Successful tour for Riddell Fiddles

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Local community music group Riddell Fiddles would like to thank the community for their support during the group’s hectic lottery-funded six-month tour of the Borders and beyond.

Areas reached have included Dumfries and Galloway, as well as a brief foray to a festival in Perthshire (as reported in last week’s Southern).

Bands who have joined with the group to present the concert series in venues as varied as Ashkirk Village Hall, Eskdalemuir Community Hub and the Ebba Centre at St Abbs include Dere Street, Borders Fiddle Group, Carlenjig, Langholm Folk, Ron Hastings and many more.

One appreciative audience member said: “Riddell Fiddles were accompanied by three guitarists, a very good double bass player and that rare thing, an unobtrusive but skillful drummer.

“Together, they made a very cheerful sound. I love Scottish, Breton and Swedish fiddle music, and I was well satisfied with their sound.”

Riddell Fiddles appreciates the opportunity to continue to teach and perform traditional music on guitar and fiddle. With expert guitar back-up from Donald Knox and Gary Smith, double bass accompaniment from Tony Manning and percussion from Davey Scott, the group continue in their pursuit of musical fun with weekly Sunday workshops at Argus Centre, Selkirk.

Continuing events include a rerun, by demand, of ‘The Cranston Fiddle’ in East Lothian and at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as performances by Riddell Fiddles at various venues in the Borders including at Wilton Park, Hawick, in June.

The popular Weir Trust-funded youth project Bannerfield Buskers continues on Fridays during term time.

To raise funds for this project, Tony Manning will be doing a swimathon on Friday, April 17, at Selkirk Swimming Pool. All donations gratefully received.

In October, there will be a visit from Melbourne Fiddle Club, which promises to be quite spectacular – if possibly somewhat musically noisy.

Any offers of help to accommodate these visitors for two nights within Selkirk would be appreciated.