SCOTTISH traditional music is continuing to enjoy a resurgence, with the vast majority of the population believing it’s a vital part of the country’s culture and heritage, new research has revealed.

More than three-quarters (79%) of Scots say they feel a sense of ­cultural connection when listening to ­Scottish traditional music, 88% ­believe ­preserving it is important and 61% express interest in supporting ­efforts to promote and preserve it.

Interestingly, the enthusiasm is ­notably higher among ­younger ­generations, with millennials most likely to express interest in such ­initiatives.

The report by VisitScotland found 61% of Scots believe the genre is ­gaining more popularity and 56% stated they are inclined to listen to more trad music in the future.

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It highlights that more than a third of Scots (34%) have started listening to it more often in the past year.

The research also found that 84% of respondents believe preserving trad music ensures future ­generations have a connection to their roots and cultural identity, while an ­additional 82% believe that it fosters a sense of community that brings people together.

More than half (54%) of people say they prefer listening to Scottish ­traditional music live and 65% say they would consider attending a live performance this year, with 49% open to travelling to different parts of Scotland to experience it.

Festivals to choose from include Celtic Connections, Orkney Folk ­Festival, Edinburgh Tradfest, ­Shetland Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival and HebCelt to name a few.

Trad music can also be heard at various smaller venues and local bars such as MacGregor’s Bar in Inverness, Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline, The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool, Bothy Bar in Kirkwall and The Taybank in Dunkeld.

On average, people were found to be planning to attend three live Scottish trad music performances this year.

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Blair Teska, of Scottish trad band Tuath Scot, said the research was more evidence of a cultural revival.

“Scottish trad music has experienced a remarkable resurgence of late, captivating audiences spanning multiple generations,” said Teska.

“It’s not just a trend, it’s a cultural revival. As more artists embrace and contribute to the genre’s resurgence, the cultural legacy embedded in ­Scottish trad music is being brought back to life for today’s audiences.”

He added: “The music scene is thriving, evident not only in chart success but also in the rising ­number of ­festivals and live music events ­dedicated to the genre.

“You can really feel the ­excitement for it at festivals and live ­performances, with a growing audience ­showing a keen interest. There is nothing quite like reaching out to all areas of ­Scotland with our music and are proud to represent the ­LGBTQ+ ­community with the richness and ­diversity of Scottish trad music.

“This music acts like a time ­capsule, connecting our past with our present. Each note and melody serve as a vessel, preserving the stories, traditions, and spirit of Scotland’s musical heritage.”

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