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.

Click here for a simple text only version of the programme that you can print.

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 15th August 2019

Music Session

8-11:30pm, Masons Club, Free

As a ‘taster’ for the 2019 festival, musicians and singers from several local music session groups will be combining in this free session.  Open to all.

Friday 16th August 2019

Live & Local

6pm – 12:30am, Vale Club, Free entry

6.00 – 6.30 – Fin Price
6.45 – 7.15 – Gutterblood
7.30 – 8.00 – Geckohead
8.15 – 8.45 – Sam Mundy
9.00 – 10.00 – The Redwood Rejects
10.15 – 11.15 – The IV Drips
11.30 – 12.30 – Bob’s Boiler Room


St Ronan’s Hotel

5pm – midnight, Free entry
The ‘Top Pub’ has a fantastic programme of bands for the weekend.
5 Redwood Rejects
6:30 Rev Jim
7:30 Dylan Patterson
8:30 Catriona Rose
9 Geckohead
10 Nomads
11 Dirty Betty

Tweedside Hotel

9pm – midnight, Free entry

The ‘Middle Pub’ is putting on a great programme of music over the weekend.  Full details have still to be announced, but on the Friday so far we have:

9.00-11.00 Sparky & The Choirboys

Festival Club      (IMF)

9pm – 1am, Union Club, Free entry

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

Saturday 17th August 2019

Live & Local

1pm – 12:30am, Vale Club, Free entry

1.00 – 1.30 – Lipskin
1.45 – 2.15 – Mr Wildlife
2.30 – 3.00 – Joe Richardson
3.15 – 3.45 – The Scratch Band
4.00 – 4.30 – Antic Hay
4.45 – 5.15 – ToBeConfirmed
5.30 – 6.00 – Bodhran, Bodhran
6.15 – 6.45 – All the Angels
7.00 – 7.30 – The Beejays
7.45 – 8.15 – Rory Spears
8.30 – 9.00 – The Eclectics
9.15 – 9.45 – Gracie Rose and The Dreads
10.00 – 10.45 – The Derivatives
11.00 – 12.30 – Unfinished Business


St Ronan’s Hotel

2pm – midnight, Free entry

The ‘Top Pub’ has a fantastic programme of bands for the weekend.

2 Fiona Laing
3 Baith Sides o’ the Tweed
4 Hector Browns
5 The BJs
6 Bob’s Boiler Room
7 Mark Corbett
8 Aberlady Moonshine Orchestra
9 Antic Hay
10 Venlaw
11 Smoking Jeffreys

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.

Tweedside Hotel

5-7pm Rory Speirs

Concert: Matt Seattle & Donald Knox

7 – 8pm, Church of Scotland
Matt Seattle (Border pipes)
Donald Knox (guitar, vocal)
~ Border music from five centuries ~

£7.50 at the door.

Concert: Tommy Ashby

9 – 10:15pm, Church of Scotland

Tommy Ashby’s background is a rather unusual one for a singer-songwriter. Awarded a PhD in the perception of sound before most of us have grown out of daily midday lie-ins, Tommy manages to blend a technical understanding of the way our brain processes sound with the indisputable pure creative energy of someone who grew up writing and playing music in the wilds of Scotland.

£8 at the door.

“His ability to craft songs which effortlessly intertwine fresh, innovative production with classic folk and blues influences is simply unparalleled.” Atwood Magazine

“Wonderfully fresh songwriting, it glistens with energy while searching towards something personal” Clash

“A richly nuanced affair that’s built around a steadily mounting wash of rich guitars, laying the foundation for Ashby’s effortlessly emotive vocal.” Louder Than War

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Dance Classes, with Fiona Henderson School of Dance

Church of Scotland

9:30-10:25am Beginners Ballet Dance
10:30-11:25am Line Dancing

£6 per class, no need to book.

“No previous experience required – come along and have some fun”

The Fiona Henderson School of Dance, based in Peebles, is the largest dance school in the Scottish Borders.  More details here.

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 enjoy the uplifting experience of group singing In a friendly environment – no previous experience necessary.

Age 14 and over please.
£7 – tickets at the door – no need to book in advance

“Stickleback Stompers” with special guest Sam Mundy, followed by open session

12 – 3pm, Corner House Hotel.


Belly Dance – display & workshop

1:30pm, Union Club.

1:30 – 2:30pm Workshop – Tribal belly dance with a bit of Bollywood. Jingly belts will be provided unless you have your own!
£4 – tickets at the door – no need to book in advance

2:45 – 3:15pm Display – free to watch

3:15 – 4pm Workshop participants’ dance / free dance

For more details, contact Mary on 07985 778618.

Fun Introduction Workshop to the Ukulele, by EUC Earlston Ukulele Club

2 – 3pm, Church of Scotland, Free entry

Come along all ages and find out why the Ukulele makes you want to play it, sing and have fun with friends new and new.

Just bring energy and a smile !

Concert: The Taylor Family & Friends

4 – 5:15pm, Church of Scotland.

The concert will consist of a selection of songs and various instrumental pieces from
pianists, violinists and a clarinettist. In addition to members of the Taylor family, some members of InChorus will also be performing.

Collection at close of concert in aid of Church Funds at Innerleithen Traquair and Walkerburn Parish Church.

Singalong with the Tweeddale Folk Group

6-7pm, 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, hosted by 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 18th August 2019

Live & Local

1 – 7:15pm, Vale Club, Free entry

1.00 – 1.30 – AllWillBeRevealed
1.45 – 2.15 – Bight
2.30 – 3.00 – Bill Harvey and Stuart Henry
3.15 – 3.45 – The Mighty Joes
4.00 – 4.30 – Cameron Boak
4.45 – 5.15 – Alice
5.30 – 6.00 – Noble Mischief
6.15 – 7.15 – Sparky and The Choirboys


St Ronan’s Hotel

1:30 – 11pm, Free entry

The ‘Top Pub’ has a fantastic programme of bands for the weekend.

1:30 Carl Taggart
2 Ali and Gus
2:45 Ken Simpson
3:30 Butter
4:15 Captain Hornswoggle
5:15 All the Angels
6 Woodshed Bothy Band
6:45 Morvern House Mafia
7:30 Alex Orr
8:15 Martina Cannon Ball
9 Jenny Biddle
10 Redwood Rejects

Concert: Christine Kydd, Turas & Folksters

2:30 – 4:30pm, Church of Scotland.

Tickets £8, from 07914 166285 or at the door

Christine Kydd, ‘a glorious singer and great fun’ (Penicuik Folk Club) returns to the Borders, fresh from sell-out performances in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Traditional and contemporary songs including from her latest album ‘Shift and Change.’ With Folksters and Turas, the Borders Gaelic Singing Group.

‘Christine has been at the heart of some of my favourite folky albums of the past twenty years or so.’ Karine Polwart

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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 !