UK Folk Festivals - Scotland

Folk Music Festivals in Scotland

The music at Scotland's festivals is as good as that anywhere in the world. The artists have a real passion for folk music. For some rousing foot-tapping entertainment, Scottish festivals are the place to be. There is often a celidh as well. They vary from marque-sized events to multi-stage extraveganzas. Fiddles and bagpipes are not compulsary, although you can of course find festivals where they are heavily featured.

Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in January

Celtic Connections - 18th Jan 2024 - Glasgow, Strathclyde

Massive event in Glasgow, spanning 18 days! If it has a Celtic connection, it's probably on show here. Multiple venues. There's not enough space to describe everything, just settle for knowing there are 2,100 artists, 300 events, 20 venues. - yes, you read that right!

This is HUGE.

Recently we've noticed the site doesn't always open on our pop-up window. Try this link Celtic Connections

Location: Glasgow
Date: Thursday 18th January 2024 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: TBA for 2024
Contact for info:
Website: www.celticconnections.com/
County: Strathclyde
Country: Scotland


Taking place in March

Inverness Music Festival - 8th Mar 2024 - Inverness, Invernessshire

Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.

It takes place at Inverness Methodist Church March 8th-11th March and 15th -17th March - 26th February and 3rd- 6th March 2023.

Location: Inverness
Date: Friday 8th March 2024 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: admin@invernessmusicfestival.org
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 15th Mar 2024 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

A long running Festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative & Visual Arts in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

Not a folk festival, it's a festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative and Visual Arts. But it includes Celtic instrument workshops and Scottish singers. So some of you may be interested.

Not a huge amount of info on line, so check with the organisers.

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Friday 15th March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: www.lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/event/mini-arts-festival/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Hawick Reivers Festival - 22nd Mar 2024 - Hawick, Borders

21st Anniversary !

Hawick steps back in time to the 16th century and through drama, song, poetry and re-enactments invites visitors and towns-people alike to experience life in this turbulent, often violent, but very colourful period in our history.

A full programme of activities is planned many of which are free and include demonstrations of falconry, archery and horsemanship, a look at craftsmen of the times and dramatic re-enactments. There are also concerts, guided walks, historical lectures and many other activities.

Location: Hawick
Date: Friday 22nd March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Mainly individual event tickets
Contact for info: Info@hawickreivers.com
Website: www.hawickreivers.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Niel Gow Festival - 22nd Mar 2024 - Dunkeld and Birnam, Perthshire

In collaboration with Tunes in the House

Annual Scottish fiddle festival.

A fun-filled weekend of fiddle music and good craic, this very informal festival kicks off on Friday night and celebrates the life of Perthshire's fiddle legend.

The link is to their new website.

Location: Dunkeld and Birnam
Date: Friday 22nd March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: nielgow@thetaybank.com
Website: www.nielgowfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in April

FluteFling - 19th Apr 2024 - Edinburgh, EH6 4HY, Midlothian

10th Anniversary
Traditional flutes and whistles in Scotland.
FluteFling classes, workshops and weekends provide opportunities for people to learn and develop traditional skills on the whistle and flute in a Scottish setting.

Not quite a festival, but for those interested in traditional flute music, it is a big thing.

Location: Edinburgh, EH6 4HY
Date: Friday 19th April 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £12
Also available: £60 for workshops
Contact for info: gordon@flutefling.scot
Website: flutefling.scot
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Mull Music Festival - 26th Apr 2024 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyl and Bute

Multiple venues, appears to be free.
Variety of events and music styles to enjoy over four days of fun in the Inner Hebrides.

A weekend of Scottish music featuring folk-rock bands, fiddle, accordion, dance and ceilidh bands.

The events aren't ticketted, and most are very crowded!

Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Date: Friday 26th April 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: mull.co/mull-music-festival
County: Argyl and Bute
Country: Scotland


Taking place in May

Shetland Folk Festival - 2nd May 2024 - Lerwick, Shetland, Shetlands

For the 42nd time!

