Festival is hot ticket for all music lovers

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The thirteenth Innerleithen Music Festival gets officially under way tomorrow (Friday).

It’s the biggest festival of traditional music in the Borders and once more the organisers promise top acts from the world of Celtic music, as well as providing plenty of performance opportunities for local musicians.

Pam Fraser, chair of the organising committee, told The Southern: “We’ve put a lot of work into this year’s festival to maintain the standards set in previous years.

“There’s our headline concerts at the Memorial Hall featuring two fantastic artists with international reputations in the Celtic music world, Eddi Reader and the 2014 “Live Act of the Year” Skipinnish.

“Over at the Vale Club for its weekend-long ‘festival within a festival’, we’ve already booked more than 70 of our most talented local musicians in different genres, with more on the way.

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

One of the highlights this year will be a special performance of “Airs and Gracenotes” in honour of its composer Alison Cameron, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. It will be performed by the students of the Nomad Beat music school that Alison founded.

The organisers say that it’s not just about traditional music – there’s the rock ‘n’ roll session on the Saturday afternoon that was a huge hit in 2014, the Border Boogie Band appear in a fringe event on the Thursday evening, and there’s Americana-leaning acts such as The Bevvy Sisters and Kathy Stewart.

The latest update on tickets is that Eddi Reader’s gig is sold out, but there are still tickets left for all the other events.

They’re on sale at Scotlight in Innerleithen, the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles (phone 01721 725777) and online at the festival web site www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org. They will also be available at the door.

More information is available from the website or by calling 07740 681879.