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August 23, 2017

Music from Scotland: Capercaillie

    Capercaillie: back in high school, accordion and keyboard player Donald Shaw and singer Karen Matheson decided to start a band, which they named after the western grouse native to their part of...

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 ...

Scotland's North Star: Music from Shetland's Aly Bain

    Aly Bain comes from Shetland. In was in this far northern reach of Scotland, a place of warm community and windswept landscape which is as close to Norway as to mainland Scotland that he was first drawn to the way the fiddle looked, and ...

10 Days in Inverness

    If you’re in the Highlands of Scotland – the land of romance, storied history, kilts and bagpipes, Glens and Bens – consider Inverness as your home base for 10 days of exploring Scottish culture, arts, nature, food, and great people. ...

Underground Edinburgh

Beneath the streets of Edinburgh lurks a labyrinth of man-made tunnels that were originally designed to hide clandestine activities from the light of day. Once a refuge for everyone from renegade kings to common criminals, this subterranean network has rec ...

Celtic Connections 2013

    Late January in Scotland: the weather may be clear but cold, maybe sleet to high winds to snow, and all in the same day at times. Scotland's music in January has as much variety, but music might be a bit easier to navigate, especiall ...

Scots Fiddle Festival

    Fiddles: they are at the heart of Scotland’s music. One weekend every November, Edinburgh draws the best and brightest, fiddle masters from all parts of Scotland and from across the world, those who love to learn, those who love to te ...

Perthshire Amber Festival

  Highland Perthshire has glen and Highland, waterfall and rock face. It’s a landscape Perthshire native  singer and songwriter Dougie MacLean knows well. Perthshire has inspired much of his music, and it is perhaps what was in his mind wh ...

City Halls, Glasgow

    Writer Charles Dickens, statesman Benjamin Disraeli, comedian Billy Connolly, explorer David Livingstone, fiddle player Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh, singer Julie Fowlis, singer Kathy Mattea, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: a varied ...

Celtic Colours: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cape Breton in the north of Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada, is known for its strong Scottish heritage, and for how that heritage has evolved its own identity through meeting with crosscurrents of other cultures. Every year in mid October, Cape Bretoners ce ...

Scottish Musician Emily Smith

Emily Smith has long been drawn to the landscapes and history of rural Dumfriesshire in southwestern Scotland. She was raised there, and so was Robert Burns. Smith’s travels with music take her across the world. Her home ground, though,  remains ...

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