St Andrew’s Day show puts culture in spotlight

Scotland's rich cultural heritage will be showcased at the University’s St Andrew’s Day celebration.

The evening concert will feature an array of outstanding performers from the Scots and Gaelic musical traditions.

It will include poetry, song and instrumental music played on pipes and clàrsach – the ancient small harp of Ireland and Scotland.

The celebration will take place in St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, from 7.30pm on Friday 30 November.

It is being presented by Celtic and Scottish Studies and the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

A celebration of Scotland’s music and song traditions

St Andrew's Day Concert, Friday 30th November 2018, 7.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Doors Open (7.00 p.m.)

St. Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG.

The event is free but ticketed.  

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Guest line-up

Guests include Katherine Campbell, from Morayshire, who is a former senior lecturer at Celtic and Scottish Studies at Edinburgh, and an ethnomusicologist with expertise in fiddle and Scots song.

She has worked extensively with historical song collections including those of Robert Burns and the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection from north-east Scotland.

Fiddle player Rosemary Hall is from Maryland in the US, and has recently completed her Masters by Research in Scottish Ethnology within Celtic and Scottish Studies at Edinburgh.

Rosemary started playing the fiddle at a young age after spending summers at bluegrass festivals near her home. She soon discovered Scottish music and has played in a number of ceilidh and pub bands.

Star performers

Patsy Seddon has been at the forefront of the Scottish clàrsach revival. She has played in many groups: the harp and singing duo Sileas, the all-women ensemble The Poozies, and in larger ensembles such as Clan Alba.

An Edinburgh Celtic Studies graduate, Patsy is a former traditional artist-in-residence in the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

Piper Gary West, who is Professor of Scottish Ethnology at Edinburgh, has long been active in the traditional music scene, recording and touring internationally and regularly teaching piping in North America.

He presents the weekly radio programme, Pipeline, for BBC Radio Scotland, and serves as chairperson of the national organisation, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland.

Innovative style

Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s best known accordionists, famous for his lightning-fast playing as well as his on-stage repartee.

His innovative style is instantly recognisable – a combination of slick, incredibly fast finger-work on the melody and a revolutionary method of syncopation on the bass.

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The event is free but ticketed. Places are limited so booking is essential. 

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You will be sent tickets as an email attachment - please print and bring with you to the event.

For more information on this event, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact the Protocol Office.

Related links

Celtic and Scottish Studies

The School of Scottish Studies Archives

Celtic and Scottish Studies - undergraduate study

Celtic and Scottish Studies - postgraduate study