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  • Eddi Reader headlines this year's Innerleithen Music Festival
  • Skipinnish - another top act at this year's Innerleithen Music Festival
  • Beyond Borders International Festival
  • King and Queen of the Hill

 

Even by Tweed Valley standards, this weekend is a busy one. The action begins on Friday with the start of the acclaimed Innerleithen Music Festival – a must-attend for all those with a love of Celtic music. This year’s terrific line-up sees the likes of Eddi Reader, Skippinish and the Friel Sisters steal the headlines, but there’s also the Live and Local Fringe (a chance for up and coming local talent to strut... Read more

Q&A: Robin Dempsey, Innerleithen Music Festival

  • Eddi Reader will make her third appearance at the Innerleithen Music Festival
  • Skipinnish - voted Live Act of the Year at the 2014 Scots Trad Music Awards
  • Local boy Tommy Ashby will be a huge draw at the festival
  • The wonderful Friel Sisters ... the best of the Glasgow-Irish tradition
  • Live and Local ... a festival within a festival at the Vale Club
  • Former Scots singer of the year Shona Donaldson will perform with her fiddler husband Paul Anderson

 

With just a few days to go until this year's Innerleithen Music Festival, we caught up with Robin Dempsey, a member of the organising committee, to find out what's in store

 

You all set, or still a few final things to do?

All the main elements have been in place for months – bands, PA, hall bookings, ticket sales etc – so we’re down to the tasks we can only do in the... Read more

On, St Ronan’s, On …

  • Cleikum Ceremonies, St Ronan's Wells
  • A wonderfully decorated house
  • One of many parades on Innerleithen High Street
  • Fancy dress parade
  • St Ronan's Silver Band
  •  All set for 'Burning the De’il' ...

 

Not to be outdone by that lot up the road in Peebles with their fancy Beltane Festival, Innerleithen has a rather special celebration of its own which gets under way today – the St Ronan’s Border Games.

The oldest organised sports meeting in Scotland, the Games have run almost continuously since their inception in 1827. Originally a mini-Olympics for amateur sportsmen featuring events such as sprint, middle distance running, long jump and hammer throwing,... Read more

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