Musicians from across Scotland raising the roof for Fair Trade


A HOST of musicians and famous famous faces are set to take to the stage tomorrow in support of World Fair Trade Day.

TV presenter Gail Porter and broadcaster Eunice Olumide will host proceedings which will see several bands take to the stage at the Usher Hall for the occasion.

The World Fair Trade Day Gathering will be a fun-packed line up of 150 performers with rocking ceilidh sounds including World Fair Trade piper Lou Marshall and her Celtic fusion band Cantara;  full on foot stomping ceilidh band, Reel Time Ceilidh band; lively Glasgow based Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 with alternative dance music and rocking ceilidh rhythms; inspiring Scottish folk musician Rachel Sermanni; rock & roll masters hot off the press from New York – Miracle Glass Company and rousing and rhythmical Got Soul Choir straight off the back of their “Take That” spotlight.

Credit: Toby Williams

And inspiring multi-cultural rhythms and dance beats from Afro-Celtic fusion group Zuba and inspirational dance groups – award winning Irish dance performance specialists Siamsoir and Glasgow based community arts dance group Clan Macondo working at the heart of the refugee community.

Commenting on the event supermodel and broadcaster, Eunice Olumide MBE said: “It’s such an honour to be part of such a significant organisation and movement in my hometown of Edinburgh. I’m proud to lend my support for what is going up be a truly incredible event”.

This year the World Fair Trade Day hashtag is #Fair Trade Innovates with the aim of creating solutions for people and the planet. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to sustainable development, especially the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality in workplaces and responsible production practices.

Event organiser & director, Tania Pramschufer, Hand Up Events said: “This event will be connecting with 400 WFTO member organisations across 70 countries and bringing together inspiring speakers and incredibly talented musicians – a day of global unity and celebration for fair trade.”

Travelling to Edinburgh from Amsterdam especially for the event, World Fair Trade Organisation CEO, Erinch said: “Scotland is a pioneer in Fair Trade, what we see now is a real vision for transforming business and trade. Our global community of social enterprises that practice Fair Trade is a partner for Scotland in showcasing the enterprises of the new economy.”

For limited time only, until Wednesday the 8th, you can get your tickets for £7.50, plus booking fee (10%) and transaction fee (£.1.50, if booked online or via the phone). Code for discount: Fair Trade Nation.

For tickets and information T: 0131 228 1155 or online at. Box Office is open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm.