East Lothian Council

Saltire Festival 2017 best programme ever!

Published Wednesday 11th October 17

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Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Saltire Festival in East Lothian.

From traditional folk music in a very unusual venue to side-splitting comedy, via a gastronomic adventure and a step back in time to an epic battle – The Saltire Festival 2017 programme really packs a punch. Have a look today and see what events float your boat!

The fantastic opening concert, St Andrew’s Day Trad Fest, takes place under the wings of Concorde at the National Museum of Flight. Award winning Scottish bands Breabach and Barluath perform with a stunning opening from East Lothian’s Massed Pipes and Drums.

The Festival, which is supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme, boasts more big names like one of Scotland’s best-known voices, Eddi Reader, and one of our home-grown comics, Craig Hill. Tickets are understandably selling fast so make sure you don’t miss out. Visit http://www.saltirefestival.com for full details.

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said:

“Some of us may be suffering from summer festival withdrawal symptoms so why not remedy that by getting your tickets for the Saltire Festival, which is just around the corner – literally, for those of us lucky enough to live in East Lothian! “While other festivals focus solely on music, food, sport or comedy The Saltire is, I think, unique in covering such a wide range of interests. I’m very proud that the programme is so inclusive for people of all ages and passions! It also manages to showcase both our natural East Lothian environment and our fantastic venues, including the National Museum of Flight, Musselburgh Racecourse, The Brunton and historic Seton Collegiate Church near Longniddry. This year we’re also aligning with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and with next year’s Year of Young People.”

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe, said:

“Our patron saint, St Andrew was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need. “Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for Scots to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community. This year, a wide range of events will take place across Scotland from Friday 17th November until 3rd December where communities will be invited to champion the values of St Andrew by coming together in a celebration that helps others.”

Events include:

  • Saltire Night Zip – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, Thursday 30th November to Sunday 3rd December: Take on the challenge of the dual zip wire through the trees in the darkness of a winter night!
  • Saltire Race Day – Musselburgh Racecourse, Thursday 30th November: Celebrate the run-up to St Andrew’s Day with the excitement of jump racing at one of the UK’s most stylish racecourses.
  • St Andrew’s Day Trad Fest – National Museum of Flight, Thursday 30th November: The opening event of the festival celebrating Scotland’s traditional music with Breabach, Barluath & East Lothian Massed Pipes & Drums. Voted ‘Folk Band of the Year’ & ’Album of the year’ at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards and twice nominated ‘Best Band’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Breabach deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music that has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands. Barluath is a diverse and innovative Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America. The East Lothian Massed Pipes and Drums will offer a unique welcome to the event with bands from across the county joining together to create a spectacular live performance.
  • Scotland on Film, a celebration of Scottish cinema shot on location in Scotland - The Brunton, Musselburgh, Thursday 30th November: Showings of Tommy’s Honour starring Jason Connery and Peter Mullan and Churchill, starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson.
  • Candlelight Concert, Rura & Joy Dunlop – Seton Collegiate Church, Longniddry, Friday 1st December: Rura’s exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran and guitar has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike. Joy Dunlop performs Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.
  • Prestonpans Battlefield Tour – from Meadowmill Car Park, Prestonpans, Friday 1st December: Featured in Season 2 of Outlander this battlefield was home to a famous Jacobite victory during the doomed rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Set off in the dark with your expert guide to discover the truth of this bloody battle.
  • Skerryvore: The Saltire Live, with support from Rant – The Brunton, Friday 1st December: The 2016 Scottish Traditional Music Live Act of the Year, Skerryvore blend pipes, whistles, fiddle, accordion, guitar and vocals, along with keys, drums and bass, producing a mix of soulful songs and rousing tune sets, guaranteed to get feet tapping! Rant join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.
  • Foxlake Tartan Trail 10K Night Run – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, Friday 1st December: A 10k night run with a party atmosphere. Get involved with our blue and white theme or dress in tartan attire and enjoy a run through the woods lit blue and white to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.
  • Gin Dinner – Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, Friday 1st December: Delicious food, accompanied by specially chosen local gins.
  • An evening of music & art featuring Callum Easter, Davy Henderson & Dr Salad with décor provided by Church of Gloss – Belhaven Parish Church Hall, Dunbar, Friday 1st December.
  • Saltire Twilight Golf – Musselburgh Links Golf Club, Saturday 2nd December: Play the world’s oldest golf course in the dark! History meets modernity on a course played by Mary Queen of Scots illuminated with LED markers and playing with LED balls.
  • Epicurean Fusion – Corn Exchange, Haddington, Saturday 2nd December: A food and drink event celebrating the best of East Lothian and Scotland's local produce, accompanied by cooking demonstrations and ideas of how to create your own St. Andrew's Day menu.
  • Eddi Reader: The Saltire Concert – The Brunton, Saturday 2nd December: Eddi Reader is one of Scotland’s most prolific and instantly recognisable voices. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song.
  • Foxlake Tartan Trail Nocturnal Ultra – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, Saturday 2nd December: The launch of a Nocturnal Ultra! Run a 5k loop competing to cover the most ground possible in 6 hours. With both a solo event and a relay team event you can choose to tackle the course on your own or share the challenge in a team.
  • Comedy Club 4 Kids – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington on Sunday 3rd December: For an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families - but without the rude bits! Just like a normal comedy club, but is on during the day and kids are allowed in.
  • Craig Hill & Friends: Saltire Stand Up – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington, Sunday 3rd December: A special one-off event where Craig Hill welcomes to the stage, guest comedians from both on and off screen for a night of the very best in Scottish comedy. Hosted by Jojo Sutherland. The Saltire Festival marks both St Andrew’s Day and East Lothian’s unique position as the birthplace of the Saltire flag. The Saltire Festival has received support through Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund.

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