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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
On Your Street: Edinburgh
Discover the music of the world on your doorstep. Try out the local venues suggested by visitors to this website. Send us your review:
Describe the atmosphere and live music at a local pub, restaurant, festival, church or temple, club night... inspire other people to check it out!
Venue Music Review
The Old Pier Pub
Bath Street

every Thursday night
Folk My brother bought me a Clancy Brothers record when I was about 12, and from there I started listening to folk music like the Chieftains, Planxty and Dick Gaughan. Nowadays I play tin whistle in a session at the Old Pier Pub every Thursday night. You'll find folk from 15 to 50 and beyond. (anon)

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Scotland's longest running Samba School, every Friday night at Edinburgh's Tollcross Community Samba We're celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year and we came together originally out of a passion form Brazilian music. We host a weekly session every Friday night at Edinburgh's Tollcross Community. And we were voted the best community band in Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade, 2001 (Mary)

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1 Carriers Quarters
Bernard St. on Thursdays
The Tass
High Street on Tuesdays
Folk I played guitar for years but only started to sing beyond the shower about 4 years ago. Now I play in song sessions in Edinburgh at the 1 Carriers Quarters on Bernard St, on Thursdays and at the Tass on the High Street on a Tuesday night. (David)

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Sandy Bells
Forrest Road
(Near the old Royal Infirmary)
Scottish folk Sandy Bells is an Edinburgh Folk institution. Folk music, mostly Scottish, has been played here since the '40s.Sessions every night of the week; particularly busy at weekends but good sessions every night. Emphasis very much on the Edinburgh scene, with an emphasis on tunes but jazzed up in the Edinburgh fashion. Local musicians who travel the world and visitors from the world who enter a local.Good atmosphere unless you don't like cigaterette smoke. Formerly Hamish Henderson's local, a bust views the pub from above.. (Angus Millar)

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Bongo Club
New St.

Tel: 0131 558 7604
All sorts!
African, Latin, Caribbean, Salsa and Arabesque dance music
The bongo club caters for all sorts of music tastes - drum and bass to roots reggae to chamber music, club nights, live bands, exhibitions..... Its an exceptionally friendly place, well worth checking out. (Mat Clements)

New World - New Club - New Ethos
GLOBALISTA will launch in Autumn 2003 (date tbc).
Featuring DJs from former club Arakataca (Edinburgh) and BongoGo (Birmingham), GLOBALISTA will carry on the eclectic mix of tropical dance beats that made Arakataca unique in Scotland, and the friendly, inclusive vibe that made it so popular.

Are all tribes not one nation in the groove?? We aim to bring all styles and all people together with a positive 'One World' ethos - GLOBALISTA will be supporting the World Development Movement, One World Shop (FairTrade outlet) and similar groups or campaigns.
To join our mailing list or get up to date info: email

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