Well, we’ve had the 48th festival, and hopefully a good time was had by all!! The midges seemed to enjoy themselves at least . . .
Competition entry numbers were not great, but the quality of those who did enter was absolutely top notch, and the improvement in Neil Kennedy’s saxophone playing was remarkable – perhaps it was his new job as a super model that influenced him!
The dances went well, quiet enough for those who wanted to dance to do so without problems, including a wee lass called Grace who wowed us all on Saturday . . . and our storytelling, fiddle and small pipes workshops were all well attended and enjoyed.
Just so you know, the next festival is
The 49th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival
29th, 30th June, 1st July 2018
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 friendliest, 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!
****** Please note that this year the Festival Office will be in the Village Hall, and that we are no longer using the Buccleuch Centre. ******
*** Also, please note that Holm Hardware is no longer trading, so if you’d planned to get essentials there, you can’t! ***