Scots Fiddle Festival 2016 18th – 20th Nov 2016

Scots Fiddle Festival 2016 18th – 20th Nov 2016

Nov 15, 2016

Celebrating 20 years of Scotland’s biggest fiddle event

Scots Fiddle Festival ‘Fiddle 2016′
A spectacular line-up bringing together some of the greatest names in traditional music will celebrate 20 years of Scotland’s biggest fiddle event. With Concerts/ Ceilidhs/ Workshops / Talks / Festival Club and Sessions



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Dissection Room  Saturday & Sunday
There will be a lovely selection of stalls from various fiddle makers, violin shops to jewelry and crafts.

Dissection Room   Saturday & Sunday  10am – 5pm
Tunes!  Come and play with other musicians at the festival.
Slow session   Basement   Saturday & Sunday  10am – 5pm


Adam Sutherland – The Errogie Collection: Volume One’ Book Launchadam-sutherland-book-launch
Courtyard Gallery     Saturday  11.30am   non-ticketedadam










 Summerhall Café Live fiddle Making – Matthew Hannafin  – various times throughout the festival

 Fiddle Playing Clinic with Marie Fielding Fiddle Clinic room  Sunday  3pm – 5pm   non-ticketed




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Concerts -The Queen’s Hall 7:30pm – 10.00pm
Duncan Chisholm with support from Hayley & Dylan Richardson
Tickets £19/£17, under 16s £8 with an adult




Ceilidh Summerhall Main Hall 7:30
Pentlands Ceilidh Band are Colin Brown, Derek Rae and Garry Kellow with Iain Anderson guesting on fiddle
Tickets £9/£7

Summerhall  Festival Club 11pm -1am    tickets £4

Late night session Summerhall Café  10pm – 1pm

Saturday 19
Concert -The Queen’s Hall 7:30pm – 10.00pm

Aonghas Grant, Catriona Macdonald, Aidan O’Rourke, Liz Doherty, Paul Anderson and Chris Stout . along with percussionist Allan MacDonald and pianist Mhairi Hall Tickets £20/£17, under 16s £8 with an adult .
Many people are aware of the recent loss of Edinburgh based fiddler, Angus R. Grant, of the band Shooglenifty and son of the tradition bearer Aonghas Grant who will be performing in this concert. Angus will be remembered over the weekend with one of his tunes being played at the ‘stramash’ on the Sunday, which involves every person with an instrument at the festival playing tunes together.


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RecitalsHour long concerts on Saturday & Sunday afternoon at the Main Hall, Summerhall
12pm  Robbie Greig 
1pm    Nellie Quinn & Chris Meredith 
2pm     Seonaid Aitken 
3pm    Southside Fiddlers 
4pm    Wildings  (Jennifer Austin /Fiona MacAskil  / Sarah Hayes)

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Workshops  Room 1     10  – Summerhall
10- 11.30am   A1:    Duncan Chisholm –  Slow Air Technique  -Advanced -Room 1
10- 11.30am   A2:    Aonghas Grant – Highland Tunes  Beginner -Room 2
12 – 1.30pm    A3:   Chris Stout  – Contemporary Shetland Tunes – Intermediate/Advanced -Room 1
12 – 1.30pm    A4:   Aidan O’Rourke  – Trad Fiddle with a twist – Advanced – Room 2
2   – 3.30pm    A5:    Mhairi Hall – Mixed Instrument  All Levels  – Room 2


Talks at the Summerhall Anatomy Lecture Theatre
1.30pm          Fiona Scott – ‘Fiddlers in Fairyland’ book reading
2.30pm          Steve Burnett – Fiddle Maintenance
3.30pm          Fiona Scott – ‘Fiddlers in Fairyland’ book reading

Ceilidh -Summerhall Main Hall 7:30
HotScotch Ceilidh Band -Paul Chamberlain, Michael Haywood , Jim Walker – drums.

Summerhall  Festival Club 11pm -1am    tickets £4

Late night session Summerhall Café  10pm – 1pm


Sunday 20
Concert – The Queen’s Hall 7:30pm – 10.00pm
Adam Sutherland & friends,The Strathspey and Surreal Society
Fiddlers performing in the Strathspey and Surreal Society are:
Charlie McKerron, Lori Watson, Ross Couper, Dan Thorpe, Carly Blain, Bernadette Kellermann, Sally Simpson, Mhairi MacKinnon, Patsy Reid, Graham Mackenzie, Catriona Price, Innes Watson, Madeleine Stewart, Mairi Campbell, Shona Mooney, Rona WilkieAidan O’Rourke, Ryan Young, Lauren MacColl, Laura Wilkie.

