A-Z of CATEGORIES

Region: Highlands and Islands

The Category Campbeltown is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Campbeltown which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Carradale Music Festival

- Ceol Campbeltown

- Kintyre Music Club

 

 

Category Campbeltown
! Campbeltown KEY
VISITS (to Website)65
VIEWS (of this Record)100

The Category Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is a subset of Highlands and Islands. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- An Lanntair

- Lewis Pipe Band

- NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir

- Stornoway Singers

 

! Comhairle nan Eilean Siar KEY
VISITS (to Website)78
VIEWS (of this Record)87

The Category Dingwall is a subset of Highland. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Dingwall which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Dingwall Gaelic Choir

 

 

 

Category Dingwall
! Dingwall KEY
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of this Record)71

The Category Fort William is a subset of Highland. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Fort William which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Fèis Gleann Albainn

- Lochaber Pipe Band

- Lochaber Music for All

 

Category Fort William
! Fort William KEY
VISITS (to Website)81
VIEWS (of this Record)82

The Category Helensburgh is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Helensburgh which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Helensburgh Orchestral Society

- Tartan Harmony

 

Category Helensburgh
! Helensburgh KEY
VISITS (to Website)66
VIEWS (of this Record)88

The Category Inverness is a subset of Highland. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Inverness which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Highland Brass

- Inverness Fiddlers’ Society

- Truly Terrible Orchestra

 

 

Category Inverness
! Inverness KEY
VISITS (to Website)40
VIEWS (of this Record)57

The Category Isle of Bute is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Bute which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category Isle of Bute
! Isle of Bute KEY
VISITS (to Website)53
VIEWS (of this Record)64

The Category Isle of Islay is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Islay which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page)

- Islay Gaelic Choir

- Isle of Islay Pipe Band

 

Category Isle of Islay
! Isle of Islay KEY
VISITS (to Website)52
VIEWS (of this Record)56

The Category Isle of Mull is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Mull which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir

 

Category Isle of Mull
! Isle of Mull KEY
VISITS (to Website)59
VIEWS (of this Record)59

The Category Isle of Skye is a subset of Highland. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Skye which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Isle of Skye Pipe Band

- Portree District Gaelic Choir

 

Category Isle of Skye
! Isle of Skye KEY
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of this Record)178

The Category Lochgilphead is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Lochgilphead which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Inveraray & District Pipe Band

- Mid Argyll Pipe Band

- Templar Arts and Leisure Centre, Tarbert

 

Category Lochgilphead
! Lochgilphead KEY
VISITS (to Website)53
VIEWS (of this Record)50

The Category Oban is a subset of Argyll and Bute. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Oban which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Oban High School Pipe Band

- Oban Gaelic Choir

- Taynuilt Gaelic Choir

 

Category Oban
! Oban KEY
VISITS (to Website)50
VIEWS (of this Record)65

The Category Orkney is a subset of Highlands and Islands. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Orkney which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Kirkwall City Pipe Band

- Mayfield Singers

 

Category Orkney
! Orkney KEY
VISITS (to Website)60
VIEWS (of this Record)88

The Category Shetland Islands is a subset of Highlands and Islands. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Dingwall which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Shetland JAWS

 

Category Shetland Islands
! Shetland Islands KEY
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of this Record)49

The Category Ullapool is a subset of Highland. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Ullapool which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Macphail Centre

 

 

Category Ullapool
! Ullapool KEY
VISITS (to Website)54
VIEWS (of this Record)57

The Category Wick is a subset of Highland. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Wick (Highland) which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Caithness Orchestra

- Thurso Pipe Band

- Wick Choral Society

- Wick RBLS Pipe Band

 

Category Wick
! Wick KEY
VISITS (to Website)38
VIEWS (of this Record)61

'Since its inception, Caithness.Org has grown into a massive resource for information about Caithness. With local news, geography, history and entertainment, Caithness.Org continues to provide thousands of photos from many people, events and places around the county ... Arts.Caithness.Org is similar to the business index except it's for the Arts, covering everything from Painters to Pipe Bands. Also providing Arts news on the site and by RSS newsfeed.'

 

* Arts.Caithness.Org
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of this Record)834

‘Devised by The Highland Council in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the Promoters Arts Network ... The BLAS Festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. BLAS will do this in part by creating the opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic. BLAS will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture.’ Held Mid November at a wide range of venues across Highland.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* BLAS Festival
VISITS (to Website)196
Also indexedFèisean nan Gàidheal
VIEWS (of this Record)248

'Usually six concerts between October and March under the auspices of Argyll & Bute Concert Tours.'

