Hello again from Denholm in the heart of the Scottish Borders countryside.
It's hard to believe that we are now starting to organise the Twenty First LLL festival - how time flies when you are enjoying yourself!
A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes, but one advantage of being the festival director is that I get to invite my favourite artists every year!
We are kicking off the festival with one of my favourite bands. Other Roads, featuring Gregor Borland from Edinburgh, Pete Abbot and Dave Warmsley all previously of John Wright's band.
The following day we have our ever-popular lunchtime traditional music session in the Pickled Orange Hawick,
then in the evening a host of local talent will be on display at HAWICK SINGS in the town's Burns Club.
We Borderers call 31st December Auld Year's Night, and after our session in the Exchange Bar Hawick we move onto our showcase event the HOGMANAY CEILIDH.
This is a full ceilidh dance through the bells in Denholm Village Hall, with the BLACKTHORNE CEILIDH BAND providing the music and some guidance
for newcomers to traditional Scottish dancing.
On New Year's Day we go on our "blow away the cobwebs" walk, followed by a traditional HERDS' SUPPER
hosted by the hilarious JOHN NICHOL and HILARY BELL in Ashkirk village hall.
This will be followed up with an evening session in the Cross Keys in Denholm.
Our farewell session on 2nd January is in the Cross Keys Denholm,
and finally our survivors' concert features local favourites REAL TIME in the George and Abbotsford hotel in Melrose.
We hope to see you at some or all of these events, and at £55 for a full festival ticket
I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new!