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The Saltire Festival 2017

Published: Friday 18th August 2017

The Saltire Festival 2017

The Saltire Festival is back in East Lothian to celebrate St. Andrew's Day and the Home of the Flag with a feast of cultural events.

The festival runs from 30 Nov - 3 Dec and will bring people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland's fascinating heritage, wonderful culture, delicious food & drink traditions and the best of Scottish music, arts, innovation and entertainment.

There are a number of exciting events taking place around the county, allowing visitors to experience the stunning beaches, rolling countryside and pristine towns and villages of East Lothian.

The Brunton is working in partnership with the Saltire Festival to bring a selection of this year’s entertainment to venues across the county. Traditional music, film and comedy events include:

St Andrew’s Day Trad Fest: Breabach, Barluath and East Lothian Massed Pipes & Drums

Thu 30 Nov 7pm | £18 (£16) £10 Under 18 | National Museum Of Flight, East Fortune

This fantastic Festival Opening Concert takes place under the wings of Concorde at the National Museum of Flight.

East Lothian Massed Pipes and Drums give a unique welcome to the event with bands from across the county joining together to create a spectacular live performance. Barluath then perform Scots and Gaelic songs with fiddle, whistle, piano, guitar and step dance. Followed by Breabach, winners of the Folk Band and Album of the year at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards take to the stage. Breabach are recognised the world over as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands on the world and roots music scene.

“As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set.” Scotsman about Breabach

Scotland on Film: Tommy's Honour (PG)

Thu 30 Nov 2.30pm | £7.50 (£6.50) | The Brunton

At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew quickly to outshine his father’s, but his personal choices would ultimately drive a wedge between them.

Scotland on Film: Churchill (PG)

Thu 30 Nov 7.30pm | £7.50 (£6.50) | The Brunton

June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill.

Candlelight Concert: Rura & Joy Dunlop

Fri 1 Dec 7pm | £14 (£12) | Seton Collegiate Church, Longniddry

An evening set in the beautiful Seton Collegiate Church and lit only by candlelight, featuring beautiful music from some of Scotland's finest musicians. Rura's exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran and guitar has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe. Joy Dunlop performs Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

We recommend you wear warm clothing for this event and bring a rug for your lap. 

Skerryvore: The Saltire Live

Fri 1 Dec 7.30pm | £18 (£16) | The Brunton

Skerryvore are a band you must see live. They blend whistles, fiddle, accordion, guitar and vocals along with keys, drums and bass to produce a mix of soulful songs and rousing tune sets, guaranteed to get feet tapping! Winners of the 2016 Scottish Traditional Live Act of the Year award, this is a concert you don’t want to miss!

The evening starts off with a set from Rant who play fiddles, to weave tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.

Eddi Reader: Saltire Festival 2017

Sat 2 Dec 7.30pm | £25

One of Scotland’s most prolific and instantly recognisable voices with a remarkable career. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song.

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Sun 3 Dec 2.30pm | £5 | Marine Hotel, North Berwick

The best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families - but without the rude bits!

Craig Hill and Friends: The Saltire Stand Up

Sun 3 Dec 6pm | £16 (£14) | Marine Hotel, North Berwick

A special one off event with Craig Hill, Mark Nelson and Chris Forbes with the very best in Scottish stand-up comedy. Hosted by Jo Jo Sutherland.