 

* Bute Arts Society
VISITS (to Website)250
VIEWS (of this Record)518

‘Bute's newest family-friendly weekend festival, packed with Live Music, Food, Craft Beers/Ciders, Family Fun and Entertainment.’ Held Late July.

 

* ButeFest
VISITS (to Website)253
VIEWS (of this Record)536

‘Every July the beautiful hebridean island of Islay is home to Cantilena's professional musicians and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who together bring their unique sound of chamber music to residents and visitors, with many of the concerts being held in the famous Islay Malt Whisky distilleries.’

 

* Cantilena Festival
VISITS (to Website)285
Also indexedRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
VIEWS (of this Record)391

'Students come from across the world to the school, held annually in July in Dalabrog, South Uist, to experience traditional music and dance in a community setting. Expert tuition in piping, fiddle, song, dance and the Gaelic language are offered over a backdrop of community events, including cèilidhs, concerts and guided walks.' Held Early July.

 

* Ceòlas Summer School
VISITS (to Website)240
VIEWS (of this Record)385

Comar is an exciting arts organisation based in Tobermory, merging the renowned An Tobar arts centre & prolific Mull Theatre. We specialise in visual arts, music, and theatre and are dedicated to making good things happen across art forms on and off our beautiful island home. As well as our producing and commissioning our own work, we host a varied programme of incoming shows - theatre, dance, gigs, comedy film, family shows, community events and more.’

 

* Comar
VISITS (to Website)471
VIEWS (of this Record)1063

'As an inspirational working space with accommodation, Crear & the arts charity space to create connects individuals & organisations across the arts worldwide through innovative residencies & collaborations, including writers retreats, masterclasses, recordings & public concerts. Our doors are kept open by all the wonderful weddings hosted throughout the year, in addition to support from public funding & private donations.'

 

* Crear space to create
VISITS (to Website)245
VIEWS (of this Record)380

‘A non profit making charitable organisation, promoting a diverse range of arts activity- visual, musical and cultural on the Black Isle. We have a beautifully restored venue - the Stables - where we host performances, exhibitions, craft fairs, ceilidhs, theatre productions and films. It's a terrific place for a wedding too!’

 

* Cromarty Arts Trust
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of this Record)294

'A 2-day residential harp village in the beautiful seaside town of Cromarty on the Black Isle. The Harp Village will include a Saturday evening all-inclusive session in the Loft Studio of the Old Brewery - a great space for a session and wonderful acoustics. There are workshops all day Saturday and Sunday for recent beginner/elementary and intermediate/advanced ability levels. Other abilities can be provided for.' Held Mid September.

 

* Cromarty Harp Village
VISITS (to Website)237
VIEWS (of this Record)355

Meet 'first Wednesday of each month (Sept-May)'.

 

* Dingwall Accordion and Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)243
VIEWS (of this Record)933

‘Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of  the Island, the Skye Festival or ‘Fèis an Eilein’ is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more. Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafés, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.’ Held July - August.

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Fèis an Eilein
VISITS (to Website)151
Also indexedSkye Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)293

’Fèis an Tairbeirt was established in 2016 by a group of volunteers who are keen to ensure that people of all ages in Mid-Argyll and Kintyre are offered the chance to learn to play an instrument and experience the joy of playing music together with others ... Fèis in Scottish Gaelic means “festival” or “feast.” It has come to mean a tuition festival, usually for children and young people, which celebrates the music and song culture connected with the Gaelic language.‘

 

* Fèis an Tairbeirt
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of this Record)235

‘Fèis Latharna is an organisation that promotes traditional music and Gaelic culture in the Oban & Lorn area. The Fèis operates term time Saturday classes in a variety of instruments at all levels as well as a week long tuition festival every Easter.’

 

* Fèis Latharna
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of this Record)275

Fèis Rois enables people of all ages to access, participate in and enjoy the traditional arts and Gaelic language through a diverse programme of activities in Ross & Cromarty, across Scotland and beyond. Based in Dingwall, Fèis Rois is widely recognised as a national leader in the arts, particularly in music education. The organisation aims to give young people and lifelong learners the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture in a way that supports them in developing their social skills and inspires them to reach their full potential.’

