the Land, the Light, the Locals 2021-22

Due to the ongoing world pandemic
this year’s event has reluctantly had to be cancelled.

Kenny previously wrote:

“It’s great to be able to write to you again after such a long enforced absence. As we emerge slowly from lockdown I’m sure like me you are more than ready to visit different parts of the country and to enjoy live music once more.

When we got the go-ahead recently to stage this year’s festival we immediately started to draw up our programme, and there are one or two exciting developments. Firstly, we decided to make the event even more “local”, partly in response to the current uncertainties but also because of changes to our musical landscape. Real Time has reverted to a three-piece line­up, with Kenny and John being joined by local fiddler Andy Anderson. Meanwhile, Tommy and Eilidh have joined forces with Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence to form Talla, so it will be these two bands who will open and close the festival.

We also welcome a new local group providing the music for our Hogmanay dance. Well known Jedburgh fiddler Jimmy Nagle will assemble his Ceilidh Band for our celebration through the bells, hopefully ushering in a better year ahead. Of course, our usual fixtures Hawick Sings, the Herds’ Supper and traditional music sessions make up the rest of our programme.

Finally, we understand that these have been difficult times for many, so we have actually managed to reduce the price of the five-day festival ticket to £50! We hope you can join us for probably the most welcome and timely get-together of our 23-year history.”

Kenny Speirs Denholm October 2021

Chris Sherburn, Denny Bartley and Emily Sanders