A snapshot of events

Rothbury Music Festival'Fergie Macdonald
Rothbury Music Festival'Fergie Macdonald

Festival-goers are gearing up for a weekend of music, dance and more at Rothbury.

Now in its 77th year, the village’s traditional music festival starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday.

With a host of acts throughout the weekend, the event is set to be even better than in previous years.

And this year The Ceilidh King, Fergie MacDonald, will be headlining.

He was due to appear at a previous festival, but was unable to do so in the end.

The Fergie MacDonald band will start the festival off in style with a ceilidh in the Jubilee Hall on the Friday night.

On Saturday, he will present My Life in Music in the same venue to give people an insight into his musical career and his background.

And in the evening he will be at the non-dancing ceilidh in the Mart alongside Dan Walsh, Christi Andropolis and Alistair Anderson, VoiceMale, Alistair Russell and Chris Parkinson and more.

At 1pm on Saturday, the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band will parade before entertainment starts on-stage in the centre of the village.

There will also be craft stalls, face painting, storytellers and other events taking place.

Also on Saturday, there will be a number of children’s music and poetry competitions at Rothbury First School with a best local prize awarded for each competition as well as open competitions at the Jubilee Hall, first school, All Saint’s Church, the Congregational Gallery and on the outdoor stage.

And the children’s band, Keep Calm and Ceilidh On, which is sponsored by the festival committee, will be on stage on Saturday along with other festival regulars and locals.

On Sunday, the ‘festival survivors band’ hosts the final fling with music and dancing from 11am while there is also a stalwarts and survivors session at the Queen’s Head from 12.30pm.

Chairman of the music festival committee, Barry Chalk, said: “This year promises to be another notable festival with a fantastic line-up of acts and artists; as well as the usual street performers, entertainers, parades and competitions.”

For a full run-down of events see the festival programme or visit the website at www.roth burymusicfestival.co.uk