Orkney Traditional Music Project

Community Project of the Year at the 2010 Scots Trad Music Awards, the Orkney Traditional Music Project has grown from small beginnings in 1998 to now include nearly 200 students, who attend weekly accordion and fiddle classes.

Conceived by the three music playing societies in Orkney at the time – the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society, the West Mainland Strathspey and Reel Society, and the Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club - the project has helped to nurture many fine fiddlers and accomplished accordionists in its time. A number of its former players have since gone on to become professional musicians – further enhancing the reach and audience of Orkney’s traditional music styles -  many of whom can be seen throughout this festival’s programme.

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