World of music at Traquair

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A multi-talented and multi-national gathering of some of the finest traditional musicians is set to raise the roof of Traquair Village Hall this weekend.

Spring Fling – billed as a community ceilidh and gig event – brings together the virtuoso skills of Peebles-based Jiginaboot Ceilidh Band and Kate in the Kettle, an assembly of Scottish, Spanish and Scandinavian players.

The common theme is the highly regarded Newcastle University folk music degree, which has contributed musicians to both bands.

Anchoring the Jiginaboot sound is Peebles’ own Lewis Powell-Reid, a second-year student at Newcastle whose accordion, guitar and bouzouki skills have been showcased with a number of top bands throughout the UK and Europe over the past five years.

Joining Lewis on twin fiddles are Edinburgh’s Morag Brown and Johnny Morris of Peebles, who also plays banjo.

Morag is a Shetland music specialist whose talents have made her one of the most sought-after fiddle teachers in the country, while Johnny has a long track record in European folk music that has included stints with Oi Tate and One Glass Eye.

Kate in the Kettle also draw heavily on the Newcastle course – all three members are past or present students.

Featuring Edinburgh’s Kate Young, backup is provided by Marit Falt of Sweden on mandola and Spain’s Victor Solana on Indian tabla, darabuka and cajon.

Kate has recently been playing with folk star Eliza Carthy and has won Alan Hull Award for Songwriting and the Harry Clew Prize for her final recital at Newcastle.

Marit and Victor have played in many different groups of varying music types, Kate in the Kettle are recording an album which will be ready for release in the coming months.

The Spring Fling kicks off at Traquair Hall on Saturday. Doors open at 7pm, adult tickets are £8, concessions £5 and under 16s free. Bar facilities are available.

For more information, contact Lewis Powell-Reid on 07818248057 or email svcb@hotmail.co.uk