Traditional Scottish Music

Traditional Scottish music is no way near a fable in Scotland. From the Island and Highlands to the Borders and all places in it, Scotland is the place for varieties of exciting, beautiful traditional music which are still alive till the present day. Scottish music is still thriving even in this generation of pop and folk musicians. Some do argue that traditional Scottish music is quite similar to classical Irish music and a proof of this is how musicians switch in-between the two genres. As you travel through Scotland, sounds of bagpipes will fill the air, and it’s possible you hear a parade of pipers before you will get to see them. You will come across pipers on high streets entertaining passers-by during different festivities throughout the year as well as at various gigs and music festivals.

Traditional Scottish music is somehow different from region to region. The Orkney and Shetland Isles, for example, sing majorly in English and also make frequent use of fiddle. The Orkney music shows a high influence of Norway, while in the Hebrides and Highlands are actively in Gaelic and the Bagpipes playing a considerable role. However, the music of the Border and Lowlands region may be in English or Scottish and make use of the border pipes or small pipes. The Lowland also uses more of the English style of music. As opposed to the Lowlands, the music made in Cape Breton and Nova Scotia sung in Gaelic Language and their combination of fiddle and Bagpipes gives the music a dance-like quality.


In contrast to Irish music, Scottish music is very well documented though not as well as the traditional music from other countries. Another side to classical Scottish music is the somehow unique type of Scottish folk dancing. Most of the dances that often accompany Scottish traditional music cannot be sighted anywhere else in the world. The most common is the Strathspey. Either you enjoy the singing or the dancing or just the Sound of the Scottish bagpipes, you should take some time to listen to some great traditional music anytime you visit the country.

The bagpipes are an extraordinary force of nature that encompasses every aspect of Scotland vibrant, passionate, courageous, spirited, gloriously toned and exciting. The Accordion, Fiddle, Guitar, Tin whistle, Bodhran, Harp are some of the other instrument used in traditional Scottish music. However, the history of the guitar in the music is entirely new as it is of the bouzouki and cittern which just came into use in Irish and Scottish music in the late 1960s. The Celtic harp Clarsach was initially made of wire. The instrument was associated with the courts of the Gaelic chiefs during the medieval times and only played by specialist musicians trained from an early age. Some well-known traditional Scottish music include St Bernard’s Waltz, The Flying Scotsman, Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow and the Dashing White Sergeant.

Jenna Reid, Anna Massie, Jenn Butterworth, Natalie Haas, Duncan Chisholm, Mairearad Green, Nieland Nathaniel Gow, Robert Mackintosh, William Marshall are some of the essential contributors to the famous traditional Scottish music.