The UK's most northerly folk festival. 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.
Nine locations on the island are holding events.

Location: Lerwick, Shetland
Date: Thursday 2nd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@shetlandfolkfestival.com
Website: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Edinburgh Tradfest Dun Eideann - 3rd May 2024 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

Edinburgh TradFest - Dun Eideann is a vibrant celebration of folk arts celebrating TradFest will include music, song, storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, literature, architecture, film and multi-media in the capital city.

Edinburgh's only multi-arts festival is dedicated to traditional culture and folk arts. Features the very best traditional music from Scotland and around the world.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Website: edinburghtradfest.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Skye Live - 9th May 2024 - Portree, Isle Of Skye

A nice Scottish Festival, which can sell out quickly due to its popularity.
The first release of tickets last year had sold out by 7th December!

Location: Portree
Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Also available: Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.skyelive.co.uk/
County: Isle Of Skye
Country: Scotland


Orkney Folk Festival - 23rd May 2024 - Stromness, Orkney

Concerts, ceilidhs, dances, clubs and sessions.

The Orkney Folk Festival is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield.

The three venues that are used the most are the Stromness Town Hall, the Stromness Academy Lecture Theatre and the Stromness Hotel's function room. Other events take place in local community centres/village halls.

Location: Stromness
Date: Thursday 23rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individually priced events
Contact for info: info@orkneyfolkfestival.com
Website: www.orkneyfolkfestival.com/
County: Orkney
Country: Scotland


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 26th May 2024 - nr Dalmellington, Dumfries and Galloway

The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. All are invited to journey over hill and dale by rock and stream to our natural greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Location: nr Dalmellington
Date: Sunday 26th May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £153
Also available: Other options available
Contact for info: info@knockengorroch.org.uk
Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Taking place in June

Arran Folk Festival - 7th Jun 2024 - Arran, Ayrshire

The folk festival on Scotland's lovely little island.

The festival will feature a weekend of open sessions, concerts and Ceilidhs.

Site not fully updated yet.

And now they have a new website in place, so note the url above.

Location: Arran
Date: Friday 7th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Also available: Day tickets £26
Contact for info: info@arranevents.com
Website: arranfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


The Eden Festival - 13th Jun 2024 - Moffat, DG11 1HQ, Dumfries and Galloway

This is very much a mixture of everything you might find at a festival of some sort - circus, jazz, rockabilly, acoustic, dance, folk. brass, swing.

Spread over four days, you might find something you like. Not your standard folk festival, but family friendly fun.

Location: Moffat, DG11 1HQ
Date: Thursday 13th June 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £151
Contact for info: enquiries@edenfestival.co.uk
Website: www.edenfestival.co.uk
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Keith TMSA Festival - 14th Jun 2024 - Keith, Aberdeenshire

There are concerts, a dance, competitions, informal sessions and various other events during the weekend. This page will provide more details as events are finalised.
(Site incomplete just now.)

Location: Keith
Date: Friday 14th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: keithfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.keithfestival.com
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - 21st Jun 2024 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Portsoy's annual celebration of our rich maritime and cultural heritage. . . beautiful boats . . . exhilarating skiff races on the open seas . . . maritime and rural craft demonstrations . . . non-stop song and dance . . .mouth-watering food and drink and adventure at the Sports Village (not just for kids!). Not stop song and dance, with an acoustic and Scottish flavour.

Location: Portsoy
Date: Friday 21st June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: contact@stbfportsoy.org
Website: stbfportsoy.org
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in July

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival - 5th Jul 2024 - Newcastleton, Borders

Join the many friends who will celebrate our anniversary with us. Always a great atmosphere. Special guests include The Occasionals, The Border Directors, The Spiers Family. Enjoy dances concerts, competitions, hosted singing room, outdoor stage, sessions. Try a workshop with The Border Directors (border songs and tunes), Ailsa Mackenzie (harp/dulcimer), Pete Shepheard (ballads) or Kevin Tilbury (bellows pipes).

