Traditional music sessions cap Year of Homecoming

Posted on 13/10/2014 by


SCOTLAND comes alive with traditional music and song this Autumn as the Homecoming Scotland 2014 Sessions begin their nationwide programme.

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Presented by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA), with support from Homecoming Scotland 2014 and Creative Scotland, around 250 traditional Scottish music and song sessions will take place throughout the country until the December festive period, rounding off this Year of Homecoming.

Regular sessions are starting up in many corners of Scotland; from Inverness and Elgin in the north, to Dumfries and Newton Stewart in the south. With many more being added regularly, head to to find full listings, as well as details of other traditional music and song events taking place throughout Scotland.

Fiona Campbell, TMSA convener said: “Sessions are traditional music in its simplest form – informal and regular meetings of singers and musicians, with an emphasis on inclusion, sharing and fun! At a Homecoming Scotland 2014 Session, we have arranged for a couple of musicians to keep the tunes and songs flowing to help people join in, to create a great social gathering, free to all. We encourage locals and visitors to come along and take part, soak up the atmosphere, and experience great folk on your doorstep.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “I welcome this lively and inclusive addition to the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme, that is shining a light on Scotland’s rich and deep cultural heritage. The sessions will celebrate Scottish traditional music, which is a key part of our culture and national identity.

“The programme offers a wonderful opportunity for people to take part in traditional music sessions around Scotland through informal and regular meetings of singers and musicians. Congratulations to the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) for presenting these sessions with support from Creative Scotland and Homecoming Scotland 2014.”

This year’s session programme is already jam-packed, with events taking place the length and breadth of Scotland as the 2014 homecoming celebrations enter their latter months. Alongside the TMSA’s comprehensive guide of traditional and folk events, Homecoming Scotland 2014’s listings can be found

For further information on the sessions, to find one near you, or to host a regular session, contact the TMSA national office, email or visit for event listings.

Edinburgh confirmed:

  • The Dalriada, 77 The Promenade, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2EL. Sessions: Wednesday, 9pm – 12pm
  • No 1 High Street, 1 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. Sessions: Thursdays, 8.30pm – 11pm
  • more to follow