Edinburgh Tradfest 26th April to 6th May 2019
Edinburgh Tradfest has launched its full programme for the 2019 Festival. Now in its 7th year, Tradfest, held at various locations across the city, mixes the very best in traditional music, world cinema celebrating folk culture, and storytelling.
This year’s music programme kicks off on 26 April at the Queen’s Hall with anarchic Irish folk band Lankum and continues for the next 11 days with – What A Voice, celebrating female tradition-bearers with music from three of Scotland’s most engaging and accomplished singers – Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter and Kaela Rowan; the fiery Scandinavian fiddles and bubbling Northumbrian pipes of Baltic Crossing; Johnny Campbell and the Brothers Gillespie in concert at Leith Depot; the May Erlewine Trio from Michigan; the award-winning dynamic folk quartet Gnoss; Celtic-harpist Savourna Stevenson performing with saxophonist Steve Kettley; Adam Sutherland in a double-bill with the explosively energetic Talisk; a celebration of Gaelic Spiritual Music, in memory of John Macleod, in Gloir at the Usher Hall; acclaimed folk artist Heidi Talbot presenting – contemporary Swedish folk artists Väsen, (French harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist Floriane Blancke, and one of Fair Isles’ finest musicians Inge Thomson); bluegrass from Grammy award winner John Reischman and the Jay Birds; and Canadian supergroup The Fretless.
Further music events happening in other venues across the city include Dave Burland at Edinburgh Folk Club; a knees-up Family Ceilidh at the Storytelling Centre and Live Music Sessions every weekend.
Luath Press returns this year with two events: Stones of the Ancestors: Stewart McHardy and Douglas Scott where audiences discover what Scotland’s prehistoric monuments can tell us about the culture of our country; and Scotia Extremis: Editors Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson bring together a wide range of Scotland’s best-known contemporary poetic voices to celebrate the country’s culture and personality through spoken work.
Tradfest is also delighted to partner with the Folk Film Gathering, a celebration of the myriad ways in which world cinema has engaged with folk culture in different places and times. Highlights (all at the Filmhouse) include: a screening of one of Norway’s greatest silents Laila (1929) with a live score by award winning folk duo Rona Wilkie and Marit Fält; a selection of short folk films by Wishaw’s under-sung queer avant-garde pioneer Enrico Cocozza at the 2019 Film Ceilidh, with music by Alun Woodward (The Delgados); Danny Glover in African-American masterpiece Sleep With Anger; Alexander Dovzhenko’s Zvenigora (1928) a silent masterpiece accompanied by a newly commissioned score from Folklore Tapes; and many other screenings from local and international filmmakers.
In 2019 Edinburgh Tradfest is operating under the new direction of Edinburgh based music promoters The Soundhouse Organisation, who take over the reins from TRACS at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Douglas Robertson, Founder of The Soundhouse Organisation and Programmer of this year’s Edinburgh Tradfest said: “This year’s programme mixes the very best traditional music with unique and inspiring events across storytelling and film. We are thrilled to be organising the festival this year, and look forward to seeing what local and international artists bring to this wonderful festival.”
Tradfest runs from 26 April to 6 May 2019 and is managed by The Soundhouse Organisation and supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Tattoo Culture Fund.
Tradfest 2019 Full Programme
Friday 26th April
· Walk Me Home | Songs by Arthur Warson, 5.45pm, Filmhouse
· Guid Crack Storytelling Sessions, 7.30pm, Waverley Bar
· Lankum + Brìghde Chaimbeul, 8pm (7pm), Queen’s Hall
Saturday 27th April
· Family Beltane, 11am, Scottish Storytelling Centre
· Laila (1929) with Live Score by Rona Wilkie & Marit Fält, 2pm, Filmhouse
· Family Ceilidh, 3pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
· The Silver Darlings | Music by Rona Wilkie & Marit Fält, 5.45pm, Filmhouse
· What A Voice: Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter & Kaela Rowan, 8pm (7.30pm), Traverse 1
· Live Music Session, 10.30pm, Traverse Bar
Sunday 28th April
· 2019 Film Ceilidh: The Films of Enrico Cocozza, 5.50pm, Filmhouse
· Johnny Campbell & The Brothers Gillespie, 7.30pm, Leith Depot
· Baltic Crossing, 8pm (7.30pm), Traverse Bar
Monday 29th April
· May Erlewine Trio, 8pm (7.30pm), Traverse Bar
· The Decameron | Music by Simone Caffari, 8.15pm, Filmhouse
Tuesday 30th April
· Café Ceilidh: Spring Sing, 2pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
· In Times of Rain | Songs by Carmen Moore, 5.55pm, Filmhouse
· Gnoss, 8pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
Wednesday 1st May
· City of Edinburgh Music School Workshop with Savourna Stevenson, 2pm, Broughton High School (Pupils only) · Stones of the Ancestors: Steward McHardy & Douglas Scott, 7.30pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
· Dave Burland at Edinburgh Folk Club, 8pm (7.30pm), Edinburgh Folk Club
· To Sleep with Anger | Music by Brina, 8.30pm, Filmhouse
Thursday 2nd May
· Red Shift | Songs by Alasdair Roberts, 6.05pm, Filmhouse
· Savourna Stevenson & Steve Kettley, 8pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
Friday 3rd May
· Scotia Extremis: Brian Johnstone & Andy Jackson, 6.30pm, Blackwell’s Book Shop
· Pete Seeger 100: Which side are you on?, 7.30pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
· Talisk + Adam Sutherland Band, 8pm (7pm), Queen’s Hall
· November, 8.35pm, Filmhouse
Saturday 4th May
· Pith & Power: Dick Gaughan + Jenny Lindsay, 3pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
· Zvenigora with Live Score by Folklore Tapes, 3.50pm, Filmhouse
· Gloir, 7.30pm (6.30pm), Usher Hall
· Heidi Talbot Presents Väsen, Floriane Blancke + Inge Thomson, 7.30pm (7pm), Queen’s Hall
Sunday 5th May
· Seachid: The Inaccesible Pinnacle | Music by Rachel Newton, 5.50pm, Filmhouse
· Hamish Henderson 100: A Ceilidh Come All Ye, 7.30pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre
· John Reischmann & The Jay Birds, 8pm (7.30pm), Traverse Bar
· Live Music Session, 10.30pm, Traverse Bar
Monday 6th May
· T Dan Smith | Songs by Sean Paul Newman, 5.55pm, Filmhouse
· The Fretless, 8pm (7.30pm), Traverse Bar