Denholm Folk Festival

The 15th Annual Denholm Folk Festival ~ Thursday 1st November to Sunday 4th November 2018.

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Thursday 1st November
8.30pmAuld Cross Keys Inn

Welcoming Session
Friday 2nd November
8.00pmDenholm Village Hall

Judith Haswell

Maurice Dickson
Belfast born Maurice is a talented musician and plays contemporary folk, Irish folk, blues as well as his own material. Having started playing, singing and writing at fifteen, Maurice put together his first band at sixteen and then, three years later traded his engineer’s overalls for a life as a musician. There followed almost five years of ‘touring’ Europe and North Africa, plying his craft and more importantly, soaking up many musical influences and gaining experience as a performer. This period is reflected in his musical style which does not fit in any of the usual categories.

Maurice Dickson

Dallahan is one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music, but with hugely diverse backgrounds and influences. They call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. Dallahan will push and pull you along on a musical journey, artistically transcending from tender and delicate songs from Transylvania, to relentlessly punchy Irish dance tunes littered with funk grooves and everything in between.

11pm – 1amDenholm Village Hall – Festival Club

Late Night Extra! with the Harbour Band
Saturday 3rd
All DaySessions in Fox & Hounds, Cross Keys and Denholm MeetFree

Maurice Dickson will be doing a guitar workshop
8pmDenholm Village Hall

Andy Popplestone

Andy is chairman of Stonehaven Folk Club

Tommy Sands
Tommy Sands, Co Down’s singer, songwriter and social activist has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime.

From the pioneering days with the highly influential Sands Family, bringing Irish Music from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, he has developed into one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today.

His songwriting, which draws the admiration of Nobel Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney and father of folk music Pete Seeger, prompts respected US magazine “Sing Out” to regard him as “the most powerful songwriter in Ireland, if not the rest of the world”.

Tommy Sands

The Henry Girls
Donegal sisters , Karen, Lorna and Joleen are collectively known as The Henry Girls. Nurtured musically by their celtic roots, their sound is not bound by them. They have found a way to personalise their music and steeped as they are in tradition they successfully nourish the seeds of old with a bright, refreshing approach. They have a knack for creating authentic original material rich in traditional values. Their tight three part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, piano and a few more in-between! This Spring sees them release their 6th album, produced again by Calum Malcolm (Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot) called “Far beyond the stars”.

The Henry Girls
11pm – 1amDenholm Village Hall – Festival Club

Late night session
Sunday 4th
All DaySessions in Fox & Hounds, Cross Keys
and Denholm Meet

Denholm Kirk

Farewell Concert

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.

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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″