Latest edition: Wednesday 23  - Sunday 27 October 2019; Tampere, Finland.

WOMEX – the World Music Expo – is an international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival.

Every year, more than 2,700 professionals (including 300 performing artists) come together every October from more than 90 countries. Its musical spectrum is huge, embracing folk, roots, local and diaspora cultures and urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe as well as all musical juxtapositions of these.

This year, there are seven stages, 750+ exhibiting companies, 100 speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five busy days.

Showcase: Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth

In 2019, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth will perform as part of the Showcase strand.

Up-and-coming Scottish fiddle player, Ryan Young, has packed a lot of experience into the last three years. Ryan gained a first-class honours bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, picked up a Celtic Connections award and released his justly acclaimed debut album, produced by triple Grammy-winner Jesse Lewis.

Praise has been coming from all sides for his fresh melodic ideas, uplifting rhythmic drive and great depth of dynamics in his reworkings of traditional Scottish tunes and in his own compositions. 
Guitarist Jenn Butterworth is one of the foremost accompanists from the Scottish acoustic music scene, performing regularly with The Blas Collective, The Kinnaris Quintet, Claire Hastings and Ross Ainslie.

Event details: Thursday 24 October, 14:15 - 15:15, Daycase Stage, Maestro, Tampere Hall.


Scottish Traditional, Gaelic and Scots music: Export ready music from Scotland

Scotland has a fantastic world roots and traditional music scene with a calendar of high-class festivals and events. Creative Scotland works hard to support these artists' development and to promote Scotland's thriving music scene.

Below, you can find our latest Spotify playlist of Trad tracks.