 

* Fèis Rois
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of this Record)226

Meet 'first Tuesday of each month (Oct - April)'.

 

* Fort William Accordion and Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of this Record)616

‘Four day festival set against the unique backdrop of the the Hebrides. Organised by the HCF Trust, this first festival was held in 1996 and now regularly attracts attendances of 14,000 over its four day run. Wild, but not a bit woolly, this festival has built up a fabulously loyal audience locally and from across the world, many of whom have Hebridean ties, many of whom just love coming here and joining in the great party. The festival is a not for profit event run by the community for the community, supported by local and national funding agencies, the goodwill of local businesses and community, and the many volunteers who give of their free time to make it happen.’ Held Mid July.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Hebridean Celtic Festival
VISITS (to Website)165
Also indexedHebCelt
VIEWS (of this Record)435

'Founded by a small group of music enthusiasts, the Society’s principal aims are to bring high quality, professional musicians to the town and to present a programme of concerts that is as varied as possible. The Music Society continues to be run by a small volunteer committee ... Concert goers have enjoyed chamber music ensembles of every instrumental and vocal combination, opera, solo recitals and jazz.'

* Helensburgh Music Society
VISITS (to Website)221
VIEWS (of this Record)483

‘One-stop-shop for music by and for young people in the Highlands ... See everything that's happening, go to What’s On for workshops, live music and festivals, or Opportunities for funding, jobs and CPD ... Planning, or know of an event or opportunity you think young musicians in the Highlands would benefit from or enjoy? Then Contact Us and we’ll post it ... The Highland Youth Music Forum brings together organisations and individuals who provide opportunities for young people (aged 0 – 25) to participate in music making activities across the Highlands. The Forum aims to strengthen links between the formal and informal music sectors, creating a dynamic Highland wide music partnership.’

 

* Highland Youth Music
VISITS (to Website)144
Also indexedHighland Youth Music Forum
VIEWS (of this Record)270

‘The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s major cultural festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland. The event has developed to include new special events and competitions, and the festival now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in eleven disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, singing, woodwind & brass, highland dancing and choreography.’ Held Early May.

 

* Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival
VISITS (to Website)189
VIEWS (of this Record)308

'The Inverness Music Festival and the Highlights concerts are organised and run by the Inverness Festival Association. Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.' Held Late February.

 

* Inverness Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)225
VIEWS (of this Record)427

'Every year we have a diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. 2014 was our thirtieth year, so we must be doing something right! For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix ...'

 

* Islay Festival of Music and Malt
VISITS (to Website)495
VIEWS (of this Record)490

'Began in 1988 and has been staged annually on the First Weekend of May ever since – 2017 marked our 30th Festival ... The Festival continues to attract top class UK and international bands in mainly the Traditional New Orleans idiom. The Festival is a great supporter of young musicians who feature prominently in the annual programme.'

 

ALERT 'The Festival is taking a break in 2019. Jazz will feature as part of the artistic offerings centred on Rothesay Pavilion when it re-opens late in 2020. Meanwhile we are running Bute Manouche for the second time from 23-25 October 2020, which is Scotland’s own Gypsy Jazz Festival.'

 

Category Jazz Festivals
* Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
VISITS (to Website)249
Also indexedBute Manouche
VIEWS (of this Record)437

'Our wee festival is probably the smallest and most intimate traditional music festival in Scotland, as the island Village Hall where we hold our headline events has a capacity of about 150. Many of our festival-goers are regulars: we know them by name, and they're always welcome to have a blether while booking their tickets ...' Held Late June.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Isle of Gigha Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)445

'All levels of player are welcome as well as listeners who just enjoy traditional accordion and fiddle music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our audience always enjoy hearing good music. No reasonable offer to play will be turned down. It may surprise you but many of our members have never touched, let alone played an accordion or fiddle. Our Club night is a family affair, we have members from 8 to 80. All are made welcome ... The Isle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival is usually held annually Late May.

