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 - 15th Jan 2021 - Glasgow, Strathclyde

VIRTUAL EVENT 2021

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: Friday 15th January 2021 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info:
Website: www.celticconnections.com/
County: Strathclyde
Country: Scotland


Blazin' in Beauly - 18th Jan 2021 - Beauly, Invernessshire

VIRTUAL EVENT

Expect full immersion into the music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland, things which Blazin' Fiddles have been championing throughout their 15 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 18th January 2021 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 30th Jan 2021 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

VITRUAL EVENT

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.

The date is the only one I could find. Check with the organisers

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Saturday 30th January 2021 for 24 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in February

Inverness Music Festival - 18th Feb 2021 - Inverness, Invernessshire

VIRTUAL EVENT

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

Location: Inverness
Date: Thursday 18th February 2021 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: admin@invernessmusicfestival.org
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in March

Niel Gow Festival - 20th Mar 2021 - Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire

VIRTUAL EVENT,
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 the Friday night, and celebrates the life of Perthshire's fiddle legend.

Location: Dunkeld & Birnam
Date: Saturday 20th March 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: nielgow@thetaybank.com
Website: www.niel-gow.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Hawick Reivers Festival - 26th Mar 2021 - Hawick, Borders

VIRTUAL EVENT

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 26th March 2021 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


Taking place in April

Edinburgh International Harp Festival - 9th Apr 2021 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

VIRTUAL EVENT

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

One for the harp enthusiasts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 9th April 2021 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 - 11th Apr 2021 - Kinross, KY13 8AS, Perthshire

VIRTUAL EVENT

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: Sunday 11th April 2021 for 3 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 - 30th Apr 2021 - Girvan, Ayrshire

Possibly VIRTUAL 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.

Over 40 years of existance and still going strong.

Location: Girvan
Date: Friday 30th April 2021 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 - 30th Apr 2021 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

37th Time!
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 30th April 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@obanfestival.org
Website: www.obanfestival.org/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Tradfest Edinburgh Dun Eideann - 30th Apr 2021 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

TradFest Edinburgh - 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 dedicated to traditional culture and folk arts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 30th April 2021 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


Taking place in May

Moniaive Folk Festival - 7th May 2021 - Moniaive, Dumfries and Gallowa

Possibly CANCELLED. Little info on website.

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 7th May 2021 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


The Islay Festival of Music and Malt - 21st May 2021 - Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides

CANCELLED

A diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.

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!

Location: Isle of Islay
Date: Friday 21st May 2021 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets.
Contact for info: enquiries@islayfestival.com
Website: www.islayfestival.com/
County: Southern Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Orkney Folk Festival - 27th May 2021 - Stromness, Orkney

VIRTUAL EVENT

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 27th May 2021 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


Taking place in June

The Eden Festival - 10th Jun 2021 - 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 10th June 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £149
Contact for info: enquiries@edenfestival.co.uk
Website: www.edenfestival.co.uk
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Arran Folk Festival - 11th Jun 2021 - Arran, Ayrshire

CANCELLED

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.

www.arranevents.com/ used to be the place to look for this event, but now they seem to have just the Facebook page

Location: Arran
Date: Friday 11th June 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@arranevents.com
Website: www.facebook.com/arranfolkfest/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


TMSA Keith Festival - 11th Jun 2021 - 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 11th June 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: keithfestival@gmail.com
Website: tmsakeithfestival.blogspot.co.uk/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - 26th Jun 2021 - 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: Saturday 26th June 2021 for 2 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

Feis an Eilein - Skye Festival - 2nd Jul 2021 - Skye, Inner Hebrides

The event is spread over many days and different locations.

Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of the Island, the Skye Festival or Feis 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 cafes, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.

Location: Skye
Date: Friday 2nd July 2021 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@seall.co.uk
Website: www.seall.co.uk/skye-fest/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Tiree Music Festival - 8th Jul 2021 - Tiree, Inner Hebrides

CANCELLED

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: Thursday 8th July 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info:
Website: tireemusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival - 9th Jul 2021 - Newcastleton, Borders

VIRTUAL EVENT

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).

As our website is being updated there are some details if you want to check on https://www.visitnewcastleton.com/listing/newcastleton-music-festival/

Location: Newcastleton
Date: Friday 9th July 2021 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.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival - 9th Jul 2021 - Newton Stewart & Minnigaff, Dumfries & Galloway

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

This is it's sixth year of existance.
The title says it all.

Location: Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
Date: Friday 9th July 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01671 404924
Website: www.tradmusic.com
County: Dumfries & Galloway
Country: Scotland


Stonehaven Folk Festival - 9th Jul 2021 - Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Last year's event was virtual, so if things go wrong, they have the expertise to do it again.

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 9th July 2021 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


Hebridean Celtic Festival - 14th Jul 2021 - 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 14th July 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Contact for info: office@hebceltfest.com
Website: www.hebceltfest.com/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 19th Jul 2021 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering.

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 19th July 2021 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available: Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celticgathering.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


ButeFest - 23rd Jul 2021 - Rothesay, 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: Rothesay
Date: Friday 23rd July 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £91
Contact for info: info@butefest.co.uk
Website: www.butefest.co.uk/
County: Isle of Bute
Country: Scotland


Eilean Dorcha Festival - 23rd Jul 2021 - Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

Now in its fifth year, 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: Friday 23rd July 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info:
Website: www.edf.scot/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Speyfest - 23rd Jul 2021 - Fochabers, Morayshire

25th Anniversary!

