As well as offering weekly classes, Scots Music Group runs a number of community development projects. There are also a number of groups over the years who have grown from Scots Music Group to become part of the wider extended family.



Inspire works in partnership with support charities to offer vulnerable people the opportunity to take part in music.

The three years of Inspire 3 have flown past, and it’s now come to an end. Inspire 3 has seen over 650 group and individual music sessions with over 3300 places taken up in our six partner projects and the Inspire Choir. Many thanks to all the participants, tutors and partner project staff for all they’ve given to the project.

In celebration of the wonderful creative work in Inspire since 2010, we have just produced the Inspire Songbook, packed full of original songs (and some great photos). You can download your own copy here, where you’ll also find recordings of many of the songs in the book, plus other recordings from the project.

We hope to return in the future, when we will be planning for a more permanent future for Inspire. Taking part has meant a huge amount to many of the wonderful people we’ve met, and we want to continue to support them in making music.

“It’s about more than the music”
“It’s the music of what happens”
“It cheers me up”
“I’m enthused!”

Café Ceilidh

Café Ceilidh is a friendly day-time traditional music, song,  poem and story session, held in the Storytelling Court at The Scottish Storytelling Centre from 2-4pm. Singers and musicians from SMG who would like to perform are most welcome as are non SMG folk! Bring a turn and join in! If you would prefer to listen you are very welcome too. This is a real confidence builder for those who are new to performing to an audience, and fun for those who are more experienced. Free!

If you’d like any more information please contact the SMG office on

Due to COVID-19 there are no Café Ceilidh sessions booked for the autumn.

Ceilidh Caleerie Dance Band

Ceilidh Caleerie, grew out of SMG’s Wednesday night playing for dancing class, and they regularly play for community and charity ceilidhs (for a small donation to Ceilidh Caleerie funds). Ceilidh Caleerie’s policy is to play at events for good causes which couldn’t otherwise hold a ceilidh rather than competing with professional bands, but they do offer a full ceilidh complete with calling, and have their own PA system.

Please contact the band through their website here.

Nigel’s Allstars

Nigel’s Allstars are members of a Scots Music Group mixed instrument class led by Nigel Gatherer. A number of students in the class decided that they wanted to share the pleasure they took from playing Scots traditional music by taking their tunes and songs out of the classroom and in 2010 the band was born.

Nigel’s Allstars play in day care centres, hospitals and for isolated groups in the community. The band members themselves benefit hugely from the connections they make throughout the city and from the happiness their playing brings.

Proceeds are donated to Scots Music Group.

Caleerie Buskers

The Caleerie Buskers are members of Ceilidh Caleerie and friends. They go out busking regularly to raise funds mainly for the Scots Music Group, but also for other charities by the agreement of the Caleerie Buskers group.

They are also available to play for smaller community and charity ceilidhs, and for other events for charities, in return for a donation to Scots Music Group. Please email for more information.

Balerno Buskers

This group busks, by invitation of Balerno Village Trust, at their Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the second Saturday of every month in Balerno’s pedestrianised Main Street (excluding January). The Trust kindly provide a gazebo in the event of poor weather! The set list is sent out to participants in advance of each busking session and new tunes are added by mutual agreement. Proceeds are donated to Scots Music Group.

For more information or to request to join the group please contact

The Scots Music Group family

Over the years a number of groups have begun under Scots Music Group’s wing. Click on each link to find out more about them.