Top fiddler booked for village’s live gig

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ONE of the region’s finest fiddlers is in action on Friday, June 24 for the third St Boswells Live! gig.

The newly formed club hosts Kelso-based Carly Blain and her partner Graeme Armstrong of Jedburgh to perform their mix of traditional Scottish and Irish songs.

A graduate of Newcastle University’s folk and traditional music course, Carly’s current project is the Monster Ceilidh Band who last year played in Russia and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and Malaysia.

Graeme has just finished a degree in furniture craftsmanship but is now looking to carve out a career in music.

He has formed his style from influences in Glasgow’s contemporary folk scene and, following in Carly’s footsteps, is about to start the folk and traditional music course at Newcastle.

In support of Carly will be three-piece band Antic Hay. The Borders group use vocal harmonies with traditional instruments to produce a setlist of folk, Americana, alternative, country and mountain music.

The band include Barny Maddox, a stalwart of live music in the Borders, on banjo, guitar and vocals; Keith Crook on fiddle, concertina, cittern, occasional cello and vocals; and Kaz Barrett on guitar and vocals.

The doors of St Boswells Village Hall open at 7.45 for a 8pm start (BYOB). Tickets cost £8 (£4 under-12s and under-5s free), and are available in advance from St Boswells Post Office (01835 822692).