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Sat Concert 2016

Photo: Saturday Night Concert 2016. Chris Stout, Liz Doherty, Paul Anderson, Catriona Macdonald, Aonghas Grant Snr. and Aidan O’Rourke, with Mhairi Hall – piano, and Allan MacDonald – percussion

THE SCOTS FIDDLE FESTIVAL 2017

Another year on, a change of Personnel on the Committee, an evolution bringing in youth (apart from our Chairman !) and another cracking Festival lineup. Rosie Munro, our new Artistic Director has risen to the challenge and booked a strong selection of up and coming artists along with a few regulars, to keep with the tradition, while also pushing a few boundaries. She has already started planning the 2018 Festival, so suggested artists for that are welcomed, and if you are an artist looking to perform yourself – please get in touch.

We have a new Festival base in Summerhall, Techcube, with our own dedicated entrance, which permits us to create a larger, more central area, where sessions, food, stalls, and chill out/ meeting space, combine into our very own Festival Hub. The biggest innovation this year is our Sunday night party gig, a standing concert in Summerhall featuring younger bands in an informal space to bring the weekend to a conclusion.

What has not changed is good company, good musicians, good fun and a friendly fun event.

General Background

The Scots Fiddle Festival was launched in 1996 with the aim to promote and sustain traditional fiddle music and 21 years on this is still our aim. Over the years, the amount of events at the festival has tripled with concerts, sessions, recitals, stalls, festival clubs and talks taking place throughout the weekend at The Queen’s Hall and Summerhall in Edinburgh. It brings people together from all over the world, both performers and audience members and continues to inspire thousands of people to enjoy and take part in traditional music, either as players, learners, listeners or dancers.

Join the team! 
Our all-volunteer committee spends the whole year organising the festival and is helped, at the weekend itself, by a further army of enthusiastic volunteers. A huge thanks to all of them and everyone who makes the festival what it is. If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, please contact volunteers@scotsfiddlefestival.com for more information.