Fiddles across the sea

Kim Hendry, back right, heads to Sweden in May for the European Day Celebrations and will also be part of Riddell Fiddles' youth group who head to Derry for the North Atlantic Youth Fiddle Convention this summer.

Kim Hendry, back right, heads to Sweden in May for the European Day Celebrations and will also be part of Riddell Fiddles' youth group who head to Derry for the North Atlantic Youth Fiddle Convention this summer.

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Riddell Fiddles’ youngest members have been chosen to play in the North Atlantic Youth Fiddle Convention this summer.

The Selkirk group are the only representative from the Borders to be selected to perform for the international event in Derry, Northern Ireland.

And bands will travel from North America, Canada and Sweden to join the Riddell Fiddles.

The group’s administrator Karen Hendry said: “Riddell Fiddles is honoured to be invited, with the 11 youngsters concerned aged from 12 to 19 and their main instruments being fiddle or guitar.

“Iain Fraser and Donald Knox, local renowned musicians, are preparing the group and teaching the music sets, including a new commission which will be performed on the walls of Derry with other young musicians.

“This is a wonderful opportunity.”

Meanwhile, one of the participating youth members – 19-year-old Kim Hendry – has a busy summer ahead as she heads off to Sweden in May to represent the Borders.

The music student from Melrose will take part in the European Day Celebrations’ main concert, being held in the Mellerud area, north of Gothenburg.

While there, she will also talk about music and Scotland in local schools, and will be accompanied by young guitarist, Daniel Fairley.

The showcase will see teenage musicians from across Europe play and teach each other tunes from their own countries.

Fundraising for the Derry trip includes a quiz at Darnick Hall tomorrow at 7pm.

Admission is £3 per person with up to six in a team, while a bar and raffle are available.

Junior, youthful and no so youthful members will then make their way to Lauder Public Hall to perform in front of the town’s fiddle and accordion club on Sunday at 2pm.

And to round off a hectic week, Riddell Fiddles will play at Beanscene in the Heart of Hawick from 8pm on Thursday, March 8.

Visit www.riddlefiddles.co.uk for more information.