About Dunbar Traditional Music Festival 2012
The Dunbar Traditional Music Festival continues to flourish since it began in 1988.
Set in the historic seaside town of Dunbar, the Fesival is committed to showcasing local and young talent alongside well established and internationally known artists.
Song, music, pipes & drums, children's workshop, informal tunes and sessions, concerts, ceilidhs and open air performances are the traditional hallmarks of the annual September event.
The Festival caters for a wide range of musical tastes. Initially the focus was on traditional Scottish and Irish music but in recent years this has broadened to include jazz, blues, Appalachian, country, bluegrass and skiffle.
The Festival is always held on the last full weekend in September.
The historic burgh of Dunbar is situated on the south-east coast of Scotland about 30 miles from Edinburgh in East Lothian.
It boasts a superb harbout setting overlooked by the ruins of dunbar Castle where Black Agnes, Countess of Dunbar once defied the might of the army of Edward I. It was also once a safe haven for Mary Queen of Scots. In 1650 the town witnessed the Battle of Dunbar between the forces of Oliver Cromwell and the Scottish army under Sir David Leslie.
More recently it was the birthplace of the world's first environmentalist, John Muir. There is a museum and statue to his memory on the High Street and the John Muir Country Park is on the outskirts of the town.