The second North Atlantic Song Convention will take place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland between 28-30 April 2023.

The event will see singers and supporters from far and wide congregating to discuss, learn and share our song traditions. There will be talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts and more.

This convention will support, encourage and develop three main audiences:
1. Grassroots community and non-professionals.
2. Academics, educationalists and archives.
3. Professional artists and industry.

The North Atlantic Song Convention is grateful for the support from Creative Scotland Heritage Lottery Fund and the Traditional Music Forum as member of Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland.


Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Friday 28th April

1300-1400 Welcome & Registration

1400-1430 Keynote speaker - Margaret Bennett

1430-1530 Panel - Participation in Folk Singing Today

1530-1600 Break/Networking

1600-1730 Workshops (x 3). Subjects to be announced.

2000-2200 North Atlantic Folk Song Club

Saturday 29th April

1000-1045 Panel: Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion in Folk Song

1100-1200 Breakout Groups & Feedback x 3

1200-1330 Workshops x 3

1300-1400 Lunch

1400-1545 Concert

1600-1730 Networking / Song Circle (Theme: Songs of the Sea)

2000-Late Cèilidh Dance / North Atlantic Folk Song Club

Sunday 30th April

1100-1230 NASC AGM, Feedback & Future Planning

1230-1400 Edinburgh Folk Arts - Walking Tour

1400-1600 Goodbye Lunch/informal sing-song


Please register for the convention via the Scottish Storytelling Center Website.

The fee for attending the whole event is £50 UK or £25 Concession - Students, Unemployed, OAP).

Travel & Accommodation

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is based at 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR and is just a five-minute walk from Waverley train station and central bus/tram stops. The bus station is a ten-minute walk away.

There are many hotels, hostels and self-catering options in the centre of Edinburgh. Use your normal travel app to find accommodation or use Google Travel.

NORTH ATLANTIC SONG CONVENTION 2023 - Press Release 21 Dec 2022.docx