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 - 19th Jan 2017 - 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's 2,100 artists, 300 events, 20 venues. - yes, you read that right!

This is HUGE.

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Location: Glasgow
Date: Thursday 19th January 2017 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.celticconnections.com/
County: Strathclyde
Country: Scotland


Taking place in March

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 5th Mar 2017 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

The 16th annual 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.

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Sunday 5th March 2017 for 21 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Kirriemuir Festival Spring Concert - 11th Mar 2017 - Kirriemuir, Angus

A small event, might suit anyone in the local area to drop in.

Ceilidhs, Concerts, Competitions,
Singarounds, Street Entertainment, Sessions

Location: Kirriemuir
Date: Saturday 11th March 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £8
Contact for info: info@kirriemuirfestival.org
Website: www.kirriefestival.org/
County: Angus
Country: Scotland


Niel Gow Festival - 17th Mar 2017 - Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire

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: Friday 17th March 2017 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 - 24th Mar 2017 - Hawick, Borders

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 24th March 2017 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

Glenfarg Folk Festival - 7th Apr 2017 - 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: Friday 7th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: tickets@glenfargfolkclub.com
Website: glenfargfolkclub.com/folkfeast.html
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Shennaghys Jiu - 7th Apr 2017 - Ramsay, Isle of Man

20th anniversary
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.)

Location: Ramsay
Date: Friday 7th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


The Mull Music Festival - 20th Apr 2017 - 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..

Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Date: Thursday 20th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: mull.co/mull-music-festival-2017
County: Argyl and Bute
Country: Scotland


Northern Streams - 21st Apr 2017 - Edinburgh, Lothian

This truly unique festival combines one off concerts with dynamic and exciting workshops for both adults and children. In 2016 we celebrate the best talent from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Scotland.
For the past 13 years the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (Edinburgh & Lothians Branch), have been bringing the finest in Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance to enthusiastic audiences in Edinburgh. And we are once again taking place in the Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh – check out the venue page for details – please join us!

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 21st April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.northernstreams.org/
County: Lothian
Country: Scotland


Shetland Folk Festival - 27th Apr 2017 - Lerwick, 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.

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Location: Lerwick
Date: Thursday 27th April 2017 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


Tradfest Edinburgh Dùn Èideann - 27th Apr 2017 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann 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.

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: Thursday 27th April 2017 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Website: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Girvan Traditional Folk Festival - 28th Apr 2017 - Girvan, Ayrshire

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 28th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival - 28th Apr 2017 - 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 2017 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


Taking place in May

Moniaive Folk Festival - 4th May 2017 - Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway

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: Thursday 4th May 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: Day concert tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: www.moniaivefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


FifeSing - 12th May 2017 - Falkland, Fife

Traditional singing showcased.
CDs of previous events available too.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 12th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
Website: www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing/
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Buchan Hertiage Society - 19th May 2017 - 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 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@buchanheritagesociety.co.uk
Website: www.buchanheritagesociety.co.uk/buchan_heritage/festival.htm
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 25th May 2017 - 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 25th May 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £97
Also available: Other options available
Contact for info: info@knockengorroch.org.uk
Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Orkney Folk Festival - 25th May 2017 - 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 25th May 2017 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


Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 25th May 2017 - Portree, Hebrides

Scottish music on the Isle of Skye, accordions and fiddles galore!

Small event. so make sure you get your tickets in time.

Location: Portree
Date: Thursday 25th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@skyemusic.co.uk
Website: www.skyemusic.co.uk/festival.asp
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Montrose Music Festival - 26th May 2017 - Montrose, Angus

The festival covers a variety of music genres at several local venues. It includes acoustic sets but is not a folk festival per se.Often has a major act as the headliner,so it can be a good event.
25 local venues present a variety of music.

Location: Montrose
Date: Friday 26th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@montrosemusicfestival.co.uk
Website: montrosemusicfestival.co.uk
County: Angus
Country: Scotland


Strathyre Music Festival - 26th May 2017 - Strathyre, Stirlingshire

Featuring Folk, Folk-Rock, Contempory and Blues music.

With many families enjoying the Festival's Carnival atmosphere, the Festival committee realise that its important to cater for all ages.

Location: Strathyre
Date: Friday 26th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: £5 per day
Contact for info: festival@balvaig.co.uk
Website: www.balvaig.co.uk/
County: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland


The Islay Festival of Music and Malt - 26th May 2017 - Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides

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 26th May 2017 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


Taking place in June

Eden Festival - 8th Jun 2017 - 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 8th June 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £129
Also available: Huge discount for early birds!
Contact for info: enquiries@edenfestival.co.uk
Website: www.edenfestival.co.uk
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Arran Folk Festival - 9th Jun 2017 - Isle of 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.

