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Ceilidh Culture hits the street!

posted 16 Feb 2010, 04:36 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 16 Feb 2010, 04:42 ]
A Ceilidh Culture Street Fair is to be held for the first time this year as the traditional arts festival enters its eighth year.

Ceilidh Culture is a cracking celebration of traditional arts, from music and song to dance and storytelling, right here in the heart of Scotland's capital city.

Running from 26 March to 18 April, the festival will this year include its very own street fair. From Friday 2 to Monday 5 April, Castle Street will play host to a wide range of stalls with food and drink, crafts, fashion and music,
all celebrating the very best of Scotland.

The packed Ceilidh Culture programme, which features some of Scotland's most accomplished musicians, was launched at Whiski Bar in Edinburgh's Royal Mile earlier today (Tuesday 16 February). Those attending were treated to sneak previews of some of the acts from the top notch line-up, including: acclaimed local singer and musician Mairi Campbell, who shot to international fame when her haunting rendition of Auld Lang Syne featured on the soundtrack of the 2008 Sex and the City movie; folk singer/songwriter Caragh Nugent; and celebrated city piper Louise Marshall Millington.

One of the top acts on the programme is English folk star Kate Rusby, who is making her Ceilidh Culture debut this year. Kate will appear at the Usher Hall on Sunday 18 April.

Another highlight is four-piece Scottish band Hobotalk, who have toured across Europe, appearing on the bill with The Verve, Madeleine Peyroux, Gomez and Don McLean, to name a few. Hobotalk will play The Voodoo Rooms on Friday 16 April.

Meanwhile, the popular Ceilidh Club is sure to get people's pulses racing, a host of acts leading the dancing, such as legendary accordionist Sandy Brechin and his band the Jimi Shandrix Experience at The Lot on Tuesday 13 April.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh, said: "Ceilidh Culture is a real celebration of all that is wonderful about the traditional arts in Scotland. The festival brings together a dazzling line-up from more than 30 contributors, proudly showcasing homegrown talent alongside international acts. This year we are delighted to announce the first ever Ceilidh Culture Street Fair, which will be held over the Easter weekend. So whether you want to show off your reeling prowess, listen to some top notch Celtic music and storytelling, shop for some fabulous Scottish produce or simply enjoy the carnival atmosphere, Ceilidh Culture 2010 has something for everyone!"

Mairi Campbell, who hopes to launch her first solo album at The Voodoo Rooms on Friday 16 April and will perform with choir Sangstream at Augustine United Church on Friday 26 March,  said: "I love this festival, it truly is a people's folk festival and I can think of no better place or time to showcase my first solo album."

Whiski Bar is taking part in Ceilidh Culture for the first time this year, hosting regular 'FOOTSTOMPING' Traditional Scots Music nights throughout the festival.

To book Ceilidh Culture tickets or find out more, go to, visit the Usher Hall box office in person or phone 0131 228 1155.
myEdinburgh Admin,
16 Feb 2010, 04:44