Newcastleton Festival Weekend :)


27 Jun 18
by Nathon Jones

Luke Daniels

The 49th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival takes place this weekend over the 29th, 30th June and 1st July and it's a packed programme of dancing, workshops, competitions, tune and song sessions all weekend in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Don't miss it!

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival was first held in 1970, growing out of the local Accordion and Fiddle Club that met in the Commercial Hotel (now the Liddesdale Hotel). From that initial one day event it has grown to become the most welcoming and family friendly traditional music festival in Scotland.

Over the years there have been a range of competitions, but always based around accordion, fiddle and traditional singing. As fashions change, so has the popularity of various classes, but the core competitions are still going strong, and a fantastic love for the interest shown in the children’s classes.

Concerts, ceilidhs, sessions, singarounds, and workshops add to the competitions to offer the festival goer plenty of choice, and of course the wonderful Copshaw Common Riding runs parallel to the festival as well – a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed!

Have a browse through the Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival website by clicking the button below to see what is on offer, but the best way to really learn what Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival is all about is to come along!

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival Website

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