Gaelic duo heads for Melrose

Highland and Lowland come together in Melrose on Saturday night with a visit to the Borders by Gaelic singer Gillebride MacMillan and Smailholm’s Lillias Kinsman Blake with Rachel Newton.

Gillebride has won just about every award there is at the Royal National Mod, including the gold and traditional medals.

His latest solo album, Air Forladh (On Leave) is a collection of songs from his native South Uist.

For Rachel, this is a return visit within a short space of time. She helped launch Gaelic in the Borders’ series of singing workshops and the fruits of her work will be on show when Turas make their debut appearance as a supporting act.

This small but promising group of Borders-based singers will be accompanied on the night by Bruce Low (guitar) and Iain Fraser (fiddle).

The Fisher Lassies provide a good dash of Scots song, as will the young traditional musicians of Jethart Folk, who emerged from the Jedburgh After School Club.

The concert begins at 7.30pm in The Wynd Theatre and tickets are available from Merlin Music in Melrose or at the door and costs £10 (£7 conc) or £5 if you sign up for the Learn Gaelic Day in Melrose Parish Church Hall, also on Saturday, starting at 9.30am.

However, there are no classes for advanced Gaelic speakers. Further information from 01573 450273.