Monday, 30 October 2017

Carrying Stream Session & Branch AGM - 12 November

Our next event will be the annual Carrying Streams Festival session, having again been invited to join with the regular monthly Traditional Song and Tunes session in the lower floor bar at The Canons’ Gait pub at 232 Canongate, Edinburgh on Sunday 12 November 2017. The session will take place from 3pm – 6pm and be preceded by our branch AGM at 2pm. All welcome to attend both, although only members may vote at the AGM. There is also a Facebook page for the Traditional Song and Tunes sessions, if anyone wishes to keep abreast of what is happening there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/289402087759974/ The Carrying Stream Festival itself has been running annually since the death of Hamish Henderson, and is staged in his honour, run by Edinburgh Folk Club. Details of this year’s events are here: http://www.carryingstreamfestival.co.uk/csf17/index.html

Friday, 7 July 2017

Spain, Croatia, Poland, China & Scotland - all in one Festival (before August!)

If you're looking for an interesting folk music
and dance experience in the next couple of weeks - why not check out the 24th Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival - taking place 16-22 July? A highlight is the Gala Concert on Friday 21 July, 7.30pm at the Church Hill Theatre in Edinburgh EH10 4DR. Tickets are available through the Usher Hall or on the door on the night. Plus there's outdoor performances in Edinburgh, Anstruther, Perth, Falkirk/The Kelpies and Stirling Castle. Click on the photo of the poster for details or visit www.dunedindancers.org.uk

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Eight of Scotland’s finest young folk musicians in Edinburgh this Thursday!

Thanks to all those who came to Northern Streams 2017 - it was a great weekend by all accounts! Just posting information up here about the next TMSA event in Edinburgh - namely the finalists and winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition (2016) on tour in Edinburgh (Robbie Grieg's hometown), Thursday 15 June, 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm), at Summerhall, EH9 1PL. Tickets available online at www.summerhall.co.uk or tel: 0131 560 1580. Their CD will be available to pre-order at the concert as it is due for release in July. Catch them before they head off to the L'Orient Festival in August in France!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Nordic & Scottish music, song & dance - and moustache wax!

Not long now until Northern Streams 2017! Tickets are still available for all events - see www.northernstreams.org for details of the three days of great experiences and learning about the different cultures. You can save up to £16 with an all in one Festival ticket! Thanks to those who entered the early ticket purchase draw to win a £20 voucher to spend at the Grassmarket Centre during the period of the Northern Streams festival - the winner is being contacted.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Northern Streams 2017 tickets now available!

Northern Streams 2017 tickets are now available at www.northernstreams.org. Come along to experience the best and new of Nordic and Scottish folk music, song and dance from: Lärka: fiddlers Eilidh Steel & Alice Thorsell (Scotland/Sweden); KLB: Kari-Lappalainen-Brodal - accordion, bass/vical & fiddle/hardanger trio (Finland/Norway); Harta: Christine Martin - nyckelharpa, Ross Calderwood - small pipes & Jack Evans - guitar, bouzouki, and whistles (Scotland) pictured; Dance tutor - Reidun Berg (Norway) and Mark Neal - ceilidh band (Scotland) with workshops, sessions, concert and a ceilidh. Visit the festival website for details including how you can save up to £16 with an all in one Festival ticket! Or buy your tickets before 4 April (extended from original deadline) to be in the draw to win a £20 voucher to spend at the Grassmarket Centre during the period of the Northern Streams festival! (see the Tickets Page on the Northern Streams website for draw terms & conditions.)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The Muckle Sing 2017 - Saturday 25 February

The Muckle Sing 2017 takes place on Saturday 25 February, 10am to 5.30pm, Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, Linlithgow EH49 7JA
A very special day for community singing groups and individual singers, including a morning and afternoon workshops, performance platform and a short concert from our tutor, Corrina Hewat (pictured in photo by Sean Purser). All welcome - from the beginner to the experienced performer and no need to be able to read music. Click through to the TMSA website here to look at the leaflet for more details or download a booking form or click here to go through to EventBrite to get more details and book online.

Monday, 24 October 2016

The Carrying Stream Session & Branch AGM - Sunday 13 November

As part of the 15th Carrying Stream Festival (2016), The Traditional Song and Tunes group welcomes the TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch to join them in a splendid session, downstairs at the Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate, EH8 8DQ 3.00. - 6.00. pm. Celebrating the legacy of Hamish Henderson and those who inspired him. For all singers, musicians, story-tellers, listeners everywhere. FREE. Preceded at 2.00.pm by Edinburgh & Lothians TMSA Branch AGM (members only able to vote). Further details from: eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk or 0795 1918366 or 07762 101002. Also in association with Edinburgh Folk Club - more details about The Carrying Stream Festival - www.efc1973.com/programme-2016-2017

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Don't miss the Back to Blairgowrie TMSA 50th anniversary concert!

