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More details - Needle Felted Cactus Workshop
Create a quirky cactus prop! This sweet needle felted design features in my new title Boho Felt Crafts (CICO Books). Made from 100% merino wool, it would make a lovely prop for your living room mantle or kitchen shelves!
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sat 12 May

More details - Stress Buster Walk
Our fabulous Ranger Julia is hosting a gentle stroll through Dalkeith Country Park’s beautiful woodlands for Stress Awareness Month. Research shows that spending time in a wooded area is good for your mind, body and spirit so take some time out and enjoy an outdoor cuppa on your walk.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sun 29 Apr

More details - Kenny Wheeler's Sweet Sister Suite & The Music of Mary Lou Williams
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) directed by Tommy Smith Presents Kenny Wheeler’s ’Sweet Sister Suite’ featuring guest soloists Laura Jurd (trumpet) and Irini Arabatzi (voice) and The Music of Mary Lou Williams featuring Brian Kellock (piano) Sweet Sister Suite was specially
The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh
Sun 22 Apr

More details - 'Oedipus' and 'Hands Across The Sea'
A varied double bill: First up - A contemporary one-act version of Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, presenting the tragic Greek story of the man who killed his father, married his mother and suffered the consequences of his self-inflicted punishment.
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh
Wed 25 Apr to Sat 28 Apr

More details - James Kirby Spring Tour - Edinburgh
Acoustic singer-songwriter James Kirby is touring across the UK this spring. His blend of meaningful lyrics combined with his unique style of guitar playing has captivated audiences of all ages and sizes across the globe. This is an opportunity to see this technically brilliant performer up close ...
Canon’s Gait, Cannongate, Edinburgh
Fri 20 Apr

More details - The Mark of the Beast
A new spoken word performance from Martin O’Connor, exploring Glasgow’s relationship with alcohol, created in collaboration with those in recovery from alcohol addiction from Glasgow’s North East Recovery Community.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Today

More details - Interrobang: Field Work
In the 1950s, American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax conducted field recordings of Scots and Gaelic song. Now Interrobang, composer Paul Walker, and award-winning guests Stuart A.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Fri 20 Apr

More details - Trad Talk Gig with Pete Coe
Following on from the daytime Trad Talk event, Pete Coe leads an evening of narrative folk songs, rooted in English traditions. He sings and plays classic ballads, historical broadsides, rural yarns, travellers’ tales, songs of love and loss and industrial protest.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 21 Apr

More details - Tad Talk: Oasis or Mirage? The Trad Gigging Economy in Scotland today
Festivals seem to flourish, CDs still pour from the pressing plants, musicians are fizzing with ideas and skill. All seems to be well in the trad scene today, but what is the reality for musicians, promoters and venues? Are there enough gigs? Has the folk club had its day? What do audiences want?
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 21 Apr

More details - Men with Coconuts & Friends
The award-winning musical improv comedy troupe are joined by new and established improvisers and sketch comedians as they present two hours of off-the-cuff scenes and original sketch comedy.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh
Sat 21 Apr, Sat 2 Jun

More details - Edinbal Dance Workshop: A Dance Tour of Europe
From social and energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couple dances from France, this series will take you on a folkdance tour of Europe!
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh
Wed 25 Apr, Wed 9 May, Wed 23 May

More details - Opening Concert: Passing It On
TradFest’s Opening Concert celebrates the tradition of handing down a tune, song, story or dance to the next generation through performances and social occasions.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Thu 26 Apr

More details - Lift up your Voice
Singing makes you feel better, so come along to explore Scots song with two skilled enthusiasts, Scott Murray and Ruth Kirkpatrick.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Fri 27 Apr

More details - The Bernicia Suite: The Real Price of Fish
The personal story of Cellardyke skipper Daniel Henderson and the fishing tragedy which struck numerous coastal communities in 1900. Richard Wemyss leads the audience through this moving tale set to his compositions (played by a six-piece traditional band), poignantly illustrating the real price of fish.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Fri 27 Apr

More details - Guid Crack Storytelling Session
You see, that’s what you get! Come and hear tales about things that should have been left alone, and what happened when they were not! Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling night returns to its spiritual home at The Waverley Bar. With guest storyteller Ron Fairweather.
The Waverley Bar, 3-5 St Mary’s St, Edinburgh EH1 1TA
Fri 27 Apr

