The Boards of The College of Piping and The National Piping are pleased to announce that they have agreed, in principle, that The College of Piping will transfer its charitable and commercial activities to The National Piping Centre. This will create one single national centre of excellence for the study and performance of Scotland’s national […]
Here is a great version of John Lennon’s Happy Xmas by Scottish musicians – Josie Duncan and Innes White. It is part of Josie Duncan’s twelve songs of Christmas series that you can find on Facebook here. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Featuring over 40 musicians and 50 events across one weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland’s largest fiddle festival is celebrating its 21st year with a wealth of distinguished and upcoming talent on the bill. The Friday night concert in The Queen’s Hall kicks off proceedings with Glasgow based acoustic trio Snuffbox, featuring Charlie Stewart, the 2017 BBC Radio […]
Everyone had a lovely time last week in London’s Albert Hall at the 2017 Radio 2 Folk Awards. There were loads of Scottish winners! All the winners are below. Best Duo: Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton Musician of the Year: Rachel Newton BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award: Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente Best Original […]
Have you seen our latest promotional video made by film maker Martin Forry? We asked musicians for their thoughts about Hands Up for Trad’s activities and we filmed them. We hope it’s informative and fun at the same time. You can watch it below.
I was lucky to be invited down to Muirkirk last Friday night to take part in the Lapraik Poetry Festival. The festival is an annual celebration of poetry, song and Scots language and features various events including the John Lapraik World Speaking Championships. This is a competition where a long Robert Burns or another Scots language […]
Hands Up for Trad are now on Snapchat and Instagram! If either of these are your forty why not give us a follow? We will be uploading a daily picture from one of our many events to Instagram and will be using Snapchat from our events. It will be nice to see you on these […]
Here are some photos taken by Louis DeCarlo of our Strathspey and Surreal Society gig at Celtic Connections last Saturday 23rd January. Great photos. Video will soon be here 🙂
Scottish musician Mike Vass has made his first serious foray into songwriting for the exciting new project The Dead Stations, which is touring Scotland in early 2016. The Dead Stations combines live music, recorded audio drama and animation to tell the thrilling tale of what happens after a passenger alights at a deserted train station […]
Next Saturday 23rd January Aidan O’Rourke, Shona Mooney, Jenn Austin and Simon Thoumire have written four new pieces of music for Aidan and Simon’s project Strathspey and Surreal Society. They have assembled an amazing set of fiddlers to perform the music and it will be conducted by Dave Milligan. They had their first rehearsal last Tuesday and the music is […]