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 2013 is no exception!
Contact Catherine Elliott-Walker
Tel 01450 372 962
The Border Gaitherin was established in 2000 and is now acknowledged as one of the best small tuition-based festivals in Scotland. The Gaitherin’s main focus is its programme of informal instrumental and song workshops, delivered by some of the best traditional musicians from Scotland, England and Ireland. Previous tutors have included: Catriona MacDonald, Lori Watson, Niall Keegan, Kathryn Tickell and Karine Polwart.
Contact Liz Marroni
Tel 01573 224920 (evenings & weekends)
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 Kathy Hobkirk
Tel 01450 372247
Melrose is one of the most picturesque
and historic of the Borders towns, set
just below the mythical Eildon Hills.
Ancient Melrose Abbey is said to be
the final resting place of King Robert
the Bruce’s heart.
The Rolling Hills Folk Club will this
year host its first grand festival
weekend of folk song and music.
Various venues are being used in
Melrose. On Friday night The Wynd
theatre plays host to an intimate concert with Bob Knight with compere Ian Abernethy, whilst the Corn Exchange is the venue for for an initial welcoming ceilidh with Brechin, Wilkinson and Martin.
Contact Ron Anderson
tel 01896 820340
Innerleithen Music Festival
Now in its tenth year, the festival organisers have established a reputation for staging a hugely enjoyable weekend of music in this small Borders town, beautifully situated amongst rolling hills by the River Tweed. Memorable concerts feature some of the biggest names in Celtic music, taking the stage alongside the best Borders acts.
Contact Robin Dempsey
Tel 01721 729949
Kelso Folk & Live Music Club will have a concurrent music programme from September 3rd-5th including Friday and Saturday night concerts and a Sunday afternoon traditional music session.
Contact David Kilpatrick - Club Chairman and
2011 is the sixth year of the Selkirk Sessions Traditional Music Festival. The theme of this year’s Festival is the development of local musical talent. This year the Festival is almost entirely based in Selkirk pubs, with O’Malley’s being the hub for the weekend.
Contact Davey Scott
Tel 07905 335782
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 for the ticket sales 07706 661951 and 01835 830488
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