More details - Nations United - Daytime
A Cultural Journey in the Heart of Edinburgh. A celebration of Scotland, South Africa, India and Brazil in the heart of Edinburgh. Join BE United for a day of dance, music, storytelling workshops, stalls and talks.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Aspects of Youth
Led by musical director Corrina Hewat and featuring traditional singer Scott Gardiner, Sangstream folk choir observes Scotland’s Year of Young People.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Journeys: The Women who made the Mountains sing
A unique, bilingual storytelling creation between Finnish Rune singer and storyteller, Anna-Maria Toivonen and Highland Perthshire storyteller, Claire Hewitt.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Inside Mariotta's House
We know it as John Knox House, but who did the property really belong to? Join Mariotta Arries, the true owner of the house, to hear the story of a wealthy burgess in 16th century Edinburgh.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh
Sat 28 Apr, Sun 29 Apr, Sat 5 May, Sun 6 May

More details - Perthshire Folk Tales: Book Launch
Bringing a piece of Perthshire to Edinburgh, co-authors Lindsey Gibb & C.A. Hope launch their ’Perthshire Folktales’ book, the latest in the folktales series from History Press.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 29 Apr

More details - Giants
Two giant storytellers tell the tales of the gargantuan race of beings who once populated the earth. Mapping their rise and demise through myth and folktale, Alice Fernbank and Svend-Erik Engh take a loving look at the lives of the giants and their gradual departure from the earth.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 29 Apr

More details - Family Ceilidh
Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances and sing well-known songs. All the dances will be called and there will be easier circles for the littler ones. A fun introduction to sociable dancing with live music and some stories too.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 29 Apr

More details - A Flame of Wrath for squinting Patrick
Fresh as today’s headlines, a contemporary story of murder, treachery and revenge based on a tale from the annals of Highland clan history.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Mon 30 Apr

More details - Mary Rushiecoats and the Wee Black Bull
A circle dance-story celebrating the full moon of Beltane and the cosmic bull, an ancient rite of passage to summer. Featuring traditional ballads from Scotland, moon stories from Japan and the most beautiful ‘Buffalo Woman’ from the Great Plains. With Linda Williamson and Mio Shapley.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Mon 30 Apr

More details - Brighde Chaimbeul ft. Aidan O’Rourke
Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brighde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Tue 1 May

More details - Scotland's National Music: Hamish Henderson: New Voice on the Carrying Stream
Fred Freeman shares his knowledge on the renowned father of the Scottish Folk revival, highlighting his contributions as song maker and poet, birthing a new wave in the carrying stream of culture.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Tue 1 May

More details - CAFÉ CEILIDH
Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories, held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All are welcome to listen or bring a tune for a turn!
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Tue 1 May

More details - Young Night Thought
Named after a small Robert Louis Stevenson poem, ’Young Night Thought’ is a new album of original contemporary folk from Kirsty Law.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Wed 2 May

More details - Street Performance for May Day: Musicians & Mummers
Wanted! Performers on all instruments suited for street parties - Brass, Reeds, Pipes (A, D, C), Accordions, Shawms, Drums, Percussion - and people who like costuming, dancing and acting out.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Wed 2 May

More details - Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son
One of the most popular old-time roots acts in North America. Noted for their highly original presentation, the band have created a sonic and visual language that is very much their own, utilising instruments they’ve created, like the Sepia-phonic Monophone and the Contrabass HarmoniPhoneum.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Thu 3 May

More details - Scotland's National Music: The Songs of Robert Tannahill
Paisley’s Robert Tannahill continues to be celebrated as one of Scotland’s finest songmakers. With his beautifully delicate pastoral songs and an empathy for minority communities which sets him apart from many of his eighteenth-century contemporaries, Tannahill remains hugely influential.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Thu 3 May

More details - Where I Stand: A New Conversation
The result of a collaboration forged at a residency in Mumbai in March 2018 which brings together two young artists from Scotland and two from India, combining music and storytelling to reflect on the connections, differences and influences that link the two countries.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Fri 4 May

More details - The Rymours
The Rymour Club was formed in 1903 in tribute to the poetic inspiration of Scottish Song and Folklore. Regional songs and children’s lore abound in this celebration of the preservation and study of Scottish song.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Fri 4 May

