Scotland's Big Session

by Bruce MacGregor in Inverness, Highland Council, United Kingdom


raised so far



Our aim is to nurture and promote Scottish traditional music, creating a world wide community through performance and shared experience.

by Bruce MacGregor in Inverness, Highland Council, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 29th April 2022 we'd raised £12,680 with 57 supporters in 46 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

More money means more venues, more performances and more people involved. Its as simple as that. 


Our project is part of the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch - we are 1 of 20 shortlisted creative projects in Scotland - that have the opportunity to win a share of £75,000 in match funding, up to £10,000 per project.

Music brings people together, and at the heart of Scotland's Big Session, is our mission to bring brilliant Scottish music to the world. We want to celebrate grass-roots Scottish folk music mixing professinals, amateurs and music lovers together. To do this we need to take the music to the heart of the community, in the pubs and halls across the country, and bring that unique atmosphere to the wider world through broadcasting online. Our aim is to bring Scotand's Big Session/Live at Five on tour!

Scotland’s Big Session was created as part of "Live atFive", an online, magazine-styled show which promotes traditional music in a light-hearted manner. Broadcast from MacGregor’s Bar in Inverness each Friday the programme is presented by BBC Radio Scotland’s Bruce MacGregor and fellow musician Anna Massie. The show is produced and filmed by experienced broadcast journalist/producer Jo De Sylva.

Scotland’s Big Session is the online collection of songs and tunes performed by many of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians and singers collected during lockdown and made available online for anyone to learn from.

Live at Five has been described as "Traditional music's answer to Wayne's World"and, "informative, entertaining and just downright silly". The most amazing thing about SBS and Live at Five has been the creation of a virtual community that draws its support from throughout the world. Viewers tune in from Japan, America, Canada, Peru as well as throughout the UK and Europe. Many of these viewers have now reached out to each other and friendships made. 


This project offered rewards

£15 or more

£15 Live in Murthly

Grab yourself a ticket for an exclusive Live at Five show and party in Uisge Bar, Murthly, Perth, on Friday 16th September with Anna, Bruce and all the gang. Check out the website

£20 or more

The ticket

A ticket an online gig performance by Anna and Bruce with friends.

£30 or more


Dedication. We will dedicate a tune/song to you or your friends.

£100 or more

Video greeting

Anna and Bruce will record a special tune or song for you to keep alongside any personalised message you provide. Ideal for presents. The video will be sent by private link.

£500 or more

Your advert

A weekly advert on the Live at Five show which is broadcast to thousands. All you need to do is provide the photos and the text and we'll create the advert which will run for 6 months.

£1,000 or more

Private performance

You pick the venue, Anna and Bruce will provide the music and the craic for you and as many guests as you want/can squeeze in

£500 or more

Your tune

A tune composed by Anna or Bruce, recorded and notated

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