Get ready for this year’s Tradfest special, featuring storytelling, talks, folk music, mumming, a book launch and the celebration of folk legend Hamish Henderson, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre! They’re delighted that The Soundhouse Organisation are continuing to run Tradfest from Fri 26 – Mon 6 May and the SSC will remain a key partner venue in delivering a vibrant programme of trad art activities around Beltane.
There’s one last chance to join the musicians & mummers to practice on Wednesday night at 6.30pm, before the May Day Parade fills Edinburgh’s Old Town with tunes and performances, this Sat 4 May. Grab your instrument, or dress up for Beltane and celebrate the start of the summer season.
Tradfest is proud to present some of the best musicians that Scotland’s folk music scene has to offer.
At the Centre, the musical programme starts off with a free afternoon Café Ceilidh, allowing you to join in and listen to the Spring Sing performance from Scots Music Group.
Gnoss, the dynamic Scottish folk four-piece featuring fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion, are taking over the Netherbow stage on Tuesday night.
As part of this year’s festival, there will be a showcase of a variety of inquisitive, inspiring and entertaining talks and storytelling events.
Continuing the events series of conversations with published authors, Friday’s guest is Barclay Price, who’ll discuss the stories of early Chinese migrants which he explored in his book ‘The Chinese in Britain: A History of Visitors and Settlers’.
It’s a big year for the folk scene, because they are also celebrating the 100th birthday of influential folk legend Hamish Henderson. During a special Tradfest event, they will be paying tribute and remembering his songs, poems and legacy.
Exploring the power of Scotland’s stories and poems and how they shape politics and social change, spoken word poet Jenny Lindsayand songwriter and musician Dick Gaughan are taking a closer look at inspiring words and polemic in the afternoon session Pith and Power: Words to Help History Happen, hosted by Donald Smith.
Finally, Stuart McHardy and Douglas Scott are launching their latest book ‘The Stones of the Ancestors’, exploring Scotland’s standing stones and folklore legends, in front of the accompanying photography exhibition, on display until Sun 5 May.
Come and join the fun!
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1SR