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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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Q&A: Wayward Jane

Tell us about your band, Wayward Jane, and your plans for 2017? We started up a few years ago after all meeting through the Edinburgh trad music scene. Dan and Sam already had an Americana-influenced band going, various people left or moved away and Rachel, Michael and Becka stepped in. The music we make is … Continued

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Q&A: 3Troubadours: Mobile Dreams

Tell us about your show, 3Troubadours: Mobile Dreams. Mobile Dreams is a poetic, funny and warm storytelling performance about the everlasting human search for connection, truth, freedom and beauty. In a stream of English spiced by their own native tongues (Norwegian, Finnish and Dutch) the performers behind Mobile Dreams tell a string of tales both … Continued

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Q&A: Brina, Jamaica Sings Robert Burns

Tell us about your Jamaica Sings collaboration and plans for 2017 My latest collaboration has been with Robert Burns… or at least his songs! It was an idea between myself and Scottish producer Kieran C Murray, and we decided to work with a host of Jamaican musicians and artistes, including Ken Boothe, Cherine Anderson, Roots Underground, Berri and Nickeishia … Continued

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