Now in its eighth year, the 2010 programme for Edinburgh’s festival of traditional music, dance and storytelling – Ceilidh Culture – was launched this week.
Featuring local and international acts, Ceilidh Culture runs from 26 March – 18 April, and celebrates the history and heritage of Scotland through a packed programme of songs, tales and – of course – ceilidhs.
Highlights include a performance from award-winning singer-songwriter Mairi Campbell at the Voodoo Rooms on 16 April. Mairi’s uniquely evocative rendition of Auld Lang Syne featured on the Sex & The City movie soundtrack, and the rest of the songs on her soon-to-be-released solo album weave traditional music and contemporary themes together in powerfully moving and effective ways.
Gigs from Hobotalk, Irish folk star Paul Brady, singer-songrwriter Laura Marling and Yorkshire folk artist Kate Rusby also feature; as do a whole host of intimate gigs and impromptu musical shindigs at venues and bars around the city.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre plays host to a number of events; and the Northern Streams festival-within-a-festival celebrates the traditional dance and music of Scotland and its Scandinavian cousins in an original blend of north European heritage.
Similarly, the Edinburgh International Harp Festival features a number of performances under Ceilidh Culture’s broad umbrella; and the Whiski Bar gets in on the act with its Footstomping series of free gigs and folk-based jam sessions.
Ceilidhs are scheduled at Pollock Halls, St Columba’s by the Castle, and The Merlin in Morningside; though we wouldn’t be surprised to see some unplanned ones pop up in other venues around town as the festival gets into full swing.
New to Ceilidh Culture this year is the Street Fair, pitching up at Castle Street from 2 – 5 April and featuring a selection of Scottish food & drink, gifts, fashion and – unsurprisingly – music.
The festival has an impressive variety of performances, events and activities packed into its schedule and its lively celebrations will make the city an even more fun-filled place to be when it descends with a skirl and a whirl at the end of March.
Check out the full programme and order tickets on the Ceilidh Culture website.