Tourists make most of Rolling Hills Festival

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MELROSE enjoyed the second Rolling Hills Festival, held last weekend in the town.

Organiser Ron Anderson, who is also behind the Rolling Hills Folk Club, was delighted with the success of the three-day event and plans are already under way for next year.

He said: “The ceilidh on Friday night was well attended by many locals but also with visitors from overseas, including a large party from Denmark. They were really good sports joining in the Dashing White Sergeant.

“The craft fair attracted many visitors who were rightly impressed by the range and quality of the varied items for sale.”

An almost capacity audience in the Corn Exchange was entertained on Saturday night by David Ferrard, whose voice was described as “wonderful”.

Mr Anderson said: “Pete Coe and his many instruments continued the evening with his captivating ballads accompanied on his banjo.

“The evening finished with the six-piece line-up of the Alex Hodgson Band. Alex’s self-penned songs in the Scottish vernacular left some of the audience puzzled but his style of delivery won him many new followers.”

Sunday’s afternoon concert, which was free to children, started with the boundless talents of 10-year-old Eryn Rae who continues to impress all who hear her play her fiddle.

The Celtic Nyckelharpa Project brought the sounds of this Swedish keyed fiddle to life while The Fisher Lassies sang their songs in front of Borders playwright Howard Purdie who wrote the play which first brought the Lassies together.

Ron added: “Pete Coe finished off the day with an outstanding performance delighting the audience with his Appalachian flat-foot style of dancing whilst singing and playing bouzouki.

“All in all. a very worthwhile weekend where the weather was kind and music was in the air.”