Organisers of The Land The Light The Locals festival have confirmed a packed programme of concerts, sessions and the Hogmanay ceilidh which takes centre stage.
The festival begins on Monday, December 29 with the main concert in Denholm Village Hall featuring one of the UK’s top acts, The New Rope String Band. Their combination of excellent musicianship and side-splitting humour make them one of the most entertaining bands around, and people are still talking about their last visit here in 2012.
The following day the first traditional music session will be held at The Gordon Arms Hotel in the Yarrow Valley, while the evening event is a special Hawick Sings concert in the town’s Burns Club, where money will be raised for local charities.
On Auld Year’s Day the venue for the afternoon session is the Royal Hotel in Jedburgh.
This is followed in the evening by the Hogmanay Ceilidh through the bells at Denholm Primary School, with music provided by the very popular Blackthorne Ceilidh Band.
On New Year’s Day there is a walk organised for those needing to blow away the cobwebs.
Then it’s off to Ashkirk Village Hall in the company of Selkirk’s own John Nichol and Hilary Bell who will be hosting a Herds’ Supper in their own very entertaining way.
The day is finished off by a session in The Fox and Hounds Inn at Denholm.
The final day sees the farewell session held in the Denholm Meet, with a survivors’ concert by local favourites Real Time featuring Eilidh Grant in The George and Abbotsford Hotel at Melrose rounding off this five day event.
Full details of the festival can be obtained by visiting www.thelandthelightthelocals.com, or by calling 01450 870664.
Tickets for the ceilidh are also available online at www.borderevents.com/boxoffice