EP launch kicks off biggest year yet for Jeffrey

Galashiels singer Craig Jeffrey with Joan Armatrading

Galashiels singer Craig Jeffrey with Joan Armatrading

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GALASHIELS singer-songwriter Craig Jeffrey is gearing up for the biggest year of his career so far, with the release of his new EP.

The 27-year-old’s Connected CD will be officially launched in the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels on Friday, March 15.

The EP is being released ahead of a full album launch later in the year, with Vertical Records, founded by Donald Shaw, the leading light behind Celtic Connections.

Already this month, Craig has been featured on Joan Armatrading’s BBC Radio 2 show, having been picked to support the Ivor Novello Award-winning artist at the Sage Gateshead Arena last year.

Next month’s launch night will also be used help raise funds for the Scottish Borders Pipe Band.

Bill Jeffrey, Craig’s dad, said: “They are needing instruments for their youth programme to get new youngsters joining the band and to help keep up their high level of achievement.

“As a result, we are going to use the launch to help raise a few quid for them.

“A lot of the best musicians in the Borders started in our local town bands.”

Craig wishes to thank the following local people and firms for their sponsorship: Alan Jeffrey (JFL Contacts); Stuart Ostle (Ostles Tyres); Neil Mitchison (Neil’s Cabs); Stuart, Colin and the team at Central Garage; Portlande Sanderson (Pillow Creative); Mike and Lynn at Tartan and Tweed and Vic and Margaret Burns at the Black Cat café.

Tickets for the March 15 gig are available for £8 from Border Events website (www.borderevents.com) or by phone on 01750 725480. The gig starts at 7.30pm.

TheSouthern has two copies of Craig Jeffrey’s new EP to give away. Answer this question to win: Which singer chose Craig to support her on a UK tour last year?

To enter, send your answer, name, address, and telephone number by email to kenny.paterson@jpress.co.uk or by post to Craig Jeffrey CD competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by Thursday, February 28. Usual Southern rules apply.