Fiddles look for support ahead of trip

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Riddell Fiddles are hosting a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 16, at 6.30pm in Lilliesleaf Church, to help raise funds for their trip to Cape Breton in Canada in July.

This weekend, the Selkirk fiddle group, which welcomes all ages, will be performing with the Bedlam Ceilidh Band, and a guitar duo composed of “the young Stuart Hendry and not-so-young Donald Knox”, jokes lead fiddler Sheila Sapkota.

“Come along and support this annual event,” she added, thanking the event’s host Reverend Frank Campbell for his support.

“Entry at the door is by donation, and after the concert there’s coffee and shortbread on offer, and a chance to see and buy our newly-made cards, created by Ian Oliver.

“The cards are being sold to supplement our fundraising – we need to raise a fortune to get to Cape Breton, so we need a big audience on Sunday!”

Riddell Fiddles aims to allow anybody to learn the fiddle, by providing inexpensive fun-filled lessons for young and old alike, explains the group’s website www.riddellfiddles.co.uk

Their two-week trip to Canada begins in mid-July, with one week spent learning at St Ann’s Gaelic College in Halifax, and the second playing sessions in Cape Breton at the Inverness Beach Village, overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence.