Seven prime Scottish Trad festivals this summer time – plus find out how to get there


PRIMAVERA final weekend, Glastonbury subsequent weekend – a case of comprehensible FOMO is due proper about now. However summer time has simply begun and there are such a lot of Trad music festivals taking place throughout Scotland.

Residence to among the finest views on the planet, we’ve got the proper place on our doorsteps to get pleasure from some award-winning Trad. There may be nonetheless loads of time to ebook just a few tickets, seize some wellies and luxuriate in just a few days of tapping and dancing to tunes.

Listed below are seven music festivals developing this summer time in Scotland, and find out how to get there.

Cantilena Music Competition
July 3 to July 8, 2022

WITH most of the concert events being held within the well-known Islay Malt Whisky distilleries, this shouldn’t be missed!

Each July the attractive Hebridean island of Islay is residence to Cantilena’s skilled musicians, who want to share concepts, ardour and love of music-making with the rising technology. College students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland deliver their distinctive sound of chamber music to residents and guests, from the dazzling virtuosity of Vivaldi & Bach, by the romantic sophistication of Beethoven & Schubert, proper as much as the challenges of recent composers.

There are common flights from Glasgow to Islay serviced by Flybe which take roughly 45 minutes. It is usually potential to fly from Oban with Hebridean Air Service. There are common ferry companies from Kennacraig that sail to Port Ellen and Port Askaig.

Bikes can be found to lease on the island in addition to a bus service between all most important villages.

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Stonehaven People Competition
July 8 to July 10, 2022

WHERE else are you able to do ceilidh dancing in your swimming costume?!

In 2019, the competition had greater than 50 occasions from most important stage concert events within the City Corridor to casual classes and singarounds within the pubs and across the Harbour.

Concert events, ceilidh, classes, singarounds, workshops, the well-known Aqua Ceilidh and the World Paper ‘n’ Comb Championships – there actually is one thing for everybody.

Stonehaven is properly served by prepare and bus. A bus service runs nearly each hour to and from Aberdeen, although much less frequent on a Sunday and lots of prepare companies from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow cease at Stonehaven.

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Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Conventional & Acoustic Music Competition
July 8 to July 10

The competition opens with Coleraine’s very personal Damien O’Kane and 14-time Grammy Award winner Ron Block for an excellent night time of banjo, and the next days are crammed with decisions.

These embody: an intermediate workshop overlaying all issues tenor banjo, from conventional repertoire to method and chords; a taster session in Irish flute/whistle; a feast of piping with three of Scotland and Eire’s most interesting pipers; and a finale live performance with the songwriting of Blue Rose Code, Gaelic singing from Mairi McGillivray and guitar mastery from Heather Cartwright.

And it can save you as much as £6 per particular person and entry all three concert events with a weekend cross.

Newton Stewart and Minnigaff are properly related on bus/coach routes with common companies from Stranraer, to the west, and Dumfries, to the east. There are additionally companies from Girvan, to the North. There’s a common prepare service from Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Girvan and Barrhill to Stranraer which is simply 25 miles from Newton Stewart and properly related with bus journey from there.

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Tiree Music Competition
July 8 to 10, 2022

THINK picture-perfect white sands. World-famous surf. Abandoned roads lined with lush greenery and wildflowers. The “Hawaii of the North”.

That is the distinctive location of the Tiree Music Competition, or TMF as it’s identified by many who’ve been a part of the unbelievable journey of this small occasion.

Tiree native and musician with the band Skerryvore Daniel Gillespie discovered himself acting at festivals around the globe considering how nice it will be to have the same occasion again residence. Skerryvore might be enjoying, alongside Newton Faulkner, Skippinish, Jill Jackson, Callum Beattie, Elephant Classes and masses extra.

Loganair operates flights to Tiree direct from Glasgow however the majority of holiday makers to the competition journey to Tiree by CalMac ferry from Oban. There are each day prepare and bus companies to Oban from Glasgow.

On the island, there might be shuttle buses operating to and from the ferry terminal to the competition website.

The National: The 8th Tiree Music Festival is underway 2017

Hebridean Celtic Competition
July 13 to July 16, 2022

THE multi-award-winning Hebridean Celtic Competition (HebCelt) has been a key function within the cultural panorama of the Outer Hebrides since 1996 – making this yr its twenty fifth anniversary after the pandemic halted the competition in 2021!

Ho-Ro, Tidelines, Balach, Julie Fowlis, Siobhan Miller, Connor Fyfe, Rura, Texas and a lot extra – FOMO might be properly and actually cured with this lineup.

CalMac runs a direct automotive and passenger ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway, a automotive/passenger ferry to/from Skye to Harris and in addition to Lochmaddy in North Uist. The primary coach operator from Central Scotland is Scottish Citylink Coaches to Ullapool. You may as well get so far as Inverness by prepare, after which go by bus to Ullapool or can journey so far as Oban, Mallaig and Kyle by prepare, after which journey onwards by bus to the ferry from Skye to Harris.

Loganair operates common each day companies to the islands from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Manchester.

There’s a well-integrated native bus service on the island.

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July 22 to July 24, 2022

ALSO to have fun a belated twenty fifth anniversary, Speyfest showcases conventional music, dance and crafts. Having performed with the Fochabers Fiddlers and various Scottish Trad bands, James Alexander realised what a spectacular setting Fochabers could be for a summer time occasion.

The Purple Scorching Chilli Pipers, Duncan Chisholm, Tir-Mor and Claire Hastings Band are just a few who will take to the “Bothy” and “Whisky” phases. Additionally on the picturesque banks of the River Spey: night concert events, late-night “stomps”, family-friendly day-time enjoyable, Younger Entertainer of the Yr competitors, conventional music workshops, non-denominational Celtic Kirk Service, bustling craft truthful and vibrant food and drinks truthful together with gin tastings.

The current passing of the beloved founder, James, will make this yr’s occasion all of the extra poignant and so they plan to placed on a becoming tribute on the competition.

Fochabers is an 80-minute drive from Inverness or Aberdeen. Buses run from Elgin, Aberdeen and Inverness additionally.

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July 29 to July 31, 2022

LAST however undoubtedly not least, ButeFest is without doubt one of the most simply accessible Island Festivals round! It’s held on the beautiful Isle of Bute, the jewel within the Firth of Clyde if you’ll, and is inside straightforward attain from Glasgow.

Manran, Purple Scorching Chilli Pipers, Elephant Session and Scouting for Ladies are headlining the occasion, with many extra to see and luxuriate in.

Actions are on throughout the island for everybody and, coming from the island myself, there’s a nice turnout from locals eager to talk and share our lovely island. Ettrick Bay is the place the location might be, and you shouldn’t miss attempting the scrumptious milkshakes, lunches and desserts on provide!

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It couldn’t be way more simple to get right here. Merely head to Wemyss Bay by automotive or prepare, simply over 30 miles from Glasgow, after which bounce aboard for a 35-minute ferry crossing to Rothesay. The positioning is quarter-hour from the terminal or a restricted shuttle bus service from the ferry terminal to the ButeFest website might be on.

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