This year’s The Land The Light The Locals festival programme has just been announced, with the 16th year of the event featuring several performances in Denholm.
Having gone from strength to strength since it was set up by the Scottish Borders Tourist Board with the help of some local musicians, the annual festival returns on Sunday, December 29, with the Emily Smith Band playing Denholm Village Hall. Emily won the 2002 BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and went on to be voted Best Scots Singer at the 2008 Scots Traditional Music Awards.
The Gordon Arms Hotel in the Yarrow Valley is the venue for the free lunchtime session the following day, then in the evening local charity Hawick Sings are the hosts for a concert in the town’s Burns Club.
On December 31, the lunchtime session is in the Royal Hotel, Jedburgh, then the showcase event that evening is the Hogmanay Ceilidh in Denholm School, where revellers can dance through the bells to the Jock Thompson Band.
After a reviving New Year’s Day walk, Ashkirk Hall is holding a traditional Herds’ Supper with hosts John Nichol and Hilary Bell leading the entertainment. Later that evening the session will be in the Fox and Hounds, Denholm.
The final day finds the farewell session in Denholm Meet, and the whole festival ends with the survivors’ concert with Kieran Halpin and Real Time at the George and Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose.
Full details are available on thelandthelightthelocals.co.uk or by calling 870664. Emily Smith and Hogmanay Ceilidh tickets are also available from www.borderevents.com/boxofficeyear