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LLL 2017-18 Newsletter

the Land, the Light, the Locals 2017-18

Main Concert for LLL - 29th Dec, Denholm Hall - "CHRIS WHILE AND JULIE MATTHEWS"


Hello again from Denholm in the heart of the Scottish Borders countryside. It's hard to believe that we are now starting to organise the twentieth LLL festival - how time flies when you are enjoying yourself! A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes, but one advantage of being the festival director is that I get to invite my favourite artists every year!

As this is such a special anniversary we are kicking off the festival with my top act from across the border, CHRIS WHILE AND JULIE MATTHEWS. You may remember they were here at the folk festival in 2013, and I can't think of anyone better to open proceedings this year. Four years ago their concert was sold out, so please get these forms back without delay.
Vin Garbutt
Chris While (VOCALS, GUITAR, BANJO, DULCIMER, BODHRAN AND PERCUSSION) & Julie Matthews (VOCALS, PIANO, GUITAR, MANDOLIN AND BOUZOUKI) are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. They have been hailed the best and most hard working acoustic duo on the folk roots scene. Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Their songs are covered by many revered singers the world over but it is While & Matthews' musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life.
As performers they are unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.
The following day we have our ever-popular lunchtime traditional music session in the Horse and Hounds, Bonchester Bridge, then in the evening a host of local talent will be on display at HAWICK SINGS in the town's Burns Club.

We Borderers call 31st December Auld Year's Night, and after our session in the Royal Hotel Jedburgh we move onto our showcase event the HOGMANAY CEILIDH. This is a full ceilidh dance through the bells in Denholm School, with the BLACKTHORNE CEILIDH BAND providing the music and some guidance for newcomers to traditional Scottish dancing.

On New Year's Day we go on our "blow away the cobwebs" walk, followed by a traditional HERDS' SUPPER hosted by the hilarious JOHN NICHOL and HILARY BELL in Ashkirk village hall. This will be followed up with an evening session in the Cross Keys in Denholm.

Our farewell session on 2nd January is in DENHOLM MEET, and finally our survivors' concert features local favourites REAL TIME in the George and Abbotsford hotel in Melrose. We hope to see you at some or all of these events, and at £55 for a full festival ticket I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new!

Kenny Speirs, Festival Director

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