NAFCo Symposium CFP

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers for the symposium of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention is now open. Proposals for presentations in various formats, films, and round table session are welcomed on all aspects of fiddle playing and associated dancing around the world. Please see the call for papers for more information.

Deadline for proposals is 1 December 2017. The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention will be held from 10–15th July 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Find the full CFP here

NAFCo returns to Aberdeen

11-15 July, 2018

Concerts, workshops, live gigs, interviews, sessions, busking, and academic conference and more!

Featuring traditions of fiddle music and dance from countries and communities around the North Atlantic.

Reserve these dates in your diary!

Find the latest blog posts from musicians, dancers and academics here

Visit NAFCo 2018 website for more details

'How often at a scholarly gathering dedicated to folk, ethnic or traditional music, have the participants burst out of their academic strait jackets, deserted their ivory towers, and shared with others, late into the night, the music that has encouraged them to pursue a lifetime of study? And how often at a folk or world music festival have participants debated into the small hours the merits and demerits of a particularly innovative act in terms of authenticity and traditionality? This thinking helped forge the idea behind NAFCo, thereby bringing together two sides of the same coin, those who practice fiddle music and those who preach it.'

Ian Russell and Mary Anne Alburger, ‘Connecting Cultures’ in Driving the Bowem


The festival has moved around the world, spreading its musical influences wherever it goes, from the shores of Scotland to as far west as St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada, Derry, Northern Ireland, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Details for past NAFCo festivals can be found here: NAFCo 2015NAFCo 2012, NAFCo 2010, NAFCo 2006, NAFCo 2001.

NAFCo is a formally consituted organisation with its home base being the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Emeritus Professor Ian Russell of the Elphinstone Institute is the current President of NAFCo.

Its genius is that it is both academic conference and folk festival.

Ken Perlman, Journal of American Folklore, Summer 2014