More details - Kin: Fortune, Feuds & The Family Tree
Fierce loyalty, camaraderie and inherited blessings flirt with devilish deeds, treachery and dark ancestral secrets in this intimate exploration of those we cannot choose – our nearest and dearest families.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 5 May

More details - Scots Music Group Songbook Launch
All are welcome to Scots Music Group sing-a-long event, singing favourite Scots songs in chorus to celebrate SMG’s launch of a brand-new songbook, ‘50 Mair Favourite Traditional Scots Songs’. All singers welcome – novices and seasoned sangsters – the more the merrier! Hosted by SMG’s weekly singing groups.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 5 May

More details - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Forget lazy pastiche; this collective live and breathe their own North-Eastern style, combining western swing, country blues and ragtime hokum. What began as four friends studying traditional music now sees them play throughout the UK and Europe.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 5 May

More details - Family Beltane 2018
This delightful Beltane Fire Society tradition allows parents to share in the magic of the Beltane story with their little ones through storytelling, face painting and arts & crafts.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 6 May

More details - Robin Hood: Riot, Rant & Rebellion!
WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE! An evening of anarchic tales from around the world, celebrating Robin Hood’s role in Scotland’s May Day traditions.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 6 May

More details - Artie's Tartan Tales
Artie Trezise returns to TradFest with a brand new show, featuring songs from ’The Singing Kettle’ days and fresh adaptations of traditional stories. All the songs have a chorus so expect plenty of participation!
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Mon 7 May

More details - Hallaig: The Poetry and Landscape of Sorely Maclean (Timothy Neat, Scotland, 1984, 12)
Timothy Neat returns to the Folk Film Gathering to present his powerful, award-winning documentary ’Hallaig’, exploring the life and work of the celebrated Gaelic poet Sorley Maclean.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Fri 11 May

More details - Windborne
An internationally acclaimed group of vocal chameleons who specialise in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 12 May

More details - Starting with Stories 1
A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller and educator Kate Walker leads this participatory session for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own storytelling talent. Let out your inner storyteller and learn to craft your skills.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 12 May

More details - Songs on the Times: Windborne Polyphonic Singing
New England’s Quartet will blow you away. Windborne shifts genres, slipping from English folk to Corsican improvised couplets and 3rd century Georgian hymns to old time tunes.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sat 12 May

More details - Chris Cook: Control
Chris thought he was in control of his life. Then, on New Year’s Day, he crashed his car at 80mph. In that moment, it seemed like the space between life and death was decided by little more than luck.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 13 May

More details - Lewis Barlow: Cards, Coins, & Minds
In his breathtaking and original show, this internationally acclaimed magician will take you on a journey towards the essence of the accomplished conjurer, demonstrating a range of advanced magical abilities along the way.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 13 May

More details - Magic School
A unique opportunity to learn to perform exciting magic, make new wizard friends and become a graduate of the most mysterious school in the world - Magic School.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Sun 13 May

More details - Mind Well
A relaxed, social session of stories, songs, memories and laughter in the Storytelling Court with some of our loveliest storytellers. Come to join in, or just to listen, with friends old and new. Tea, coffee and biscuits included. Hosted by the ElderWise group.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh
Mon 14 May, Mon 4 Jun

More details - Billy Reid "Storyteller"
Billy Reid is one of the UK’s most devilishly brilliant close-up magicians. An expert sleight-of-hand artist and three times finalist at the Magic Circle’s Close-up Magician of the Year competition, his magic has amazed and astounded countless audiences.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Mon 14 May

More details - Renz: Poet of the Impossible
Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Renz, has taken his beautifully crafted weaving of magic and poetry to international arts festivals in Brighton, Carlisle and Edinburgh. The show features both visual and mentalistic impossibilities weaved together with the magic of the spoken word.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Tue 15 May

More details - Tiny Tales: Magical Morning
Tiptoe and stomp with ’Nip Nebs’ author Susi Briggs as she takes you on an enchanted trail through the world of pixies and giants. Sway and play with her puppet friends Betsy Tinkle and Angus the Craw! Lots of fun for little ones in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Bothy.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,
Tue 15 May