Location: Newcastleton
Date: Friday 5th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individually priced concerts, dances, other events. Family weekend £40
Contact for info: elizamood@btinternet.com
Website: www.newcastleton.org.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Newton Stewart + Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Newton Stewart & Minnigaff, Dumfries & Galloway

A family-run festival in two towns separated by a river.

Music and Dance event.

After those Covid restrictions, we wish them luck for a great event.

Location: Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: 01671 404924
Website: www.tradmusic.com
County: Dumfries & Galloway
Country: Scotland


Stonehaven Folk Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

The small NE Coastal Town of Stonehaven comes alive with a Weekend of Music and song - Concerts in the Town Hall plus workshops, Ceilidh, sessions, late-night concerts, free afternoon concerts, Family show, Aqua ceilidh, World Paper and Comb Championships, Tradition Bearers Concert and more all around the Town.

Location: Stonehaven
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBC Day tickets too.
Contact for info: admin@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Tiree Music Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Tiree, Inner Hebrides

Think picture-perfect white sands. World-famous surf. Deserted roads lined with lush greenery and wild flowers. Not forgetting more sunshine than practically anywhere else in the UK. It's little wonder that the tiny Hebridean island of Tiree is nicknamed the Hawaii of the North.

Add to this three separate campsites - the main campsite, family campsite and campervan area - and the now famous Community Village with its many stalls and events, and TMF guarantees you an authentic flavour of Tiree. Which, in a nutshell, is the whole idea behind the festival.

Location: Tiree
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Also available: TBC
Contact for info:
Website: tireemusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Hebridean Celtic Festival - 17th Jul 2024 - Stornoway, Outer Hebrides

This is not a single venue event so you cannot buy one ticket that covers all events. Please choose carefully to make sure you make the most of your festival experience.
There will be a weekend ticket covering the events in the main arena
Features Hebridean music galore

Location: Stornoway
Date: Wednesday 17th July 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £155
Contact for info: office@hebceltfest.com
Website: www.hebceltfest.com/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Speyfest - 19th Jul 2024 - Fochabers, Morayshire

At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 23rd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Concerts, Ceilidhs and Stomps. Free to enter Craft Fair and Festival Clubs. Some of the biggest names from the world of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Location: Fochabers
Date: Friday 19th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £123
Contact for info: info@speyfest.com
Website: www.speyfest.com/
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - 25th Jul 2024 - Beauly, IV4 7BA, Invernessshire

Describes itself as quirky. Has quite a variety of styles of music, some of which may appeal to you. Large number of acts, including folk groups.
Vote the UK's most popular summer music festival at TripAdvisor, so it's clearly doing something right.

Location: Beauly, IV4 7BA
Date: Thursday 25th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £182
Also available: Two day and one day tickets as well
Contact for info: info@tartanheartfestival.co.uk
Website: www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


ButeFest - 26th Jul 2024 - Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute, Isle of Bute

A newish three day festival of music, food and fun that is going from strength to strength. This accessible and hugely friendly family festival all takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow flies from Glasgow.
Lots of great bands.
Plus a great variety of foods for you to try.

Location: Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute
Date: Friday 26th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Contact for info: info@butefest.co.uk
Website: www.butefest.co.uk/
County: Isle of Bute
Country: Scotland


Taking place in August

Mugstock - 2nd Aug 2024 - Strathallan Castle, PH3 1JZ, Perthshire

Forget Woodstock, this is Mugstock!

A mixed and varied lineup with music of all sorts, including folk / acoustic music.

Everything I read on their site suggests a great fun event.

Location: Strathallan Castle, PH3 1JZ
Date: Friday 2nd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £140
Also available: Various discounts too
Contact for info:
Website: mugstock.org
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Fresh Ayr Folk Fest - 9th Aug 2024 - Rozelle Estate, Ayr, KA7 4NQ, Ayrshire

A new one for our lists.

It will bring established artists in the Folk, World and Roots scene to perform alongside new and emerging acts, both locally and from around the country.

Not only will the festival have some of Scotlandís finest artists, it will showcase some of the best acts from the rest of the UK and overseas.