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 23rd July 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: info@speyfest.com
Website: www.speyfest.com/
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Traditional Singing Weekend - 23rd Jul 2021 - 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 23rd July 2021 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


Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - 29th Jul 2021 - 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 29th July 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £162
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


Taking place in August

Mull of Kintyre Music Festival - 18th Aug 2021 - Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute

VIRTUAL EVENT

A mixture of events WHICH 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 18th August 2021 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


Ardersier Folk Festival - 21st Aug 2021 - Ardersier, Invernessshire

A new festival, in Scotland.
It runs for three days and is priced very reasonably indeed.

Includes workshops, open sessions, craft stalls and Ceilidh.

Location: Ardersier
Date: Saturday 21st August 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Also available: Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@ardersierfolkclub.org.uk
Website: ardersierfolkclub.org.uk
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in September

Linlithgow Folk Festival - 8th Sep 2021 - 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: Wednesday 8th September 2021 for 5 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


Ceol Cholasa Music Festival - 16th Sep 2021 - 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 16th September 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Contact for info: 01951 200336
Website: ceolcholasa.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 16th Sep 2021 - 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: Thursday 16th September 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £122
Also available: Other options available
Contact for info: info@knockengorroch.org.uk
Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Jura Music Festival - 24th Sep 2021 - The Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides

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 24th September 2021 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 November

Scots Fiddle Festival - 19th Nov 2021 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

25th Birthday 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 19th November 2021 for 3 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 March last year

Inverness Fiddlers Rally - 7th Mar 2020 - 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 7th March 2020 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 - 3rd Apr 2020 - Ramsey, Isle of Man

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: Friday 3rd April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Mull Music Festival - 23rd Apr 2020 - 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: Thursday 23rd April 2020 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


Shetland Folk Festival - 30th Apr 2020 - Lerwick, Shetland, Shetlands

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.

The site has blocked itself from opening in our pop-up window - they obviously don't like the free publicity we give them - so copy and paste the link into your browser.

Location: Lerwick, Shetland
Date: Thursday 30th April 2020 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


Took place in May last year

FifeSing - 15th May 2020 - Falkland, Fife

Traditional singing showcased.
CDs of previous events available too.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 15th May 2020 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


Strichen Festival - 22nd May 2020 - 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 22nd May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@buchanheritagesociety.co.uk
Website: buchanheritagesociety.co.uk/strichen-festival/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Took place in June last year

HAAL Festival - 5th Jun 2020 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

A small but popular festival.

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 5th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, around £5 - £7
Contact for info:
Website: bothyfolk.org/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Solas Festival - 19th Jun 2020 - Errol Park, Errol, PH2 7RA, Perthshire

The festival aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all.

Music, talks, film, dance, performing and visual arts.

Not explicitly a folk festival, but worth considering.

Location: Errol Park, Errol, PH2 7RA
Date: Friday 19th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: office@solasfestival.co.uk
Website: www.solasfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Took place in August last year

Falkland Traditional Music Festival - 7th Aug 2020 - Falkland, Fife

Village festival with traditional music festival. We will have some of Scotland's best and well-known acts here to perform, also some of Scotland's best up and coming traditional musicians.
Our guests perform at the concerts as well as taking workshops, and adjudicating competitions so there is plenty of chances to see them over the three days.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 7th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available tba
Contact for info:
Website: www.falklandfestival.co.uk
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Shetland Fiddle Frenzy - 12th Aug 2020 - Various locations, Shetlands

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Artsí annual celebration of the Shetland fiddle 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 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
Date: Wednesday 12th August 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £465
Contact for info: fiddle.frenzy@shetlandarts.org
Website: www.shetlandarts.org/whats-on/festivals/fiddle-frenzy/
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Innerleithen Music festival - 21st Aug 2020 - Innerleithen, Lothian

Bringing the stars of Celtic Music to the Scottish Borders. 30 miles south of Edinburgh.

Web site not fully updated at the time of our last visit.

Location: Innerleithen
Date: Friday 21st August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: imfpublicity@aol.com
Website: www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org/
County: Lothian
Country: Scotland


Marymass Folk Festival - 21st Aug 2020 - Irvine, Ayrshire

For the 53rd time!
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.

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Update:
Updated website now live, (August)

Location: Irvine
Date: Friday 21st August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: joyceifc@aol.com
Website: www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/marymass2019/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Took place in September last year

Kelso Folk Festival - 4th Sep 2020 - Kelso, Scottish Borders

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.
Now in its fourth year. Good value for money.

Location: Kelso
Date: Friday 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available Half day tickets £10 - 15
Contact for info: kelsoflmc@gmail.com
Website: www.kelsofolkfest.org
County: Scottish Borders
Country: Scotland


Leadhills Music Festival - 6th Sep 2020 - Leadhills, Lanarkshire



Website still under construction.

Location: Leadhills
Date: Sunday 6th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: 01659 74234
Website: leadhillsmusicinitiative.com
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Fiddler of Strathspey Festival - 25th Sep 2020 - Grantown-on-Spey, Moray

Now in its sixth year.

Fiddling competition and concerts. Plus Ceilidh.

Several locations in the town.

Location: Grantown-on-Spey
Date: Friday 25th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Concert tickets are £15
Contact for info:
Website: www.fiddlerofstrathspey.co.uk/
County: Moray
Country: Scotland


Took place in October last year

Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 31st Oct 2020 - Perth, Perthshire

The 71st Event!!!

A major occasion in the Scottish music calendar incorporating the official Scottish Accordion Championships for traditional music alongside fiddle competitions and a range of individual and group sections covering a variety of musical styles.

Location: Perth
Date: Saturday 31st October 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01738 492949
Website: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


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