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For nearly 200 years, the Royal Celtic Society has been at the cutting edge of activity to support the language, literature, music and culture of the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. The Society holds regular events for members, awards medals for excellence in music and literature and sponsors a wide range of organisations dedicated to the traditions, language and arts of the Highlands and Islands.

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budapestFrom Stobo in the Borders to Durness on the Pentland Firth, from the tiny fishing village of Johnshaven in Kincardineshire to the island of Iona, a new sound in Celtic music will be heard across Scotland this month.

Beginning on June 7th, the Budapest Cafe Orchestra will travel the length and breadth of the nation in a whistlestop tour, playing a total of 19 concerts daily in different locations, finishing in Edinburgh on the 25th.  (See for dates and places.)

The London based band play gypsy, folk and jazz, in a repertoire inspired by the music of the Balkans, Greece, Hungary and Turkey - and now, Scotland, courtesy of the influence of violinist Christian Garrick's partner, Emma McLean.  Ms McLean, originally from the West Highlands, was introduced to Gaelic song by her grandmother and competed at the Royal National Mod.  She sang some of her grandmother's songs to the band, who were impressed by what Mr Garrick describes as the 'whispering intimacy' of the music and decided to add Gaelic music to their repertoire.  They have since recorded an album entitled Gaelic Chronicles, which is available from the band's website.

They will be performing music from their new album at their concerts across Scotland this month and will be joined by Gaelic singer Mary Anne Kennedy at their event in Tobermory on June 20th.

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