 

* Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)285
Also indexedIsle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)627

‘Our purpose, as recorded in our constitution, is to organize and run a Music Festival on the Isle of Jura, provide opportunities for young people to learn/improve their music based skill and help them refine and develop those skills in the future. By bringing in top class musicians every year to perform and run workshops, the instruction and inspiration they provide is invaluable. Through our youth education programme we have been able to help through a small annual grant, a number of young people to fulfill their potential and follow their chosen path.’ Held Late September.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Jura Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of this Record)264

'The Festival aims to showcase and promote the song writing and musical talent in Kintyre. It also aims to encourage a new generation of local songwriters and musicians, by means of donations to local musical groups/organisations and the presentation of an annual memorial quaiche at Campbeltown Grammar School for original folk song ...' Held Late April.

 

* Kintyre Songwriters Festival
VISITS (to Website)226
VIEWS (of this Record)470

‘We use all sorts of venues on Islay which have masses of character, however some of their facilities are limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before the concert time - generally there is nowhere to wait apart from outside. Let's hope for good weather ...’ Held Mid September.

 

Category Isle of Islay
* Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)319

‘Founded in 1997 by local composer and singer, Patrick Stephen-Samuels. From its outset, the Festival has sought to bring internationally-renowned musicians to the Loch Shiel area, and to engage with the local community of music lovers. Year on year, the festival grows in scope and vision and is now established as one of the UK's most unique and exciting chamber music festivals.’ Held Mid April.

 

* Loch Shiel Festival
VISITS (to Website)248
VIEWS (of this Record)417

Founded in 1974: ‘The support given to the Festival by schools, teachers, competitors, parents and the general public is greatly appreciated. The committee and members would welcome added support from anyone interested in encouraging the competitors to continue developing their skills in their chosen discipline. Support can be given in many ways, especially by attending the various Festival Sessions throughout the week. Anyone interested in giving additional help should contact a member of the committee.’ Held Mid March.

 

* Lochaber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)199
VIEWS (of this Record)546

‘On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but that was [over] ten years ago ... “Those who’ve been rave about it.... it's a small event, but the line up overshadows that of many mainstream festivals” [Observer].’

 

ALERT ’That's all folks. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for 15 fantastic years. Loopallu is finally dead. Long live Loopallu!‘ [29 September 2019]

 

* Loopallu
VISITS (to Website)299
VIEWS (of this Record)435

‘Provides young professional musicians with opportunities to develop their practical music skills in a place of outstanding natural beauty ... There is an astonishing range of concerts and recitals to choose from, and audiences are welcome to sit in on rehearsals at the Aros Hall, Tobermory. Whether your taste is Mendelssohn or Mozart, Brahms or Beethoven, the festival brings to the island a chance to hear and learn in a setting of great natural beauty and interest.’ Held Early September.

 

* Mendelssohn on Mull Festival
VISITS (to Website)242
VIEWS (of this Record)500

'The MAAA has existed since June 1983. Its object is to encourage and promote the Arts in Mid Argyll - including Dance, Drama, Music, Opera, Poetry and the Visual Arts. The Association is a member of the Argyll and Bute Concert Tour Group ( ABCT) and co-operates with the music clubs of Bute, Kintyre, Cowal, Islay and Oban on the choice of fifty percent of the top  class professional musicians invited to perform.'

 

* Mid Argyll Arts Association
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)419

‘This Music Festival is committed to promoting and developing skills in singing, instrument playing and recitation, as well as showcasing a raft of local and visiting talent across the age groups. Particularly popular during the week are the concert-type competitions held in the evenings, when high standards of musicianship and entertainment are enjoyed annually by large audiences.’ Held Late March.

 

* Mid Argyll Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)208
VIEWS (of this Record)520

'Encourages the use and development of the Gaelic language and music through voice, choral, oral and instrumental competitions. Local residents and visitors alike are thrilled to hear the Gaelic language brought to life through ancient and modern songs and bardachd (poetry) and also the use of the language in conversation ... The Mòd is not just a competitive event it is a social gathering for all those interested in the language and music. A large number of those attending do so just as a member of the audience and many local residents have described the local Mòd as their big day out!' Held Early September.

