Specialist Music Societies and Associations

Bagpipe Society – promoting bagpipe playing and research, website includes useful short articles on different kinds of pipes and piping activities both in Scotland and worldwide; also host a quarterly magazine (“Chanter”) with older editions on open access.

Ceòlas – Gaelic education charity

Clarsach Society – branches around Scotland, England and Wales; founded in 1931, mission to advance clarsach, its music and its place in Scottish national life and in the wider world.  Organises the Edinburgh International Harp Festival.

Feisean nan Gaidheal – support for community-based arts tuition and Gaelic-language festivals in Scotland

Feis Rois – Gaelic language and arts eduction charity in Gaelic language and arts, based in Dingwall, residential courses and festivals, and online resources

FluteFling – classes and short courses in Scottish traditional flute and whistle

Hands Up For Trad – promotes Scottish traditional music through “Education, Information and Advocacy to artists, audiences and participants”; runs the Scots Trad Music Awards and in partnership with BBC Radio Scotland, the Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award

National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs – founded in 1971, the national association for clubs dedicated to Scottish traditional dance music, in Scotland and northern England.

National Piping Centre – educational charity, promotes the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe

Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society – founded in the 1920s, an internationally active society dedicated to dance education and teaching

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra – founded in 1980, uniting amateur fiddlers from around Scotland for a series of annual concerts

Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society – networking for players interested in the history, construction and playing of early plucked instruments

TMSA – Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland – founded in 1966 to promote Scottlsh musical traditions; local branches, festivals, events, workshops and competitions

The World’s Room – or their Facebook page – a club for traditional music singing, meeting in the Waverley Bar, St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, and organised by the Scottish Story Telling Centre / Traditional Music Forum