undertakes a national tour 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.

The 2017 group comprises Charlie Stewart from Perthshire, winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition at Celtic Connections joined by finalists: Ella Munro, Scots song (Skye);  Dougie McCance, bagpipes (Glasgow); Kim Carnie, Gaelic song (Oban); Iona Fyfe, Scots song (Huntly); Grant McFarlane, accordion (Paisley) and Mohsen Amini (2016 winner).

The second leg of their Tour will cover:

Saturday 15 September - Taynuilt Village Hall, PA35 1JH: 7.30pm -

Sunday 16 September - Paisley Arts Centre, PA1 1EZ: 7.30pm -

Wednesday 19 September - The Barn, Banchory AB 31 5QA: 7.30pm -

Thursday 25 October - Cecil Sharp House, London: 7.30pm - Cecil Sharp House booking

Wednesday 31 October - Plockton Centre of Excellence IV52 8TU: 7.30pm -

Also see our What's On page for details of each event or you can use the links above.

You can open up a copy of the Media Release about the TMSA Young Trad Tour here.

Tour Sponsors/Supporters

101 Scottish Songs / Wee Red Book DVDs

Joining the first DVD recorded at the book launch at Celtic Connections in association with Collinsand launched at the TMSA Aberdeen Branch's 50th anniversary event in 2016, is the second DVD recorded at the concert at Celtic Connections this year!

Both concerts were commemorating the republication by Collins of Norman Buchan's seminal 101 Scottish Songs / Wee Red Book - out of print for about 40 years - to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TMSA.

DVD 1 list of performers (in order of appearance): Danny Couper; Alison McMorland; Jodie Christie; Allan Taylor (also compere); Dougie MacKenzie; Kay Thomson; Geordie McIntyre; Shona Donaldson; Alan Prior; Sheena Wellington; Doris Rougvie; Natalie Chalmers; Douglas Craik; Carole Prior; Mick West; Magaret Bennett; Hector Riddell; Siobhan Miller; Scott Gardiner; Anne Neilson.

DVD 2 list of performers (in order of appearance): Gillian Frame; Fraser Bruce; Fiona Campbell; Ian Young; Barbara Dymock; Ewan Robertson; Abbie Smith; Adam McNaughtan; Amy Lord; Brian Miller; Tom Spiers; Maggie MacRae; Tracy Boyle; Ian Bruce; Aileen Carr; Jimmy Hutchison; Janice Clark; Janet Weatherston (also compere).

A third DVD was recorded at Celtic Connections 2018 and is expected join the first two soon. You currently can pre-order it on the TMSA shop page.

DVD 3 list of performers: Alan Knox, Annie Reid, Arthur Johnstone (also compere), Arthur Watson, Ellie Beaton, Ellen Birt, Ellen Mitchell, Emma Spiers, Geordie Murison, Iona Fyfe, Jim Taylor, John Morran, Kate Taylor, Kathy Hobkirk, Ken McNaughton, Kevin Mitchell, Maggie Spiers, and Terry Dey.

All DVDs were filmed and edited by Gill and Stuart Duncan of Red Barn Studios and are now available to purchase or pre-order on the TMSA Shop page.

Previous TMSA Young Trad Tours

TMSA Young Trad Tour 2016 which had its first concert at Celtic Connections 2017 (pictured below - photo: Sean Purser) had dates out on the road from the end of May until August - with performances at Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France.

