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It is with sadness and regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Festival.  As I am sure you realise there is no way of predicting the course of COVID 19 and as a small event in a location with a small population we cannot take the risk of running this year’s event.



We are holding the 51st Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival online – we’ll be Virtually Holm!

The competitions are a little different to our usual ones, submissions need to be on video, and we will hold a ‘concert’ on our Facebook page in the evening of the 4th July at 7-30pm featuring the various winners and possibly one or two judges as well – just like every year!


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2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2021

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!




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