Reiving and Bereaving at Innerleithen

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JUST 24 hours before the opening of the visitor centre at his former home, Sir Walter Scott’s collection of ancient Borders ballads will be celebrated at Innerleithen Music Festival.

Reiving and Bereaving will blend singing, folklore, history and images centred around the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border complication.

The songs will range from reiving ballads, rooted in the turbulent family feuds of the 15th and 16th centuries, to the fantastical and often supernatural romantic songs, versions of which exist throughout Europe and continue to entrance singers and listeners to this day.  

They will be sung by renowned traditional singers Kathy Hobkirk, Elsa Lemaitre, Henry Douglas and Naomi Harvey.

The ballads will be presented and set in context by researchers Lucy Macrae and Dr Kaye McAlpine who are working on the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border project, run between Edinburgh University and the University of Mainz in Germany.

Reiving and Bereaving starts at 2pm on Sunday, August 19 at St Ronan’s Wells, tickets £8, children £5.

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