Location: Isle of Arran
Date: Friday 9th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@arranevents.com
Website: www.arranevents.com/arranfolkfestival2017.php
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


TMSA Keith FEstival - 9th Jun 2017 - 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 9th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: keithfestival@gmail.com
Website: tmsakeithfestival.blogspot.co.uk/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Solas Festival - 23rd Jun 2017 - The Bield, Blackruthven, 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: The Bield, Blackruthven
Date: Friday 23rd June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Contact for info: office@solasfestival.co.uk
Website: www.solasfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - 24th Jun 2017 - 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 24th June 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: contact@stbfportsoy.com
Website: stbfportsoy.com/stbf-portsoy/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival - 30th Jun 2017 - Newcastleton, Borders

Renowned for its friendly atmosphere. As well as dances and concerts, singing and music sessions happen in a variety of venues and we encourage the singing and playing of traditional music through competitions leading to a concert. This time the workshops are in fiddle, guitar, songwriting and ‘Trash Arts’ as well as, for the first time, bellows-blown smallpipes for beginners with some sets of pipes provided. See you there.

Location: Newcastleton
Date: Friday 30th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £18
Also available: Individually priced concerts, dances, other events
Contact for info: ntmfsecretary@googlemail.com
Website: www.newcastleton.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Taking place in July

Stonehaven Folk Festival - 6th Jul 2017 - 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: Thursday 6th July 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: admin@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Lossie Folk Festival - 14th Jul 2017 - Lossiemouth, Morayshire

The epitome of chilled festivals, the Lossiemouth Folk Club Fest encourages performers to come and play 'for the craic' in the spirit of celebrating traditional music and tales. The entertainment's free, with performers rewarded with a great atmosphere at this small festival by the sea. Camping available for £6 per night.

The Facebook page doesn't open in our pop-up window, click here for a direct link www.facebook.com/lossiefolkclub

Location: Lossiemouth
Date: Friday 14th July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE
Contact for info: lochnagar3@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/lossiefolkclub
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Tiree Music Festival - 14th Jul 2017 - 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 14th July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info:
Website: tireemusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Hebridean Celtic Festival - 19th Jul 2017 - 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 19th July 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £87
Contact for info: office@hebceltfest.com
Website: www.hebceltfest.com/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


CeltFest Isle of Man - 20th Jul 2017 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival with a new look.

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).

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

Location: Peel
Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available: Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@celtfest.im
Website: www.celtfest.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Traditional Singing Weekend - 21st Jul 2017 - 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 2017 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


Southern Fried Festival - 27th Jul 2017 - Perth, Perthshire

For those who like a bit of variety. An American roots event in Scotland. Many styles of music including blues, country, Cajun, gospel, swing and soul.
Southern Fried Festival, which offers the widest choice of Americana of any comparable festival, has grown in reputation attracting festival-goers from throughout the UK and beyond.

Location: Perth
Date: Thursday 27th July 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individually priced events
Contact for info:
Website: www.southernfriedfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Bute Fest - 28th Jul 2017 - Rothesay, Isle of Bute

A newish three day festival of music, food and fun. 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 28th July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@butefest.co.uk
Website: www.butefest.co.uk
County: Isle of Bute
Country: Scotland


Eilean Dorcha Music Festival - 28th Jul 2017 - Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

Last year was the first ever Eilean Dhorcha Festival, and it's back again this year.

Location: Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula
Date: Friday 28th July 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.edf.scot/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


SpeyFest - 28th Jul 2017 - Fochabers, Morayshire

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. And all in the beautiful village of Fochabers on the banks of the River Spey.

Location: Fochabers
Date: Friday 28th July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@speyfest.com
Website: www.speyfest.com
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Shetland Fiddle Frenzy - 30th Jul 2017 - Various locations, Shetlands

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ 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: Sunday 30th July 2017 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £425
Contact for info: fiddle.frenzy@shetlandarts.org
Website: www.shetlandarts.org/whats-on/festivals/fiddle-frenzy/
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Taking place in August

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - 3rd Aug 2017 - Beauly, 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

Location: Beauly
Date: Thursday 3rd August 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £142
Also available: Two day - £117, one day £82
Contact for info: info@tartanheartfestival.co.uk
Website: www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Innerleithen Music Festival - 18th Aug 2017 - 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 18th August 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: imfpublicity@aol.com
Website: www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org/
County: Lothian
Country: Scotland


Argyll Gathering - 19th Aug 2017 - Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute

A new event in Scotland.

