Gallagher set for Denholm stage as folk festival line-up revealed

Benny Gallagher
Benny Gallagher

The organisers of Denholm Folk Festival have just announced their line-up for this year’s event, the 9th annual festival to be held in the village. Following on from last year’s great success they have been determined to put together a programme designed to attract an even larger audience to the weekend of concerts, competitions, workshops and sessions.

After a welcoming session in the Auld Cross Keys on Thursday, 1st November, the festival gets underway the following evening with a special Scottish singer/songwriters’ concert in the village hall. The opening set will be provided by local favourite Dave Finnie from Hawick, one of the best songwriters from our region. Next up will be Rab Noakes from Fife, an internationally acclaimed artist for over 40 years from his days in the original line-up of Stealers Wheel with Gerry Rafferty to his most famous song “Together Forever” being recorded by Lindisfarne. Rab went on to become Controller of Music for BBC Radio Scotland, and continues to be a major figure in our national musical landscape. To round off the evening there will be a set from one of Scotland’s most successful songwriting exports Benny Gallagher. Apart from finding huge chart success with partner Graham Lyle with songs like “Heart on my Sleeve” and “Breakaway”, he was also a member of McGuiness Flint, contributing “When I’m Dead and Gone” and others to their collection of hits, while “A Heart in New York” was famously covered by the legendary Simon and Garfunkel.

After the Songwriters’ concert the tempo will be raised with the Late Night Extra set, performed by the fantastic Harbour Band, paying a welcome return visit from Stavanger in Norway

Workshops in Guitar, Fiddle and Accordion will be run by the tutors from Merlin Music, and the winner of the Open Mic competition will be given the honour of opening Saturday evening’s concert. Second up will be the Matt Seattle Band, a lively four piece featuring pipes and jazz influenced arrangements, and then top of the bill will be the New Rope String Band. This band has been described as sidesplittingly funny, perhaps the most entertaining folk act around today, with their combination of brilliant musicianship and hilarious stage antics earning them the tag “once seen, never forgotten!”

The ever popular free concert on Sunday afternoon will be held once more in Denholm Church, and sessions will continue throughout the weekend at both pubs, and at Denholm Meet during the daytime

Full details of the festival can be found at For more information and tickets please call 01835 830488 or visit