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March 12, 2017

Scotland and Ireland Connect in Music

Ireland and Scotland -- there are just as many connections between the two countries as there are differences. One place those can be explored and enjoyed is through music, both from traditions of...

Scotland and Ireland Connect in Music

Ireland and Scotland -- there are just as many connections between the two countries as there are differences. One place those can be explored and enjoyed is through music, both from traditions of the past and work of present day singers, songwriters, and ...

Scotland's Music: Three Festivals in Winter

At first thought, winter might seem an unlikely season to hold a music festival. On second thought, though, what better time for gathering indoors and sharing song, tune, and story? If you love the music of Scotland and its connection with other music, Cel ...

Scotland, Christmas, and Music

    At the winter holiday season in Scotland, you will hear many carols and songs and hymns that are familiar across the English speaking world, along with some you might recognize from France, Ireland, the Appalachian region of the United ...

Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Harps were among the earliest instruments played by people in Scotland. In varied forms, they remain a vibrant part of Scotland's music, thanks in no small part to The Clarsach Society. This year, as the Society presents the 34th edition of the Edinburgh I ...

Scots Fiddle Fest

    Fiddles. They are a vibrant presence, part of the music of Scotland -- you could even say at the heart of the music of Scotland. Played in varying styles and ways from the Borders up to the Northern Isles, from the Western Isles over to ...

Gaelic, Scots, and Outlander: Speaking Scotland

    If you, a speaker of English, found yourself unexpectedly dropped back into the Highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, as protagonist Claire Randall does in the Outlander books and television series, one of the things you’d notice right aw ...

Edinburgh City Libraries Presents Classical music and the First World War

  A recent article at Edinburgh City Libraries on Classical music and the First World War brought to light how composers were also part of the war. The library notes, "Composers on the home front wrote music to mourn, commemorate and to raise ...

Outlander and the Skye Boat Song

    What *was* that song which played over the credits in Outlander? The melody might be hauntingly familiar, whether you know the music of Scotland or not, but the words... they are not what you remember. That's for good reason. The ...

Highland Pipes and History in the Heart of Glasgow

    Bagpipes: the sound and the symbol of this instrument are what people across the world think of when they think of Scotland. The pipes are very real instruments, turning up in historical records in Scotland at least as far back as the 1 ...

Sound of the Highlands: Musician Sarah-Jane Summers

  Sarah-Jane Summers is a fiddle player, composer, and music tutor whose family roots run back for generations in the Highlands of Scotland. Love of music and playing the fiddle are part of her family heritage as well: Sarah-Jane was one of the las ...

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