Tickets for Edinburgh’s ninth Tradfest are now on sale. The eleven-day multivenue event will take place from the 29th of April and run until the 9th of May and boasts a considerable folk lineup. Like many festivals, last year’s Tradfest was an online-only one, and this is a welcome return to live music. The festival is an eclectic mix of traditional styles from around the world. Attendees can expect music from UK folk legends Martin & Eliza Carthy, US classic banjo artist Aaron Jonah Lewis, Appalachian roots musicians Evie Ladin and Keith Terry, and Canadian roots singer-songwriters Dave Gunning and JP Cormier.
The festival’s programme is built around collaborations. This year, Tradfest is again partnering with the University of Edinburgh to present Rebellious Truth 22, a talk addressing gender inequality in traditional music.
Douglas Robertson and Jane-Ann Purdy, co-producers of Edinburgh Tradfest, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to welcome back so many international acts this year to play alongside some of the very best musicians on the Scottish traditional music scene. The energy and buzz that audiences experience at a live gig is irreplaceable online and we can’t wait to be back in the thick of it all this festival. Roll on Friday 29 April!”
Opening night headline musician Duncan Chisholm said, “I am delighted to be performing the opening night of Edinburgh’s Tradfest 2022. This festival for me represents everything that is positive about traditional music and art. The sense of community and the sheer joy of performing live music right in the heart of our beautiful capital city is what I’m looking forward to.“.
29/04: Duncan Chisholm + Beth Malcolm | Music Hall, Assembly Rooms | 20:00 | £19/£16
30/04: Ross & Ali Trio | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Janice Burns and Jon Doran | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
01/05: Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Malin makes Music | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
02/05: Come All Ye (special commission) | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Sian | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
03/05: Frigg | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Rebellious Truth 22: Úna Monaghan on gender in traditional music | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
04/05: Gunning & Cormier | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Eabhal | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
05/05: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Alice Allen & Patsy Reid play Scott Skinner | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
06/05: Shooglenifty + Deira | Potterow | 20:00 | £17/£14
Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O’Leary | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
07/05: Project Smok | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Aaron Jonah Lewis | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
08/05: Bogha Frois | Traverse 1 | 20:30 | £15/£12
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry | Traverse 2 | 20:00 | £15/£12
09/05: The Shee | Traverse 1 | 21:00 | £15/£12
Full details, including a programme of venues and artists and ticket sales, can be found on the festival website.