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Scottish Storytelling Centre 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SR
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Tradfest
About Tradfest

Edinburgh’s TradFest kick starts the summer season with a feast of music, storytelling, dance, folk drama, folk film, literature & talks, crafts & visual arts in Scotland’s capital. This blaze of contemporary colour is inspired by the traditions of May Day and Beltane, showcasing Celtic arts and cultural traditions with a contemporary spin.

TradFest EdinburghŸ Dùn Èideann is promoted by TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) with partners,co-curators and community groups. These include The Soundhouse Organisation, Edinburgh Folk Club, School of Scottish Studies, Queens Hall, Summerhall, Dance Base, Craft Scotland, the Scots Music Group and of course, a range of solo and group artists.

TRACS brings together the work of the Traditional Music Forum, the Scottish Storytelling Forum, and the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in collaboration with Scotland’s language organisations.

TradFest is supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Also Viewed...

Exhibition: Also Viewed...

14 April 2017 - 07 May 2017
Tradfest - This exhibition from Conrad Molleson depicts some of Edinburgh's finest musicians in action.
Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland

Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland

26 April 2017
Tradfest: Join Irish singer Fil Campbell and percussionist husband Tom McFarland for some Irish music at Summerhall.
Curator’s Tour of The Weaver’s Apprentice

Curator’s Tour of The Weaver’s Apprentice

26 April 2017
Dovecot’s Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer provides insight into The Weaver’s Apprentice exhibition.
A Royal Mile Walk with Burns & Stevenson

A Royal Mile Walk with Burns & Stevenson

26 April 2017 - 07 May 2017
Join actors John Shedden and Peter Berry as the 'spirits' of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson in this walk.
Redwood Mountain

Redwood Mountain

27 April 2017
Soundhouse presents: Redwood Mountain, a new duo, featuring singer-songwriter Dean Owens & fiddle player Amy Geddes.
The Knitting and Stitching Show

The Knitting and Stitching Show

27 April 2017 - 30 April 2017
The Knitting and Stitching Show returns to the Royal Highland Centre from 27th - 30th April.
Songs & Stories of Scotland

Songs & Stories of Scotland

27 April 2017
Join Lynne Campbell on a tour of Scotland's dragons, fairy hills, Hogmanay traditions, herrings, murder and intrigue.
Connla

Connla

28 April 2017
Ireland’s Connla arrive in Edinburgh riding a wave of acclaim and play at Summerhall as part of Tradfest.
Annasachs Ceilidh at The Counting House

Annasachs Ceilidh at The Counting House

28 April 2017
Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House on 28th April.
4 Nations United - Sundown

4 Nations United - Sundown

28 April 2017
Be United and TradFest bring you 4 Nations United - Sundown Fiesta, a night of food, performances and live music.
Children’s Scottish Dance Workshop

Children’s Scottish Dance Workshop

29 April 2017
Join in the fun of TradFest with the Royal Scottish County Dance Society.
Bal Folk: French & Scottish Ceilidh

Bal Folk: French & Scottish Ceilidh

29 April 2017
EdinBal invites you to another great night of folk dancing with Philippe Plard!
Kaela Rowan

Kaela Rowan

29 April 2017
Soundhouse present: The Kaela Rowan Band at Summerhall as part of Tradfest.
TradFest Workshops for Young Dancers

TradFest Workshops for Young Dancers

29 April 2017
Join in the fun of TradFest with the Royal Scottish County Dance Society workshops for young dancers!
Beltane Fire Festival

Beltane Fire Festival

30 April 2017
The 2017 Beltane Fire Festival takes place on 30th April. Don't miss it!
Get Up & Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth

Get Up & Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth

30 April 2017
Stunning production telling the story of how the people of Eyemouth recovered following the fishing disaster of 1881.
Event Horizon

Event Horizon

30 April 2017
Soundhouse Presents: Event Horizon, a concept project by Jean Damei & Géza Frank, at Summerhall.
The People’s Heritage: Royal Mile - Canongate

The People’s Heritage: Royal Mile - Canongate

01 May 2017
Meet the Gaberlunzie Man, as the wandering storyteller introduces the lives of Canongate folk in times gone by.
Artie’s Tartan Tales

Artie’s Tartan Tales

01 May 2017
Artie Trezise returns to TradFest with a brand new show which includes songs from his Singing Kettle days.
Soundhouse at the Traverse - Lankum (FKA Lynched)

Soundhouse at the Traverse - Lankum (FKA Lynched)

01 May 2017
Soundhouse present: Lankum, a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, at the Traverse 1st May.
The People’s Heritage: Royal Botanic Gardens

The People’s Heritage: Royal Botanic Gardens

01 May 2017
Tradfest: Meet the Beltane Bard as he shares the lore of Scotland’s native plants and trees.
Dallahan

Dallahan

02 May 2017
Dallahan, one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene, play at Summerhall 2nd May.
The Brave Don’t Cry

The Brave Don’t Cry

02 May 2017
The Brave Don’t Cry is a moving true story, based on the true life events in Ayrshire of the Knockshinnoch disaster.
Tradfest Trail: The Tour

Tradfest Trail: The Tour

03 May 2017
Tradfest Trail: Take 'The Tour' and discover today’s vibrant Trad Arts in the places it all began.
Matewan

Matewan

03 May 2017
John Sayles’ drama is a poetic and deeply humane treatment of the coal miners’ strike in 1920.
The Big Rock Ceilidh

The Big Rock Ceilidh

04 May 2017
Enjoy a raucous night with the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band at Teviot Row House as part of Tradfest!
Fourth Moon

Fourth Moon

04 May 2017
Catch Fourth Moon at Summerhall on 4th May as part of Tradfest!
The Lowest Pair

The Lowest Pair

05 May 2017
Hear some beautiful American roots music as The Lowest Pair play at Summerhall as part of Tradfest.
Lorgan Bàta nan Salm: Traces of the Psalmboats

Lorgan Bàta nan Salm: Traces of the Psalmboats

05 May 2017
Tradfest: Discover the cultural riches of the Psalmboats of Loch Erisort.
Tradfest Trail: The Tour

Tradfest Trail: The Tour

05 May 2017
Tradfest Trail: Take 'The Tour' and discover today’s vibrant Trad Arts in the places it all began.
Rura

Rura

06 May 2017
Rura, one of Scotland’s most powerful folk bands, play at Summerhall on 6th May as part of Tradfest.
Tradfest Trail: The Tour

Tradfest Trail: The Tour

06 May 2017
Tradfest Trail: Take 'The Tour' and discover today’s vibrant Trad Arts in the places it all began.
Storyteller Weaving Tales: The Weaver’s Apprentice

Storyteller Weaving Tales: The Weaver’s Apprentice

06 May 2017
Hear tales of tapestry weaving, apprentices and their skilled craft.
Anna and Elizabeth

Anna and Elizabeth

07 May 2017
Don't miss this collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle at Summerhall!
Battle of the Folk Bands

Battle of the Folk Bands

07 May 2017
5 bands - DOSCA, HECLA, Iona Fyfe Band, Tradosaurus and Trip - battle it out at La Belle Angèle.
Soundhouse at the Traverse - Western Centuries

Soundhouse at the Traverse - Western Centuries

08 May 2017
Soundhouse presents: Roots music mavericks Western Centuries at the Traverse Theatre on 8th May.
Land of Songs

Land of Songs

08 May 2017
Aldona Watts’ debut feature, Land of Songs, is eloquent testament to heritage & the universal language of folk music.