Red, Red Rose Street

A weekend of FREE live entertainment within Edinburgh’s famous Rose Street supported by Essential Edinburgh.


Sat, 28 Jan 2023 – Sun, 29 Jan 2023


Various Times


Venue across Rose Street, Edinburgh

Ticket Price

Free Events

A weekend of FREE live entertainment within Edinburgh’s famous Rose Street supported by Essential Edinburgh, featuring the very best in live performance from artists from Edinburgh and across Scotland.

Saturday 28 January

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

National Galleries Scotland, The Mound
No age restrictions or conditions.

Nathaniel Cartier

1pm & 3pm (Sat 28th Jan)

Nathaniel is an up-and-coming Swiss Edinburgh multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter bringing new momentum to Edinburgh’s creative scene as the Creative Director of the Edinburgh Collective. This June, he will be releasing a new album and touring around Scotland to reach new audiences and grow his Scottish fanbase. His next headline concert is on the 4th of April at the Jazz Bar.

Saturday 28 January


49 Frederick Street
Under 18’s welcome until 8pm / Dog-Friendly.


5pm (Sat 28th Jan)

The unique and evocative voice of Ellyn Oliver is well loved across Scotland. Originally from the North East of Scotland, and now working across in bands and projects across the central belt, Ellyn’s style crosses over a number of genres such as gospel, pop, blues, folk, soul and jazz. Following the release of her debut EP in 2019, Ellyn won Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2020 and continues to write and release her own music.

Saturday 28 January


100 Rose Street
Over 18’s only (downstairs Live Music).


5pm (Sat 28th Jan)

Mike McKenzie (he/him) is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His eclectic influences have led him to a unique style of writing landing somewhere between Tom Odell, Maggie Rogers, David Gray and Brandi Carlisle.


Jo Whiley

BBC Radio 2

“Absolutely stunning”

Grant Stott

BBC Radio Scotland

“An outstanding talent”

Jim Gellatly

Amazing Radio


7pm (Sat 28th Jan)

Described as “a rising Scottish, folk star” by leading Scottish music journalist, Jim Gellatly, and a “wonderful songwriter” by Amazing Radio USA DJ, Charlie Ashcroft, Calum Baird is a Scottish singer-songwriter and artist-activist playing songs that tie together social, cultural and political ideas and themes in a folk music style influenced by Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Dick Gaughan, Phoebe Bridgers and Phil Ochs amongst others.

Saturday 28 January


110-114 Rose Street
Under 18’s of all ages allowed when accompanied by an adult they can enjoy soft drinks only, do not have to be having a meal.


7.30pm (Sat 28th Jan)

Rhona Macfarlane is a Scottish singer-songwriter whose reflective, vulnerable storytelling casts a spell over her audiences. Her songs are personal, honest, and intimate and recall a range of influences including Joni Mitchell, The Blue Nile, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Martha Wainwright. Although rooted in a folk acoustic style she is also a graduate in classical violin and piano from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her latest EP ‘Closing the Window’ draws on everyday human experiences and has given her music a special, stand-out quality that is rightly turning heads with numerous plays on BBC Radio shows and praise from reviewers such Folk Radio UK, The Herald and Americana UK.


9pm (Sat 28th Jan)

Edinburgh post-punk super group The Bum-Clocks launched their Tree o’ Liberty EP on Ramrock Records on Robert Burns’ birthday last year and now post-lockdown they premiere its live launch for his 264th! The Bum-Clocks began when guitarist Malcolm Ross (Josef K, Orange Juice, Aztec Camera) joined the Burn brothers Russell (Fire Engines, Win, Piefinger) and actor Tam Dean in their quest to mash Robert Burns with Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and other such contemporary rock’n’roll poets.

Sunday 29 January


National Galleries Scotland, The Mound
No age restrictions or conditions.


1pm & 3pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Rosie H Sullivan is a singer songwriter originally from the Isle of Lewis. Her debut EP, 123 Degrees East displays a 5-song collection of a truly special songwriter, one who feels things deeply, processes change through creativity and presents these changes with starkly beautiful folk songs about coming to terms with yourself and growing through change.

Sunday 29 January


1-3 Rutland Street
Under 18’s of all ages allowed when accompanied by an adult they can enjoy soft drinks only, do not have to be having a meal.


2pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Cara McBride is a singer/songwriter from Carluke. She released her first single 4 months ago, ‘Without Your Love’. She recently performed her first sold out, headline show at the Poetry Club SWG3 and has supported artists including Ber and Calum Bowie. She has gained over 7500 followers through TikTok and she can’t wait to release some more music soon!!


3.30pm (Sun 29th Jan)

The Lonely Together are an alternative dream-rock band from Edinburgh, beginning life in some of Scotland and America’s best studios and touring with the likes of Snow Patrol, Augustana, Idlewild, Stars, Delays and The Besnard Lakes, amongst many more.

