In this the Year of Conversation, the Moffat Rammy is a perfect example of celebration, collaboration, exploration – and there’s always plenty of time to blether.

What is it?

The Moffat Rammy is an informal three-day music festival – and it’s FREE. (In the Scots language, a rammy is a free for all.) Everyone is welcome to perform and play, sing or recite poetry. Or you could just turn up to watch and learn, listen and marvel.

What to expect

See professional musicians jamming along with plucky beginners of all ages. Gutsy guitars, dynamic drums, fine fiddles and violins, banging banjo, as well as percussion, accordion, flute, recorder, whistles, pipes, cello… you name it, they’ll play it. From folk and country, to rock and pop, from traditional spoken word to experimental poetry, performed by old-timers and youngsters alike – the Rammy goes from strength to strength every year.

What not to expect

There’s no programme, no tickets, no headline act, no PA – no one knows what will happen till it happens. That’s the beauty of it.

The rules

Mind your manners, take turns, don’t speak too loudly while a performance is in full swing. It takes guts to perform in public so have a little respect for the musicians. Jump in when there’s a break. Do your own thing. Anything goes. Just turn up, grab a seat and play.

When?

5-7 April.

Where?

Various venues across Moffat: the Annandale Arms, the Buccleuch Arms, the Balmoral, the Black Bull Inn, the Stag Hotel, the Famous Star Hotel, the Proudfoot Institute. See how many you can visit during the weekend.

What to bring

Your instruments, your entire repertoire, friends, stamina and enough cash to buy a round. That’s all.

Where to stay

Queensberry House welcomes musicians and spectators of all levels. We have safe storage for larger musical instruments. Book here.