Boogies celebrate new CD

THE GRADIENT seats at the Eastgate Theatre will be rolled back – a state-of-the-art feature of the Peebles venue – and replaced with tables to create a cabaret-style ambience for the return of pub rock legends The Border Boogie Band on Friday, April 6.

It’s nearly three years since the band – founded at The Glen near Innerleithen in 1981 – graced the stage of the theatre and the result was an atmospheric live CD which fans have snapped up at gigs across the region.

Now, with a new studio album Race Against Time in its final stages of production at the Sound Station studios in Galashiels, the rock and soul veterans are looking forward to showcasing material which demonstrates that they have refused to rest on their laurels.

“There was an element of valediction in the performances we set up last year to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” admits drummer and founder member David Little.

“But we enjoyed the shows so much and, during rehearsals, we also rediscovered a zest for songwriting and feel we have a new lease of life which, naturally, we want to share with audiences.

“Our previous appearances at the Eastgate have sold out, so we thought it would be an ideal platform to play some of the new songs, along with the stock-in-trade interpretations which have served us so well over three decades.”

At the Good Friday gig, Little will be joined by fellow founder members Frank Usher (Melanie, John Martyn, Fish) on guitar and vocal performer/frontman Andy Keddie, along with five-string fretless bassist Gavin Dickie and guitarist Dave Coyle, who joined the band in 1998.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets (£12) are available from the box office on 01721 725777.