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Folk music in Scotland is the culture of the native population preserving through music and song their relationship with the environment and each other. For over 8,000 years the land mass of Scotland has been populated by communities that have managed to preserve traditions by adhering to a system of transmitting cultural sentiment and styles orally. In folk music are retained the old stories of tribal ideas that link the present with the past for future generations.

Echo's of history can be heard in tunes played in pubs and social gatherings. Arguably the most popular Scottish folk song of all time is 'Auld Lang Syne,' a tune sang in celebration globally at New Year as a tribute to the experience the past has given, and also a respectful welcome to an unknown future. Though attributed to the poet Robert Burns in the late 18th century the song was modeled on earlier versions that had been around for many years. Another Burns song 'Scots Wha Hae' was according to legend put to 'Hey Tuttie Tattie', a tune believed sung by Robert the Bruce's 'common army' at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. One can only speculate how long the tune may have existed prior to the 14th century.

In the 21st century Scotland's ancient heritage of folk music continues to be celebrated. Since the early 90's a renaissance has taken place in Scottish folk culture as young musicians taking the mantle of their forebears have formed into an array of energetic groups that combine old folk instruments and tunes with modern world influences. Many of the modern festivals would not be complete without these vibrant 'ceilidh' bands setting hearts and feet beating to a blend of what's great about the past with the good of today. Scotland's folk music is a unique inheritance that has inspired many luminaries from Bruce to Beethoven, Bob Dylan, John Martyn and many modern stars. It is the immortal soul of Scotland heard at; ceilidh's, festivals, concert halls, pubs, recordings or wherever in the world the Scottish spirit gathers.

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