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  • St Andrews Day 2013

    Free Event

Saturday 30 November 2013

A day of family friendly events

St Andrew’s Day 2013
Saturday 30 November 1.30pm – 10pm
Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Free Event

On November 30th the world celebrates St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day. Join us for a day of family friendly events where as well as live music you can sample food and drink, dance in an outdoor céilidh or wow your little ones with traditional tales from Edinburgh's Storytelling Centre.

The St Andrew’s Day revelries, which are part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, will feature a tune writing workshop with Adam Sutherland for families, a kids ceilidh workshop and traditional Scottish storytelling from David Francis & Calum Lykan.  Headlining the main stage will be a celtic supergroup - 2014 Radio 2 Folk Award Nominees Breabach will be joined in a unique collaboration by a stellar selection of Scottish artists including Dougie MacLean, Louis Abbott and Blazin’ Fiddles in a celebration of the national Bard – Robert Burns.   

To add to this line-up of great Scottish talent on Scotland’s National Day, families can enjoy music from The Deadly Winters, the Adam Sutherland Band, Caroline Gilmour and Rura, participate in a kids ceilidh at the end of the afternoon, or end the evening with an energetic ceilidh to the music of the Cask Strength Ceilidh Band.

An unusual addition to the line-up will be a Silent Ceilidh which will run in the Dome tent at the West End of the Grassmarket from 6.00pm.  Dancers will all wear headsets offering two channels to listen to – one to join in a ceilidh dance such as Strip the Willow or the Gay Gordons with assistance of a caller,  while the second channel will play Scottish pop music for those of a more individual disposition.

The Grassmarket Market will be trading throughout the day from 10.00am to 6.00pm offering a range of quality foodstuffs from locally sourced vegetables, fish and meat to hot food with a distinctly international influence.

The programme runs from 1.30pm to 10.00pm in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and all events are free of charge.


2.00pm                                 The Deadly Winters

3.00pm                                 Adam Sutherland Band

4.05pm                                 Kids Ceilidh with the Cask Strength Ceilidh Band

5.15pm                                 Caroline Gilmour

6.00pm                                 Rura

7.10pm                                 Breabach with special guests Dougie MacLean, Blazin’ Fiddles & Louis Abbott

9.00pm                                 Cask Strength Ceilidh Band

10.00pm                               Event Finish



1.30pm                                 Adam Sutherland Tune Writing workshop for families

2.40pm                                 Kids Ceilidh Workshop with Cask Strength Ceilidh Band

3.50pm                                 Scottish Storytelling with David Francis & Calum Lykan

6.00pm                                 Silent Ceilidh (20min Sessions)

9.50pm                                 Finish

Fore more information about Scotland’s Winter Festivals across the country visit www.scotland.org/winter

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