Welcome to our 2017 Programme

For 2017, the festival has evolved from consisting mostly of events organised by the festival committee to one where various local performers and arts organisations take responsibility for their own shows, with the committee simply co-ordinating the programme.  The events marked with IMF are the exception, and the committee is responsible for these.
Check the Info page for a map of the venues and for postcodes for your satnav.

All Weekend

2-for-1 admission at Robert Smail’s Printing Works for festival ticket holders

Innerleithen’s historic Printing Works will be conducting guided tours of the works from 11am (1pm on Sunday) – 5pm (abridged tours in operation after 4pm so please allow 1.5hrs if you would like a chance to sit the first day of your apprenticeship). Smail’s is just 2 minutes walk from the Memorial Hall. For more info, visit their website or contact the Works on 0844 493 2259.

Thursday 17th August 2017

Music Session

8 – 11:30pm, Masons Club, Free

As a ‘taster’ for the festival, musicians and singers from several local music session groups will be combining in this free session.   Open to all so bring along your instruments, voices, knitting or even just your eyes and ears to be part of local music at its roots.

Friday 18th August 2017

Live & Local        (IMF)

4pm – 1am, Vale Club, Free entry

8 acts booked so far, including at 9:15pm the lovely Jenny Biddle, all the way from Melbourne, via the Scottish Borders.    Click here for the running order.

Stardust Musical Theatre Company

6:30 – 7:15pm, Innerleithen Parish Church

Join our Junior and Intermediate pupils as they take you on a musical journey through Wonderland. Then follow our Senior pupils as they Reach for the Stars!

Tickets £10 (under 16 £5).

Duo Package deal  – FHSD Summer Dance Intensive AND Stardust Musical Theatre – £15 (under 16 £7.50)

Available at the door and also at www.stagestubs.com

FHSD Summer Dance Intensive

8 – 8:45pm, Innerleithen Parish Church

A one-off performance by the Senior Pupils from the Fiona Henderson School of Dance showcasing their work created at their week-long summer school

Tickets £10 (under 16 £5).

Duo Package deal  – FHSD Summer Dance Intensive AND Stardust Musical Theatre – £15 (under 16 £7.50)

Available at the door and also at www.stagestubs.com

Mr Wildlife

7:30pm – 9pm, St Ronan’s Hotel, Free entry
A good ole rockabilly set !

Festival Club      (IMF)

10pm – 1am, Union Club, Free entry

Enjoy the atmosphere of the informal sessions at our late night club.

Saturday 19th August 2017

Live & Local    (IMF)

1pm – 1am, Vale Club, Free entry

13 acts booked, including, at 10pm, the fantastic Dirty Beggars.   Click here for the running order.

  • Fisher Lassies

  • Matt Seattle & Donald Knox

    Photograph by Michael A. Fitch © All rights reserved

Celebrating Traditional Borders Music and Song

2 – 4pm, Innerleithen Parish Church
~ A Concert with ~


The well-established a cappella group who have performed widely throughout the Borders and beyond, including two sell-out Fringe shows

~  complemented by ~

MATT SEATTLE (Border pipes) & DONALD KNOX (guitar)

….showcasing Scotland’s “other” virtuoso piping tradition!

Tickets £8 (under 16, £5), at the door, or phone 01721 729949 to reserve.





  • Nomad Beat

‘Trad: Young Roots’

Concert of traditional Scottish song and music with Siobhan Miller, Iona Fyfe, Sally Simpson,  Calum Morrison and Nomad Beat   (IMF)

7:30 – 10:15pm, Innerleithen Parish Church

in association with Traditional Music Forum and Nomad Beat music school.

A superb evening of entertainment from the younger generation, combining the talents of local musicians from the Nomad Beat music school in Peebles with professional young musicians, all graduates in traditional music from the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, and headlined by Siobhan Miller from Penicuik, twice winner of the Scots Singer of the Year at the Trad Music Awards.

In the runup to the concert, Iona, Sally and Calum will be working with groups of local young musicians in a series of workshops, culminating in joint performances at the concert.

More information about this exciting concert here.

Tickets £10 (under 16s £5), at the door or online.

St Ronans Silver Band Coffee Morning

9:30am – 12:30pm, Vale Club

Breakfast rolls, coffee, tea, stalls and live music from our award winning town band.

Historical Walk

10am – 12noon.
Meet outside the Parish Church.

A relaxing walk around Innerleithen to places of local and historic interest led by members of Innerleithen Community Trust. Free but donations to the Trust welcome.

Singing Workshop with Kathy Stewart  & Anne Ritchie (IMF)

10:30am – 12noon, Parish Church.

Come and sing with experienced workshop tutors singing songs from many genres – African tribal, Scottish, Americana. Singing is so good for you on many levels – the endorphin released can give you a real buzz but more than that – it’s fun!

Age 14 and over please.