Obviously there's alot of great traditional music offerings on around Edinburgh this month such as at the Acoustic Music Centre and Wee Folk Club.
But we wanted to draw attention to a one-off concert on Saturday 27 August, 7.30pm, Blairgowrie Town Hall, PH10 6EX where we will celebrate 50 years of history in one night! In 1966, the TMSA emerged from the Blairgowrie Folk Festival. This unique event features a selection of the people who have made the TMSA and make it what it is today such as Archie Fisher, Sheena Wellington, Doris Rougvie, Joe Aitken, Kenny Hadden, Davey Stewart, Aileen Carr, Pete Shepheard, Gillian Frame and Simon Thoumire. Supported in memory of Ian (Jock) Hunter. Tickets available through the TMSA website www.tmsa.org.uk, or or visit Mitchell's Newsagents, 1a High Street, Blairgowrie or on the door. TMSA members can also send a ticket order with a cheque payment to reach the TMSA office by Monday 22 August to book tickets.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Northern Streams 2016 revisited

A wee reminder for those who were there and a wee taster for those who weren't able to make the festival this year with a video on the Northern Streams website: www.northernstreams.org - enjoy!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Great festival options this weekend!

We are wishing all the best to Geiteberg Folk Festival which is taking place just out of Oslo (Norway) 10 & 11 June. Some of the Northern Streams performers - Sally Simpson, Markus Rasanen, Ingunn Bjorgo, Aasmund Reistad, Amy Henderson and Brian OhEadhra are appearing on the programme so if you're in the area - check it out at: http://www.geitebergfolkfestival.com/ A little closer to home is TMSA Keith Branch in the first official 'Scots Toun' - Keith! In its 41st year, headline act is Rura with many other wellkent faces and performers in concerts, competitions and sessions in various venues. Details at http://tmsakeithfestival.blogspot.co.uk Finally even a bit more local is the Loanhead (yes the one near IKEA Edinburgh) Music Festival with a Friday night concert, then open mic, competitions, craft fair and sessions over the rest of the weekend. Again details at http://loanheadfest.webeden.co.uk Just some great ways to enjoy the official start to Summer!

Northern Streams Thanks!

Thanks to all the performers who made Northern Streams 2016 great, those who took part Northern Streams' concerts & ceilidh, workshops and sessions, and those who supported us such as the Grassmarket Centre, Norwegian Consulate General and Creative Scotland.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Northern Streams 2016 tickets now available!

Northern Streams 2016 tickets are now available at www.northernstreams.org. Come along to experience the best and new of Scandinavian and Scottish folk music from: The Quiggs - Stephen and Pernille Quigg: singing duo - Scotland/Denmark (pictured); Ingunn Bjørgo and Åasmund Reistad: diatonic accordion and guitar duo - Norway; Sally Simpson and Markus Räsänen: fiddle and free bass accordion duo – Scotland/Sweden; Sandy Brechin: accordionist - Scotland; Amy Henderson: accordionist and singer - Scotland; and Laine Ruus – Scandinavian Dance tutor with workshops, sessions, concert and a ceilidh - plus a trip to Inverness. Visit the festival website for details including how you can save up to £14 with an all in one Festival ticket!

Friday, 26 February 2016

Northern Streams 2016

We are currently working on finalising the programme for this year's Northern Streams
Festival and the website - so please excuse us if you can't access www.northernstreams.org for a few days - but try www.northernstreams.org.uk instead as one of them should be working! Any queries please email or ring us through the contacts at the bottom of this page - thanks!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Young Traditional Singer of Merit - Singers Gathering 2016

We are pleased to announce the Young Traditional Singer of Merit, sponsored by the TMSA Aberdeen Branch, joining us at the evening concert on Saturday 20 February is Niamh Boadle. Described as “A great talent and a fabulous singer” by Mike Harding she has a strong background in traditional music and song - more details at http://www.niamhboadle.co.uk/

Monday, 18 January 2016

Singers' Gathering - 20 February 2016 - bookings now open!

Come and join us for this celebration of singing with guests and tutors: Craig & Robson (pictured), Jimmy Hutchison and Karen Dietz with workshops, Muckle Sing and performance platform at the Queen Margaret Hall during the day and an evening concert in the Star & Garter at night - all in Linlithgow. All levels of experience welcome! For details of the guests, timetable, ticket prices and how to get to the Singers' Gathering click on this link: www.tmsa.org.uk/documents/SingersGathering2016Leaflet.pdf. To download a booking form and/or meal order form click through to the TMSA website www.tmsa.org.uk/current-tmsa-projects.asp and then click on the relevant link. If you prefer to book and pay online you can do this through EventBrite www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/singers-gathering-2016-tickets-20282510535?aff=es2 but if you want to order a pre-concert evening meal you will still need to send in/email a meal order form separately. Please contact us if you have any queries - details at the bottom of the sidebar of this webpage.