Celtic Connections fears for future of Scottish music being ‘shut out’ of Europe after Brexit

MUSICIANS could be ‘shut out’ of European culture in the wake of Brexit, the leader of one of Scotland’s biggest festivals fears.

Donald Shaw, the musician and creative producer of CelticConnections, the roots, folk and traditional music festival which opens in venues across Glasgow today, said he fears that Scottish musicians will find it much harder to play in Europe after the UK severs the cord with the EU. Continue reading

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5 of the oldest pubs in Scotland well worth a visit

We take a look at some of the contenders for the crown of “Scotland’s oldest pub”.

1. Sheep Heid Inn

Considered to be the oldest pub in the capital (if not the country) there is said to have been a drinking establishment here ‘ in one form or another since ‘ since around 1360 [ . . . ]

Continue at: 5 of the oldest pubs in Scotland well worth a visit – The Scotsman

The Scottish islanders conned by a new life in New York

18th c  map New York province
18th c map New York province

Around 450 people from a Scottish island packed up their houses and sailed to New York province on the promise of a new lucrative life – but were to find themselves without homes or promised land after the shaky scheme to get them there went awry.

Dozens of families from Islay fell victim to the manoeuvres of the royal governors of New York who were accused of roguery, deception and heartlessness in their attempts to attract a new settlement of Protestants to the colony. Leading the bid to attract Ileachs to this new frontier was Lachlan Campbell, an army officer from the island who led a company of government soldiers during the 1745 rising.

Read more at: The Scottish islanders conned by a new life in New York – The Scotsman

Robert Louis Stevenson: a pioneer of the written word 

Robert Louis Stevenson is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers to come out of the flourishing Scottish literary scene. His burst of work during the early 1880s encompassed some of the most timeless prose ever written, with the likes of Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Kidnapped being […]

Continue reading at the Scotsman: Robert Louis Stevenson: a pioneer of the written word – The Scotsman