Sessions held at the Auld Cross Keys Hotel, Denholm, Roxburghshire.  Link to location map for Denholm

Guest night locations to be confirmed nearer the time.

Upcoming dates for 2016 are:-







Attracting five star reviews for both her recorded work and live performances, Kim's songs reflect her classical piano background, and her interest in horror, fairy tales, feminism and social history, which she studied during her degree in English Language & Literature. Her songs are beginning to make their way in the world, with live performances at a range of UK venues and festivals, a European tour in 2011, and a growing fanbase in Scotland and further afield.

Kim is also a member of the genre-hopping collective The Burns Unit, whose debut release, Side Show (2010) was warmly welcomed.

Kim Edgar


Denholm Burns supper will take place on Saturday 13th Feb at 7.30 in the village hall.

Tickets £10 from or call 01450 870664.

Guests include Dave Scott and John Tullie.







31.3 @ 8:30 prompt!

Denholm Village Hall - lesser hall. It will be a bring your own night, there being no bar.


An eclectic mixture of folk and acoustic music, played by Ken (Powell) on guitar and sung by Ruth's strong lead vocals.  

They have a knack of providing a great combination of songs from the 1930's, to the traditional folk song and English/American contemporary music, giving concerts that will appeal to almost every audience.

"Ruth Powell is blessed with a lovely voice and boy! does she use it well! Ken Powell is a brilliant guitarist who tends to keep his light under a bushel but some excellent playing can be heard on their latest recordings." - Folk Roundabout - magazine review

Risky Business









Huw is a great humourist and raconteur as well as a sublime creator and interpreter of songs. A flavour of Huw and his self-penned history is below.

"I’ve been a musician for more years than I care, or can, remember. I learned to play the guitar at school in South Wales in the days when everything was in sepia. It wasn’t a bad school. In fact it was approved by the Council, and many former pupils went on to have careers in the law, in one way or another.

I was lucky enough to go to College in Coventry. It was a hotbed of traditional music in the 1970’s, and I threw myself into the local scene with much enthusiasm. This resulted in a BSc(Lacklustre) in the very unfashionable subject of Conservation Ecology and a burning ambition to be a professional folk singer.

But driven by an urge to eat on a regular basis, I spent the next 15 years working in the film business, which was not as exciting as it sounds, though I did have a part in the film “Lassie”. I played the lead!

Fortunately, I was rescued from this in 1997 when I was offered the job as Bass player on tour with The Hanky Panky Band. I spent the next 5 years with them playing all over Europe. It slowly dawned on me that I was given the job, not because of my unique style of bass playing, but because I had a Licence and could drive in the dark, on the wrong side of the road, without any major mishap, for weeks on end, while the rest of the band partied in the back of the bus! But all good things eventually come to an end and I moved back to Wales for good in 2001."

Huw Chidgey
9.6 Session
23.6 Session
23.7 the Land, the Light, the Locals Fundraiser
11.8 Session


"Left Handed, Balding, Middle aged, Songwriting Folky from Scotland’s Highest Village"

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.

Dave Gibb
8.9 Session
22.9 Session
1.10 Judy Dinning Memorial Concert


Flossie Malavialle is a French singer who started getting involved in the British folk scene in 2000-2001 while she was on a teacher exchange in the North East of England.

“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song”  - Colum Sands

“Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”  - Vin Garbutt

Her repertoire is very open as she likes all sorts of different music genres. Her songs include famous numbers, including Allan Taylor's "Roll on the day", Paul McCartney's "Early Days", Abba's "Slipping through my fingers", Colum Sands' "The child who asks why", Starrett and Laird's " John Condon" but also Edith Piaf's eternal favourites "No regrets", "La vie en rose"... or Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam" and "Ne me quitte pas"...


3-6.11 Denholm Folk Festival
17.11 Session
1.12 Session


During 17 years of part-time touring, Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour.

Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the UK’s best contemporary, acoustic songwriters. A great wordsmith, his songs are sometimes challenging, often lyrical, but always poetic and have been widely covered, including “Storm Around Tumbledown” recorded by Vin Garbutt, amongst many others.

Kip Winter has simply one of the best voices in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. In the past she has sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but is at her best (and happiest) singing folk and blues.

After becoming full-time, professional musicians in 2012, Winter Wilson have gone on to be one of the hardest-working duos on the UK acoustic music scene.

Winter Wilson

Start time for the folk club is 8:30pm, and the local nights and guest night are free entry (all welcome - performers especially welcome).

For bookings and further information please contact Kenny Speirs

Contact for the Auld Cross Keys Inn - phone +44 (0)1450 870 305 or fax +44 (0)1450 870 778
or visit their web site

B & B available on-suite, C.A.M.R.A. Good beer guide and Good pub food guide. Function, Concert and Conference facilities.

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