Tickets £19/£17, under 16s £8 with an adult

Recitals Hour long concerts on Saturday & Sunday afternoon at the Main Hall, Summerhall
12pm  Neil Ewart and Luc McNally 
1pm    Gavin Marwick 
2pm    Hannah MacRae 
3pm    Gregor Borland with Bob Turner
4pm    Claire Mann and Aaron Jones  
5pm    Stramash!! Your chance to play with our performers in one of the largest sessions in the UK!


Workshops  Room 1     10  – Summerhall
10- 11:30am    B1:   Liz Doherty – Irish Fiddle Tunes and Technique Advanced  – Room 1
10-11:30am     B2:   Mhairi MacKinnon  – Beginner Fiddle  – Room 2
12- 1.30pm      B4:   Patsy Reid  –  Fiddle Technique -Intermediate  -Room 2
2 –  3.30pm      B5:   Catriona Macdonald – Shetland Fiddle – Advanced  – Room 1
2  – 3.30pm      B6:   Laura Jane Wilkie – developing your playing  -Beginner / Intermediate -Room 2
2  – 3.30pm      B7:   Paul Anderson – North East fiddle tunes -Advanced    – Room 3


Talks at the Summerhall Anatomy Lecture Theatre
12.30pm      Aonghas Grant: Fiddle Tales
1.30pm        Marie Fielding: Alternative Teaching Ideas
2.30pm        Mark Neal: Some Sound Advice
3.30pm        Sara Watkin: Musicians’ Health


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The 15th Carrying Stream Festival 9th – 15th Sept 2016

The 15th Carrying Stream Festival 9th – 15th Sept 2016

Nov 9, 2016



9 th – 16 th November – 15th Carrying Stream Festival  Edinburgh 

A Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Hamish Henderson




Wed   9   Bring In The Spirit        8:00 pm Summerhall  bring-in-the-spirit-lst182135
Bringing In the Spirit kicks off the Edinburgh FC’s 15th Carrying Stream Festival this week at Summerhall with their trio line-up comprising Rod Paterson, Kirsten Easdale and Gregor Lowrey. This is a seriously talented group. Rod is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s great (greatest?) interpreters of Burns songs and has been rightly highly rated as one of Scotland’s great traditional singers for years since his days with bands like Jock Tamson’s Bairns and The Easy Club.
Kirsten of the beautiful and powerful voice, “’…a God given voice that knocks you sideways” (Evening Times), is also highly regarded as a singer of Burns songs and has given performances for ‘The Centre for Robert Burns Studies’ at the University of Glasgow, as well as touring in Dr Fred Freeman’s live production of ‘The Complete Songs’.
Gregor is one of Scotland’s finest accordion players. He has travelled and performed throughout the world in many diverse line ups including ‘Blackeyed Biddy’ and ‘Ceilidh Minogue’. Recently Gregor was a guest artist Gavin Marwick’s album ‘The Long Road and the Far Horizons’ (Journeyman). He appeared in the film ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’ which featured Billy Connolly.
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm   Admission: …. £10 (non-members); £9 (concession); £6 (EFC members)

nancy-nicolsonThu 10   ‘They Sent a Wumman’: Nancy Nicolson at 75  – Scottish Storytelling Centre  – 7.30 pm  
A celebration of Nancy Nicolson, the “cultural crofter” from Caithness. Renowned for her quirky & poignant songwriting & storytelling skills, Nancy was once described as “an instant ceilidh”. This celebration to mark her 75th anniversary will feature, among others, Nancy’s fellow Caithnessian writer George Gunn, singer & multi-instrumentalist Annie Grace, jazz pianist Brian Kellock & cello player, singer & composer Wendy Weatherby. The celebration will be preceded by a book launch of Nancy’s Collected Songs (Grace Note Publications)    £10.00, £8.00, £7.50


