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Folk Music General

Girvan traditional Folk Festival - Official website for the Girvan traditional Folk Festival, now in its 43rd year.

TMSA - Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland - the TMSA was established in 1966 to promote, present and preserve the traditional music and song heritage of Scotland. It is the oldest (by nearly 20 years) individual membership organisation associated with traditional music and song and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2006. There are currently over 1000 members.

northumbriafolk.org.uk - Diary of folk song and music events for Northumberland

The Celtic Melody Library is a website housing over 150 Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Manx,and Breton traditional melodies in simple monodic scores and sound files. The site is non-commercial, ad-free, and accessible without registration.

Cracker Dog Records is a small record label based in the East End of Glasgow. Its function is to act as a potting shed for great talent and marketing them to the music industry and a wider audience. A small team of passionate individuals toil away to make this dream a reality.

ISLE Music Scotland is a small independent label based in the Scottish Borders.

Red Hackle Pipe Band and Highland Dancers(Belgium) - from 2 people to a full pipe band for for parades, corteges,small fetes, braderies(markets), weddings, anniversaries, surprises. Pipers, drummers and/or dancers.

Real UK Music Listings - For regional festival information or information about folk clubs, concert venues, recording and rehearsal studios, music teacher listings, etc

East Coast FM - currently internet radio, East Coast FM has had almost 1,750,000 hits since it went on air at the end of 2009 and their application for a full license will be reviewed in November.

www.contemplator.com - folk music of Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and America. A great site with music and information from these countries.

Stramash - the Scots Music Show: summer show in Edinburgh showcasing Scottish music to both locals and visitors. Performed by musicians immersed in today's traditional music scene.

The Buccleuch Centre - Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway. A theatre with a very comprehensive list of events including a variety of Folk music.

Celtic Music Radio - is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and has a mission to be a strong cultural voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture, pioneering new frontiers in communication and broadcasting by including people that do not have access to
mainstream media. A great radio station for folk music lovers. 1530AM + Online + Internet Radio.

RSAMD Scottish Traditional Music Graded Exams promotes traditional Scottish performance skills and the best of traditional repertoire by the establishment of a specialist, performance-based series of assessments true to the artistic integrity of Scotland’s musical heritage.

www.kistodreams.org - Invaluable as a resource for singers, parents and childcare workers, the kist o dreams website contains information and advice on singing lullabies and dandling songs, including 14 free downloadable tracks of lullabies from Scottish tradition in Gaelic, Scots dialects and English language, with lots of added information on songs and the kist o dreams and Learning with Lullabies projects.

www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk - great site giving information on all the folk festivals in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Skipinnish Ceilidh House is a purpose built music venue in the heart of Oban with spectacular views across Oban Bay. Run by professional musicians & record company owners Angus MacPhail & Andrew Stevenson of the well known Celtic Music band Skipinnish, it is unrivalled for traditional music performance.

McKays Bar and Restaurant(Pitlochry) - fantastic venue for live folk music. Sessions Mon, Tues and Wed and booked bands/singers on Friday and Saturday. Great atmosphere.

North East Ceilidh - is the resource for ceilidhs and traditional music and dance events in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK. To receive emails about forthcoming ceilidhs, subscribe to the email list:

Pure Blarney - Pure Blarney's aim is to bring the sounds of party folk music to the public. With a line up that includes vocals, guitar, uilleann pipes, highland bagpipes, fiddle, whistles, drums and bass the traditional sense of the word folk group is kept. However the clever arrangements of all the classic folk tunes are sure to keep you in the party mood. Paramount for a function or pub gig, they can provide the perfect music accompaniment for the making of an exciting and electric atmosphere.

Highland Ultimate Bands List - is a website dedicated to promoting the music scenes in Moray and Highlands.

Scottish Traditional Musicians - on this new site, each member has their own page where they can: 1 - POST PHOTOS of their Scottish Music experiences and instruments. 2 - POST MP3s of their own Scottish Music. 3 - POST VIDEOS of themselves playing Scottish Music. 4 - NETWORK with other musicians who play Scottish Music. N.B. Non members only have access to the Main Page, which means all members music, photos etc is private, so only other members can view or listen to it.

