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Useful Organisations

The following is a selection of folk/traditional music-adjacent organisations throughout Scotland.

Birnam CD (Label)

The complete service for independent musicians. CDs/DVDs/Vinyl/PR/Design/Digital.

Tel. 01350 727 158 | www.birnamcd.com

Brechin All Records (Label)

info@brechin-all-records.com | www.brechin-all-records.com 

Celtic Music Radio

Volunteer-run community station broadcasting 24/7 to the Greater Glasgow area and beyond. Programmes feature a wide range of traditional and contemporary music as well as folk, roots, Americana and world. Supporting new artists with presenters always on the look-out to share new work.


Captain’s Bar

Captain’s Bar, South College Street, Edinburgh, EH89AA

Live folk music most days.

captainsedinburgh@hotmail.com | www.captainsedinburgh.webs.com

Corporate Ceilidh Agency

info@corporateceilidh.com | www.corporateceilidh.com 

Edinburgh Ceilidhs

Tel. 0131 339 5374 | www.edinburghceilidhs.net

Edinburgh Highland Reel and Strathspey Society

ehrss.secretary@gmail.com | www.ehrss.org.uk

Fèisean nan Gàidheal

Work all year throughout Scotland supporting Gaelic and traditional arts through community Fèisean, Gaelic residential events, the Blas Festival, Cèilidh Trails, music and Gaelic language tuition in schools and disbursing funds on behalf of Creative Scotland.

brath@feisean.org | www.feisean.org

Glasgow Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra

Community-based orchestra.

friends@callyfiddle.com | www.callyfiddle.com

Glasgow Folk Music Workshop

Glasgow Kelvin College, 2 Haghill Rd, G313SR

GFW teaches musical instruments and song, mainly in the traditional Scottish genre, using an extensive group of highly experienced tutors. Many are award-winning musicians, performers and educators. Monday and Wednesday Classes at Glasgow Kelvin College, John Wheatley Building.

Tel. 0141 564 7399 | www.gfw.scot

Glasgow’s Violin Shop

 7/11 Blackie Street, Yorkhill, Glasgow, G38TN

String instrument specialists with instruments, bows, cases, accessories and services including repairs, restoration, insurance and valuations.

Tel. 0141 339 8078 | www.theviolinshop-glasgow.co.uk

Grace Notes Scotland (Perthshire)

Workshops and masterclasses led by experienced singers. Songs in their cultural and historical setting. Style and repertoire, bridging Scots, Gaelic, English and Irish tradition. Evening singarounds. Dates & venues, see website.

info@gracenotescotland.org | www.margaretbennett.co.uk | www.gracenotescotland.org

Hands up for Trad!

Organisation promoting Scottish traditional music and culture, including the Scots Trad Music Awards.

info@handsupfortrad.co.uk | www.handsupfortrad.co.uk

The Hardie Press

Music publishers and distributors.

Tel. 01875 815 456 | www.hardiepress.co.uk

Live Music Now Scotland

Charity promoting access to live music.

Tel. 0131 332 6356 | www.livemusicnow.scot

MacGregor’s Bar

113 Academy St, Inverness IV11LX

Regular live music and sessions.

Tel. 01463 719 629 | www.macgregorsbars.com

Making Music

Support for leisure-time musicians and groups.

info@makingmusic.org.uk | www.makingmusic.org.uk

Music News Scotland

Free editorial coverage for music events and industry news.

musicnewsscotland@gmail.com | musicnewsscotland.wordpress.com

National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music

Plockton High School, Plockton, Wester Ross, IV528TU

The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music is a place where talented young traditional musicians develop their skills to the full. Our leavers are well equipped for further study or a career in music, but what really matters is that they take their music with them wherever they go. 

rhona.sharp@highland.gov.uk | www.musicplockton.org

Newbattle Abbey College

Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH223LL

Courses in-person and online, featuring Gaelic and aspects of Scottish culture. 

Tel. 0131 663 1921 | www.nac.ac.uk

Portobello Fun Fiddle

The Wash House, 3 Adelphi Grove, Edinburgh, EH151AP

Community music project.

info@funfiddle.co.uk | www.funfiddle.co.uk

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

100 Renfrew St, Glasgow, G23DB 

Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in traditional music, and related events.

Tel. 0141 332 4101 | www.rcs.ac.uk

Royal Scottish Highland Games Assoc.

Association of organisers of regional Highland Games.

secretary@rshga.org | www.rshga.org

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Sleat, Isle of Skye

Offering short courses in Gaelic language, music & culture, on campus and online. Including events such as cèilidhs, evening activities and concerts each week, all set in the beautiful Sleat peninsula. Visit the website for the full list of short courses.

Tel. 01471 888 240 | www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

Sandy Bell’s Pub

25 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh, EH12QH 

Live folk music most nights.

Tel. 0131 225 2751 | www.sandybells.com


School Library, Linlithgow Academy, Braehead Road, Linlithgow, EH496EH

West Lothian traditional song group.

sangschule@hotmail.com | www.angelfire.com/folk/sangschule

Scots Music Group

A community-based charity running daytime and evening classes in traditional music and song for adults. In-person classes are held in central Edinburgh and some classes are online. We also run fundraising ceilidhs, workshops and informal sessions.

Tel. 0131 555 7668 | www.scotsmusic.org

Scottish Culture & Traditions (SC&T)

MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen, AB243FX

Offering classes and workshops for adults and young people. Promoting awareness and growth of Scottish traditional music, song and dance in a way that brings enjoyment, encouragement, enthusiasm and a sense of community.

office@scottishculture.org | www.scottishculture.org | Tel. 0131 510 8384 | www.sspdt.org.uk

Showcase Scotland 

Supporting and developing Scottish trad/folk musical artists.

Tel. 0141 337 2062 | www.showcasescotlandexpo.com

Sound Sense

Professional PA Systems for all types of events specialising in traditional music with live recording options or in our Duncow studio.

Tel. 01659 74 537 | www.soundsense.biz

Storylands Sessions Workshops

Online: Zoom, in-person: The Iona Gallery, Duke Street, Kingussie, PH211JG

Online: 3rd Monday monthly, in-person: 3rd Tuesday monthly.

hamishnapier@mac.com | www.badenochstorylands.com/storylands-sessions

Taigh na Teud/Scotlandsmusic.com

Supplier of Scottish music books, digital sheet music, ebooks, DVDs and MP3s with secure online ordering.

Tel. 01471 822 528 | www.scotlandsmusic.com

Tolbooth Trad Classes for Young People

Tolbooth Music Venue, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK81DE

Every Monday during term time.

Tel. 01786 274 000 | www.stirlingtrad.com

TRACS (Traditional Arts & Culture, Scotland)

info@tracscotland.org | www.tracscotland.org

Traditional Dance Forum

Tel. 0131 558 8137 | www.tdfs.org

Traditional Music Forum

Tel. 0131 558 8137 | www.traditionalmusicforum.org

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