About the festival

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival was first held in 1970, and grew out of the local Accordion and Fiddle Club that met in the Commercial Hotel (now the Liddesdale Hotel). From that initial one day event has grown the most welcoming and family friendly traditional music festival in Scotland!

Over the years there have been a range of competitions, but always based around accordion, fiddle and traditional singing. As fashions change, so has the popularity of various classes, but the core competitions are still going strong, and we love the interest shown in the children’s classes. For 2020 and 2022 we held a few competitions online, and only time will tell what we do this year!

Concerts, ceilidhs, sessions, singarounds, and workshops add to the competitions to offer the festival-goer plenty of choice, and of course the wonderful Copshaw Common Riding runs parallel to the festival as well – a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed!