Media release: New singing holidays bring traditional Scottish songs to life


LOVE to have a holiday that will leave you singing? Why not try a residential workshop that allows you to learn some of the rich tradition of Scots song?

Award-winning creative travel company, Wild at Art Ltd, has just launched a singing holiday led by Scottish singer, Robyn Stapleton, opening up the repertoire of traditional Scots song for its participants.

The first of these residential workshops – Come Gie’s A Sang - will run 6-11 October 2019 in Edinburgh. Singing enthusiasts from all over the world get to improve their repertoire, vocal abilities whilst learning about Scotland’s rich and varied musical heritage.

Robyn Stapleton, one of the country’s most respected folk singers, will teach guests a wide range of traditional Scottish songs and tell the stories behind them. The music learned spans the themes of Love and Friendship, Land and Sea, and the Joys of Nature – from the tales of the oldest Scots ballads to the songs of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.

Having organised art holidays since 2012, Wild at Art are experts in creating authentic, feel-good art experiences.

Like their other holidays, the new singing experience is carefully researched with much attention to detail. Come Gie’s A Sang is the first of a programme of singing holidays organised by the company.

Wild at Art director, Ute Amann-Seidel, said: “Sharing the joy of singing with other Scotland lovers is a very powerful form of experiential travel. And it can’t get much better than learning traditional songs in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, with guidance from one of the best Scottish singers – Robyn Stapleton.”

David Francis, co-director at Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS), welcomed this new initiative and said: ‘‘Scotland has one of the world’s richest stores of traditional song, everything from Gaelic work-songs, to thrilling mediaeval ballads, timeless love songs to comic songs, and of course the famous tradition-based songs of Robert Burns. Wild at Art offers a great opportunity to get to know and share these wonderful songs in the company of one of our finest singers.”

The workshop venue is the elegant Logan Turner Room at Surgeons Quarter, part of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Each of the four, half-day workshops has a different theme, and on the last evening the group gets together with local singers and musicians for a pub Singaround. The week also includes a music-themed guided city walk and a folk music night.

For information contact Ute Amann-Seidel  –  or visit:

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For further information and photos please contact Ute Amann-Seidel on / +44(0)7884 966165 /

Release posted by Fiona Campbell, TMSA 07922533915.

  • For a detailed holiday description visit
  • The package includes five nights B&B accommodation at the four-star Ten Hill Place hotel, owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. All profits go back into training surgeons worldwide.
  • Confirmed dates for inaugural singing holiday: 6-11 October 2019. Dates for 2020 to follow.
  • Group size is six to 14 guests
  • The six-day package costs £1,580 per person. Single supplement applies. Non-singers are welcome. (price excl. flights to Scotland).
  • A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Robyn Stapleton (as pictured in the photo accompanying this media release) is an acclaimed Scots singer, song leader and recording artist. In 2014 she was named BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year and recently helped launch Collins’ ‘Little Book of Scottish Folk Songs’.
  • Workshop sessions are suitable for singers of all levels of ability and experience.
  • Wild at Art Ltd was awarded ‘Best Creative Travel Agency’ (2014) by Creative Tourism Network (link). They were also winners of Tourism Innovation Fund (Scottish Enterprise).

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