 

* Mòd Ionadach na Dreòlluinn
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)380

‘Arguably the best free music festival in the world.’ Held Late April.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Mull Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)168
VIEWS (of this Record)416

'An event for all the family which celebrates traditional and contemporary Scottish, Irish and Pan Celtic music. Based in Campbeltown, the event has a great mix of free outdoor events, concerts, ceilidh’s, music sessions, workshops, children’s entertainment, heritage trail walks, and parades in large venues to intimate halls. Past bands to appear at the MOK Fest are The Fratellis, The View, The Time Frequency (TTF), The Saw Doctors, Deacon Blue, Capercaillie, Idlewild, Ally Bain & Phil Cunningham, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Stranglers. If you fancy an adventure and good music in this is the event for you.' Held Mid August.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Mull of Kintyre Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)274
VIEWS (of this Record)411

‘A very special and important chamber music study & performance week for talented Young Musicians at the start of their professional careers ... The Young Musicians attend by invitation of the Trust which bears the cost in full. Attendance is for established chamber groups only ... The schedule allows for extensive rehearsal as well as much needed performing opportunities for all in the four public concerts during the week ... During the week there are a number of workshops with local schoolchildren, who benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of the young musicians attending the course ... We are also very happy for a limited number of audience members to listen to some of the “Master Classes” during the week.‘ Held Early July.

 

Category Isle of Mull
* Music Coll
VISITS (to Website)342
VIEWS (of this Record)311

'A voluntary, charitable organisation which is dedicated to the promotion of a programme of live classical music concerts performed by world class professional musicians. There are usually six chamber music concerts in the season and are given over the period from September to March. They are varied in nature to appeal to all audiences. All concerts are open to the public.'

 

Category Wick
* Music in Thurso
VISITS (to Website)225
VIEWS (of this Record)396

Meets ‘First Thursday of each month (Oct - April)‘.

 

* Oban Accordion Club
VISITS (to Website)171
VIEWS (of this Record)475

‘The event was created following the open-air concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015 – the 10th Anniversary celebration of trad-fusion band Skerryvore that attracted 6000 people from all over the world to Oban. Such was the reaction and impact of the event, 98% of attendees requested that it became an annual event. From this, Oban Live was formed in 2016 with the aim of showcasing the very best Scottish and International artists as part of both the open-air concert and Oban Live Fringe events.‘ Held Early June.

 

* Oban Live
VISITS (to Website)199
VIEWS (of this Record)242

‘We are a voluntary organisation dedicated to bringing top quality classical music and musicians to Oban. Most of our concerts are held on Sunday afternoons between October and March ... No charge is made for children and young people attending our concerts.’

 

* Oban Music Society
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of this Record)320

Meet 'every Wednesday of each month (Sept - April)'.

 

* Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)223
VIEWS (of this Record)576

Orkney Arts Forum supports the development of arts and culture within Orkney. The forum consists of representatives from artforms including music, visual arts, literature, drama, dance, storytelling, craft, architecture and new media, and film as well as key organisations and community groups. The forum meets quarterly to discuss the priorities for the arts in Orkney and acts as a consultation group for the arts development service within Orkney Islands Council.’

 

* Orkney Arts Forum
VISITS (to Website)93
VIEWS (of this Record)221

'Orkney is a group of around 70 islands, situated just off the northern coast of Scotland. The festival is based in Stromness, in Orkney’s West Mainland, where around two thirds of all events take place. Other venues and locations vary year to year.' Held Late May.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Orkney Folk Festival
VISITS (to Website)689
VIEWS (of this Record)411

‘Traditional accordion and fiddle music has always been popular in Orkney, with musical talent and tunes passing from one generation to the next. The project helps to encourage and inspire involvement in traditional music, with a group of approximately 90 children and adults benefiting from weekly tuition. We would be delighted for anyone with an interest in music to take part, so please get in touch if you would like to get involved!‘

 

* Orkney Traditional Music Project
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of this Record)467

‘The Isle of Raasay Bass Clarinet Course has been held each April since 2009. A bassoon course has run alongside this course since 2013. Further courses for clarinet and flute are now held each October. We offer unique courses in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, set on a remote Scottish island, overlooking the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye.’

 

* Raasay Music Courses
VISITS (to Website)121
VIEWS (of this Record)272

SEALL is a lively arts promoter based in the Sleat peninsula in the south of Skye. Every year we bring around 80 amazing acts to the area with a mixture of well-known names and lesser known, but rising talent. From traditional and classical music, to jazz, blues, opera and folk; from contemporary dance to ballet, from ceilidhs to theatre to stand-up comedy and literature ... SEALL was established in 1991 and our name has a dual meaning: “Skye Events for All”, and “Look” or “See” in Gaelic.’ SEALL delivers the two-month-long Fèis an Eilein (The Skye Festival) in July and August each year.

