the Land, the Light, the Locals 2013-14
the Land, the Light, the Locals 2012-13
Pictures from the 2012-13 events are available here
Hello again from the heart of the beautiful Scottish Border countryside, where preparations are well under way for our fifteenth annual Hogmanay Festival. Every year people go away saying that this one was the best yet, so we’re pulling out all the stops to keep up that tradition.
Once more we are receiving enquiries from far and near, and I’m delighted to say that a chance meeting with some Norwegian music fans on the Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey a few years back has led to twelve of them coming over the North Sea to join us this time. Denholm already has strong links with Norway via Bill and Lena Woodcock and the Harbour Band from Stavanger, so we locals know what to expect - the Vikings are coming!
The following day sees the start of our hugely popular traditional music sessions, and this time we have added a very special new venue to our programme. Two of our main festival stalwarts, SHANKEND MAC and TOMMY ROSEBURGH, now own the Gordon Arms Hotel in the Yarrow Valley. Tommy has moved his studio there, and the partnership are transforming the hotel into a major centre for traditional music, so where better to hold our opening session, and who knows, maybe some of you will return as guests at other times of the year where you’ll always find a warm and friendly welcome and no doubt a couple of tunes in the bar!
Later that evening you will be invited to join the regulars at HAWICK SINGS, where you’ll be amazed by the great diversity of local talent on display, all in the town’s special atmosphere of homespun entertainment.
So that’s it – five unforgettable days and nights of music, dancing and much laughter, a time when old friendships are renewed and new ones begin. We hope you can join us in our beautiful Border home, and I’m sure when you leave you’ll take a little piece of Scotland with you in your hearts!
Images from previous events are still available
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