Sessions share stage with Sir Walter Scott

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Souters will be spoilt for choice this weekend, with Selkirk Sessions and Scott’s Selkirk due to share a billing for the first time.

The combined event – which organisers are labelling “Autumn Fest” – will also encompass the Selkirk WASPS artists’ Open Studio event.

Selkirk Sessions will see a plethora of performers strutting their stuff around the town, with organisers keen to emphasise that although some performances are already scheduled, many more will be happening as the royal and ancient burgh comes alive with music for an entire weekend.

One of the highlights will be a busking competition, set to take place in Market Place, and later on the High Street, on Saturday.

There will be all the usual pub sessions, and a Saturday evening concert in the County Hotel hosted by Riddell Fiddles and featuring special guests The Melbourne Scots Fiddle Group and Gael Force. Tickets, priced £10, are available from the Scott’s Selkirk shop.

As well as the busking competition, all the usual contests (Chorus Cup, Song/ Poem, Instrumental & Under 16 Song or Instrumental) take place in the County Hotel at 1pm.

On the Sunday afternoon, the festival hub at the Conservative Club will host a family ceilidh, from 2-4pm.

And for the first time, Scott’s Selkirk is moving from its customary December slot, to share an autumn stage with several other events.

It is hoped that this new home will spark a revival for the festival, which has been struggling in recent years.

The historical celebration will be taking place throughout Saturday, October 3, with courtroom dramas, street entertainment, children’s activities and much more. Food will be available from the ever-popular Meg Dod’s kitchen, and period costumes will, as usual, be available from Scott’s Selkirk Shop in the High Street.

For more information, follow Scott’s Selkirk on Facebook, or call 01750 22217. More information can be found at www.selkirksessions.com