Fri  11   ‘You’re Wanted, Lads’: Frontline Voices from WW1  Storytelling Centre ea-mackintosh – 7.30 pm
Hear from the testimonies of ordinary soldiers from Perthshire & Aberdeenshire, collected over many painstaking years by Jock Duncan in Jock’s Jocks, a one act play featuring Scott Gardiner, Chris Wright, Charlie West and Gary West.
Also experience the poems & tunes of Seaforth Highlander E. Alan Mackintosh, with biographer Colin Campbell plus Neil MacLure and Linn Phipps.
A special marking of Armistice Day for the Carrying Stream Festival, in association with Edinburgh University’s School of Scottish Studies Archive.        £10.00, £8.00, £7.50
hamishSat 12   Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture      “No Ivory Tower: 12.30 pm
Hamish Henderson and Academic Life”   Prof Frank Bechhofer
With songs from Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre   Edinburgh City Chambers  

Free admission



Sat 12   Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh  8:00 pm Summerhall chris-and-m
The virtuoso partnership of England’s premier flatpicking guitarist and “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” (LIVE IRELAND) has by now brought its unique musical vision to twenty-two countries on five continents. Chris and Máire have performed at over 175 folk, Celtic, arts, harp and guitar festivals in Europe, the USA and Australasia and have given almost two thousand concerts in venues large and small – from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney’s Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne.
£12.00, £10.00, £8.00


tmsa-edinburgh-lothian-branch-logoSun 13   TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch   Singing Session  The Canon’s Gait, Canongate EH8 8DQ  – 3.00. – 6.00. pm. 
As part of the 15th Carrying Stream Festival (2016), The Traditional Song and Tunes group welcomes the TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch to join them in a splendid session, downstairs at the Canon’s Gait, 232 Canongate, EH8 8DQ Celebrating the legacy of Hamish Henderson and those who inspired him. For all singers, musicians, story-tellers, listeners everywhere. FREE. Preceded at by Edinburgh & Lothians TMSA Branch AGM (members only able to vote). Further details from: or 0795 1918366 or 07762 101002. Also in association with Edinburgh Folk Club – more details about The Carrying Stream Festival 


Sun 13   Ceilidh House Night  Summerhall  8pmedinburgh-folk-club-logo
Margaret Bennett, Fraser Nimmo, Eddie Seaman & Luc McNally

Margaret Bennett is a leading Scottish writer, folklorist. ethnologist, broadcaster and singer whose main interest lies in the field of traditional Scottish folk culture and song. “Margaret embodies the spirit of Scotland,” was Hamish Henderson’s glowing endorsement. Fraser Nimmo is a far-travelled Scottish folk singer and songwriter whose songs cover the whoile gamut of human experience and are delivered with flair, wit, compassion and serious musicianship on guitar and banjo. Dere Street are a duo from the Scottish Borders, playing guitar, mandolin and small pipes, with well-crafted songs in the tradition of the Border Ballads.    £10.00, £8.00, £7.00


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Mon 14   ‘From Thurso to Berwick: Remembering Morris Blythman’   Scottish Storytelling Centre  7:30 pm
A Rebel Ceilidh Come All Ye celebrating the songs & poetry of Morris Blythman (Thurso Berwick), the “Magic Marxist” of the Scottish Folk Revival. Songs Republican & Radical, Nationalist & Internationalist. The inspiration for a generation & more of singers & songwriters. Starring Alastair McDonald. With Raymond Ross & Corinne Harris.

£10.00, £9.00, £7.50


Wed 16   Clive Gregson    Doors 7:30 -8:00 pm Summerhall band_1364680618_clivegregson
Born and raised in Manchester, England, Clive is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer. He started his professional music career in 1980 as the leader of cult band Any Trouble. Along the road from pop frontman to singer-songwriter, Clive has followed many musical diversions. Clive relocated to the USA in 1993. He continues to tour regularly and write prolifically.

£10.00, £8.00, £7.00



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House Concert – Eef Barzelay 9th November 2016 7pm

House Concert – Eef Barzelay 9th November 2016 7pm

Oct 22, 2016


Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide) will be performing the first ever House Concert at Celtic Music Radio’s Glasgow studios on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 pm. Donation(£10) and BYOB / teas & coffee .
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Eef Barzelay

Although much admired by some of music’s biggest names including Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Folds, and praised by the likes of NPR, the AV Club, and Rolling Stone, Eef Barzelay and his former band Clem Snide have managed to stay mostly below the radar for well over a decade.

