Edinburgh Tradfest: Postponed, but releases 36-artist Mayday Video

Eliza Carthy

This year’s celebration of folk music in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Tradfest, has moved its planned dates to next year and will proceed as Edinburgh Tradfest 2021 from 30th April to 10th May. However, the festival has released a new recording and video of the popular Scottish/Irish song Wild Mountain Thyme on 1st May – the day when the festival was due to have begun.

The 36 artists on the recording include acclaimed folk musician and this year’s festival headliner Eliza Carthy (pictured), Fiona Hunter (Malinky), Rachel Newton (The Shee), James Mackintosh (Shooglenifty), five leading Shetland fiddlers including Catriona Macdonald and Chris Stout, accordion player Phil Alexander (Moishe’s Bagel), Irish folk-singer Daoirí Farrell, and many more.

The artists hail from Scotland, Ireland, England, California, Nova Scotia and Norway and recorded and videoed themselves at home for the project, under the guidance of Traditional Artist in Residence Mike Vass, who arranged and produced the recording. The videos were integrated by Edinburgh videomaker Ruth Barrie.

The release of the recording will also kickstart the festival’s fundraising for 2021 via givey.com/edinburghtradfest2021. Anyone donating more than £5 will receive an MP3 of the track via email.

Image: Eliza Carthy, Edinburgh Tradfest. Photo Emma Henderson (Public Image)


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