 

* SEALL
VISITS (to Website)161
Also indexedSkye Events for All | Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
VIEWS (of this Record)249

'Promotes the best in traditional Shetland music, holding events throughout the year, as well as the annual Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival usually held Early October.

 

* Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)273
Also indexedShetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)507

'Founded in 2006. It brought together the work of two organisations (Shetland Arts Trust and the Islesburgh Trust) whose collective histories provide Shetland Arts with a local, national and international reputation for arts development and delivery, built over 20 years of work and innovation. Today, the purpose of SADA is to place the Arts at the heart of Shetland, to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the Arts by all ... Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency.'

 

* Shetland Arts
VISITS (to Website)178
Also indexedMareel
VIEWS (of this Record)391

'The UK's most northerly folk festival, it is regarded as a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the Isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.' Held Early May.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Shetland Folk Festival
VISITS (to Website)408
VIEWS (of this Record)358

‘Shetland Arts' Fiddle Frenzy is a fiddle school focused on teaching the unique fiddle traditions of our islands, and to enable visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in Shetland culture and lifestyle. Around the daily classes, we programme nightly concerts to showcase our local artists, and a festival club to experience a Shetland session. Not forgetting the site seeing tours of course ... After taking a break for 2018, Fiddle Frenzy has been developed into Folk Frenzy, still with a significant fiddle focus but broadening the festival out to include other aspects of folk music and explore how the Shetland Fiddle tradition fits in with the rest of the traditional music scene elsewhere in the world.’ Held Mid July.

 

Category Shetland Islands
* Shetland Folk Frenzy
VISITS (to Website)115
Also indexedShetland Fiddle Frenzy
VIEWS (of this Record)209

'Skye Chamber Music (formerly Skye Arts Guild) is the Isle of Skye's only established chamber music society. We offer a varied programme of six or seven live performances by highly gifted professional musicians every year. Our seasons extend from the Autumn to the following Spring. The performances range from early music to contemporary, and the performers from solo instrumentalists to small chamber orchestras and choral groups.'

 

* Skye Chamber Music
VISITS (to Website)210
VIEWS (of this Record)353

'Orkney's midsummer celebration of the arts. Founded in 1977 by a group including the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events.' Held Mid June.

 

Category Arts Festivals
* St Magnus International Festival
VISITS (to Website)302
VIEWS (of this Record)437

The Music Festival has been ‘running since 1988 and held during September just when the nights are starting to draw in. We all need something to look forward to as autumn approaches.There will be a full programme of music, with a variety of bands playing in various locations throughout the village. Traditionally, on the Sunday on the fish quay an open air concert is held from 1.30pm to 6pm ... If you wish to be involved in the party come along and bring your instrument and join in on Friday or Saturday in the local bars. Impromptu sessions are encouraged. Local talent is showcased. It’s a great weekend’. Held Mid September.

 

* Tarbert Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)111
VIEWS (of this Record)205

‘A folk festival based on the Isle of Islay. The weekend accommodates people of all ages, including concerts, trad sessions, workshops and of course, a whisky tour!‘ Held Late November.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* The Islay Sessions
VISITS (to Website)141
VIEWS (of this Record)237

Meets ‘First Monday of each month (Oct - May)’ at 7.30pm.

 

* Thurso Accordion and Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of this Record)414

‘Held at the grounds of An Talla overlooking Crossapol Bay, TMF boasts one of the most stunning festival backdrops in the world. Between the music pop down to the beach for a walk in the sand or a dip in the sea (if brave enough!) Formed in 2010, TMF has achieved 7 successive sell outs but is now capped at 2000 people to keep its intimate and family friendly atmosphere.’ Held Mid July.

 

* Tiree Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)564
VIEWS (of this Record)294

'From singer songwriter to bands. Great live music on the Beautiful Isle Of Bute ... Transclyde Music is a group of volunteers who share a passion for live music and hold regular gigs throughout the year in a variety of venues here on the Isle of Bute. Since we formed in 2010, we have had the pleasure of hearing many fine musicians from across the globe. Our gigs have become so popular that we are now being approached by musicians who either want to visit for the first time, or those who have already played here and wish to return. This means that we always have a full and varied programme of superb music.'

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Transclyde Music
VISITS (to Website)203
VIEWS (of this Record)445

'Saturday (Fortnightly) each month (Oct - April).’ Organize ‘special events in the summer’.

