Edinburgh Tradfest

  • 01 May 2021 - 10 May 2021
  • Edinburgh Tradfest Online

Showcasing very best traditional music from Scotland and around the world, Edinburgh Tradfest goes digital for 2021.


Showcasing a wealth of talented home-grown and international traditional artists, this year’s programme will feature recorded and live streamed music concerts, folk films and daily podcasts.

Kicking off on Friday 30 April at 20:00 with a specially commissioned event originally planned for the 2020 event – Shetland Springs: a Celebration of the Shetland Fiddle Tradition, this hour-long concert celebrates the rich and distinctive tradition of the ‘spring’, (the dialect name for old Shetland dance tunes) and is presented in association with the Shetland Folk Festival, an event that normally shares our opening weekend.

The main programme will be broadcast daily and present as a series of nine podcasts. Episodes will explore traditional music in Scotland, some of the characters of the Edinburgh folk scene, as well as featuring tracks and interviews from some of Tradfest’s 2020 line-up.

In addition, the Scottish Storytelling Centre will host the online launch of Scotland Online: A Directory of Musicians (Friday 7 May 20:00), a comprehensive and ever-expanding list of musicians working and recording in Scotland.

The finale of the Festival will be the much-anticipated Rebellious Truth (Monday 10 May 20:00)live streamed from Edinburgh’s St Cecilia’s. The evening will explore our passion for the traditional arts, its history and future.


Further details available from Edinburgh Tradfest>



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