Snuffbox - Photo by Euan McLaughlin

Snuffbox - Photo by Euan McLaughlin




The Scots Fiddle Festival was launched in 1996 with the aim to promote and sustain traditional fiddle music. The festival brings people together from all over the world, both performers and audience members and continues to inspire thousands of people to enjoy and take part in traditional music each year.

In 2018 we moved to a new home at The Pleasance, coming back under one roof, a desire expressed by many of our supporters and 2019 sees us return. The Pleasance café and bar is available all day and into the evening, and there is plenty space for ad hoc tunes, should you wish. So please look forward to a quality weekend, run and organised by dedicated volunteers, a friendly place to meet and enjoy good music, be it listening, playing or performing.


Please find a PDF version of the 2018 Brochure on the Media Page


The Pleasance cafe and bar is available all day and into the evening throughout the weekend. It will be open from Friday evening for pre-concert drinks and food.


The cafe and bar will be our ‘Festival Hub’ on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am providing food and drink, and stalls (closing at 5.00pm), sessions, and the odd special event. Our information desk, merchandising stall and of course, the ever present CD stall, are also in this area. Sunday repeats the Saturday activities excluding the Festival Club.

There will be led sessions in the Pentland room, on both Saturday and Sunday, with breaks between for informal tunes. Our day time programme runs from 10.30am until 5pm, and finishes on Sunday at the Final Stramash - 5.30pm in the Quaker Studio. There is also an informal session in the Pentland Room on Saturday night, 11pm until 1.00 am. All sessions are free to attend as is the Festival Hub on all days - pop in and join us.

2018 Stalls

  • Steve Burnett – violin maker

  • Thornton Caldwell – violin & guitar maker

  • Caroline Campbell – violin maker

  • Alessandra Paradiso - bow maker

  • Marie Fielding

  • Hardie Press

  • Stringers of Edinburgh

  • Scottish Fiddle Orchestra

  • Scots Fiddle Festival (CDs & merchandise)

  • Shirley Gatt

Festival Club

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar will host the Festival Club following the evening concerts on Friday and Saturday, and runs from 11pm until 1am. It is not ticketed, and entry is by donation at the door, suggested donation being £3.00. Enjoy local and concert artists in special informal, unbilled appearances.


For accessibility please email us and we will be happy to help with any questions. Further information can be found here: Euan’s Guide