Denholm Folk Festival

The 19th Annual Denholm Folk Festival ~ 2023.

Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th November

Thursday 2nd November
8.00pmAuld Cross Keys Inn

Welcoming Session
Friday 3rd November
8.00pmDenholm Village Hall


A singer of songs and a teller of tales from the hills of Dumfries & Galloway who happily fingerpicks his way through life’s travails.

Songs funny or sad, happy or grim, meaningful or meaningless played fast or slow (sometimes both at the same time)…….He likes a giggle.


Gnoss’ signature sound is a rich tapestry of acoustic layers; outstanding musicianship, deep traditional roots and contemporary compositional flair combine to create songs and tunes brimming with character.

Triple Scots Trad Music Awards nominees, the band have built an invested following through their forward-thinking take on traditional music and the unique warmth of their live shows. This has been proven through three consecutive sellout appearances at Glasgow’s world-famous Celtic Connections festival.

11pmDenholm Village Hall – Festival Club

Late-night session
Saturday 4th
All DaySessions in Fox & Hounds and Cross KeysFree
8pmDenholm Village Hall


Allan is considered to be one of the music scene’s great guitarists, creating during his stage performance a distinctive rich and mellow sound, and with a voice that speaks of a life-time of travel he can make each song a vignette of life, like a story told over a drink in a bar. His songs have an integrity that tell you they come from something real, where characters come to life as people you know and places become as familiar as if you had been there. When this happens, you know it’s an Allan Taylor concert.

Photo by Manfred Pollert


Beth Malcolm is a singer-songwriter and keys player from Perth. Beth’smusic is folk-inspired, and she sings traditional, modern and self-penned Scots songs. Beth was named BBC MG ALBA Scots Singer of the Year2023. While Beth has been singing ‘Ally Bally Bee’ since she was old enough to stand on stage, her ‘breakout’ moment was winning a coveted ‘Danny’ award at Celtic Connections 2019. This led to performing at the virtual Celtic Connections in 2020, alongside her folk heroes Ross Ainslie, Siobhan Miller, Talisk and Mànran.

Beth has joined up with outstanding guitar player and singer Heather Cartwright, to form the Beth Malcolm Duo. Carlisle-born Cartwright’s sensitive playing has taken the folk scene by storm, and the pair perform their stories with tight harmonies. Together, they deliver traditional songs with fresh eyes, and songwriting exploring themes of female friendship, growth and quarter-life crises.

11pmDenholm Village Hall – Festival Club

Late-night session
Sunday 5th
All DaySessions in Fox & Hounds and Cross KeysFree
2pmDenholm Church


Ticket hotline 01450 860 758 or e-mail 

Free sessions all weekend in the Auld Cross Keys & The Fox and Hounds.

A licensed bar will be available during concerts in the Festival Club, Lesser Hall & late night sessions till 1:00am. (Sorry no meals again this year).

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