On the tour is:

2016 winner, Mohsen Amini - Glasgow (concertina)

Hannah MacRae - Lochaber (fiddle)

Jessica Burton - Orkney (clarsach)

Murray Willis - Lismore (accordion)

Robbie Grieg - Edinburgh (fiddle)

Ryan Young - Cardross (fiddle)

plus the 2015 winner - Claire Hastings

With accompanist Jean Damei

Tour dates were:

Tuesday 30 May, The Tower, Helensburgh. Book online at or tel: 01436 820 369

Tuesday 6 June, Lismore Public Hall. Buy tickets on the door. BYOB. Enquiries TMSA 0792 253 3915

Thursday 15 June, Summerhall, Edinburgh. Book online at or tel: 0131 560 1580

Wednesday 19 July, Drygate Brewery, Glasgow. Book online at or tel: 0141 212 8815

Monday 31 July, Stromness Town Hall, Orkney. Book online via EventBrite: or tel: 07922 533 915

Tuesday 1 August, The Nevis Centre, Fort William. Book online at or through EventBrite or tel: 01397 700 707 or in person.

The 2016 group formed the basis of the TMSA Young Trad Tour playing at the Lorient Interceltique Festival in August 2017 - consisting of 2016 winner Mohsen Amini (Glasgow) concertina with Hannah MacRae (Lochaber) fiddle; Jessica Burton (Orkney) clarsach; Murray Willis (Lismore) accordion; 2015 winner, singer, Claire Hastings and Seamus O'Baoighill (Pipes/Fiddle) also from the 2015 Tour. (Image by A.Pinard)


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 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

You can purchase the CD of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2015 online by visiting the TMSA shop, through Amazon, or download a copy through iTunes.

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

The Hugh Fraser Foundation & The Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust


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


Muckle Sing 2018 with tutor Karine Polwart - TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch

Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7JA: 10.00am-5.30pm

Click here to get a copy of the Muckle Sing leaflet with details of the event including prices. Click here to download the booking form to go with a cheque payment.


The Annual General Meeting of the TMSA will be held on Saturday 2 December, 2 pm - 3pm,
The Adams Suite, The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB

Click here to get a copy of the AGM notice in full with the Agenda, Director Nomination and Proxy form. Click here to read the 2016 AGM minutes.

TMSA Event Calendar 2018

Be part of our exciting TMSA Event Calendar 2018 developments including:

•             Increase from 30,000 to 50,000 copies being printed

•             Expanded distribution beyond Scotland to England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

•             Accompanying digital marketing campaign

Plus still have the opportunity to have your information available to at least 75% of visitors to Scotland*, as well as similar numbers of people who live here!

The TMSA Event Calendar remains the only annual publication concentrating on traditional / folk music events and activity across Scotland, with its distribution enabling you to publicise your events both to a larger audience at very cost effective prices – comparable to what you would pay to have a small ad in a monthly magazine with a smaller circulation!

Listing or advertising in the Event Calendar for 2018 will give you a presence in the 50,000 distributed hard copies and electronic version situated on the TMSA website*, and your information in our interactive listings.

Year on year we increase the number of places our website is featured so your listings/adverts have a greater chance of being seen, for example we are continuing with our advertising in the Landmark Press ‘Scotland Guide’ - which has 800,000 copies being picked up by visitors and locals.

Interested in being part of the success?

We are now in the process of compiling the next year’s edition, so let us know if you want to be involved. For 2018 you can list/advertise your event, venue, folk club or organisation - see following for details of the information we require and the very cost effective rates for entry in to the 2018 Event calendar. 

Due to the increased distribution we have increased the prices for the various sections of the Event Calendar. Thanks to VisitScotland and their support, these increases have been kept low in relation to the benefits you will receive. Prices range from £45 - £595 depending on type of listing or display advertising you book. Also we can offer the opportunity to split payments into two instalments if that helps.

We need any new listings or changes/updates to previous listings and advertisement artwork to reach us by Monday 11 December 2017 but letting us know before that if you intend to list/advertise will help our layout planning.

Click here to download more information and booking forms or email: or tel: 0792 253 3915.

Bookings and listing/advert copy deadline extended to Monday 11 December 2017.



The Annual General Meeting of the TMSA was held on Saturday 3 December, 2 pm - 3pm,
The Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee, DD1 1DB

Click here to get a copy of the AGM notice in full with Director Nomination and Proxy form. Click here to read the 2015 AGM minutes.


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.


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 2016 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!