The Scots Music Group - builds community through music. The organisation teaches Scottish traditional music to adults, and runs a wide range of regular events. It supports members to develop their confidence, and encourages them to become actively involved and take their music out into the community. SMG has brought together people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, making lasting links that cross many cultural and social barriers.

The Lade Inn - Kilmahog Callander - great food, great beer and great music. Live folk music every Friday and Saturday night.

Scotster is the new photo sharing and social network for Scotland; a refreshingly different approach to bringing people together in a worldwide network for Scotland, both online and away from the internet. If you're passionate about Scotland, join Scotster to expand your social circle, chat to friends, share photos, meet people, give opinions, get advice, organise events, do more business, discover new places, talk about folk music or advertise your band or gig.

Nigel Gatherer - Nigel Gatherer's Traditional Music Pages are intended to provide a resource for lovers of all kinds of traditional and folk music, although the site is heavily weighted towards Nigel's particular passion, Scottish music. This is a superb site giving endless information and tutorials.

Taigh na Teud - Scottish music books for fiddle, harp, bagpipes and many other traditional instruments, traditional song books, albums and DVDs.

Scottish Borders Folk - whats going on in the Borders folk scene.

In Callander - loads of song lyrics and loads of info on Callander area and Scotland.

The World Burns Club - all you wanted to know about Robert Burns and some things a lot of people don't know e.g. who wrote Auld Lang Syne?

Folk and Roots - A guide to the folk and acoustic scene, with information about UK folk gigs and Folk Festivals and hundreds of links!

Greentrax Recordings - 'Scotland's Favourite Record Company'. Scottish music, Celtic music, Gaelic music CDs. "Now the undisputed front runner among Scottish labels..." (fRoots magazine)

BBC - Scotland's music on TV and radio past and present

BBC Radio Scotland - Travelling Folk weekly program playlist.

The Living Tradition is a full colour, bi-monthly Folk & Traditional music magazine that has been in publication for over 14 years. The main aim of the magazine is to highlight the rich heritage of traditional music in the British Isles and further afield, and attempt to bring it to a wider audience.

Stoneyport Associates represents the very cream of the Celtic music world, taking in a bit of Blues, Jazz and Country along the way.

Hands Up For Trad - We are an organisation dedicated to increasing the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy. Please check out our various events and come along to any of them that you can.

Ayepod.net - at the click of a button download your choice of brilliant, fiddlers, bagpipers, singers, celtic bands and more as single tracks and full albums. Now you can learn to play like those fabulous traditional musicians. Ayepod.Net are bringing their expertise and know how straight to your computer with a series of unique specially commissioned low-priced on-line instrument tuition packages which include not only full-on expert tuition by video webcast from the top traditional musicians but all the written music in downloadable format plus the unique opportunity to chat and discuss issues with the teacher through scheduled live web chats.

Caber Records - Caber Records plays traditional Scottish bagpipe music using authentic folk songs and contemporary instruments. View the bagpipe discography and browse our selection of Scottish tunes.

Fèis Gleann Albainn - Fèis Gleann Albainn is the fèis in the heart of the Highlands, located at the foot of Loch Ness in the scenic Great Glen, run by a committee of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers from the villages of Fort Augustus, Invermoriston and Invergarry. Events throughout the year include: weekly classes for 8 years to adult in a wide range of instruments; the Adult Fèis Weekend for locals and participants from all over the country (a small and friendly affair); the Summer Fèis week for under 18s, offering shinty, celtic art and Gaelic as well as instrumental tuition; various concerts in the village halls of Invermoriston and Invergarry with top class musicians.

Springthyme Music - Scotland's Living Tradition in Song and Music - CDs, ballads, Scots words, events, Fifesing.

Orwell Ceilidh Band - very talented band based in Perthshire.

www.theballadeers.com - great info site for Scottish and Irish folk artists

Accordion orchestras in European countries - a site with multiple links to accordian orchestra throughout Europe.

