With only just over a week to go, now is the time to make sure you get your tickets to the biggest festival of its type in the Scottish Borders.
In this, the 14th year, the organisers of the Innerleithen Music Festival are delighted with the line up – a real mix of Scottish and international acts from as far away as Norway and Canada.
Rachel Sermanni from the small Highland town of Carrbridge will share the Saturday stage with one of Canada’s folk supergroups, the Barra MacNeils. With their multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies and top drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments, they bring family entertainment at it highest level.
Twenty-four-year-old singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni has been touring since the age of 18, to places as far afield and diverse as Australia, India and the Yukon where she recorded a live album 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Appearing on a flagship Hogmanay show a few years ago she has been topping the bill at concerts halls and music festivals ever since.
On Saturday afternoon, Scots-Norwegian quartet Boreas will captivate with their passion for new and experimental forms of traditional music creating a unique expression based on Norwegian and Scottish folk music.
Robin Dempsey, the publicity organiser for the festival says: “It is highly unlikely that we will ever be able to get The Barra MacNeils back in this country at the time of our festival so this may very well be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear such a band in such an intimate setting. These guys usually play to audiences of thousands!”
Tickets for the Innerleithen Music Festival which runs from Friday 19 to Sunday August 21 August can be obtained online at www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org, as well as from the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, on 01721 725777 or at Scotlight on Innerleithen High Street.