It is with great pleasure that we note that long standing Life Member Peter Shepheard has been awarded The Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award.

And it is with great sadness that we report the death of another Life Member, Frank Bechhofer. Obituary will follow in due course.

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 2nd February, 2019

at the Grapes Hotel, Newcastleton

Burns and Scots Night


Traditional supper and toasts, songs, tunes and the odd dance!


Border Reiver and Liddesdale Book Launch by John Watson

 Raffle etc.

£15 adults/ £3 under 15 years old


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The 50th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival

5th, 6th and 7th July 2019

About the Festival.

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival was first held in 1970, and grew out of the local Accordion and Fiddle Club that met in the Commercial Hotel (now the Liddesdale Hotel). From that initial one day event has grown the most welcoming and family friendly traditional music festival in Scotland!

Over the years there have been a range of competitions, but always based around accordion, fiddle and traditional singing. As fashions change, so has the popularity of various classes, but the core competitions are still going strong, and we love the interest shown in the children’s classes!

Concerts, ceilidhs, sessions, singarounds, and workshops add to the competitions to offer the festival goer plenty of choice, and of course the wonderful Copshaw Common Riding runs parallel to the festival as well – a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed!

Have a browse through our site to see what is on offer, we hope you enjoy it, but the best way to really learn what we are is to come along and join us!

The events section will be updated to show new info in the next few weeks – watch this space!

The Festival Office will be in the Village Hall, we are no longer using the Buccleuch Centre.

There is a now a fuel pump in the village.

Holm Hardware is no longer trading, so if you’d planned to get essentials there, you can’t!




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