Festivals

Hawick Reivers Festival

Hawick – Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March

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 2018 is no exception!

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


Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival

Newcastleton, 29th, 30th June, 1st  July 2018

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.

Contact
e-mail ntmsecretary@googlemail.com
website http://www.newcastleton.com/


Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival

Kirklinton Hall (Near Longtown) –

Stepping Stones is taking a year off in 2018 and will return refreshed and revitalised in 2019

The website is www.steppingstonesfestival.co.uk.


Innerleithen Music Festival

Innerleithen, 17-19 August 2018

The 16th annual music festival will take place on the weekend of 17th – 19th August.

Live & Local will be going ahead at the Vale Club, and the St Ronans Hotel will be building on the great programme they put together in 2017. The Parish Church is also keen to offer itself again as a venue for shows.

However, for the first time, the core team will not themselves be staging events in the name of the festival – they will be working purely to coordinate and help publicise events put on by other people . So, other people are needed to come forward with events to build into the programme. Not just music, but other arts events – perhaps an exhibition, dance show, something craft related, a workshop, an open garden, a themed walk….

website www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org


Kelso Folk Festival

Kelso, 31st August to 2nd September

The Kelso Folk and Live Music Club is pleased to announce that plans are well under way for this year’s folk festival. Following last year’s successful format, this will be a weekend of live concerts, sessions, workshops and open mics, featuring award-winning bands and artists as well as offering a showcase for local talent. This year the festival is expanding to include a folk dance element, with an Irish dancing display by Absolutely Legless. Our evening concerts feature the champion Irish harpist Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar maestro Chris Newman, the 2017 Scots Trad Music ‘Folk Band of the Year’ Talisk, Steve Hicks & Lynn Goulbourn, and the Shee, a six-piece group of great distinction featuring Borders talents Shona Mooney and Lillias Kinsman-Blake.


Selkirk Sessions

Selkirk, 5th to 7th October 2018

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. Sessions galore in pubs/bars.

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


Denholm Folk Festival

Denholm, 2th to 4th November 2018

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


the Land, the Light, the Locals

Hogmanay Folk at the New Year.

Website: www.thelandthelightthelocals.co.uk


Other Festivals in Scotland