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Edinburgh Tradfest

Celebrating traditional arts from Scotland and around the world, Edinburgh Tradfest features an exciting programme of live music and workshops.

Clare Sands playing at Tradfest
©Claire Loughran
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3rd May 2024 - 13th May 2024
Various venues across Edinburgh
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Running for 11 days and showcasing more than 100 artists and musicians, Edinburgh Tradfest is back with an unmissable line-up of music, talks, adult and children’s music workshops, ceilidhs, films and storytelling.

Performances will take place at various venues across the city, including the Queen’s Hall, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, the Edinburgh Folk Club and the Traverse.

Opening the festival on Friday 03 April at the Queen’s Hall is VALTOS which has taken the trad and electronic music world by storm. The band led by Daniel Docherty and Martyn MacDonald will be joined by award-winning singer/songwriter Josie Duncan and more special guests to be announced

There will also be soloists and new emerging musicians performing every night in Traverse 2 including LA-based singer-songwriter Alice Howe, Irish fiddler and bilingual singer Clare Sands; and BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist 2024 Evie Waddell.

Returning in 2024 is the festival’s popular lecture Rebellious Truth. This year it will feature a talk and performance by legendary folk musician and broadcaster Archie Fisher. Also returning is ETF Spotlight which showcases four of the most exciting new artists emerging in folk and traditional music.

The festival runs from 03 to 13 May 2024. For tickets and more information visit Edinburgh Tradfest.