£7 – tickets at the door, or email to reserve a place

‘The Ghost of Tommy Atkins’

12noon – 1:30pm, Union Club
A play by Lawrence Nelson

Two Lancashire lads enlist to fight for their country…. only one returns home but they still meet once a year.

` O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play. `

Tickets £9 (£6 for over 60s, members of Royal British Legion and ex-service personnel).  At the door, online, plus other outlets to be announced.  Only full price tickets will be available online.

More information here.

Sorry, not suitable for those under 16 years of age.   All net proceeds will be donated to Peebles Royal British Legion.

Busking Competition

1:30 – 2:30pm, Innerleithen High Street

Register from 1pm at Charity shop at 15 High Street to get your pitch – all ages welcome! Judging at 2pm. If the weather is not looking good, please contact Robin on 0774 068 1879 for update.
Sponsored by Innerleithen Community Trust.

‘Galoshins’ with the Meadows Mummers

1:30 – 1:50pm, outside Parish Church

The all-female mummers group from Edinburgh do their own variant of the ancient Scottish “Galoshins” play. It is played for laughs and with snatches of music thrown in for each character/situation!

Come early for the afternoon concert and enjoy this old tradition !   More information about the group here.

‘Come and Try Banjo’, with Jordan Kay

2 – 3:30pm, Union Club, Free

Come and try the 5 string banjo!  A complete intro to the exciting world of the 5 string banjo led by local banjo teacher Jordan Kay (endorsed by Chattan Luthiery).   There will be a few banjos available to try if you don’t have your own instrument. Euan Cattanach from Chattan Luthiery will be on hand to answer any technical questions about care and maintenance.

Open Stage

4 – 6pm, St Andrew’s Church, Leithen Road, Free entry (donations encouraged !)

(just up Leithen Road, 100 yards past the Memorial Hall)

An opportunity for musicians, singers and  poets to offer up to ten minutes of family-friendly entertainment. Refreshments available – all welcome.

Sing-along with the Tweeddale Singers

6pm – 7:30am, Venue Union Club ‘snug’ (off main bar), Free entry

The Singers will be doing a selection of popular songs for people to join in with a singsong and they will supply the words. No talent required!

Festival Club

10pm – 1am, Union Club, Free entry

Enjoy the atmosphere of the informal sessions at our late night club.

Singaround, hosted by Susie Kelly.

10:30pm – 1am, Venue Union Club ‘snug’ (off main bar), Free entry

Bring your voice and join in, or just listen.  Open to all!

Sunday 20th August 2017

Live & Local      (IMF)

1 – 8:30 pm, Vale Club, Free entry

7 acts booked so far – click here for the running order.

Final of TuneUp Competition   (IMF)

2 – 6:30 pm, Union Club, Free entry

Innerleithen Music Festival is proud to be launching its first ever Tune Up music competition. The competition aims to promote music in the Scottish Borders through inviting entries from young musicians and Scottish bands from the local area and beyond. The finalists will have the opportunity to record their own five track album, win a valuable cash prize.

Congratulations to the 5 acts that made it through to the final – here’s the running order:

Under 16
Cameron Boak
Taming the Troll

16 and over

Martin Place

Song Sensation

2:30 – 4:30pm, St James Catholic Church.   Doors open 2:15.

An exciting mix of folk, traditional and choral singing with Home Groan from Queensferry, Turas the Borders Gaelic singing group and Traquair Community Choir.  Refreshments.

Tickets £6 (under 16s free if accompanied by an adult).  At the door, or call 07914 166285 to reserve.

Reverend Jim in Concert

6:30pm, St. Andrews  Church, Leithen Road

An opportunity to hear songs from Jim’s new album, plus the odd (very odd) cover.

As well as being the local Episcopalian minister, Jim Benton-Evans is also a singer-songwriter and ukulele player.  A regular on the Edinburgh music circuit, Jim’s album, “What Is It That We Are Part Of, What Is It That We Are” was released earlier this year.  He’ll be playing songs from it, as well as some of his favourite songs and will be joined by one or two very special guests.

£5 (under 16, £2), at the door

Church Service

10:30am, Parish Church, Leithen Road

Including short performance from a festival singer

Music at the St Ronans Hotel

3 – 9pm, St Ronans Hotel, High Street.   Free entry

Hosted by Lazy Man’s Burden and Sam Mundy.

3pm The Duke of Norfolk
4pm Sinners & Smoke
5pm The Dirty Beggars
6pm Andrew Squig Souness
7pm Jenny Biddle
8pm Lazy Man’s Burden

Music Session

3 – 6pm, Gordon Arms Hotel, Yarrow valley.   Free entry

Head across to the famous Gordon Arms in the lovely Yarrow valley, for its regular monthly session.

Sparky & The Choir Boys at the Tweedside Hotel

4pm, Tweedside Hotel, High Street.   Free entry

Closing Music Session (IMF)

7 – 11pm, Corner House Hotel, Free entry

Join the festival committee and friends for a relaxing, song- and music-filled end to the festival !