Mike Baillie is the heart behind Edinburgh ‘dream rock’ ensemble, The Lonely Together. An accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, his lyrics weave a world-worn honesty through musical backdrops of shimmering beauty and warmth. Described by Clash Magazine as being “Blessed with a sense of the epic…”.


5pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Influenced by Scottish rockers Big Country, Moonlight Zoo borrow anthemic Celtic elements of their hometown heroes and infuse it with a modern pop twist inspired by artists like HAIM & Bleachers.   Since forming Moonlight Zoo have taken their wild live shows to every corner of the UK and performed at major festivals including Isle of Wight, TRNSMT and Kendal Calling.

Their first single “Breaking or Broken” was Radio X Track of the week and their follow up single “Wild” was a BBC One Scotland single of the week and led to the band selling out the King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and touring nationally.

Sunday 29 January


110-114 Rose Street
Under 18’s of all ages allowed when accompanied by an adult they can enjoy soft drinks only, do not have to be having a meal.


3pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Josie’s original songs were receiving airtime on Radio 2 before she even left university, and by the time she had graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, audiences at festivals all over the world, from festival stages in Australia to basements in Glasgow, had come to recognise her as a vital figure within Scottish folk music. Winner of 2017’s Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Josie’s versatility was showcased and praised in her New Voices composition, which was commissioned by Celtic Connections in 2021. The acclaimed performance saw Josie’s song writing venture confidently into new ground, drawing comparisons to Sigrid, Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rodgers.


4pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Michael McGovern is a singer / songwriter from Glasgow. His debut album Highfield Suite was released in 2021 to critical acclaim. Since then Michael has spent the year touring Europe, including supporting Mary Black on a tour of Ireland, two memorable performances at HebCelt and Belladrum, and two sold out band shows in Glasgow. His brand new single, “I’m a Physician” was released in November 2022.

Sunday 29 January


107 George Street
U18’s allowed until 6pm if having a meal in the restaurant and accompanied by an adult.


2pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Since making the final of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Amy Papiransky has continued to carve her name in the Scottish music scene. Originally from Keith in the North-East of Scotland, and now residing in Glasgow, Amy – a music teacher by trade – has been writing and recording her own material for the last eight years.

"A bit of Dolly and a bit of Carole King with the piano, and a real tie in with good country writing over her stunning Scottish accent!"

KT Tunstall

BRIT and Ivor Novello Award Winning Singer/Songwriter


3pm(Sun 29th Jan)

Siobhan’s most recent release & ‘Quand La Vie Fait Mal’ has been played on BBC 6 Music this month, live in session on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Afternoon Show.

"…a soothing slice of ethereal bliss that’ll ease you into the new year"

The List

"Her voice, sylphlike and airy"

Rolling Stone

"If you’re a fan of Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and London Grammar then you’ll love this Glasgow artist."

The Scottish Sun


4.30pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Nikhita is a singer/ songwriter based in Edinburgh, born to South Indian parents. Her culture paired with her soft spot for contemporary R&B/Soul encompasses her sound as an artist. Nikhita’s love for performing solidified when she had her first gig supporting Connie Constance in 2021. Less than a year later- she released her debut single ‘Aphrodite’; which was discovered by Jasmine Takhar on the BBC Asian network, where she was interviewed as Introducing Artist of the Week.

Inspired by an array of artists, such as Joy Crookes, Raveena, Jhené Aiko, and Arlo Parks- Nikhita brings her own sound to the table and has lots more to come in 2023.

Sunday 29 January


17 Frederick Street
Over 5’s allowed if having a meal with an adult.


7pm (Sun 29th Jan)

BBC Introducing favourite, Katherine Aly is a unique talent with a genre-defying style championed by The Scotsman, The Scottish Sun, Amazing Radio, The Skinny Magazine, scores of blogs and Spotify playlists and featured in Vogue Italia. Katherine’s debut album ‘Shadows Are Made of Light Too’ received excellent reviews nationally and internationally and got her nominated for Breakthrough Artist, Album of the Year and Music Video of the Year by the Weekender Magazine.


8pm (Sun 29th Jan)

Mally Smith is a singer-songwriter from Boston, now living in Scotland. Mally’s childhood

love of the melancholy ballads of the British Isles and the political songs of the American folk-revival fuel her thoughtful and honest song writing. Reminiscent of Shawn Colvin, Aoife O’Donovan and a young Joni Mitchell, Mally combines guitar and poetic lyrics with a clear voice that will capture your heart.

Sunday 29 January


100 Rose Street
Over 18’s only (downstairs Live Music)



4pm (Sun 29th Jan)

With a background in classical and folk music, multi-instrumentalist and composer Jack McLuckie spent lockdown trying to write happy songs. He failed. His solo songs are mainly influenced by Scottish folk music.