Edinburgh Tradfest's music programme launched!


We are very excited to announce our main programme of concerts for this coming spring.

The Festival will kick off at the Queen’s Hall on Friday 26 April with live music from anarchic Irish folk band Lankum from Dublin, whose music combines vocal harmonies, musical arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle, and guitar, with dramatic storytelling.

The programme will run over 11 days and brings the very best of traditional music from Scotland and around the world to the capital city.

Highlights include: What A Voice, which celebrates female tradition-bearers with music from three of Scotland’s most engaging and accomplished singers - Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter and Kaela Rowan; acclaimed folk artist Heidi Talbot presenting contemporary Swedish folk artists Väsen, French harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist Floriane Blancke, and Fair Isles’ finest musician Inge Thomson;  the fiery Scandinavian fiddles and bubbling Northumbrian pipes of Baltic Crossing; Michigan’s songbird May Erlewine; the award-winning dynamic folk quartet Gnoss; celtic-harpist Savourna Stevenson performing with saxophonist Steve Kettley; fiddler Adam Sutherland (Croft No Five/Treacherous Orchestra/Session A9) in a double-bill with the explosively energetic Talisk – 2017’s Folk Band of the Year;  bluegrass from Grammy award winner John Reischman and the Jay Birds; and Canadian supergroup The Fretless.

Jane-Ann Purdy