Hawick – Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th March 2019
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 2019 is no exception!
50th Anniversary – Newcastleton 5th, 6th & 7th July 2019
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.
Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival
Bewcastle 7 – 8th June 2019
The Stepping Stones Festival is now a field festival and has been relocated to the ‘Steppings’ in North Cumbria.
We have also renamed it ‘The Forgotten Lands Festival‘ and it has it’s own facebook page.
Please visit the page and give it a ‘like’ and then you will be kept up to date with all new announcements about our 2019 festival.
Innerleithen, 16-18 August 2019
We’re in the early stages of planning next year’s festival. 2018 went really well with lots on offer around the town.
If you are interested in staging an event, please email us with your ideas.
Not just music, but other arts events – perhaps an exhibition, dance show, something craft related, a workshop, an open garden, a themed walk….
Kelso, 6th to 8th September 2019
The third Kelso Folk Festival, organized by the Kelso Folk and Live Music Club, is again being run during the first weekend in September. We are again planning 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. The dance element for the 2019 festival is swing dance and Lindey Hop, with the fabulous Viper Swing and dancers from the Edinburgh Swing dance Society. Our evening concerts feature the Orcadian fiddle power house that is Fara, the 2018 BBC Scotland Young Traditional singer of the year Hannah Rarity, the much lauded Old Blind Dogs and Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamie O’Dowd.
Selkirk, 4th to 6th October 2019 (tbc)
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.
Denholm, 1st to 3rd November 2019
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..
Hogmanay Folk at the New Year.
Other Festivals in Scotland