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 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 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 by Edinburgh & Lothians TMSA Branch AGM (members only able to vote). Further details from: or 0795 1918366 or 07762 101002. Also in association with Edinburgh Folk Club - more details about The Carrying Stream Festival -

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, 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: - 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: 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 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 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 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 for a few days - but try 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

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: To download a booking form and/or meal order form click through to the TMSA website and then click on the relevant link. If you prefer to book and pay online you can do this through EventBrite 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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2016 events - note the dates now and Happy Hogmanay!

Looking forward to 2016? We are with it being the 50th anniversary of the TMSA!
The Branch has its Singers Gathering 2016 planned for 20 February in Linlithgow with some great workshops, Muckle Sing and evening concert lining up! Then there's our Northern Streams Festival on 22 & 23 April 2016 at the Grassmarket Centre. Put the dates in your new diary or electronic scheduler now! And more details will be forthcoming in the new year...

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Carrying Stream Session & Branch AGM - Tuesday 10 November

Please join us once again for what promises to be a stimulating and pleasant evening! Bring any friends too. TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch Annual General Meeting Tuesday 10 November, 6.45pm Downstairs at the Royal Oak, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT Contact Branch Secretary, Trish Santer, if you require more detail: or phone 0131 449 5278 or 07762 101002 “Oh but AGMs are boring” I hear you say! I promise that it will be kept short, but it is your opportunity to have a say in how Edinburgh & Lothians Branch runs and suggest future events: while we are always grateful to have new volunteers on the Committee, attending the AGM does not mean being press-ganged into service! And if anyone is willing to just help at events rather than join the Committee, please ask to go on our volunteer list. Agenda and other papers will be handed out on the night: any apologies to Trish as above, please. Only members may vote. Followed by the The Carrying Stream Session at 8.00pm (same venue) The session celebrates the life and times of Hamish Henderson, but you are welcome to sing or play anything of your choice, or listen in. Please also consider patronising other Carrying Stream Festival events arranged by Edinburgh Folk Club: see:

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Looking forward to our next couple of events

Where have the last few months gone? All of a sudden it's September - and we are looking forward to our Session in The Carrying Stream Festival down for Tuesday 10 November (preceded by our Branch AGM) - other details to be confirmed nearer the time. Plus we are working on Saturday 20 February 2016 as being our next Singers Gathering in Linlithgow - again details to follow as they get confirmed....