Folk Music Venues

Aros Centre - Portree, Skye. Fantastic traditional folk music venue on the Isle of Skye with a series of trad music concerts throughout the year. Aros Centre, Viewfield Rd, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EU. Phone: 01478 613750. Email: bookings@aros.co.uk

Online Shops

buyakilt.com - A dedicated Scottish store selling Scottish kilts, kilt outfits, sporrans, kilt belts and buckles, sgian dubhs, kilt pins and much more.

www.heritageofscotland.com - A huge range of singers, pipers, fiddlers, harpists and many, many more talented Celtic musicians as well as other genres!

www.ashmandolins.co.uk - Hand crafted mandolins - using a combination of traditional methods, materials & modern technology. Unique instruments with exquisite tone.

MK Whistles - Makers of coloured aluminium low whistles based in Glasgow Scotland. Range of keys, tunable and non-tunable, with models for learners as well as limited edition and one-offs. Informative blog and online shop.

Shearwater Whistles - Maker of whistles (alloy&PVC) and stringed instruments.(bouzoukis, mandolins etc. Our whistles are very reasonably priced for the beginner to advanced player.

Small Strings - Beautiful stringed instruments (traditional and contemporary) hand-crafted in the Scottish Borders by Mark Mawby.

GTR Music - Guitars, effects pedals, amps, tuners, straps at GTR Music

www.bensvinylbasement.com - Records, CDs, tapes and music-related books including many rarities - specialising in Folk, Blues and Country.

Bagpipe Music - The Weavers of the Tartan is a bagpipe band playing traditional Scottish songs with contemporary appeal. Download free bagpipe mp3's.

Tony Dixon Music - Devon is the home of Tony Dixon who has been making flutes, pipes and whistles for many years. An accomplished player of all three instruments, he doesn't let an instrument out of his workshop that he wouldn't be happy to play himself. A more recent and, as it turns out, very popular innovation is the ‘Duo’ instrument with one body and two heads! This allows a quick change from flute or piccolo to high or low whistle using the same body.

www.musicscotland.com - Scottish music on CD and DVD with mp3 samples, books and sheet music. A fantastic range of Scottish music to buy online.

www.scotchsnap.com - "Scotland's Premier Online, Digital Sheet Music Publishing Platform for Scottish Composers. Old Favourites and New Contemporary Scottish Sheet Music, Priced at Pennies a Page. Listen, View and Download Direct to your Printer." Set up in June 2007 by Lorna McDougall and Isabel Paterson, this superb site is well worth a visit for the keen Scottish folk music enthusiasts or for those just wanting a to browse the information on the many popular Scottish composers.

Foot Stompin' Celtic Music - for Scottish music books, CD's, DVD's, a long list of artist info and loads more links. Well worth a visit.

www.musicinscotland - CDs from a wide range of genres. This Scottish music site is dedicated to promoting music and musicians with a Celtic connection to a world-wide audience.

Big Whistle Music - a site all about tin whistles, buying them and playing them.

Scotloads - Scottish CD and MP3 music - At Scotloads you will find a great range of Scottish CD and MP3 music. Listen to samples of all our music and find local gigs and events across Scotland. Free sign up for bands/artists and venues.

Actual Shops

Luthier Tom Murray repairs and restorations to all stringed Instruments. Acoustic and electric guitar, members of the mandolin family, banjos and all other fretted stringed instruments, violin family - fiddle, viola, cello and double bass. Combining modern technology and tools with traditional handcraft skills, each Instrument repair is carried out to the highest standard.

The Lutherie - Biggar - The One-Stop Music Resource Centre, Serving Southern Scotland & Beyond - Instrument Sales, String Instrument Repairs, Strings, Reeds & Accessories, Instrument Tuition. All you need to get you playing, and keep you playing!

Peebles Music Centre - Musical instruments, Musical tuition and Studio facilities.

Vintage Strings in Dundee stocks acoustic stringed instruments and accessories. Great selection of fiddles and guitars plus banjos, mandolins, ukeleles, bouzoukis, bodhrans etc. Good advise and friendly service.

