Dickson tops bill at festival

PLATINUM selling singer Barbara Dickson will headline this year’s Innerleithen Music Festival.

She will perform alongside keyboard player Nick Holland on Saturday evening of the three-day event in August.

The 63-year-old from Dunfermline emerged from the 1960s folk scene in Fife and Edinburgh, and has produced six platinum, 11 gold and seven silver albums.

Heidi Talbot will open the festival, accompanied by John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine.

Talbot is a well-known singer in Irish traditional and roots music, while McCusker is regarded as one of Scotland’s most accomplished and versatile musicians, having worked with artists as diverse as Paul Weller and Patti Smith, Teenage Fanclub and Billy Connolly.

Hewerdine is an internationally-renowned songwriter and has penned tracks for the likes of Paul Young and Marti Pellow.

A BBC Radio 2 Horizon 2011 award winner, Ewan McLennan, is also lined up to perform on Friday.

Saturday afternoon sees Real Time perform their mix of traditional Scottish and Northumbrian songs and tunes, and self-penned material, as well as a performance by Nathan Rogers, son of the legendary Canadian folk singer, Stan Rogers.

Also on stage Saturday night will be Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller, previous winners of the BBC Radio 2 and Scots Trad Music awards, while Sunday sees the Tweeddale Folk concert and Sangsters headline the traditional singers’ concert.

Pam Fraser, chair of the festival’s organising committee said: “Once more we’ve worked hard to bring top-notch artists to the festival and it’s a real privilege to have a star of the quality of Barbara Dickson as our headliner.”

The festival runs from August 19 to 21 – visit www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org