Seventeen-year-old Brighde Chaimbeul has been chosen as the lone piper at this year’s Highland Military Tattoo, to be held at Fort George on the weekend of September 11-13. Brighde comes from a musical family from the Isle of Skye (her sister Mairi has the distinction of appearing, playing clarsach, in the final of both the Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year and its jazz equivalent) and she studies at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. The youngest-ever winner of a Junior Pìobaireachd Prize at piping’s prestigious Northern Meeting in Inverness and winner of the Overall Under 18 Trophy at the same event last year, Brighde has performed across Scotland and in Norway and has been touring Scotland this summer with the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail.

Clarinettist and saxophonist John Burgess, pictured,, follows up his successful Edinburgh Jazz Festival tribute to trad and mainstream jazz band leader Alex Welsh by inviting Welsh’s former guitarist and banjo player, East Lothian-born Jim Douglas to join him and bassist Andy Sharkey on a five-night run at Edinburgh Fringe. Billed as The Ugly Bug Ragtime Three, they will feature jazz classics from the 1920s and 1930s in the Outhouse in Broughton Street Lane’s intimate loft space from Sunday, August 9 to Thursday, August 13 at 9pm. The trio also appears at Mac Arts, Galashiels on Saturday, August 8; Woodside Hotel, Aberdour on Sunday, August 9 (afternoon); Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick on Sunday, August 16; and Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, Friday, August 28.

Specialist magazine FiddleOn and the bi-monthly folk and traditional music magazine The Living Tradition have amalgamated to maintain both publications’ commitment to print. The fiddle title, created and edited by Jed Mugford, has run from Oxford since 2000 and its website will continue to hold its archive of articles as its contributors join forces with the Kilmarnock and Donegal-based Living Tradition, which for the past two years has been edited by founder Pete Heywood’s daughter Fiona and her partner Jim Byrne. All subscriptions to FiddleOn will be honoured by The Living Tradition, which last year celebrated its 100th issue.