Ceilidh Culture Rides Into Edinburgh

Submitted by edg on Thu, 20 Mar '08 8.01am

Edinburgh's Ceilidh Culture 2008, a three-week long bash of Celtic music and arts, kicks off today with a photo-call on the Glasgow to Edinburgh train shortly after 10am.

Radio 2 Young Folk award winners Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller, on fiddle and keyboard, will be entertaining passengers travelling from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Edinburgh Waverley.

Supported by Edinburgh City Council, Ceilidh Culture has trebled in size over the past six years with around 15,000 visitors enjoying gigs, storytelling sessions, dancing, and music workshops. The event takes place across 31 venues including Pleasance Cabaret Bar, The Lot, Scottish Storytelling Centre, and The Queen's Hall.

Programme highlights include BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Julie Fowlis, Brooklyn born and raised songstress Kris Delmhorst and Billy Joe Shaver whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

While the musicians are already trundling into town, Ceilidh Culture's official 2008 programme of gigs starts this Saturday running until 13th April.

Tickets are available online from the Usher Hall.