Location: Rozelle Estate, Ayr, KA7 4NQ
Date: Friday 9th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £140
Contact for info:
Website: freshayrfolkfest.com
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in September

Ardersier Folk Festival - 13th Sep 2024 - Ardersier, Invernessshire

It runs for three days and is priced very reasonably indeed.

Includes workshops, open sessions, craft stalls and Ceilidh.

Site now updated.

Location: Ardersier
Date: Friday 13th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@ardersierfolkclub.org.uk
Website: ardersierfolkclub.org.uk/Festival Programme.html
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Ceol Cholasa Music Festival - 19th Sep 2024 - Colonsay, Hebrides

A great little festival on a great little island - described as a remote Atlantic rock (with 120 people on it).

Support this special event.

Usually about half the tickets are pre-booked, so don't miss out by leaving things too late.

Location: Colonsay
Date: Thursday 19th September 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Contact for info: 07984329520
Website: ceolcholasa.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Jura Music Festival - 27th Sep 2024 - The Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides

30th Anniversary !

6000 deer. 200 people. 1 Jura Music Festival.

A music festival with a leaning towards traditional music, but other genres as well. A well-established favourite for lovers of the traditional music scene.

PS No need to bring your own deer.

Location: The Isle of Jura
Date: Friday 27th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.juramusicfestival.com/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Taking place in October

Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival - 10th Oct 2024 - Lerwich, Shetland

Not a lot on their site when we last checked. But the name gives you a strong clue to what is going on.

Location: Lerwich
Date: Thursday 10th October 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com
Website: www.shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com/
County: Shetland
Country: Scotland


Blazin' in Beauly - 21st Oct 2024 - Beauly, Invernessshire

Expect full immersion into the music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland, things which Blazin' Fiddles have been championing throughout their many years in the Scottish music scene.

Sessions and tutors.

A unique opportunity to learn from the band and their special guest tutors as well as take part in sessions, concerts, masterclasses and ceilidhs whilst establishing new connections in a stunning part of the country.
Fab for fiddle fans.

Location: Beauly
Date: Monday 21st October 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Scots Fiddle Festival - 25th Oct 2024 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

75th Event !!!

The Scots Fiddle Festival, sustaining and promoting traditional fiddle music.

Concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, festival club, ceilidhs, open stage, sessions, stalls, free events and lots more

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 25th October 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com
Website: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland



The festivals below are older festivals who haven't yet updated their sites

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on in 2020. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in February last year

Inverness Fiddlers Rally - 25th Feb 2023 - Inverness, Invernessshire

The clue's in the name - it features fidlers.

As always, the Inverness Fiddlers will be joined by special guests for the event.

Location: Inverness
Date: Saturday 25th February 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.invernessfiddlers.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Took place in April last year

Shennaghys Jiu - 6th Apr 2023 - Ramsey, Isle of Man

The site, on our last visit, was apologising for not being updated.

Aims to give young, up and coming traditional Musicians and Dancers the chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

The Festival lasts for four days and nights, consisting of Gigs, Concerts, Sessions, Ceildhs, Workshops and much, much more.

(Listed in Ireland as well as Scotland, as it has a Celtic music bias. Besides, we don't have an Isle of Man section.)

Location: Ramsey
Date: Thursday 6th April 2023 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Edinburgh International Harp Festival - 7th Apr 2023 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

Courses, Concerts, workshops, harp exhibition, sessions, ceilidh.

One for the harp enthusiasts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 7th April 2023 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@harpfestival.co.uk
Website: www.harpfestival.co.uk
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Glenfarg Folk Festival - 22nd Apr 2023 - Kinross, KY13 8AS, Perthshire

Scottish (of course), Irish and contemporary music, children's entertainment and the World Puff-A-Box Championship (at which my brother has very consistently failed to win or even get placed.) A warm welcome is ensured.

Location: Kinross, KY13 8AS
Date: Saturday 22nd April 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: tickets@glenfargfolkclub.com
Website: glenfargfolkclub.com/folkfeast.html
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Girvan Folk Festival - 28th Apr 2023 - Girvan, Ayrshire

Scotland's first sustainable event.

