Hops in the Garden music festival for Leuchie, 9 July

Award-winning Scottish singer, Barbara Dickson will play at Hops in the Garden, a brand new charity music festival for Leuchie House on 9 July.

The multi-million selling artist and actress will make a special guest appearance as part of an all-day line up of of musicians and performers at the event in the grounds of The Walled Garden at Archerfield.  All profits from the day will go to national respite centre, Leuchie House. 

‘I am really pleased to be taking part in Hops in the Garden on July 9th,’ said Barbara Dickson. ‘It will be terrific to enjoy the lovely surroundings of Archerfield and to sing some songs to help raise the profile of the fantastic work of Leuchie House. I hope lots of people come along. It’s going to be a great day.’

The music and ale festival is the brain child of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary surgeon, Simon Paterson-Brown who plays guitar in his spare time with the Prov Johnstone Band. The 12 piece band has played charity gigs for good causes over the past 10 years, raising more than £150,000 for various charities.  

“The Prov Johnstone Band were looking for a venue and charity for this year,” explained Simon Paterson-Brown, “and The Walled Garden is an ideal setting. It therefore made sense to choose a charity based in East Lothian and there could be none better than Leuchie House. We hope that in addition to raising much needed funds, we will also bring the great work Leuchie does to a much wider audience. We are so thrilled that Barbara Dickson kindly agreed to come along and all we need now is a sunny day!”

After getting The Walled Garden and Archerfield-based brewers, Knops Beer, on board, Simon set about securing a full day line up of music guaranteed to suit all tastes. The programme includes jazz, folk, 1960s rock & roll, soul, Scottish and swing, plus Strictly Come Dancing style dance competitions, children’s music and entertainment by Mr Boom and an air display.

As well as Barbara Dickson and the Prov Johnstone Band, the eclectic mix of national and local talent includes the Esk Valley Swing Band, Fayne and the Cruisers, the Uncertainty Principle, the North Berwick Pipe Band, Ron Shaw and his cello, Leonheart and the North Berwick High School Ukulele Orchestra. 

Completing the offering on the day will be an all-star selection of Lothian street-food and local drinks suppliers.

The festival, which has been part-funded by East Lothian Council, with additional sponsorship and support from many businesses, runs from 11am-11pm. Tickets are available from Leuchie House on 01620 892864. (Adult tickets £10 in advance. £15 on the door. Under 18s go free.) A bus will be available to take festival goers back to Edinburgh after the event.