A SCOTTISH folk legend and an emerging Highland band make up Innerleithen Music Festival’s main Saturday concert - and we have a pair of tickets to win for the headline show.
Dougie MacLean returns to Tweeddale, and according to a leading US magazine, is “a national musical treasure”.
Made famous by the alternative national anthem Caledonia, he now owns an OBE and a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame.
No surprise really, given his concert and festival appearances all over the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and London’s Festival Theatre. MacLean’s songs have been covered by hosts of artists, including Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller and Kathy Mattea.
He told TheSouthern: “It’s great to be returning to the Innerleithen Festival for a solo concert this year.
“I remember really enjoying the audience and the organising group the last time I performed there. I’m totally in support of all the smaller festivals that have emerged in towns and villages throughout Scotland.”
Earlier in the evening, six-piece Manran will entertain the audience. A Gaelic word for melody, Manran use accordion, fiddle, flute and a backline of drum and bass.
The 2011 Scottish Trad Music Awards saw the band win Album of the Year while their lead singer, Norrie MacIver, won Gaelic Singer of the Year.
Festival committee member Robin Dempsey added: “Dougie is no stranger to the festival, with two previous appearances. His performances are always special, and we’re delighted to welcome him back.
“I also think people are going to love the Mànran experience, so we’ve got a superb evening in store. Ticket sales are going really well.”
The concert is at Innerleithen Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 18, starting at 7.15pm, tickets cost £18 and are on sale at Scotlight in Innerleithen, the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, and online at www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org.
More information is available by calling 01721 729949.
To win a pair of tickets, answer this question:
Which award did Mànran win in 2011?
Send your answer, name and address and phone number by email to email@example.com or post to Dougie MacLean/Manran Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA by Thursday, July 26. Usual Southern rules apply.