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.

Friday 18th August 2017

Live & Local        (IMF)

6pm – 1am, Vale Club, Free entry

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 £10)

Available at the door and also at Stagestubs

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 £10)

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

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

  • 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!

£8 (under 16, £5)

  • Nomad Beat

Traditional Music Concert with Nomad Beat & Guests        (IMF)

in association with Trad Music Forum

7:30 – 10pm, Innerleithen Parish Church

Full details to be announced

St Ronans Silver Band Breakfast and Coffee Morning

9am – 1pm, Vale Club

Bacon 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.

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

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.

‘The Ghost of Tommy Atkins’

12noon – 1:30pm, Union Club
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. `

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

More information here.

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.

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.

Festival Club

10pm – 1am, Union Club, Free entry

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

Sunday 20th August 2017

Live & Local      (IMF)

1 – 8:15pm, Vale Club, Free entry

Final of TuneUp Competition   (IMF)

2 – 6 pm, Union Club

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 and have the chance to play at the Tune Up final on Sunday 20 August as part of Innerleithen Music Festival – MusicHub17!

Ticket prices TBC

Song Sensation

2:30 – 4pm, 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.

Ticket arrangements TBC

Reverend Jim in Concert

6:30pm, St. Andrews  Church, Leithen Road
£5 (under 16, £2)

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 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.

Church Service

11:30am, Parish Church, Leithen Road

Including short performance from a festival singer