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Term 3 starts Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd April

Short courses: DADGAD & Trad Music Theory start Tuesday 21st April at Boroughmuir High School at 7pm.

Scots Music Group :: Tradfest events


SMG is is delighted to be involved in Tradfest:

Come Lift Up Yer Voices: Scots Song Singalong

To launch publication of SMG’s new songbook, 50 Favourite Traditional Scots Songs, this sing along event celebrates songs from the book as we sing them in chorus!

Saturday 2nd May | Storytelling Centre | 1.30-3.30pm
Tickets £5 (includes songbook) / children are free

Ceilidh with Canongate Cadjers

Our fundraising ceilidhs are lively, friendly & informal. You’ll be made welcome whether you come on your own or in a group. You don’t need to know what to do – a caller will explain the dances and there are lots of friendly folk to give you a hand and get everyone up dancing.

Saturday 2nd May | St Bride’s Community Centre | from 7.30pm |
Tickets £8/£6 in advance

Café Ceilidh

Daytime traditional song and music session hosted by Linten Adie and friends from SMG All welcome to take part or listen.

Tuesday 5th May | Storytelling Centre | 2pm | Free



St Oswald’s Hall, Montpelier map here

Doors 7pm :: Concert starts 7.30pm

Friends & family and very welcome to come along.

Entry is by donation :: Bar & Snacks :: Fabulous Raffle
(donations to the fabulous raffle are very welcome!)

If you can help setting up, selling raffle tickets & working on the bar please just come and volunteer on the night!

Term 3 Short Courses

Enrolment is now open for next term’s two short courses:

DADGAD Guitar with Tom Oakes

Trad Music Theory with Sarah Northcott

Courses run for four consecutive Tuesday evenings at Boroughmuir on 21 & 28 April, 5 & 12 May from 7-9pm.

Part of our 2015 Short Course programme supported by Creative Scotland / Enterprise Music Scotland.

Want to get more involved with SMG?

If you enjoy SMG’s classes and events, please consider volunteering for the organisation by joining the Board.

Members of our current Board are stepping down due to other commitments so we are looking for enthusiastic and proactive people to help with planning our activities and overseeing the day-to-day running of SMG. The Board is friendly and informal, and meets around once a month in central Edinburgh for around two hours (usually a weekday at 5.30pm). You don’t need any particular skills or experience – just a willingness to get involved. The SMG treasurer is also stepping down and as an essential volunteer role we would like to find a replacement as soon as possible.

We are looking for someone with financial skills who may work / have worked as an accountant or similar, with an idea of business accounting and reporting practices for a small limited company which is also a registered charity. There is no book-keeping involved but oversight of this is part of the role. Training can be provided but ideally we would prefer someone with some previous experience

If you’d like to come along to a Board meeting to see what it’s like, or chat through what would be required, please contact the chair, Alison Carlyle, at or chat to her and other Board members at the AGM.

Scots Music Group Annual General Meeting 2015

Sunday 1st March 3.30pm for 4.00pm
Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Road Edinburgh EH10 4DJ

The SMG Board are pleased to invite all SMG members to the Scots Music Group AGM 2015.

The afternoon commences at 3.30pm with refreshments and music from Ceilidh Caleerie and the formal AGM will commence at 4.00pm.

The meeting will finish with a short presentation from Douglas Robertson.

By day Douglas is a freelance photographer working with corporate, academic, media, trade union and arts clients, but for over ten years he has been hosting concerts in his home with a huge range of musicians from across the world, focussed on creating a welcoming and supportive space for live music. In 2013 Douglas set up The Soundhouse Organisation, a project which aims to create a state-of-the-art venue in Edinburgh where musicians can perform, rehearse and record. The Soundhouse, like the concerts in the house, will be non-profit and musician-led. The Soundhouse will help local and visiting musicians to make their vocation a viable occupation. They want to encourage teaching and learning too through workshops and master classes for professional musicians led by the very best exponents from around the world.

All members are welcome.

Fiddles for sale

From David Haggart :: I have a few fiddles which I would like to sell to SMG members only.
I am a former SMG member & student and found it difficult to find a good fiddle to start learning on. I have mostly French and German fiddles for beginners to advanced level players. Prices range from approx £95 to £195. I’m very happy to give advice and they can be tried at home.

I plan to pass on 10% of the sale price to SMG. Please contact me on or 01620 870227 / 07770 561833 after 11am – thank you.

'A celebration of Robert Burns'


Join Sing Together for this Burns social on Friday 30th January at 7pm at Christ Church Centre, Holy Corner.

All welcome to do a turn. Please contact Scarlett to book your slot, to avoid disappointment, as it’s a popular event.

Funds will be donated to SMG.

Thanks to the team from Sing Together for organising this event!