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Best traditional Scottish music? Your recommendations please!

laretourlaretour VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
edited January 29 in Arts and Culture
We've all heard the iconic bagpipes, but what happens when you fuse traditional Scottish music with more modern inspiration?

On Saturday I went along to a Celtic Connections show at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow called 'Bothy Culture and Beyond' (for those who don't know, CC is an annual festival of traditional music). This huge show which, along with an insane Skye-inspired set, featured famous trials cyclist Danny MacAskill performing alongside the Grit Orchestra. The musicians were playing songs from Martyn Bennett's albums such as Bothy Culture and Grit.

The music was AMAZING <3  If you could bottle what being in Scotland feels like, convert it into sound... Well, you're halfway there. I've been listening to Bennett's albums ever since on Spotify and I'm a little bit obsessed!

SO... I need some more recommendations! Trad music fans, what are your favourite bands, singers, musicians?

I'm also a big fan of Skerryvore (who are great live) and Ryan Young (a VERY talented fiddle player who grew up just down the road from me!).

Comment below - I need to get some gigs in my calendar for 2018  :)

Laura x

P.S. If you don't know who Danny MacAskill is and where cycling fits into it... Watch this!

All images my own. 
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  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    I love Skerryvore too
    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 

  • JemyJemy Member ✭✭
    I went to Celtic Connections as well and loved it! GRIT and Niteworks were both really good. I loved it when they had the dancers aerial dancing!

    Best of the west was really good last year, really scenic setting too! 

  • laretourlaretour VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
    @Samantha_Grant Skerryvore, was! I will need to look and see where they are touring next :) 

    @Jemy those dancers were brave eh?! 
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  • SuleskerrySuleskerry Member ✭✭
    @laretour Martyn Bennett was a legend and unfortunately taken from us far too soon, what he did with music was amazing and really ground breaking at the time. I went to the first Grit Orchestra concert at CC in Jan 15 and it was incredible, Martyn would have been so proud. Unfortunately missed this one, but its being broadcast on BBC2 tonight so I will be cranking up the volume on the TV and having a dance!

    Other music that I like that fuses traditional with other styles - Treacherous Orchestra, Peatbog Faeries, Manran, The Chair and Salsa Celtica for a bit of latin/scottish fusion.
  • LochgmarcpLochgmarcp VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Great thread Laura! Love Skerryvore too, always put on a great show whenever I have seen them! 

    Heading to Knockengorroch World Ceilidh this weekend and can’t wait! Line up looks amazing and the forecast (I don’t want to say it too loud and scare it away) is looking brilliant! 

    Im sure I’ll share some of it here when I return, it may be something you’ll want to visit when it’s next on.. @lochgmarcp
  • AlistairHorneAlistairHorne Member, VisitScotland Ambassador
    Lovely shots Laura!
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @laretour! I recently found out about Tide Lines - worth checking out! 
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
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