Music, verse and story telling
Concerts - Sessions - Open Stage - Competitions - Workshops - Children's Events- Secure Campsite.

Popular Scottish event, promises to be even bigger than last year.

In its 48th year of existance and still going strong.

Location: Girvan
Date: Friday 28th April 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: admin@girvantraditionalfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: girvantraditionalfolkfestival.org.uk/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival - 28th Apr 2023 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland's major arts festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland.

It includes new special events and competitions, and now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in twelve disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, Scottish country dancing, highland dancing and choreography.

Location: Oban
Date: Friday 28th April 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@obanfestival.org
Website: www.obanfestival.org/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Took place in May last year

Moniaive Folk Festival - 5th May 2023 - Moniaive, Dumfries and Gallowa

Described by The Times as One of the coolest villages in Britain.
Moniaive probably has more musical events and festivals (per head of population) than anywhere else in the country. And with a sizeable group of traditional musicians living in the village and surrounding countryside, our pub sessions are amongst the finest.
Sessions, piping competitions, workshops, and more.

Location: Moniaive
Date: Friday 5th May 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Also available Day, weekend and concert tickets from £15 - £25
Contact for info: info@moniaivefolkfestival.com
Website: www.moniaivefolkfestival.com
County: Dumfries and Gallowa
Country: Scotland


FifeSing - 12th May 2023 - Falkland, Fife

Traditional singing showcased.
CDs of previous events available too.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 12th May 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA Day tickets too
Contact for info: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
Website: www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing/
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Kelso Country & Western Festival - 12th May 2023 - Kelso, Borders

A country and western festival in Scotland? Well if it's good fun, what's the problem.

If the web link fails (it did for us), go to this facebook page, where we found most of the details.

Keslo C+W

There's also an October event most years.

Location: Kelso
Date: Friday 12th May 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Also available Day and weekend tickets too.
Contact for info: 07902 330147 davisflorence310@gmail.com
Website: www.kelso.countrymusic-festival.co.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival - 19th May 2023 - Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire

A new event for our listings.

Footstompin' bluegrass, soulful americana/folk and outstanding musicianship. Don't miss the 2nd annual SpringGrass bluegrass festival at The Vault Arts Centre.

Location: Newton Stewart
Date: Friday 19th May 2023 for day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01671 404924 / 07970 359557
Website: www.thevaultartscentre.co.uk/event_info.php?eID=217
County: Wigtownshire
Country: Scotland


Strichen Festival - 19th May 2023 - Strichen, Aberdeenshire

One of the finest places to appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad 'Doric' language which is still very much alive here in the North East, and enjoy a friendly family atmosphere where contestants have come from a' the airt's and pairt's o' Scotland and sometimes beyond.

A bit like the Irish festivals that are competitions.

Location: Strichen
Date: Friday 19th May 2023 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@buchanheritagesociety.co.uk
Website: buchanheritagesociety.co.uk/strichen-festival/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


The Islay Festival - Feis Ile - 26th May 2023 - Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides

Uses several locations on the island.

Has it's own website now (previously we linked to a site which regularly talked about it and the island in general).

Mixes folk and whisky on an island wellknown for both. And it's a very pretty island. With Concerts and Ceilidhs, usually.

Location: Isle of Islay
Date: Friday 26th May 2023 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event prices.
Contact for info:
Website: feisile.co.uk
County: Southern Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Took place in June last year

HAAL Festival - 2nd Jun 2023 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

A small but popular festival.

Celebrating its 13th year

Folk at the Salmon Bothy will be celebrating our 11th Haal festival. A weekend of Sessions, Concert, Memories etc.. Great guests lined up and, hopefully, many of you, from whom we haven't heard for a while.

Details on site not fully updated yet.

