The 2019 programme will be announced in June…

…but for a flavour of the festival, check out our 2018 Programme here…

How the Festival is Organised

The festival programme is coordinated by a committee, but individual events are the responsibility of the wonderful performers / arts organisations / venues concerned, not the committee.  

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.

Art Show at St Ronans Hotel – ‘Contraflow’

We’re delighted that local artists Hazel-Anne Mclean and Lorna Boak will be displaying their work during the festival.

Hazel has shown extensively, mainly in  South Africa, London, Bath & England, before recently returning to her hometown of Peebles.  Hebrides born Lorna is inspired by the draw of the big sky, wide open spaces and ever changing seas of her native islands.

The title ‘Contraflow’ relates to the salmon’s wisdom of catching the strong undercurrents to return to spawn. The River Tweed homes many, and is a symbol of the fertility, resourcefulness and wisdom that we wish to learn.

Thursday 16th August 2018

Art Show open evening – meet the Artists

6:30-8:30pm, St Ronan’s Hotel, Free

Full details above

Music Session

8-11:30pm, Masons Club, Free

As a ‘taster’ for the 2018 festival, musicians and singers from several local music session groups will be combining in this free session.  Open to all.

Friday 17th August 2018

Live & Local

7pm – 1am, Vale Club, Free entry

Click here for the programme.


“Act! Sing! Dance!”

6:30 – 8:15pm, Church of Scotland

A dazzling show of music and dance. Stardust Musical Theatre are delighted to perform numbers from the world of musical theatre. Also sharing the bill, the Fiona Henderson School of Dance perform their annual Senior Summer Dance Camp showcase – a specially choreographed performance which is created from scratch during their week-long dance intensive.

Tickets £12 (under 16 £6). Available at the door and also at

  • Mills


“De Niro’s big birthday bash”

A celebration of the life of Robert De Niro with Live music from 3 great Borders bands – Mills, Morph the Cat, Becc and Forth, plus special guest Dylan Paterson

7 – 10:30pm, Memorial Hall

Tickets £10 – please contact the bands using one of the links below.  Some tickets may be available at the door.

Mills – by email (for Mills Facebook, click here)
Morph the Cat (Facebook)
Becc and Forth (Facebook)
Dylan Paterson (Facebook)

Concert: Lazy Man’s Burden

9 – 10:30pm, Church of Scotland

Lazy Man’s Burden are a 3 piece folk/roots band based in Peebles. A blend of traditional and contemporary influence portrayed through guitar, mandolin and three part harmonies. Since the release of they’re first E.P the band have supported Bella Hardy, played at Celtic Connections, performed in Hendaye, France and at Strathyre Folk Festival and are very happy to be returning to IMF for a second time.

Tickets £5 at the door.  Can be purchased by email, by phone from 0739 997 5109, or at the door.


Music at the St Ronans Hotel (‘Top Pub’)

We welcome to the stage:

7:30-8:15pm Dougie Downie

8:15-9:15pm Mr Wildlife & Mike

9:15-10pm The Mathematician (aka Ken Simpson)

There’ll be an open mic available after the last performer, so if anyone wishes to take the stand they are more than welcome.

Festival Club      (IMF)

9pm – 1am, Union Club, Free entry

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

Saturday 18th August 2018

Live & Local

1pm – 1am, Vale Club, Free entry

Click here for the programme.


  • Nomad Beat

  • Celtic Beat

  • Demon Drummers

Concert: Nomad Beat

2 – 4pm, Church of Scotland

This concert will showcase some of the groups and musicians who play at Nomad Beat Community Music School. Music of many genres will range from our adult Bluegrass group, through traditional music from Celtic Beat, to our youngsters of Banter Beat. The Demon Drummers will make some exciting rhythmical noise and there will be some talented youngsters performing solo pieces too!

Tickets £8 / £6 concessions / £5 under 16s.


Concert: The Derivatives

3 – 5pm, Masons Club

A 2 hour set full of great songs you’ve not heard for years – and some new ones too! Always a great crowd at the Masons.

Free Entry and licensed bar.

  • Fisher Lassies

Concert: Fisher Lassies & Friends

7 – 8:45pm, Union Club

The Fisher Lassies are an a cappella group that has performed widely throughout the Borders and beyond, including two sell-out Fringe shows.  They will host and anchor this event while providing a platform for a number of invited friends.  It promises to be a relaxed, informal and varied evening of music & song – an event not to be missed!

The Fisher Lassies’ Friends are:

Ros, Ron & Jenny Anderson
Russell Clink
Ruth & Nick Flavin
Joan Morrison
Joe Richardson.

Entry by donation.

For more details, email


Concert: InChorus and Traquair Community Choir

7:30 – 9:30pm, Church of Scotland

InChorus from Peebles and Traquair Community Choir join forces in this uplifting and toe-tapping evening that celebrates harmony, singing and song.

Tickets £8 (senior citizens and schoolchildren £5, pre-school free). Available at the door and also at

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 Church of Scotland.

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-Kennedy & Frances Taylor

11:30am – 1pm, Union Club.

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 – no need to book in advance

Music at the St Ronan’s Hotel

(approximate times)

6pm – Redwood Rejects
9pm – Antic Hay

Sparky and the Choir Boys

9:30pm – Tweedside Hotel (‘Middle’ Pub), Free

Singalong with the Tweeddale Folk Group

4:30-5:30pm, Union Club ‘snug’ (off main bar), Free entry

The group 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

9pm – 1am, Union Club, Free entry

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

Singaround, with Susie Kelly

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

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

Sunday 19th August 2018

Live & Local

1 – 8:15pm, Vale Club, Free entry

Click here for the programme.


“Song Spritzer”  with Turas, Home Groan and Gala Water Singers

2 – 4pm, Church of Scotland.

A sparkling mix of traditional, contemporary and Gaelic music with Turas the Borders Gaelic singing group, Home Groan from Queensferry, and Gala Water Singers from Stow. Refreshments.

Tickets £6. Under 16s free accompanied by an adult.  To book call 07914 166285.


Concert: Heart & Soul Swing Band

7 – 8pm, Church of Scotland.

Traditional gospel, spirituals, favourite hymns and original numbers, all played in the big band style. 20 piece band!

Entry by donation to the Church of Scotland HIV Project.


Tweed Valley Cheyne Gang open rehearsal

11:30am – 1pm, Union Club.

Come and experience how singing can help alleviate breathlessness, learn breathing techniques and have fun through singing simple songs together.

£3 donation at the door – no need to book in advance. All proceeds to The Cheyne Gang.

Music at the St Ronans Hotel

(approximate times)

2pm Crazy Men
3pm Clan Blues
4:30pm Ali Whitwell & Co
5:30pm Draculka
6:30pm Fighting Hearts
7pm Cameron Boak

Music Session

3 – 6:30pm, Gordon Arms Hotel, Yarrow valley.   Free entry

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

Closing Music Session

7 – 10pm, Corner House Hotel, Free entry

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