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Arran Folk Festival

Arran Folk Festival is starting up again this year after a break of 5 years. It will be a week of Open Sessions and Concerts - the dates are 7th - 14th June - info and tickets are available from

The week before, on 29th May we have Eric Bogle and John Munro - Waltzing Mathilda No More Tour
and on 25th July we have Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain.

The Arran Folk Club, which is very closely associated with the Festival also have Open Sessions running in various venues around the Island.

Calling all young musicians! 

Innerleithen Music Festival

In conjunction with the

String Jam Club

Present the

Rising Star Project

Competitions and Workshops


Open to all musicians and singer/songwriters, aged 14 to 25 (on 4th July 2009), who live in or come from the Scottish Borders region.  Eight acts will be notified by 8th June and will then compete at the String Jam Club on the 3rd July to win recording time, 100 3-track CDs, and the chance to support Karine Polwart at the Innerleithen Music Festival.

Submit entry form, with 3 recorded pieces (at least one must be self penned) DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE QUALITY.

Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 5th June 2009.

Contact Kathy Stewart for more details: or phone 01721 730296

Send your entry and recordings to:
Kathy Stewart
Rising Star Competition
Primrose Cottage/Potmore Estate
EH45 8QU


New- Selkirk Session

Informal acoustic music session in the Town Arms, Selkirk on the last Friday of every month starting at around 8.30 in the upstairs room. All singers, players and listeners welcome. The session has been running for over 6 months and includes a wide range of music styles including traditional, folk, blues and contemporary.

For more info contact Brian Cherrie on 07704 125 230.



Rattlin Roarin Willie
The LBPS is pleased to announce the first of a series of online articles by Matt Seattle on significant tunes in the Border pipe repertoire.


Musician Bob Liddle from Kelso has released a new CD entitled “SOFTLY FLOWS THE TWEED”

The CD is Scottish traditional music album, all the tunes being original compositions by Bob Liddle from Kelso. All the tunes titles relate to the story of the Tweed, from Tweed’s Well to Tweedmouth, and include reels, jigs, slow airs and marches. Most of the tunes are new compositions, but the CD also includes some older tunes of Bob’s, including “Roxburgh Tower”, which has now been recorded by 5 of the top Scottish dance bands. The music is mainly accordion, mixed in with whistles, flutes, saxophone, synthesiser and bagpipes, and with accompaniment provided by guitars, keyboards, bodhran and drums, all played and recorded by Bob in his home studio. The end result is a fresh look at traditional music with many interesting and different arrangements.

The CD is the result of the last couple of years composing by Bob, all tunes written during this period with the CD in mind, and the CD consists of 35 original tunes over 16 tracks. All the tunes are given names relating to the river Tweed, such as “Caddon Water”, “The Yair”, “Mayfield Walk”, as well as the title track, the slow air “Softly Flows The Tweed”. The sleeve notes also contain various pictures of the Tweed and explanations about the tunes.

For more information, check out


The BBC Scotland programme "Scotland's Music with Phil Cunningham".

The programme has now finished its television run but we have over 40 pieces of video content still available for viewing on our site at - including tracks and interviews from artists such as Dick Gaughan, Barbara Dickson, Findlay Napier, John Martyn, Eddi Reader, Karine Polwart, Capercaillie, Old Blind Dogs, Aly Bain, Catriona McKay and Rona Lightfoot amongst many others.

The majority of the footage is extended edits, not previously shown on the programme and exclusive to our site.  The programme followed Phil Cunningham as he seeked out the history of Scotlands Music, delving into its roots to find out what makes it distinctly Scottish.  Over the six-part series, Phil travelled across Scotland's glorious landscape, telling the story of the nations incredible music heritage while showcasing the richness and diversity of new talent.

Swains' Kitchen

Swains' Kitchen is a lively new fiddle band from Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. The band was formed at the beginning of 2007. They are Amy Swain (fiddle), Nikki Miller (fiddle), Corrienne McCulloch (fiddle), Kirstie Swain (piano) and Graham Dolan (acoustic guitar).The band plays traditional music from all over the place - Scotland, Northumberland, Ireland, Canada, the USA and more. 

Shona Mooney Debut CD


Newspaper and magazine quotes:

"bringing a breath of fresh Borders air to the crowded record shelves with her first album." Scotland On Sunday

"Mooney brings an arranging and compositional vision as well as fiddling skill to her music." Rob Adams, The Herald

"5 star review ...she is also a truly terrific player, marrying traditional fidelity and contemporary flair, a beautifully rounded tone with ultrasensitive phrasing." Sunday Herald, Sue Wilson

"With Heartsease, Shona has first of all given us a striking and superb fiddle album, and second, a fiddle album with a difference: one that, while retaining her instrument's necessary dominance, proves to be so much more." David Kidman, Folk Roots

"..a striking debut from a rising star." Alex Monaghan

Lori Watson, fiddle player and singer from Birgham is just out of the studio with her new band Lori Watson Three. After winning a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2005, Lori Watson Three have had a busy year performing and recording.

The album “Three” has been released on Isle Music Scotland and features imaginative arrangements of Lori’s own tunes alongside re-workings of traditional tunes and songs.

Lori launched her website in January at check there for info on the forthcoming CD, live dates and news. You can also hear two sample tracks! “Her vivacious, cleanly articulated fiddling was complemented by silvery, beautifully poised vocals..” (Scotsman)


Lori Watson


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