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Folk music Scotland

Folk singers tell stories about life, love, liberty – and often politics. Scottish folk has evolved from simple guitars to incorporate a rich blend of traditional and contemporary instruments. Celtic styles have come back into the spotlight, with many bands singing in Gaelic. Top acts like Capercaillie and Runrig fuse folk and rock together to bring Gaelic music to a much wider audience throughout the UK.

activity highlights

14th May 2015, Edinburgh:

Legends of Irish music, The Fureys, return to The Queen’s Hall in 2015 with songs their latest album The Times They Are A Changing.

14th May 2015, Inverness:

Merrymouth are a three-piece folk outfit featuring the song writing talents of Ocean Colour Scene songwriter, Simon Fowler.

15th May 2015, Perth:

Lau are three highly individual and extremely gifted musicians - Martin Green (accordion and electronics) Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and Kris Drever (vocals, guitars).

15th May 2015, Inverness:

The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination.

16th May 2015, Fife:

The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination.

22nd May 2015, Edinburgh:

forming in 1981, Altan’s passion, energy and technical brilliance have seen them take Irish traditional music across the world including frequent visits to the USA, Japan and Europe.

22nd May 2015, Stirling:

Bruce Molsky stands today as one of the finest old-time fiddlers in the world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music traditions.

23rd May 2015, Lanark:

Music in Lanark, in partnership with Lanark Memorial Hall, are proud to present an evening of traditional Scottish music…with a twist!!! Featuring two of Scotland’s top folk entertainers this is a night not to be missed! Reely Jiggered, 02 ABC Winners of SoundWave Music Competition 2014, are bursting with talent, alive with creativity and live to perform.

25th May 2015, Skye:

Bruce is a singer, fiddle player, banjo player and guitarist with regular appearances at the Celtic Connections Festival and BBC Alba’s ‘Transatlantic Sessions’.

26th May 2015, Glasgow:

The Royal Concert Hall is delighted to welcome back legendary folk singer-songwriter Don McLean, whose song American Pie catapulted him to stardom in 1971.


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