Scots Music Group runs traditional music and song classes for adults, informal sessions, monthly ceilidhs and other social events.
We are a community-based charity in Edinburgh.

Come and Play together in an impromptu SMG Big Band! All post-beginners welcome. If you haven’t been before, give it a try – there’s no pressure to play absolutely everything, and playing in a big band is a great experience.

Tunes: There may be a little bit of arranging and practising of more difficult bits, but no tunes will be taught note-by-note. There will be some harmony parts for more experienced players to try. Music and recordings will be provided in advance, and be chosen from our Session Tunes books and other SMG sources. A couple of sets will be from the Come & Play 3 list. Cello/bass parts will be available if anyone playing these instruments signs up.

Speed: slow to moderate!

For: post-beginners upwards. Accompanists very welcome. Tunes will be playable on the D whistle (or adapted to fit) and tunes will be suitable for Smallpipes (in A) or adapted to fit. A few tunes may not be suitable for less experienced players, but an alternative part will be given.


Date: Saturday 3rd June 2023

Delivery: in-person at
Binks Hall
Greyfriars Charteris Centre

Time: 10am-12pm

Doors open at 9.45am

Ticket: £20 pay more / £15 full /

£10 concession

We have included a ‘pay more’ price for anyone who is able to support Scots Music Group at this time. If you don’t normally qualify for the concession price but have been financially affected by COVID/cost of living crisis, please pay the lower price.

*Online ticket sales end at 5pm on
Friday 2nd June*

If you miss the online sales deadline you can pay on the door (cash only) on Saturday from 9.30am.

Venue: Binks Hall, Greyfriars Charteris Centre,

138/140 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RR

See the venue on Google maps here

LRT bus: closest stops are on Pleasance and West Richmond Street for numbers 14 and 35 & Nicolson Street for numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 47, 49

Refreshments: if you wish to, please bring your own drinks. All containers should have a lid.

Covid-19 precautions: if you have symptoms please take a lateral flow test on the day of the workshop.