Innerleithen festival gears up for big musical weekend

Folk singer Julie Fowlis near her Inverness home.  Picture Robert Perry Scotland on Sunday 31st July 2013

Folk singer Julie Fowlis near her Inverness home. Picture Robert Perry Scotland on Sunday 31st July 2013

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It is 11 years old, but shows no signs of throwing a strop as it nears its teens.

Instead, Innerleithen Music Festival – which kicks off tomorrow – is trying to keep everyone happy with three days featuring local and national talent in the traditional music field.

Pam Fraser, chair of the festival’s organising committee, told The Southern: “This year’s festival has probably our broadest programme yet.

“We’ve got our headline concerts at the Memorial Hall featuring artists with international reputations, such as Julie Fowlis and the Paul McKenna Band.

“There’s also a long list of many of our most talented local musicians appearing at the String Jam Club on the Saturday afternoon, and all weekend at the Vale Club.

“But what we’re also delighted about are the fringe events, meaning we can expand the programme without adding to the workload of our small organising committee.

“Some of our events are free, so there’s really no excuse for not coming along to enjoy the music.”

As mentioned, the String Jam Club makes its annual pilgrimage to Innerleithen with a line-up that includes some of its favourites, including Tom Clelland, Seoras Ashby, Becca McCue, Rob Nicholson, Fiona Laing, John Hinshelwood, Becky Hogg, Georgia Gordon, Ryan Hooper and Angus Gunn.

Ali Fox of the String Jam Club said: “This star-studded cast reflects the true quality and range of local talent which we are proud to present to festival audiences.”

For a full list of the gigs over the three days, check our listings section on page 36 or visit www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org or phone 01721 729949 for tickets.