Kelso folk festival

Kelso is hosting a mini folk festival on the 1st to 3rd of September!

This will be a weekend of live concerts, sessions, workshops and open mics featuring award wining bands and artists as well as a showcase for local talent.  Full details will be available shortly, but here is a taster of what is in store.  For latest information visit the website

Friday 1st September: Opening concert

Breabach – traditional Scottish music and stepdance

Breabach_lowres ‘Folk Band of the Year’ and ‘Album of Year’ at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards and
nominated for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. What better way to kick start the weekend with one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands. Breabach unite the talents
of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes / whistles /bouzouki / vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes / flute /whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle /vocals /
stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). Be prepared for an unforgettable evening
of Scottish traditional music with a modern twist.

visit Breabach’s website


Jenny Biddle – Australian indie/folk/blues songsmith

BiddleHailing from Melbourne but now based in Scotland, Jenny Biddle plays a feisty guitar, gets that blues harmonica squawking, soothes your soul with her haunting poignant lyrics, ingenious cover versions, empathetic original songs, and endearing personality. With five albums under her belt and a sixth on its way, this engaging songstress is a powerhouse of talent.

visit Jenny’s website



Saturday 2nd September: Evening Concert.

Northern Company – new wave traditional music from the British Isles and beyond

Northern companyThis  six-piece Folk group are the 2016 winners of the Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award. Combining Folk, Bluegrass, Classical and Jazz influences, they bring a fresh feel to contemporary and traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles and beyond, on melodeon, fiddles, guitar, piano and double bass. They formed in 2015 with a line-up that comes from the north of England and the Scottish Borders, including local grown talents Scott Turnbull and Eryn Rae.



Tom McConville and Andy Watt – fiddle and guitar virtuoso duo

Tom McConville Aug 2016 1Tom was BBC Folk Musician of The Year in 2012 and is a brilliant fiddler and great singer. The hornpipes of James Hill were amongst his first influences and 50 years on, Tom is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on Hill’s music. Tom is accompanied tonight by guitarist Andy Watt, one of the star pupils of guitar maestro Chris Newman. Entertainment, virtuoso playing great rapport with an audience and sheer enjoyment are all in plentiful supply.

Visit Tom’s site at



Workshops (Saturday)

  • Niamh Boadle – DADGAD guitar
  • Michael Biggins – Mixed instrument focusing on traditional tunes and accompanying them/harmonising
  • Eryn Rae – Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle focusing on traditional Scottish tunes/styles such as Strathspeys
  • Claire Watson – acappella singing

Best of Borders showcase (Saturday lunchtime )

free concert featuring an array of solo artists, duos and small bands from around the Borders


Open mic at the Cobbles (Friday-Saturday after the concerts)

Jigs and reels session at the Old Parish Kirk (Saturday afternoon)

Singaround at the Queens Head Hotel (Saturday afternoon)

Farewell session/singaround at the Cross Keys (Sunday lunchtime and afternoon)


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