The Independent Golfer

Local Scottish Music

Peatbog Faeries

Some pubs and clubs in the larger towns and cities of Scotland may feature local musicians who offer an evening’s entertainment. Happily, the imported rock, pop and disco craze is subsiding in Scotland in favor of traditional music or its modernized versions. One exciting trend is the recent attempts to meld celtic and world music.

There is a difficulty for a visiting golfer in finding local music happenings. VisitScotland places typically don’t feature information about entertainment intended for local people and so a traveler might never be aware of the possibilities. Locals seem just to get to know about them, without benefit of large advertising campaigns. Talking to people is the best bet, or looking for flyers printed on paper stock and taped into the windows or local shops.

Here are a few sites that you can look at before your trip to get an idea of what the Scottish music scene is like.

  • For a general, overall view of music in Scotland, go to...

  • Three sites for Celtic folk Rock are...

Runrig, Scotland

Wolfstone, Scotland

Peatbog Faeries, Scotland
Peatbog Faeries

  • Good old fashion folk singing has enjoyed an energetic revival in Scotland in recent years. These two are among the country's most famous singers.

The Corries, Scotland
The Corries

Dougie Maclean, Scotland
Dougie MacLean


  • There is a lot of folk instrumental work going on in Scotland as well. Here are two of the best.

Battlefield Band, Scotland
The Battlefield Band

Capercaillie, Scotland


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