AN abundance of musical talent will arrive in Dunbar this month for the 23rd Belhaven Best Dunbar Traditional Music Festival.
More than 30 gigs - the majority of which are free - will take place in 16 venues on September 23-25. Events kick off on Friday, September 23, with a Scottish evening in the Hillside Hotel, hosted by Robin Hamilton.
The evening also sees the return of a number of favourites from previous festivals, including Hughes and McQuade (the Eagle Inn), Slainte M’hath (the Masons Arms), The Mighty Fine Pair (the Volunteer Arms), Sandy Legget and the Herber Mooths (Dunbar Golf Club) and Blue Belly (West Barns Inn), all playing 8.30pm to 11.30pm.
Completing Friday’s line-up are a number of new artists including Edinburgh singer/songwriter Rosie Nimmo, playing at the Bayswell Hotel; and Stevie Lawrence and Fiona Cuthill, both members of the popular Rallion, who perform at the Royal Mackintosh Hotel.
Saturday’s programme gets under way with a children’s workshop by Joanna Cockburn at Dunbar Parish Church hall (1.30pm) followed by the Hillside accordion afternoon with Ewan Galloway and friends at 2pm.
At the same time, Diplomats of Jazz strike up by the old Post Office on High Street; Dunbar Bowling Club hosts an acoustic folk ceilidh; Guy Heath plays at the Volunteer Arms; and newcomer Christine Bovill sings at the Royal Mackintosh Hotel.
Dunbar Royal British Legion Pipe Band performs on High Street between 3pm and 3.20pm, while Eyemouth-based The Podlies are in concert with John Leslie’s accordion pupils at Dunbar Parish Church hall, 3.15pm-5pm.
Saturday night sees the ever-popular Fish Supper Ceilidh at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre in conjunction with East Lothian Council, with the chance to sample some local fresh produce and then dance it off to Sandy Legget and the All Star Ceilidh Band.
This is the festival’s only ticketed event, costing £8 (£6 concessions).
Further Saturday performances include a special performance by Delta Folk - dedicated to late festival committee member Iain Cadell.
Sunday starts at the Hillside Hotel at 12.30pm with Sandy Legget, and from 2pm there is an acoustic and open-mic session at Dunbar Bowling Club.
Alex Hodgson appears at the Royal Mackintosh (2pm) and Yard of Ale provide a family concert at the Rossborough Hotel.
At The Rocks, Guy Heath performs, followed by Alan Pratt and the Blues Council, while Slainte M’hath are at the Volunteer Arms from 2pm.
The festival culminates in two events on Sunday, both at 8pm: a concert at the West Barns Inn with West Barns Accordion and Fiddle Club; and Christine Bovill singing at The Rocks.