They gently exploded on to the late nineties’ music scene with “Your Favorite Music”, a slow-paced and spare offering featuring Eef Barzelay’s cracked voice and left-of-centre word play.
In the spring of 2001, the band released “The Ghost Of Fashion” on the now defunct SpinArt label, which brought them tantalisingly close to mainstream success when the song, “Moment in the Sun” was used as the opening theme for the hit NBC show “Ed”.
Though plagued with inter band friction and general mismanagement the band made two more records and toured hard though out the US, UK, and Europe before finally calling it quits in 2005. Eef then released a couple solo records and tried his hand at scoring movies, most notably the 2007 Sundance hit, “Rocket Science”.
More recently Eef wrote the score to William H Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless”, had an original song at the close of Isabel Coixet’s latest film “Nobody Wants The Night”, and the Clem Snide classic “No One’s More Happy Than You” was used throughout a recent episode of CBS’ hit show The Good Wife.

Eef is a 45 year old Taurus who enjoys hand rolled cigarettes and spending time with his wife and two kids in Nashville TN.

  • Eef Barzelay is a star man with songs that are delicate, sharp, hushed or vibrant, just wonderful” – AmericanaUK

    “Eef Barzelay may be the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humour, and his live performances convey a kind of awkwardly fidgety fearlessness” – NPR – Stephen Thompson


Danny Kyle Open Stage Showcase at The Spree in Paisley Friday 21st  Oct 2016

Danny Kyle Open Stage Showcase  at The Spree in Paisley Friday 21st  Oct 2016

Oct 21, 2016

Showcase of The Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Festival in Paisley Friday 21 st October 
Broadcast live on   95FM & DAB – from  5-6pm from The Speigletent, Gilmour Street, Paisley

“I would like to thank all those who took part in the Danny Kyle Open Stage – you are ALL WINNERS! The stage is to highlight your talent and to get the music out there! Today we bring you three of the ‘winners’ to showcase their music to the world and Paisley!  To those listening in – make sure you get the word out there to festivals, clubs and promoters of these amazing talented artists” Liz Clark – Producer and presenter of the Danny Kyle Open Stage



DOPESICKFLY – Glasgow  13901384_1568634453440798_3625112855377516845_n
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Ant Thomaz / Chris Darling /Calum Macrae / Joe Djaelani / Wendy Rae
Met through busking the streets of Glasgow, Scotland with lead singer/poet Ant originally from the States bringing the band together. Ant brings Soulful, Poetic melodies whilst guitarist Chris adds a Malagueñas (Flamenco) flavour with a funk twist. Drummer Calum  adds into the mix his Jazz background, elevating a Neo Soul sound is Joe on bass and to complete the band is Wendy with her Bluesy backing vocals. Formed just a year ago are gigging extensively throughout Glasgow and have recently released their debut album.


Eve SutherlandEve Sutherland –Erskin
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Eve is 14 years old and has been playing guitar and singing since she was 9. “ I picked up a guitar when I broke my leg and have loved playing and performing ever since!” She is hoping to fine tune her performance by gigging and performing on The Danny Kyle Open Stage! Where you can literally say she got her ‘big break’ at 9 to set her on her musical journey! Eve has also been writing some of her own material and would hope to get it recorded in the future.


Whyte – Glasgow   ross-alasdair
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Ross Whyte & Alasdair Whyte
Ross & Alasdair are collaboration between electronic composer and musician.  The collaboration began as a commission by the organisation Ceòl ‘s Craic to bring together artists from the fields of electronic and traditional music for a live performance.  Taking inspiration from Alasdair’s research interest in 17 th- and 18 th- century Gaelic song and poetry, the duo began working on new ambient electronic arrangements of several rarely-heard songs as well as original compositions.  Their music has drawn comparisons with Sigur Rós and Martyn Bennett. 

Their debut album, ‘Fairich’, will be released on 21 October 2016.
Due to their debut album launch in Aberdeen they will not be performing live on stage tonight!