Pipe Bands

1 Medical Battalion Pipe Band
400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Pipes & Drums
48th Highlanders of Canada
Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band
Allegheny & District Pipe Band
Annsborough Pipe Band
Antwerp & District Pipe Band
Arbroath Royal British Legion Pipe Band
Atlanta Pipe Band
Australia Highlanders Pipe Band
Aughintober Pipe Band
Bagad Cap Caval
Battlehill Pipe Band
Bellingham Pipe Band
Benoni Mac-Talla Pipe Band
Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band
Bowmanville Highland Pipe Band
Braemar Pipe Band
Brighton Legion Highlanders
Bucksburn & District Pipe Band
Canberra Highland Society Burns Club Pipe Band
Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band
Chelsea Fire Pipes & Drums
Chicago Caledonian Pipe Band
City of Aberdeen Pipe Band
City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums
City of Aukland Pipe Band
City of Chicago Pipe Band
City of Dunedin Pipe Band
City of Exeter Pipes & Drums
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band
City of Melbourne Pipe Band
City of Regina Pipe Band
City of Tauranga Pipe Band
City of Washington Pipe Band
Clan Donald Pipe Band - Dutch Pipes & Drums
Clan Gregor Pipe Band
Claymore Pipes & Drums
Copenhagen Caledonia Pipe Band
Concord Pipe Band
Cullen Pipe Band
Cullybackey Pipe Band
Dofasco Pipe Band
Dumbarton & District Pipe Band
Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary Pipe Band
Gatwick Caledonian Pipe Band
Dundas Pipes and Drums
Dunoon Argylle Pipe Band
Durham Regional Police Pipe Band
Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band
Edmonton & District Pipe Band
Fergus Pipe Band
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band
Pipes & Drums of the 1st Royal Engineers (Sweden)
Fort Frances Highlanders
Fort Lauderdale Highlanders
Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band
The Frost Pipe Band
Georgetown Pipe Band
Glasgow Pipe & Drums
Glengarry Pipe Band
Gortaclare Pipe Band
Grampian Police Pipe Band
Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band
Hamilton Pipe Band (New Zealand)
Hamilton Police Pipe Band
Harpenden Pipe Band
Hawthorn City Pipe Band
Holbaek Pipe Band
House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band
Innisfil Pipes & Drums
Invera'an Pipe Band
Jacksonville Pipes & Drums
John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes & Drums
Johnstone Pipe Band
Kinsmen Pipe Band
Lanarkshire Pipe Band
Lerwick Royal British Legion Pipe Band
linlithgow & District Pipe Band
London Fire Fighters Pipe Band
Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band
Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band
MacGillivray Pipe Band
MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band
MacNaughton Highlanders Pipe Band
Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band
Manchester Pipe Band
Memorial Pipe Band Dookinella
Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band
Monaghan Pipe Band
New Zealand Police Pipe Band
Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band
North Coast Pipe Band
Northwest Territorial Pipe Band
Oran Mor Pipe Band
Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band
Paris & District Pipe Band
Peel Regional Police Pipe Band
Penetangore Pipe Band
Penicuik & District Pipe Band
Phoenix Honda Glasgow Skye Pipe Band
Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band
Polkemmet Pipe Band
Pride of Murray Pipe Band
Prince Charles Pipe Band
Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band
Ravara Pipe Band
Red Hackle Pipe Band and Highland Dancers
Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band
Rob Roy Pipe Band
Royal Air Force Halton Pipes & Drums
Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band
Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 Pipes & Drums
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Regimental Pipes & Drums
Royal ulster Constabulary Pipe Band
Saffron United Pipe Band
St. Andrew's Pipe Band (Brisbane, Australia)
St. Andrew's-Mississauga Pipes & Drums
St. Columcille Pipe Band
St. James Gate Pipe Band
St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band
Scarborough Pipe Band
Scottish lion-78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band
ScottishPower Pipe Band
Scots Guards Association Pipes & Drums (Manchester Branch)
Simon Fraser University Pipe Band
Sons of Scotland Pipe Band
Soo Caledonia Pipe Band
Southern Cross Pipe Band (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Spirit of Scotland
Stirling Pipe Band
Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
Tayside Police Pipe Band
Tokyo Pipe Band
Toronto Police Pipe Band
Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band
Triumph Street Pipe Band
Tullylagan Pipe Band
Ulster Scottish Pipe Band
Upper Crossgare Pipe Band
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band
Veterans Memorial Pipe Band
Wessex Highlanders
Western Australia Police Pipe Band
Pipes & Drums of the West Midlands Fire Service
Williamstown RSL Pipe Band
Williamwood Pipe Band
Windsor Police Pipe Band
Winnipeg Heather Belle Ladies' Pipe Band