 

* Uist & Benbecula Accordion & Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of this Record)462

'So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned performers and those, like the students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on Loch Broom and the drive up through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even jamming with them on one of the trade stands ...' Held Early October.

 

* Ullapool Guitar Festival
VISITS (to Website)278
VIEWS (of this Record)348

'A week-long music break for amateur chamber music players. Under the expert guidance of a team of professional tutors, you will play chamber music, in pre-determined groups, during the mornings from Sunday to Friday. The emphasis is on "organised informality" so there will be plenty of opportunity to consult the coaches on any technical or musical issues you may have.' Held Early August.

 

* Variations
VISITS (to Website)194
VIEWS (of this Record)380

Meets 'third Tuesday of each month (Sept - May)' at 7.30pm.

 

* Wick Accordion and Fiddle Club
VISITS (to Website)197
VIEWS (of this Record)588

Formed in 1983: 'The past few years have seen Campbeltown Brass grow and develop into a three-tier organisation with a beginner, a junior and a senior (Contest) band. Many of the members of the Junior Band are also part of the Contest Band. Despite the average age of the contest band being so young Campbeltown Brass has always managed to compete successfully across Scotland, and the associated junior bands have consistently won their sections in the Scottish Youth Championships. Campbeltown Brass is one of the furthest travelled bands in Scotland. Every contest requires a minimum of a 300 mile round trip and frequently an overnight stay is required!' [National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain]

 

+ Campbeltown Brass
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)444

'We are a group of secondary aged pipers and drummers from Inverness and the surrounding area. We play at various events across the City of Inverness.'

+ City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band
VISITS (to Website)177
VIEWS (of this Record)391

'All the mystery and passion of Scotland's ancient musical heritage evoked by the voices and authentic instruments of the Highland consort, Coronach.'

 

+ Coronach
VISITS (to Website)250
VIEWS (of this Record)444

‘The North’s friendly choral society! ...  Dingwall Choral endeavor to perform two concerts annually ... New members are always welcome. No auditions are required, however some choral experience is helpful.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Dingwall & District Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)132
VIEWS (of this Record)307

'We're a friendly, mixed choir, about 65 strong. We rehearse and perform in and around Helensburgh & Lomond on the west coast of Scotland. We have stunning views across the 3-mile wide Firth of Clyde, and 8 miles the other way, over the Black Hill, are the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond ... Our entry requirement is that you can sing a scale and a line of music in tune. If you can read music that will he an advantage and if not you will learn how to do that through practise during rehearsal.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Helensburgh Dorian Choir
VISITS (to Website)286
VIEWS (of this Record)822

‘To the delight of our audiences, drawn from local residents to regular visitors from over 50 miles away, we perform choral works of the highest standard with professional orchestras and soloists. In addition to our large-scale concerts, we also undertake a number of charity concerts in venues from Stirling to Haddington. If you are interested in the choir performing in your area, please feel free to contact us.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
VISITS (to Website)224
VIEWS (of this Record)532

’The Friends of Highland Young Musicians is a representative group of parents/carers who are able to voice opinions about Highland Young Musicians activities and plans, with a specific remit to raise funds where possible, to enhance the generous support afforded these activities by The Highland Council ... With members gaining places from all over Highland the HYM groups represent youth music making at the highest levels: Highland Regional Youth Orchestra; Highland Youth String Orchestra; 'snas; Highland Youth Wind Band; Coisir G; Highland Youth Choir; Highland Pulse.’

+ Highland Young Musicians
VISITS (to Website)209
Also indexedFriends of Highland Young Musicians
VIEWS (of this Record)251

'The largest choir in the Highlands of Scotland and draws singers from a wide area around Inverness. The Choral Society presents two main concerts every year, in Spring and Autumn.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Inverness Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of this Record)454

Lerwick Brass Band is Britain's most northerly, and Shetland's only, brass band. The Band was founded in 1863, and has gone from strength to strength since ... There are currently 27 members in the band, along with several other occasional members. There are no fees to join or play in the band. If you're keen to join the band, find out more, or just visiting the islands and have an interest in local music, then please come along to a practice. Everyone is welcome, and we have instruments for anyone to borrow.’

 

+ Lerwick Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)146
VIEWS (of this Record)305

‘We are a juvenile pipe band based at Lochaber High School in Fort William. The band is a self financing group originally formed in 1970 ... We perform at Highland games, gala days, street parades and charity events in and around the Lochaber area. From mid June until the end of August, we perform on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in and around Cameron Square, Fort William.’

