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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...

Sounds of the Borders

The beauty and tales of the Borders have long been extolled in words and music. And now a local charity is bringing many of them together in order to raise funds and awareness of its work. Borders Talking Newspaper has been recording the sounds o ...

Over 100 cèilidhs across Scotland as Fèis Cèilidh Trails hit the road

The Cèilidh Trail participants began their summer holidays with a week of training and preparing their sets at Fèis Alba, being held at the Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music at Plockton High School. This year there are 7 C&eg ...

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival

You are able to hear the skirl of bagpipes every day of the year somewhere in Scotland. In early August, though, Glasgow becomes a focus of pipers the world over as the Piping Live! Festival takes place, with competitions, concerts, talks, pipers shar ...

Legendary Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser

Alasdair Fraser is a master of the many voices of the Scottish fiddle, as adept at drawing listeners in to the lively dance of a reel or a jig, the stately moves of a classically inspired waltz time tune, or the haunting sorrow of a Highland lament. His wo ...

Fiddler Hanneke Cassel's Music holds Deep in the Scottish Tradition

Hanneke Cassel’s music holds deep into the heart of Scottish tradition, and yet includes vibrant touches of connections to other parts of the world. She  is a fiddle player and composer, former US Scottish style fiddle champion, and a teacher an ...

Scottish Musician Julie Fowlis

Growing up in North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, about forty miles off the northwest coast of Scotland, Julie Fowlis knew all the top popular chart hits. She also grew up with with the rhythms of Scottish Gaelic speech and song -- songs of history, land and ...

Loch Lomond: the song

“By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond ...” There’s a fair chance than many of the people across the world who sing that song don’t know where Loch Lomond is, and some of th ...

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