Bay City star rolls into town

appearing at Innerleithen Music Festival
appearing at Innerleithen Music Festival

TOMORROW night sees a range of quality musicians descend on Innerleithen for their ninth music festival.

And although Saturday night’s headline concert with Barbara Dickson, pictured top of page, is sold out, festival organiser Robin Dempsey is still looking forward to the evening.

He said: “Whilst Barbara will be the name that has attracted most people to the concert, we’ve carefully selected the support acts.

“There is a local flavour with an excellent young duo from Innerleithen – Lauren Knox and Tommy Ashby.

“They are followed by two of the brightest rising stars on the Scottish traditional music scene – Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller – who wowed us with a short but thrilling appearance at the 2009 festival.”

Tickets are still available for the remaining concerts over the weekend, starting with tomorrow’s gig involving a trio of contemporary folk musicians in Heidi Talbot, John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine.

Meanwhile, the Saturday afternoon concert features a Borders folk band with an international reputation, Real Time, plus Canadian singer-songwriter Nathan Rogers, son of the legendary Stan Rogers.

Sunday afternoon sees the Tweeddale Folk Concert with a succession of mainly up-and-coming bands, and a special guest, ex-Bay City Roller, now folk musician, Eric Faulkner.

The festival finishes in mellow fashion with the Traditional Singers concert which aims to showcase Scotland’s heritage of song.

Again, there will be a local flavour with Innerleithen singing group Fisher Lassies and Hawick’s Henry Douglas. The headliner is Sangsters, who Robin Dempsey describes as “one of my favourites”.

The Co-op concerts will run through the weekend in the Vale Club, hosted by known musician Kathy Stewart.

Also on Sunday, the Galashiels-based String Jam Club has its annual away day to Innerleithen, and features many of its regulars performers.

The festival also includes a programme of music workshops, featuring intriguing tuvan throat singing, as well as a historical walk, community market and a presentation by Ian Green, who runs music label Greentrax.

Further details on Innerleithen Music Festival is in the What’s On section or visit www.innerleithenmusic