+ Lochaber Schools Pipe Band
VISITS (to Website)178
VIEWS (of this Record)246

'Aims to encourage the playing of music in the community. Membership is open to players of all ages and all abilities ... We give two major concerts each year plus additional performances around Christmas time ... Family, friends and indeed any member of the public, can attend these concerts.‘

+ Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)234
Also indexedHelensburgh Saturday Orchestra
VIEWS (of this Record)542

‘The Peninsula Choir was set up in September 2010. We have a membership of almost 50. Week to week around 35 of us get together to sing and learn our new repertoire for the two concerts we put on in a season ...  The majority of the members do not read music ... We never hold auditions. All welcome. This is a community choir.’ The Choir are based in Cove Burgh Hall, which was bought by the local community from Argyll & Bute Council in 2001, determined to ‘make it the vibrant, focal hub "soul" of the communities of Cove, Kilcreggan and the wider Rosneath Peninsula in terms of adding distinct value to the everyday social and cultural lives and wellbeing of local residents’.

Category Helensburgh
+ Peninsula Choir [Cove Burgh]
VISITS (to Website)74
VIEWS (of this Record)179

‘A singing group open to over 16s ... No experience is required, there's no audition process and no need to read music – just pop in and enjoy learning songs, a cup of tea and a chat, while improving your physical and mental health through music!’

Category Community Choirs
+ Shetland Arts’ Wellbeing Choir
VISITS (to Website)155
VIEWS (of this Record)294

'Amateur orchestra, the members of which come from the Isle of Skye and in Lochalsh. Thus it serves a area of about 1000 sq. miles, with a population of only 13,000 ... There are two concerts a year ... Membership of the orchestra is open to anyone who can play an orchestral instrument from grade 4 and above and new members are welcome. (Difficult parts can usually be edited to suit the player, if necessary.) ... There is also a Skye & Lochalsh Schools' Orchestra the members of which are drawn from the area's primary and secondary schools, and some of these talented young players also play in the main orchestra.'

+ Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)316
VIEWS (of this Record)746

‘An amateur theatre group based in Oban, Argyll, Scotland. The reason for our existence? To put on Musical Theatre for the Oban and surrounding area ... We are a registered charity and our existence is a bit hand to mouth – Make money to put on a show – do the show – and if we are lucky just about break even and then repeat! ... We are always looking for fresh blood! We want to be training up producers and directors. Build up the instruments in our Orchestra. Give our set constructor a bit of a hand! Get young people involved in the theatre! If you feel it’s something you want to do why not contact us? We need you ...!’

+ Spotlight Musical Theatre Group
VISITS (to Website)153
VIEWS (of this Record)248

‘Formed in January 1979 ... Based in the scenic location of Ullapool on Scotland’s West Coast, we are a community based competing Pipe Band under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Associaiton. We currently run two bands and have over 50 registered members.‘

+ Ullapool & District Junior Pipe Band
VISITS (to Website)225
VIEWS (of this Record)331

'Whether you enjoy classical music, ballet, opera or world cinema, comedy, musicals, drama or contemporary dance, without Eden Court, you probably wouldn’t get to see it here in the Highlands ... We have built up the largest arts education programme in the UK and are seen nationally as experts in the important job of developing creativity in our young people.'

@ Eden Court Inverness
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)468

‘Set deep in the countryside, Lyth Arts Centre is housed in a beautiful old school building surrounded by trees and ancient stone walls. From the outside it still retains the character of a small Victorian village school, the former Barrock Public School, while the interior has been adapted and extended to become a multipurpose theatre venue and exhibition space. A year-round programme of Live Performances presents the best work of small-scale touring companies - often innovative and experimental. This includes drama, dance, jazz, folk, world, and new music. Most of the programme is devoted to presenting the work of professional British and international artists and performers and the centre also acts as a stepping-off point for local artistic activity. The main aim is to promote work of the highest standard.’

@ Lyth Arts Centre
VISITS (to Website)224
VIEWS (of this Record)325

'A beautiful and historic venue in the unique setting of a Victorian spa village in the heart of the Highlands. Specialising in live music and entertainment, weddings, conferences plus its very own Bar & Restaurant. Come and see for yourself ...'

@ Strathpeffer Pavilion
VISITS (to Website)395
VIEWS (of this Record)444

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