This year’s Innerleithen Music Festival runs from August 17 to 19 and the weekend will finish with what the organisers call a Traditional Singers’ Concert.
The format of the concert is four short sets of about 25 minutes, an interval, and then a longer set by the headline acts, all designed to ensure a varied evening.
Festival committee member Robin Dempsey told us: “Traditional folk song is one of the most distinctive aspects of Scottish culture, and each year we pick some of its most entertaining exponents to perform at our closing concert”.
Topping the bill is the Barbara Dymock Band. Robin said:“I saw Barbara and her band at Celtic Connections this year, and absolutely loved her powerful voice, the careful accompaniment from the musicians, and the arrangements of the songs”.
Barbara is steeped in the Scottish and Irish tradition. She was a founder member of the band Coelbeg and went on to have many other collaborations, before a 20 year break to concentrate on her family and her career as a doctor.
Now she has her own band, along with renowned north east fiddler Carol Anderson, guitarist Martin Macdonald and Kenny Hadden on flute and whistles.
Barbara told TheSouthern: “The band and I are looking forward to Innerleithen Music Festival, not least because we are excited to be appearing alongside such an exciting and illustrious group of performers.
“I’ve always been inspired by the Border ballads with their tales of raids, battles and the supernatural, but the wee romantic streak I secretly harbour makes me relish Walter Scott’s hero Jock o’ Hazeldean - what woman wouldn’t want to be whisked over the border by a gallant young lover.”
Local harmony group Fisher Lassies are a favourite at this concert each year, with their well crafted arrangements and beautiful harmony singing. They are drawn from around Tweeddale, having been formed in 2007 to take part in local playwright Howard Purdie’s drama, Lament for the Little Boats.
Lucy Macrae and Naomi Harvey are acclaimed young musicians whose paths first crossed while they were studying traditional music in the Outer Hebrides. Their love for playing and singing traditional music has developed into an exploration of the connections between Scots and Gaelic song, combining this with tunes from Scotland and Ireland to produce a fresh and vibrant sound.
Lucy Pringle and Chris Wright are two more young musicians. who came to prominence in 2010 when they won a coveted Danny award at Celtic Connections, followed soon after by their debut album The Speaking Heart.
With Lucy’s superb relaxed singing voice and Chris’s careful accompaniment on guitar and bazouki, this received glowing reviews. It was named album of the week on Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk programme, and became one of Scotsman writer Jim Gilchrist’s albums of the year.
Completing the line-up, Linties are a trio who formed from a Scots music group class in Edinburgh, and arrange lovely harmonies for a rich and varied repertoire of atmospheric, earthy and humorous songs. Their second album, Frae the Forth, has just been released.
The concert is at Innerleithen Memorial Hall on August 19, starting at 6:30pm, tickets cost £10 and are on sale at Scotlight in Innerleithen, the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, and online at the festival web site www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org
More information is available from the website or by calling 01721 729949.
In conjunction with the festival, TheSouthern is offering two tickets to the Traditional Singers concert on August 19. Just tell us, which band was Barbara Dymock a founder member of? Answers on a postcard to Innerleithen Festival competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA by Thursday, August 9.