General Scottish

Glencoe Cafe, situated in the village of Glencoe which is surrounded by beautiful mountains and lochs. A warm welcome awaits you at Glencoe Cafe, the coffee shop in the quiet village of Glencoe. Along with a welcoming smile, we offer you -

  • quality coffee, roasted in Scotland
  • loose leaf tea, imported by our Scottish suppliers who also grow their own tea in Scotland!
  • delicious lunchtime snacks and breakfasts
  • fresh home baking including our terrific scones
  • a glass of wine or beer with your lunch
  • a range of selected gifts, books and maps

We look forward to seeing you soon

Best Nevis Mountain Guiding offers affordable guided walks at all those destinations! Fort William based, qualified guide with good local knowledge and excellent rates!!

Highland Scenic Tours offers a selection of half day and day tours. Join John for a sightseeing tour of Fort William's famous landmarks, visit Glen Coe's beautiful mountain scenery or discover the remoteness of the west coast peninsula. And there's even a chance of seeing some interesting wildlife on the way!

The Reel is run by the very musically talented Wrigley sisters - Jennifer and Hazel. Aswell as a being home to many folk & blues sessions and the Orkney Strathspey and Reel, The Reel also holds various classes in many different instruments taught by a wealth of talented teachers.

www.schottland-wegweiser.de - a great website for people in Germany to find out all about Scotland with many helpful hints for travelling there.

www.schottland.de - a website from Germany giving great information about coming to Scotland.

www.schottlandberater.de - if you are coming to Scotland from Germany on holiday then this is a great site for informatio.

The Friends of Wighton are based in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in the Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee. This specially built performance and study space houses the internationally famous Wighton Collection of historic Scottish music books, dating from two hundred years ago and more. The Friends of Wighton organise concerts and classes in the Centre and work with schools and community groups to make the musical treasures preserved in the books more accessible to the people of Dundee, Fife and Angus.

Photography Scotland - Ros Gasson is a music, events and landscape photographer, based in Edinburgh. The Photography Scotland website is home to Ros's stunning photos of some of Scotland's beautiful places, people and events. Ros also runs occasional photography workshops and holds exhibitions of her work. Prints and landscape calendars are available for sale.

Self catering accommodation and B&B in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Ally Bally Bee's - home of original, hand made and best Coulter Candy. Sweets from your childhood and a terrific tribute to the legendary Creamola Foam, their powdered elixir, Krakatoa which took six months to perfect.

www.scottishbluegrass.com - An up to date web site resource covering all aspects of Bluegrass and Old Time Music which have connections back to the Highland Clearances and migrations of Scots/Irish to Appalachia

The Celtic Croft, a leading kilt clothing company provides extensive collection of Scottish kilts, Irish kilts, Welsh kilts, and other stylish kilts stuff etc at affordable prices. They also provide different style of Scottish tartans and blankets, bodhran, tartan fabrics, highland accessories and other quality celtic products.

MacGregor and MacDuff is an established kilt hire and kiltmaking firm. We have 5 branches in Glasgow and Ayrshire and we love everything Scottish! We would love to link up with your site.

The Kilt Sporran Company is based in Highland Perthshire. They specialise in supplying unique Scottish dress products at very reasonable prices. They stock a variety of kilt sporrans, kilt buckles, brogues, clan badges and many other high quality Scottish kilt accessories all of which are of the highest quality and made right here in Scotland.

www.heritageofscotland.com - good online shop for Scottish gifts, clothes and music

www.standrews.tv/music.htm - listen to and download a free Scottish album from well known St Andrews singer/songwriter.

The Wooden Quaich - Scottish hand turned, engraved, Quaichs. Quaichs are an excellent and traditional gift to mark special occasions: weddings, as 'loving cups', retirements, golf or Highland Games trophies, for Burns night or St Andrews day, or any other celebration, especially surrounding Scottish traditions.

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