Location: Portsoy
Date: Friday 2nd June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, around £5 - £7
Contact for info: bobportsoy@gmail.com
Website: bothyfolk.org/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Blazin' in Biggar - 3rd Jun 2023 - Biggar, Lanarkshire

Recently launched, Blazin' Fiddles are running an event in Biggar.

A sister fiddle school to the well established Blaziní in Beauly. This summer the band will launch 'Blazin' in Biggar' - bringing together fiddlers, guitarists and piano players for a weekend of great workshops and music making.

Location: Biggar
Date: Saturday 3rd June 2023 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available tba
Contact for info:
Website: blazininbiggar.com/
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Killin Music Festival - 16th Jun 2023 - Killin FK21 8UW, Perth

New to our lists for 2023.

I don't know much about the event. But it takes place indoors.

Location: Killin FK21 8UW
Date: Friday 16th June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £79
Also available Day tickets from &poubd29
Contact for info:
Website: killinmusicfest.com
County: Perth
Country: Scotland


Oban International Shanty Festival - 23rd Jun 2023 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

Various locations in Oban.

New to our lists, but website looks promising.

Location: Oban
Date: Friday 23rd June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's got FREE bits
Contact for info:
Website: www.obanshanty.org.uk
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Took place in July last year

Dalry Folk Festival - 14th Jul 2023 - Dalry, Ayrshire

A new event, back for its second year.

Takes place in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Location: Dalry
Date: Friday 14th July 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Several free events, some ticketed
Contact for info: Use facebook
Website: www.facebook.com/DalryFolkClub/?locale=en_GB
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Traditional Singing Weekend - 21st Jul 2023 - Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire

The Festival is a unique celebration, bringing together outstanding traditional singers from Scotland, England, and Ireland. The event is especially for those who like to hear, enjoy, and join in unaccompanied traditional singing. Essentially informal, friendly and non-competitive, it will be just the place to encourage the young and less experienced as well as the old hands. The weekend includes ceilidhs featuring the guest singers, singarounds for everyone who can join in, workshops, craft demonstrations and a talk.

Location: Cullerlie
Date: Friday 21st July 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01224 645486
Website: www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/public-engagement/cullerlie.php
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 24th Jul 2023 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering.

46th year!

Based in Peel, Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering is a celebration of Manx
culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five
Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany).

Musicians, singers and dancers!! Concerts, ceilis, sessions, free events and workshops.

As in previous years we are posting this under Scotland and Ireland due to its Celtic theme, as we don't have a separate Isle of Man page.

Location: Peel
Date: Monday 24th July 2023 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celticgathering.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Eilean Dorcha Festival - 27th Jul 2023 - Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

EDF is working in conjunction with charitable and educational bodies to identify emerging talent on the island and to give them a platform to perform. There will also be opportunities to learn about digital media, the Gaelic language and to listen to local and visiting musicians.

EDF is about a lot more than just the music. We will also be showcasing "Made in the Hebrides" products.

Location: Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula
Date: Thursday 27th July 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.edffestival.com
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Took place in August last year

Folk Frenzy Summer School - 6th Aug 2023 - Various locations in Lerwick, Shetlands

Back after a four year gap.

Folk Frenzy is Shetland Artsí annual celebration of the Shetland fiddle and folk tradition. The week of events runs from Sunday to Sunday, during the first week in August each year, centered on workshops teaching the distinctive tunes and technique of the Shetland fiddle style. An opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle and folk from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts.

Location: Various locations in Lerwick
Date: Sunday 6th August 2023 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £500
Contact for info: info@shetlandarts.org
Website: www.shetlandarts.org/our-work/festivals/folk-frenzy
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Mull of Kintyre Music Festival - 9th Aug 2023 - Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute

A mixture of events whick includes a fair bit of acoustic music and ceilidhs, and traditional music.

Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region's cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.

Location: Campbeltown
Date: Wednesday 9th August 2023 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: mokfest@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.mokfest.com/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Fresh Ayr Folk Fest - 11th Aug 2023 - Rozelle Estate, Ayr, KA7 4NQ, Ayrshire

A new one for our lists.

It will bring established artists in the Folk, World and Roots scene to perform alongside new and emerging acts, both locally and from around the country.