“I would also like to thank Active Events ,Raymond and his team, to Calmy and Shiona on sound, Renfrewshire District Council and of course Ken and Rosie & Allan from Celtic Music Radio and all the CMR team – especially the ‘techies’ and back stage crew who made sure the music got out there” Liz

To find out more about Danny Kyle please link to his Memorial Page

You will be able to listen to all acts  again on Listen Again  

Any enquires please contact Liz Clark at


Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree in Paisley Thursday 20th Oct 2016

Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree in Paisley Thursday 20th  Oct 2016

Oct 20, 2016


Day Seven of The Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Festival in Paisley Thursday 20 th October
Broadcast live on Celtic Music Radio    95FM & DAB – from  5-6pm from The Speigletent, Gilmour Street, Paisley



Bernadette Collier – Glasgow 10931231_10205138985927021_5492969436226969898_n
Bernadette is a singer songwriter who is well known and respected in the folk scene. From running some of the best singaround nights in Glasgow over the years, encouraging up and coming artists.   Champion of many a fundraising event she makes sure that the music gets out there. She is a favourite at folk clubs and sessions throughout Scotland and is also a recognised artist as well  


14484613_10209064557385953_5091626806479935868_nBill Hughes – Glasgow
Bill Has been playing music since he was a teenager. Played in various bands and toured the UK. Supported bands such as, Marmalade; Tremeloes; Ivy League and the Searchers.  Now ‘retired’ he is ‘ enjoying a refreshed impetus on music, where I am playing some selected gigs with friends and I am writing material, mainly for fun’. Is hoping to record some of his own songs soon!Some of Hismain musical influences have been Neil Young, the Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Vince Gill, to name a few.!


Gina Graham – Bishopbriggs 11693833_1424287724566433_5827514423587711806_n
Joined on stage will be John Graham and Jim Jack
Gina Graham started singing in folk clubs in 1966 as a solo artist and in 1968 became a member of the Nova Scotia Folk Group who successfully toured the UK and Ireland as well as securing 2 x 6 month contracts as the resident folk group in The Folk Tavern, Lloret de Mar.  In 1970 Gina and Tommy Malarkey put together and organised a number of folk artists such as Danny Kyle, The McCalmans, The Clutha and others to travel together and perform at the Utrecht Folk Festival.  Gina and Tommy moved to Liberia, Africa in 1972 where they, as well as working, sang for community events as well as radio and The Caledonian SocietySince returning from Africa Gina has continued her love of music through various methods like singing and bringing music into her community by organising events.  Gina is the founder member and organiser of Nova Scotia Folk Club as well as Music Convener.


To find out more about Danny Kyle please link to his Memorial Page
You will be able to listen again on Listen Again  

Any enquires please contact Liz Clark at

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Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Festival in Paisley Wednesday 19th Oct 2016

Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Festival in Paisley Wednesday 19th   Oct 2016

Oct 19, 2016



Day Six of The Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Festival in Paisley Wednesday 19 th  October
Broadcast live on  95FM & DAB – from  5-6pm from The Speigletent, Gilmour Street, Paisley



Pauline Vallance – Beith  13640840_1138742829519770_8592439919486884664_o
Pauline had a late career change in her 50’s to become a singer/songwriter. She has won several songwriting awards and likes to push the boundaries of what can be performed on the clarsach. She performs regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe and is currently a member of several groups, including Witches’ Brew, Caim, Tomfoolery and The Fusioneers. She also loves performing on her own, from folk clubs to open mic nights and was delighted to play her first hippy festival this year


Marc  Carr

Marc is an acoustic blues singer songwriter, supporting local clubs and singarounds. Attending West College Scotland, as well as having his own business. some of the artists he likes listening to  include Jamie MacDowell/Ben Otterwell / King Hokum / Monica Heldal / Stev’n’ Seabulls




Michael Gaitens –  Kilsyth 3385_1557698961225308_2302249940606255584_n
Michael  is a singer songwriter and acoustic guitarist staunch support of The Nova Scotia Folk Club  in The Fort Theatre in Bishopbriggs He has been playing and singing for many years, in various bands, duos, and as a solo artist, covering most of the central belt. He started writing songs about 10 years ago as it seemed a good method to put across things he wanted to say about himself, his life, his family, and things that happen, concern or intrigue him in general. He has played with many bands, but most notably, `The Chihuahuas Band`, who were playing a fusion of celtic and rock throughout Glasgow and beyond. The Band played some festivals, notably, Wickerman, Loopaloo, and the Northern Roots festival at Bogbain Farm, Inverness.


To find out more about Danny Kyle please link to his Memorial Page
You will be able to listen again on Listen Again 

Any enquires please contact Liz Clark at


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