the Land, the Light, the Locals 2016-17

Main Concert for LLL - 29th Dec, Denholm Hall - "Vin Garbutt"

Vin Garbutt Chances are you've met Vin at an event on the folk music circuit.
He is one of the most sought-after and best-loved performers on the music scene today.

Vin Garbutt's songwriting is witty and powerful with a clear social conscience. A distinctive singer, an accomplished guitarist and fine whistle player.

Vin has been performing nationally and internationally, non-stop, since 1969. His songs always remain fresh and vibrant, and his repertoire is always changing.

Vin is genuinely funny and his quirky observations of life are always very much part of the act, delighting audiences everywhere.


LLL 2016-17 Newsletter

Despite the fact that we have had one of our wettest summers (even by Scottish standards!), we Borderers just love living here amongst our wonderful hills and valleys. We also love to welcome visitors to our region - most of them quickly realise why we sing so many songs about it. Besides, it never rains in the pub! Now is the time when our thoughts turn to our biggest annual celebration, Hogmanay. After all, the Scots invented it! This year the 19th LLL festival will be held as usual in the heart of the Border countryside featuring our unique blend of concerts, music sessions, walks and a ceilidh dance.

Everything kicks off on Thursday, 29th December with our main concert in Denholm Village Hall, AN EVENING WITH VIN GARBUT, supported by a young 16 year old girl from Hawick - Brodie Murray.

The following day our first TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION will take place at The Horse and Hounds, Bonchester Bridge. These informal gatherings are hugely popular with locals and visitors alike, always with a special atmosphere and a warm welcome for everyone. Later that evening the focus switches to Hawick, where a wide variety of local talent will be on display at HAWICK SINGS.

The year ends on Auld Year’s Night, as we call it here, and our lunchtime session will be at the Royal Hotel, Jedburgh. Then we head for our showcase event, the HOGMANAY CEILIDH, where you can dance and party through the bells in Denholm School to the sounds of THE BLACKTHORNE CEILIDH BAND. The following day we have our NEW YEAR’S DAY WALK, which should blow away any cobwebs while walking through some stunning scenery. Your reward is a traditional HERD’S SUPPER at Ashkirk Village Hall with hosts JOHN NICHOL and HILARY BELL, which many people think is the most hilarious and entertaining part of the whole festival.

Our final day starts with the farewell session at DENHOLM MEET and ends with the survivors’ concert in The George and Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose featuring local favourites REAL TIME.

We are pleased to continue to keep our prices as low as possible, with a full festival ticket coming in at only £55, so please book early as all our venues are small and intimate. That’s what makes this event so special - it really is the friendliest wee festival around!

Kenny Speirs

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