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Saltire Festival opening concert under the wings of Scotland's Concorde!

Published Wednesday 22nd November 17

Breabach band Saltire opening concert

In terms of unique venues, a concert under the wings of Scotland’s Concorde at the National Museum of Flight must be right up there with the best!

Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Saltire Festival opening concert, featuring two of the best names in traditional music, plus an unbeatable dramatic opening by the East Lothian Massed Pipes and Drums – all taking place right underneath the wings of the world’s most iconic aircraft, which East Lothian has the privilege to host at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

The St Andrew’s Day Trad Fest takes place at the National Museum of Flight on Thursday 30th November at 7pm. 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 delivers 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.

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

“I cannot think of a better venue to open the wonderful programme of events for the Saltire Festival 2017. It brings together one of the jewels in East Lothian’s crown in terms of five star visitor attractions – the National Museum of Flight, home to Scotland’s Concorde – and one of the most popular of East Lothian’s festivals which celebrates St Andrew’s Day with a packed programme of varied events. I’d encourage everyone to have a look at the events listing and make sure you get your tickets now before it’s too late.”

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

“Our patron saint, St Andrew, was known to be sociable and for encouraging people to share. Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a perfect opportunity for Scots to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and sharing in something special. With everything from action-packed race days and comedy clubs to traditional music, The Saltire Festival gives residents and visitors the opportunity to share in our rich Scottish culture while marking Scotland’s special day.”

A full listing of events, and how to book tickets, can be found at http://www.saltirefestival.com

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.

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.
  • Scotland on Film, a celebration of Scottish cinema shot on location in 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, blend pipes and 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 Jo Jo Sutherland.

The Saltire Festival, which 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.

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