Kelso Folk & Live

Every Friday our first meeting in a hosted purely acoustic singaround in The Cross Keys Oak Room from 8.00-10.30pm. From 10pm, the music starts in the nearby Cobbles Inn with members setting up amplification in time for those leaving the Cross Keys to join us if they wish.

There is also a traditional tune session, similar timing from 8pm, in the Cross Keys every Thursday.

When the weather is warm we often have an outdoor session beforehand, outside Rutherford’s micro pub next to the Cross Keys. Look out for impromptu lunchtime and evening music in the square especially at weekends in summer! Participation is welcomed.

NEWS: we now have the club’s second CD – after a 12 year interval! – ready to send out. See:


Kelso Folk & Live Music Club promotes music making in traditional and contemporary fashion, both in a cabaret-style setting  and in the more informal environment of a Scottish pub session and open mic. All are welcome and the many regulars involved try to make visitors feel a part of the circle. As well as weekly meetings it is also running a mini folk festival in September! More details here, or on its dedicated website

The club has two homes and meets on Thursday and Friday nights very much throughout the year.

On a Thursday night in the Saddler’s Bar at the Cross Keys Hotel there is a traditional Scottish tune session that runs from 8.30 pm through to 11 pm.  There is usually a wide range of acoustic instruments being played there, including Scottish Border and Shuttle smallpipes, hammered dulcimer, flute, mandolin, fiddle and guitar, and you will hear or can join in with a wide selection of jigs, reels, marches, hornpipes and airs from the Celtic tradition.

On Friday night a purely acoustic cabaret-style meet is in the Oak Room at the Cross Keys Hotel, which fronts onto the town square. It is held in a comfortable lounge, with food and drink available from the bar next door, and runs from  8.00 pm to 10.30 pm. This is a really relaxing place to hear a diversity of musical genres from local and visiting musicians and singers. With its good acoustics and attentive audience it is a great venue for performers.

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