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Event Proposals Open for TradFest 2018

TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann is a vibrant celebration of folk arts in Edinburgh, now in its 5th year, celebrating music, song, storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, literature, architecture, language and film in Scotland’s capital. We hope audiences will encounter living traditions and local cultures of all kinds, in a host of venues, … Continued

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Q&A: Ingried Boussaroque, Journey to Alba

Tell us about your show, Journey to Alba. It’s a tale about islands, mostly Montreal (Canada) and Barra (Scotland), about the winding musical path that brought me from one to the other, about Quebec and Scottish culture, etc.  How did you become interested in music & the traditional arts? Maybe we can say I was … Continued

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Gaelic Psalmboat Tradition comes to TradFest

‘Their psalms brought healing to these waters, mending cracks each vessel’s wake had made  through narrow bays and inlets.’ (Psalm-Boat, Donald S. Murray)  The poetry of Donald S Murray will be combined with stories and the magnificent sound of Gaelic Psalms at a special bilingual event on Friday 5 May, which sees members of the … Continued

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Q&A: Connla

From Best New Group “The Livies” at Live Ireland Music Awards 2016, Conor from Connla answers some quick questions ahead of the bands gig at Summerhall this evening. What does Connla have planned for 2017? We are fortunate enough to have a very busy end to 2017. We have several trips to mainland Europe planned, … Continued

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Q&A: James Brown is Annie

Barry Gordon, JBiA guitarist, answers some quick questions ahead of the gig tomorrow evening at the Biscuit Factory, which promises a fusion of sounds from four nations, as well as tasty food too. Tell us about your band, James Brown is Annie, and your plans for 2017? James Brown Is Annie (or, JBiA for short) … Continued

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The People’s Heritage: Face To Face With History in Unique Storytelling Events

Come hear Coconut Tam’s famous cry selling coconuts and meet some of Edinburgh’s greatest historical and fictional characters in a specially commissioned programme for TradFest in the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017. A series of portraits have been produced, photographed by Colin Hattersley, depicting four key characters from 19th century Edinburgh to highlight … Continued

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Dalkeith Primary Pupils Take Centre Stage at TradFest’s Braw Nicht Oot

Celebrating Scots and Creative Engagement at Edinburgh’s Traditional Culture Festival, pupils from a primary school in Dalkeith join the event to continue advocating storytelling as a key part of learning, with teachers equally enthused by the engagement created by the artform. Over the last year and a half storytelling has been a key part of … Continued

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Performers Unite for TradFest First

Performers from four countries who have made Edinburgh their home will appear in two joint events at The Biscuit Factory and the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of the twelve-day traditional arts showcase, TradFest. BE United have brought together artists and performers from Spain, Scotland, Senegal and South Africa in what promises to be a … Continued

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Q&A: Kaela Rowan Band

Kaela answers a few quick questions ahead of the band’s performance at TradFest What does the Kaela Rowan Band have planned for 2017? 2017 is going to be a really interesting year for myself and the Kaela Rowan Band, with some great gigs.  Firstly, I’ll be working with Shooglenifty through the summer, doing some festival gigs, … Continued

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Q&A: Suit and Pace, Story Blanket

Tell us about your show? Beth: Our show is Story Blanket – we’ve made our own version of a ceilidh quilt (with some help from my Auntie Helen and the pupils at Lochgelly South Primary School) depicting our favourite traditional stories from Scotland and around the world. Come along and choose which of our fabulous, … Continued

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