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Programme of events

Friday 1st

- Opening Concert 7.30-11.00 pm, featuring Breabach, with Jenny Biddle as support.

Saturday 2nd

- Concert 7.30-11.00 pm, featuring Northern Company and Tom McConville & Andy Watt

- workshops on singing, guitar, fiddle and accompaniment SEE BELOW for times and venues

- free lunchtime Borders showcase concert 12.00-14.00

Sunday 3rd

- farewell session/singaround, 12.00-16.00



Friday night concert, 1st September

The opening concert is held in the Old Parish Kirk, The Knowes, Kelso and features the fabulous Breabach. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 7.30.


Breabach were voted ‘Folk Band of the Year’ and ‘Album of Year’ at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards and nominated for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards this year. What better way to kick start the weekend with one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands. Breabach unite the talents of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes / whistles /bouzouki / vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes / flute /whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle /vocals / stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). Be prepared for an unforgettable evening of Scottish traditional music with a modern twist.


Kicking off the evening we have Jenny Biddle. Hailing from Melbourne but now based in Scotland, Jenny plays a feisty guitar, gets that blues harmonica squawking, soothes your soul with her haunting poignant lyrics, ingenious cover versions, empathetic original songs, and endearing personality. With five albums under her belt and a sixth on its way, this engaging songstress is a powerhouse of talent.


Saturday night concert, 2nd September

Our second ticketed concert is held in the Old Parish Kirk, The Knowes, Kelso and features two award winning acts. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 7.30.

Northern Company are a five-piece Folk group that formed in 2015 and are the 2016 winners of the Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award. Combining Folk, Bluegrass, Classical and Jazz influences, they bring a fresh feel to contemporary and traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles and beyond, on melodeon, fiddle, guitar, piano and bodhran. They formed in 2015 with a line-up that comes from the north of England and the Scottish Borders, including local grown talents Scott Turnbull and Eryn Rae.



Tom McConville and Andy Watt. Tom was BBC Folk Musician of The Year in 2012 and is a brilliant fiddler and great singer. The hornpipes of James Hill were amongst his first influences and 50 years on, Tom is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on Hill’s music. Tom is accompanied tonight by guitarist Andy Watt, one of the star pupils of guitar maestro Chris Newman. Entertainment, virtuoso playing great rapport with an audience and sheer enjoyment are all in plentiful supply.


Saturday lunchtime concert, 2nd September, Kelso Old Parish Church, 12 - 2 pm

A free lunchtime concert. Bring your own drink and sandwich and enjoy a varied programme of music and song showcasing Borders-based musicians/singers and ensembles. Featured artists are:
Blackthorn Ceilidh Band
Geoff Ross & Cindy Sturrit
Martin & Liz Marroni
Dougie Downie & Bee
Ron Hastings
Dave Mullen & Pete Gillespie
David Kilpatrick & Allan Connochie
Clare Watson Workshop Singers



During the day on Saturday 2nd, there will be an opportunity to take part in workshops aimed at developing your confidence and skills. These are held in the Abbey Row community centre. Prebooking is essential and places are limited. To book your place please email KFLMC@live.co.uk by no later than the 31st August. We will be running the following workshops....


Mixed Instrument (Michael Biggins) - 3.30-4.30 pm
Led by Michael Biggins, this workshop is suitable for all types of instruments and will focus on folk tunes and different ways of accompanying them. The workshop will be taught by ear but music will also be provided.

DADGAD Guitar (Niamh Boadle) 2.30-3.30 pm
This workshop is for guitarists interested in the popular tuning of DADGAD. Niamh will discuss uses of the tuning as well as basic chords and tricks. For those keen to go further, Niamh will have a tune which can be explored in depth, employing the guitar for melody and accompanying purposes using DADGAD.

Traditional Scottish Fiddle (Eryn Rae) 2.30-3.30 pm
In the workshop, Eryn will teach tunes, by ear, from traditional Scottish collections and composers such as James Scott Skinner, and thereafter focus closely on bowing techniques and ornaments that are specific to the Scottish style. Suitable for intermediate/advanced players that are interested in learning about the Scottish style.

A cappella singing (Clare Watson) 10.30-12.00 am
A fun and relaxed a cappella singing session for all abilities. There is no need to read music as all songs are taught by ear. We will learn short folk songs and harmonies with the opportunity to perform to an audience after the session.
Minimum number: 8 to 10


Sessions, open mics, singarounds

Friday 1st,

Open mic at the Cobbles; 11 pm 'til late

Saturday afternoon

'Jigs reels and polkas' tunes session; Black Swan Hotel (upstairs function room),7, Horsemarket (off town square) [CHANGE OF VENUE], 2.30-5 pm

Singaround, Queens Head Inn, 2.30-5 pm

Singaround, Rutherfords Micropub, 2.30-5 pm

Open mic at the Cobbles; 11 pm 'til late

Sunday 3rd

Farewell session/singaround in the Cross Keys; 12-4 pm

Please note that the town centre will be closed to traffic on the Sunday, and parking around the town will be very restricted (there will be plenty of parking at Springwood Park on the outskirts of the town).