Not only will the festival have some of Scotlandís finest artists, it will showcase some of the best acts from the rest of the UK and overseas.

Location: Rozelle Estate, Ayr, KA7 4NQ
Date: Friday 11th August 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £140
Contact for info:
Website: freshayrfolkfest.com
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Glasgow International Piping Festival - 12th Aug 2023 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire

What can I say?

It's in Scotland and it's all about piping!

AKA Piping Live!

Location: Glasgow
Date: Saturday 12th August 2023 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: pipinglive.co.uk
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Marymass Folk Festival - 25th Aug 2023 - Irvine, Ayrshire

On the picturesque Clyde Coast opposite Arran lies Irvine. It's a 30 minute train journey from Glasgow. There are concerts, sessions, an open stage competition, events in schools, community concerts and not forgetting two World Championships - the amazing Whammy-Diddling and the even more amazing Chuckie-Chucking.

Location: Irvine
Date: Friday 25th August 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: joyceifc@aol.com
Website: www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/marymass2023/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Took place in September last year

Kelso Folk Festival - 1st Sep 2023 - Kelso, Scottish Borders

Site not fully updated on our last visit, but the organisers assure us it is on.

Multiple venues within a small area of the town. With a few free events.
Features evening and daytime concerts, sessions, open mics, singarounds and workshops.

Good value for money.

Location: Kelso
Date: Friday 1st September 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: kelsoflmc@gmail.com
Website: www.kelsofolkfest.org
County: Scottish Borders
Country: Scotland


Linlithgow Folk Festival - 9th Sep 2023 - Linlithgow, West Lothian

Website still has a bit of work required for completion on our last visit.

We always seem to check it before they update it, as we start looking in November of the previous year.

Location: Linlithgow
Date: Saturday 9th September 2023 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - Individual event tickets usually
Contact for info: festival@linlithgowfolk.com
Website: www.linlithgowfolk.com/index.php/folk-festival
County: West Lothian
Country: Scotland


Queensferry Folk Festival - 23rd Sep 2023 - South Queensferry, West Lothian

Back after a gap of a few years.

Small but perfectly formed intro to Scottish folk music.

Workshop as well.

Location: South Queensferry
Date: Saturday 23rd September 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: sean.sinclair@abbotresearch.co.uk
Website: queensferrymusic.com/
County: West Lothian
Country: Scotland


Took place in October last year

Wee Fife Folk Festival - 28th Oct 2023 - Carnegie Hall, Dumfermline, Fife

An evening only event.

The Wee Fife Folk Festival was originally planned in 2020, but we all know what happened then! 2 years later and with a smaller scope, the inaugural event took place. It may have been wee, but it was such fun, we decided to do it all again.

Location: Carnegie Hall, Dumfermline
Date: Saturday 28th October 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £12
Contact for info: enquiries@glencarsepromotions.co.uk
Website: weefifefolkfest.co.uk
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Took place in November last year

Scots Fiddle Festival - 17th Nov 2023 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

The Scots Fiddle Festival, sustaining and promoting traditional fiddle music.

Concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, festival club, ceilidhs, open stage, sessions, stalls, free events and lots more

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 17th November 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com
Website: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


SEALL Festival of Small Halls - 17th Nov 2023 - Isle of Skye and Lochalsh, Highland

A new festival taking place in and around the Isle of Skye, which we are glad to support in our lists.

It is an nine-day multi-artform winter festival bringing big music to small halls around Skye and Lochalsh with the emphasis on civic celebration - everyone is welcome. Part of the international network of Small halls, it is the first of its kind in Europe.

We bring the best traditional musicians to our remote rural townships, using Scotland's national day - St Andrew's Day - as a reason to celebrate our unique Highland culture in the traditional way.

Location: Isle of Skye and Lochalsh
Date: Friday 17th November 2023 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available £s;15 per concert
Contact for info: info@seall.co.uk
Website: www.seall.co.uk/small-halls
County: Highland
Country: Scotland


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