Denholm Folk Festival

The 14th Annual Denholm Folk Festival ~ Thursday 2nd November to Sunday 5th November 2017.

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Thursday 2nd November

Auld Cross Keys Inn

Welcoming Session

Friday 3rd November

Denholm Village Hall

Carly Blain and Graeme Armstrong

Both from the Scottish Borders, Carly Blain (fiddle) and Graeme Armstrong (guitar and song) mix fast and energetic tunes with traditional and contemporary Scottish songs. Having grown up around the traditions of the Borders their set features much of the music they heard and played growing up.

Their powerful and exciting set, mixing traditional and original tunes and songs, provides a captivating performance.


Jed Grimes

An accomplished guitarist and producer, this former member of groundbreaking bands Hedgehog Pie and Jack The Lad has tasty vocal talents too.

In common with erstwhile Hedgehogs oppo Dave Burland, Grimes’ heart is rooted deep in both traditional and contemporary music and head on fuses songs and tunes with pigeonhole-defying arrangements which offer more at every listen.

Mike McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly

Michael McGoldrick was born in Manchester 1971 to Irish parents. As a child, attended The Tara O’ Carolan branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Chorlton where he met Dezi Donnelly & John Jo Kelly. He won numerous All-Ireland Championships with Dezi Donnelly & John Jo Kelly.

Dezi ‘Fiddle on Fire’ Donnelly is a Manchester based Fiddle player. One of the founder members of the legendary Celtic Rock Band ‘Toss the Feathers’. Often seen collaborating with BBC instrumentalist of the Year Mike McGoldrick.

11pm – 1am

Denholm Village Hall – Festival Club

Late Night Extra! with the Harbour Band

Saturday 4th
All Day Sessions in Fox & Hounds, Cross Keys
and Denholm Meet
 11am Workshop

Jed Grimes will be giving a workshop on Saturday morning at Keyhole Cottage.
Specific subject to be confirmed.


Denholm Village Hall

Cindy Stirrat and Geoff Ross

Robin Laing

Superb interpreter of traditional Scottish songs and writer of many new ones.

He is a renowned Scotch whisky expert and has dedicated many of his musical works to the wee dram, as well as writing several books on the subject.

Engaging, articulate, and armed with a terrific repertoire, ranging from atmospheric and passionate ballads to carefree compositions with plenty of scope for audience participation.

Blue Rose Code

“Blue Rose Code is as slippery as an eel; a genre dodger; a mess of influences and contradictions. This rare display of soul and emotion will not be boxed, a sign of something special.” – David Kushar of Spiral Earth.

Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to South England “to be by the sea’s energy” but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is.
Life wasn’t always simple for Wilson. “I have swapped one type of chaos for another” says Wilson.

On my darkest day I found my benediction

11pm – 1am

Denholm Village Hall – Festival Club

Late night session

Sunday 5th
All Day Sessions in Fox & Hounds, Cross Keys
and Denholm Meet

Denholm Kirk

Farewell Concert


Village Green

Guy Fawkes Bonfire and Fireworks Display

Special Offer – Full Festival Ticket £28 – if purchased before 1st October.

Ticket hotline 01450 860 758 / 07852 129062 or e-mail

Free sessions all weekend in the Auld Cross Keys, The Fox and Hounds and Denholm Meet

Sessions, licensed bar and meals available all weekend in the Festival Club, Lesser Hall.

Please bookmark this page and come back for more information as it becomes available, or email


Sally Wachter writes “I have a private self contained annex to our stone farmhouse in Ancrum village which I rent out via Airbnb or privately. The flat has plenty of parking and its own entrance. Downstairs is a living room with completely kitted out kitchen and upstairs a bedroom with two single beds and an en suite shower room.

The house is a 5 minute walk to the village shop, Cross Keys pub and bus stop.

You can view the property on Airbnb, the post code is TD8 6UY and the name of the house is Townhead. The charge per night is £55.

If this is of interest to you, please let me know, either by email or mobile 07949 300 270″