Local Music Festivals

Hawick Reivers Festival

Hawick - ??

Hawick is a town rich in the heritage and culture of the Borders. The history and myths of the days of the Reivers are the driving force behind Hawick Reivers Festival, which has now become an annual event in the town’s calendar. Music has always been an integral part of the festival and 2015 is no exception!

Contact Tel 01450 375 263
e-mail info@hawickreivers.com
website www.hawickreivers.com

The Border Gaitherin

Coldstream, Fri 29th - Sun 31st May 2015

The Border Gaitherin was established in 2000 and is now acknowledged as one of the best small tuition-based festivals in Scotland. The Gaitherin’s main focus is its programme of informal instrumental and song workshops, delivered by some of the best traditional musicians from Scotland, England and Ireland. Previous tutors have included: Catriona MacDonald, Lori Watson, Niall Keegan, Kathryn Tickell and Karine Polwart.

Information Sandy Watson   01890 830355  
Bookings Paul Dorricott    01835 862423
e-mail bordergaitherin2014@gmail.com
website www.bordergaitherin.com

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival

Newcastleton, 3rd, 4th, 5th July 2015

Newcastleton is probably the longest running traditional music festival in Scotland and has essentially maintained the same successful format since its inception in 1970.

The festival is centred on friendly competitions - everything from Border ballad singing - original new songs written in a traditional style - instrumental sections including all instruments and players - culminating in the winners performing at the Grand Concert. Some of the bestknown singers and players in Scottish folk and traditional music, of today and from the past, have their names engraved on the trophies at Newcastleton. 

e-mail ntmsecretary@googlemail.com
website www.newcastletonfolkclub.blogspot.co.uk

Maddy Prior's Stepping Stones Festival

June 10th, 11th and 12th 2016 at Kirklinton Hall (Near Longtown)

There is a fantastic line-up including Steeleye Span, Show of Hands, Steve Turner, The Bagdaddies, The Hedgehog's Skin Ceilidh band and many more - mostly either acoustic or tending that way. There are also a range of music, craft and dance workshops, local food, craft ales, camping and all the other things expected of a small festival. This year there is a full programme of activities for children too.

The website is www.steppingstonesfestival.co.uk.

Early-bird tickets @£60 are available until 31st December and under 16s are free. It's a really great deal. Normal ticket price £70.

Innerleithen Music Festival

Innerleithen, 19-21 August 2016

The festival organisers have established a reputation for staging a hugely enjoyable weekend of music in this small Borders town, beautifully situated amongst rolling hills by the River Tweed. We've got another fantastic line up for you this year, with absolutely superb evening concerts featuring some of the biggest names in Celtic music!

Contact Robin Dempsey
Tel 01721 729949
e-mail imfpublicity@aol.com
website www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org

Kelso Folk & Live Music Club

St James’s Fair – Kelso - first weekend of September

Kelso Folk & Live Music Club will have a concurrent music programme from September 3rd-5th including Friday and Saturday night concerts and a Sunday afternoon traditional music session.

Contact David Kilpatrick - Club Chairman and Programme Organiser
e-mail david@maxwellplace.demon.co.uk
website www.kelsofolk.co.uk

Selkirk Sessions

Selkirk, 2nd - 4th October 2015

Selkirk Sessions welcomes all musicians who enjoy playing folk (traditional or modern), contemporary and bluegrass music; and anyone who just likes listening to good stuff. Selkirk Sessions is going from strength to strength and continues to evolve as it develops!

Contact Davey Scott
Tel 07905 335782
e-mail info@selkirksessions.com
website www.selkirksessions.com

Denholm Folk Festival

Denholm, Friday 6th November to Sunday 8th November 2015

This small but perfectly formed festival has gained a great reputation for quality.

A small village set in the Teviot valley with two pubs, a church, a village hall and a very interesting new primary school, Denholm overflows with great music during this weekend.

The programme consists of Friday and Saturday concerts and late evenings at the Festival Club. (Artists to be announced). Top quality workshops, an Open Stage competition on Saturday and a free, church concert on the Sunday, all make for a fantastic weekend - not to mention the continual sessions..

Contact Ronnie Templeman
Tel Numbers
e-mail info@denholmfolkfest.co.uk
website www.denholmfolkfest.co.uk

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