Fowlis headlines festival

Julie Fowlis plays at Innerleithen Music Festival this year, as well as the Dirty Beggars
Julie Fowlis plays at Innerleithen Music Festival this year, as well as the Dirty Beggars

INNERLEITHEN Music Festival has announced arguably its best ever line-up, headlined by Brave singer Julie Fowlis.

The North Uist Gaelic performer shot to attention last year with her soundtrack to the Golden Globe winning Disney film and she performs on the opening night of the three-day August event.

Julie Fowlis plays at Innerleithen Music Festival this year, as well as the Dirty Beggars

Julie Fowlis plays at Innerleithen Music Festival this year, as well as the Dirty Beggars

Fowlis has since performed in front of 500million TV viewers at the Ryder Cup in Chicago and last week presented the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Glasgow.

She previously won best folk singer at the acclaimed BBC ceremony in 2008, and has also picked up various other titles including the Scots Trad Music Award for traditional music in the media.

The support act for Fowlis will be the Dirty Beggars, the Americana band from Peebles who shot to fame when spotted by a vice-president of MTV while busking in Nashville and subsequently being invited to feature on the global music channel’s website. In the following 12 months the young band toured America, released their debut album Bite The Bullet, were named in MTV’s top 20 unsigned acts contest and played a headline show at last year’s Celtic Connections.

The Innerleithen show will be a homecoming gig of sorts for Kieran Begbie, and his two cousins Peter and Finn Begbie, all Peebleans.

For the Saturday night concert, festival organisers have lined up their first ever triple-header.

Fountainhall resident Archie Fisher has a worldwide following and has been at the forefront of Scottish folk music since his leading role in the folk revival of the 1960s, while the exciting young duo of Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller have been great hits at previous Innerleithen festivals.

Completing the Saturday line-up is the Paul McKenna Band. Singer Paul McKenna was voted Scots singer of the year at the Trad Music Awards last year, while band-mate Mike Vass picked up composer of 2012 at the same event.

As is the norm, the festival ends on the Sunday evening with a traditional singers concert.

It will feature several performers and top of the bill is the Wendy Weatherby Band.

With a glowing CV as a singer, cello player, teacher and composer, Wendy is accompanied by 
Fiona Cuthill, Stevie Lawrence and Sandy Brechin, all well-known in their own right.

Talented local singing group Fisher Lassies will also be appearing.

A spokesperson for Innerleithen Music Festival said they are still putting together other events to complete the long weekend, with a promise to repeat several gigs from last year.

The schedule will likely again include the Live and Local show at the Vale Club with free music all weekend, the String Jam Club concert and a sequel to the Reiving and Bereaving show which looked at Walter Scott’s ballad legacy in a new light.

Chair of the organising committee, Pam Fraser, told TheSouthern: “Last year was our 10th festival and was undoubtedly a huge success in every respect, but we’re working hard to ensure that this year’s will match or even better it.”

Innerleithen Music Festival runs August 16 to 18 and tickets go on sale on April 1.

Anyone seeking more information on the festival should browse its website – www.innnerleithenmusicfestival.org – or call 01721 729949.