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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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Blas Festival: Inverness and across the Highlands

From Thurso to Inverness to the Isle of Skye, all across the Highlands of Scotland, the Blas Festival brings a celebration of Gaelic music and tradition. In 2012, it is coming up from  7 through 15 September. There will be tributes to the late Ga ...

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