The concert

This year's concert will be on Saturday 28th September at the Priory Church in South Queensferry starting at 4pm. Before that we'll have three workshops:

  • youth strings
  • whistle
  • adult fiddle

Interior of Priory Church South Queensferry showing seating and stain glass windows.

Rona Wilkie

Rona Wilkie by Alan Peebles

credit: Alan Peebles

Rona Wilkie is an award-winning fiddle player and Gaelic singer from the Highlands. Since becoming the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Rona has toured internationally, with most of her performance work encompassing the fusion of styles, whether that be melding her tradition with genres within Scotland or with other folk musics internationally. She has also worked regularly as a composer and is currently writing the score for a new film for BBC Alba.


Tarneybackle

The band Tarneybackle

Tarneybackle sing traditional and contemporary folk. The band sing mainly Scottish folk songs, adding in some tunes and material from North America and Ireland. Close harmony singing is Tarneybackle's hallmark. Songs are accompanied by a sensitive blend of guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, octave mandola, flute, whistles and percussion.


Bookends

Gerry Callaghan writes short, punchy story-songs in both the Scottish folk and Americana styles. He's backed by the fine guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Farrell.


Workshops

Adult fiddle workshop - You learned violin/fiddle a while ago - now you want to pick it up again. Learn some pieces, find your confidence: £7.00

Penny whistle workshop led by Marc Duff - Complete beginner to intermediate: £7.00

Strings workshop for teens: £2

Marc Duff

Marc was a founder member of the award-winning folk-rock band Capercaillie. After leaving the band in 1995 he's forged a versatile solo career, working with prominent artists such as Def Shepherd, Fish, Iain Morrison, Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, Iain Thomson, and Wolfstone, playing low D whistle, bodhran, bouzouki and wind synthesizer.

Marc will be leading a penny whistle workshop in the afternoon. 


Also featuring

  • South Queensferry High School folk performers
  • performances from afternoon workshop participants and the players from our regular monthly sessions
  • singalong and session after the show
  • our compere - the inimitable Graeme E Pearson!
Graeme E Pearson

We'd like to thank our generous sponsors for making the event possible.

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Scenes from last year's Festival