Week 2 – 5th – 8th October

Thursday 5th October

Soft Shoe Skiffle Band

Just arrived fresh from their success at the Fringe this year (three nights).  The Soft Shoe Skiffle Band thought they would move up market to the Balerno Music Festival and we are delighted to squeeze them in.  Take a trip down memory lane. Hear again hits from the 50s and 60s like Putting on the Style, Tom Dooley, Singing the Blues, My Old Man’s a Dustman, Nobody’s Child, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour and more, with some folk songs like Wild Mountain Thyme, Wild Rover, and Dirty Old Town, a bit of fun and a great night out.

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Friday 6th October

Parental Duty @ The Rugby Club

Hey Mums & Dads of Balerno! Do any of you remember dancing? Yes dancing; to dance on a dance floor!?! Or had you forgotten like this motley crew of local parents (and a token Leither), who had forgotten what it was like to play in a band?ParentalDutyLogo_1491835958112-01

What has been getting in the way?  PARENTAL DUTY

And that is the name of this exciting new blues-rock-generally-up-for-it covers band that is going to raise the roof at Currie Rugby Club, who are equally excited about being part of Balerno Music Festival.  So put down your nappies, Mums switch off the soaps, Dads hang up your aprons & let’s all dance the night away! (people with grown up children or no kids are also welcome).

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Time: 8.00 –12.00        Venue: Currie Rugby Club.    Price: £4 per ticket.

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The Borders Big Band

Bigband1This will be the third visit of the Borders Big Band to the Balerno Music Festival in as many years. Based in the Scottish Borders and formed in 1979 by former dance band players and enthusiasts, the band is now in its 38th year. Fielding up to 18 players, its repertoire is largely drawn from the high years of the Swing era, featuring music made famous by bandleaders such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and others. Members travel from many parts of Scotland (including Balerno) to rehearse (often on a weekly basis) and perform with the band.

In the past year the Borders Big band has visited Balerno, Peebles and Melrose, and further performances in the Lothians and Borders are planned for the autumn of 2017. The band has received excellent reviews for recent dates, and this opportunity to hear them should not be missed for all big band and Swing era enthusiasts.

Time: 7.30 – 9.30     Venue: Balerno Parish Church.     Price:  £10 per adult,  £5 per child.

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Saturday 7th October

Festival Café

The Festival Café is the ideal place to meet up with friends and family for a tea, coffee and cakes.

Time: 9.30 – 1.00.     Venue: St Joseph’s Hall

Young Musicians’ Concert

This is a great opportunity to support music making locally, so come and support this free event where our local young people perform their best pieces on a variety of instruments. The experience of sharing their music with family members and the general public is memorable and is rounded off with tea, coffee and juice afterwards in the Festival Café at St. Joseph’s.  A great way to spend a Saturday morning.  This is NOT a competitive event.

To TAKE PART in this concert, please register interest with your music tutor with your Name and Contact details as soon as possible.  Contact Irene Rogerson, Tel 0131 449 4044, email: irenerogerson@btinternet.com for further information and register by Friday 15 September at the latest.

Entry is free but donations are welcome. COME ALONG and give the next generation of musicians every encouragement.

Time: 9.30 – 11.00.   Venue: Balerno Parish Church

Music Workshop with Fun Time Harmonies

Come and meet the musical families hidden in the orchestra! Children will be introduced to, and have the opportunity to play, some of the instruments in the orchestra. They will also create their own instruments, have fun with music and form The Fun Time Harmonies Orchestra. The workshop will climax with a “grand performance”. This workshop is aimed at children around 4 – 5 years old.

Time: 1.00 -1.45    Venue: Ogston Hall    Price: £3 per child
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Come Together and Sing the Beatles with the Pentland Singerspentlandsingers2

Listen, do you want to know a secret? You are all invited to come together with the Pentland Singers to sing songs by The Beatles! It only feels like yesterday that we sang Queen, and here we are inviting singers to join us again, this time to sing a collection of songs composed by members of The Beatles. Don’t worry if you don’t know your part – we can work it out! All you need is love for music and a willingness to sing! Remember, there is nothing you can sing that can’t be sung!

An afternoon rehearsal of a variety of Beatles music will be followed by a break with refreshments provided, and some time to socialise with the other singers, before a live performance in the early evening.

If you enjoy singing whilst having fun, this could be the event for you!

Please please me, and bring along a friend!  Let it be a day to remember.

Time: 1.00 – 5.00.     Venue: St Joseph’s Hall     Price: £10.

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Come and Hear – with a little help from their friends!

Come and hear the Pentland Singers perform music composed by the Beatles.  The Choir will be joined by singers from here, there and everywhere who are looking for a bit of fun as well as a challenge in singing well known contemporary music scored for choirs.

The concert will be a bit of a magical mystery tour –  it will include the fruits of the day’s labour with the Pentland Singers and friends performing a selection of Beatles songs learned and rehearsed earlier that day, and there will be some surprise guest performances including those from our very own Ailsa Aitkenhead and Jessica Leary. With free after-performance refreshments, it promises to be a night to remember. There will be something for everyone, and if you want to twist and shout as we sing, well I imagine that will be fine.

Time: 6.00 –  8.00.     Venue: St Joseph’s Hall     Price:  £5 per adult,  £3 per child.


Sunday 8th October

Children’s Concert – Artie’s Tartan TalesArtie

The Singing Kettle’s creator and former star, Artie Trezise, is back with his exciting new production. Traditional stories and songs with a Scottish accent.  Action-packed, enthralling and interactive.  Lots of joining-in for children and adults alike. Three Little Pigs to The Train to Glasgow, delivered in a unique, charming, engaging style. The kids are involved throughout and become story tellers themselves by the end of the show.

Artie has proved he’s still got the magic touch. With his Tartan Tales he can keep an audience of children enthralled with stories, songs and lots of laughs.’  Daily Record

Time: 2.30 – 4.00.       Venue: Balerno Bowling Club.     Price: Free for children;  £3 per adult.
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