The event will showcase the best in traditional contemporary Scottish music and local food and drink, and will feature interactive workshops. Musical headliners will include Donnie Munro (Runrig), Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Treacherous Orchestra.

Location: Helensburgh
Date: Saturday 19th August 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info:
Website: argyll-gathering.com/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Marymass Folk Festival - 23rd Aug 2017 - 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: Wednesday 23rd August 2017 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: Day tickets £16
Contact for info: joyceifc@aol.com
Website: www.irvinefolkclub.trad.org.uk/marymass-folk-festival/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in September

Blas Festival - 1st Sep 2017 - Multiple locations, Highlands and Argyl

Nine days across the Highlands of music. Gaelic based music and culture. Creating opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic.

When I say multiple locations, I mean about 30 of them, spread across Scotland. Mainly in the northern half of god's own country.

Location: Multiple locations
Date: Friday 1st September 2017 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.blas-festival.com/
County: Highlands and Argyl
Country: Scotland


Linlithgow Folk Festival - 6th Sep 2017 - 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 6th September 2017 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/folk-festival-2017
County: West Lothian
Country: Scotland


Ceol Cholasa Music Festival - 12th Sep 2017 - 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.

Main part of festival is th emiddle four days.

Location: Colonsay
Date: Tuesday 12th September 2017 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: 01951 200336
Website: ceolcholasa.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Dunbar Traditional Music Festival - 22nd Sep 2017 - Dunbar, East Lothian

The Festival is committed to showcasing local and young talent alongside well established and internationally known artists.

Song, music, pipes & drums, children's workshop, informal tunes and sessions, concerts, ceilidhs and open air performance.

A wide range of musical tastes. Initially the focus was on traditional Scottish and Irish music but in recent years this has broadened to include jazz, blues, Appalachian, country, bluegrass and skiffle

Location: Dunbar
Date: Friday 22nd September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.dunbarmusicfestival.co.uk/
County: East Lothian
Country: Scotland


Doricana Fest - 23rd Sep 2017 - Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

A new Americana music festival, “Doricana Fest”, will take place at the Stonehaven Town Hall.

The one day (family) festival will feature 6 Scottish bands with Americana roots including The Holy Ghosts (Edinburgh), Colin Clyne (Stonehaven), Daniel Meade (Glasgow), The New Madrids (Perth), Mikey Maclennan (The Carloways, Bridge of Earn) and The Malpaso Gang (Aberdeen).

As it's a Facebook page, it probably will not open in our pop-up window, so right click the link and select Open in New Tab.

Location: Stonehaven
Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Contact for info:
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1704751036429630/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Feis Na Mara - 29th Sep 2017 - Mallaig, Highlands and Argyl

Another festival in bonny Scotland with a highlands theme.
A traditional music festival, most the acts having a local connection, with workshops, a family dance and sessions in the local pubs.

Location: Mallaig
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@feis-na-mara.com
Website: www.feis-na-mara.com/
County: Highlands and Argyl
Country: Scotland


Taking place in October

Glasgow Americana - 4th Oct 2017 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Blues, country, folk and acoustic music with an American flavour.
In Glasgow of course.

Location: Glasgow
Date: Wednesday 4th October 2017 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available: Individual event tickets too.
Contact for info: info@fallenangelsclub.com
Website: www.glasgowamericana.com
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Dalbeattie Folktober Festival - 6th Oct 2017 - Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway

Now in its fourth year, this friendly festival features concerts, song and instrumental sessions, workshops and a singing competition. Featured artists are listed on the festival Web site.
Camping is available within walking distance of all events

Location: Dalbeattie
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.dalbeattie-acoustic.club/folktober/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Blazin' in Beauly - 8th Oct 2017 - 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 15 years in the Scottish music scene.

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: Sunday 8th October 2017 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £265
Also available: Day tickets too, £60; concert tickets too.
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: www.blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 28th Oct 2017 - Perth, Perthshire

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 28th October 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 01738 492949
Website: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in November

Denholm Folk Festival - 2nd Nov 2017 - Denholm, Borders

Festival in a small Scottish town. And usually at a very reasonable price for a four day event too.

Now in its 14th year.

Look in their site menu for the festival page.

Location: Denholm
Date: Thursday 2nd November 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Some free events, some ticketted
Contact for info: denfolkfesttickets@hotmail.com
Website: www.scotborders-folk.org.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


House Folk Music Festival - 8th Nov 2017 - Kinlochard, Stirlingshire

A small, evening only, festival.
So explore the area during the day.

The Festival is now in its 10th year and takes place in three highly intimate venues over three nights in the wonderful setting of Kinlochard in the Trossachs. The concerts offer an expo of bagpipe, accordion, strings, fiddle, vocals and flute music fusing traditional and contemporary Scottish styles. Each night differs from the other but all include a blend of great music for everyone with a mix of folk, modern and traditional styles!

