Hawick invites musicians to just busk it…

Riddell Fiddlers Caitlin and Stuart lit up the streets with their prize-winning set of jigs and reels
Riddell Fiddlers Caitlin and Stuart lit up the streets with their prize-winning set of jigs and reels
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IT began four years ago in a bid to stimulate an interest in instumental performance among young people in Hawick.

But now the Teribuskers event, which takes place in the town next weekend (September 9-11), has exceeded the expectations of its organisers and developed into an all-inclusive celebration of music of all styles and for all ages.

Last year, no fewer than 30 individuals and groups took part in the free open festival of busking which takes place across the town centre on the Saturday.

Even more are expected to participate next weekend with trophies for senior and junior performers and various cash prizes up for grabs.

Registration takes place at the Horse between 10am and 12.30pm with Hawick’s Bill Woodcock, who lives in Norway, performing the opening ceremony in Trinity Gardens at 11.30am.

The High Street will be closed to traffic from 11.30am to 3.30pm so that buskers, judges and the general public can wander the street at their leisure. The prize giving will take place in the New Delhi Bar at 5.30pm.

The Teribuskers weekend will kick off with a ceilidh and concert, featuring the Stuart Anderson Band and Bill Woodcock and his Harbour Band, in Wilton Church Hall on Friday, September 9, at 7.30pm. Tickets (£5) are available from Bannerman Burke, Spence’s Music Shop and Pearl’s Hairdressers and there will be a light buffet and late bar.

Outwith the busking festival, Saturday night will see sessions in various pubs, including the Buccleuch, Exchange Bar, Beanscene, the Office and the New Delhi.

There is also a special Saturday evening concert, featuring St Boswells Concert Band, in the Border Club in aid of the Anthony Mundell Memorial Fund for children with kidney cancer. Entry is by donation. Details from Roslyn or Keith on 01450 373989.

On Sunday, the focus switches to Wilton Lodge Park on with a parade along the Avenue, led by the Scout Fellowship Pipe Band, leaving the park gates at 1pm. The music and fun in the park continues until 4pm with a duck race from 2 till 3pm. Tickets and duck race places are available from various outlets.

This year’s Teribuskers, which is sponsored by Hawick Walking Festival and D. S. Dalgleish, concludes with a pub session of music and entertainment in the Exchange Bar.

For further information on the event contact 07751 742 343.