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.

Following the success of our first two Inspire projects, we’re delighted to announce that Inspire 3 will continue until August 2017, with the support of a grant from Creative Scotland alongside continued funding from The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Robertson Trust and a very generous private donation. Sarah Northcott continues as the part-time Inspire Development Worker .

INSPIRE HAS ITS OWN WEBSITE! To read more about the project, see photos from our previous projects and hear some of the new songs created by Inspire participants, visit the dedicated Inspire website here.

“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

Café Ceilidh dates and session themes for 2017/18:
19th September – Changing Seasons
28th November – Celebrating St Andrew’s Day
23rd January 2018 – Robert Burns Day (almost!)
13th March – Celebrating St Patrick’s Day
1st May – TradFest Edinburgh • Dùn Èideann
19th June – Summer Stramash

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.

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.

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.