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John McCusker, Scotland’s foremost fiddle player, gathers a who’s who of singer songwriters and traditional musicians for one night only on The Queen’s Hall stage.

An impressive and carefully selected ‘house band’ of Celtic musicians will be joined by an exciting line-up of guests. They’ll perform their best known songs, classics and some traditional gems in a unique live collaboration.

When initially asked to curate this show in 2019, John said: "It was more than 27 years ago that I played my first gig with The Battlefield Band at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe Festival. It holds such a special place in my heart. So special that when I was asked to curate Southside Of The Tracks – a show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the hall – I jumped at the chance."


Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Euan Burton, Kris Drever, Phil Cunningham, Mike McGoldrick.


Eddi Reader, Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Helen McCabe, Sam Kelly.

Note: This is the show postponed from 8 January 2022.

Presented by The Queen’s Hall

"McCusker had specifically chosen each [artist] with a view to representing the breadth of folk and folk-influenced styles which have prevailed in the mainstream Scottish roots scene during The Queen’s Hall’s life."

(The Scotsman on the 2019 show)
Show lineup

Southside of the Tracks 2022