Location: Kinlochard
Date: Wednesday 8th November 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Also available: Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: enquiries@scottishmusicfestival.co.uk
Website: scottishmusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland


Scots Fiddle Festival - 17th Nov 2017 - 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 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £59
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 2016. 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 May last year

Kelso Country & Western Festival - 20th May 2016 - Kelso, Borders

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

There's also an October event too.

Location: Kelso
Date: Friday 20th May 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Also available Day and weekend tickets too.
Contact for info: 01302709601
Website: www.kelso.countrymusic-festival.co.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Took place in June last year

Loanhead Music Festival - 10th Jun 2016 - Loanhead, Midlothian

A small festival, spread over several local venues. Just south of Edinburgh.

Craft fair, workshops, sessions, open mike event.
Plus a song writing competition.

Site not yet fully up to date.

Location: Loanhead
Date: Friday 10th June 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.loanheadfest.webeden.co.uk/
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Took place in August last year

Guildtown Folk Festival - 13th Aug 2016 - Guildtown, Perthshire

First year of what promises to be an outstanding and popular event going forward. Replacing the previously popular Bluegrass festival, The Guildtown Folk Festival based between The village hall and The Anglers Inn will have popular favourites such as Gaberlunzie, Mad Ferret, Dave Low Blues, Coaltown Daisies, Tich Frier and Wildfire. In addition to this The Anglers Inn will host many other great acts throughout both days. Tickets go on sale 1st June.

Location: Guildtown
Date: Saturday 13th August 2016 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Contact for info: 01821 640254
Website: www.theanglersinn.co.uk/guildtown-folk-festival.html
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Mull of Kintyre Music Festival - 17th Aug 2016 - Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute

A mixture of events, 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 17th August 2016 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: mokfest@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.mokfest.com/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Summer Isles Festival - 26th Aug 2016 - Achiltibuie, Ullapool, Ross-Shire

The Summer Isles Festival is set in the picturesque community of Achiltibuie, and in its fifth year is hosting the most exciting line up and range of daytime events.

During the day there will be cookery demonstrations using local produce, art and music workshops, music sessions, food stalls, circus acts and more. The Saturday evening concert and ceilidh will start at 5pm and features some of the best of Scotland’s musicians.

Very folkie event.

Even has a fringe festival.

Location: Achiltibuie, Ullapool
Date: Friday 26th August 2016 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Contact for info:
Website: www.summerislesfestival.com/
County: Ross-Shire
Country: Scotland


Took place in September last year

Portpatrick Folk Festival - 2nd Sep 2016 - Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway

A festival that accidentally slipped off my lists for year or so, but is back in place now. Takes place on the coastal village of Porpatrick, near Stranraer.

Location: Portpatrick
Date: Friday 2nd September 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 07810 868786 info@portpatrickfolkfestival.org
Website: www.portpatrickfolkfestival.org/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Douglasdale Folk Festival - 16th Sep 2016 - Douglas, Lanarkshire

An interesting festival that showcases a variety of acoustic music styles. Includes workshops in various instruments,
Plus a competition for new acts

Location: Douglas
Date: Friday 16th September 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Also available Day tickets £10
Contact for info: 07766584707
Website: www.spanglefish.com/douglasdalefolkfestival/
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Took place in October last year

Kelso Country & Western Festival - 9th Oct 2016 - Kelso, Borders

This is the second festival with this name, the other takes place in May.

Location: Kelso
Date: Sunday 9th October 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £51
Also available Day and weekend tickets too.
Contact for info: 01302 709601
Website: www.kelso.countrymusic-festival.co.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Took place in November last year

Perthshire Amber - 3rd Nov 2016 - Several locations nr Dunkeld, Perthshire

Dougie MacLean has developed a unique festival. Described as "a jewel of a festival where contemporary song meets folk, roots and tradition" (Courier and Advertiser) it has become an important part of Scotland's musical calendar.

The festival is more than just music! Enjoy Perthshire's nature at it best with guided walks, horse treks and more!

Location: Several locations nr Dunkeld
Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Large choice of package deals
Contact for info: admin@butterstone.com
Website: www.perthshireamber.com/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Islay Sessions - 18th Nov 2016 - Islay, Hebrides

A small traditional music festival. Two or three days of traditional music. Bringing together some of the outstanding musicians from the Scottish traditional and folk scenes. Pub sessions, workshops for all ages, concert performances, all that you'd hope for in a festival.

Location: Islay
Date: Friday 18th November 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: islaysessions.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


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