Boogie Band spans the years with Bridge gig

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IT’S 12 years since the Bridge Inn in Galashiels turned to live music as a means of attracing punters and giving a platform to up-and-coming musical talent.

The first band to perform there was the Border Boogie Band, the veteran soulsters who had recently reformed to play a charity fundraiser for the sacked workers of Viasystems in Galashiels and Selkirk.

And history is set to repeat itself tomorrow when the band returns to the Bridge as it relaunches under new management.

“There’s been a bit of confusion recently about what bands are playing and when, but we remain absolutely committed to live music,” said a spokesman for the pub. “The fact the Border Boogie Band has agreed to play at our relaunch is great news.”

Leading the line for the boogie men tomorrow will be Ancrum-based guitarist Dave Coyle, who, like drummer David Little, is an ertswhile collaborator and tourer with indie outfit Dawn of the Replicants.

Coyle has been taking a lead role at a series of recent performances while founding member Frank Usher and keyboard player Foss Paterson have been touring Europe with former Marillion frontman Fish.

“We’ve been restricting ourselves to some private parties and developing new material which, I have to admit, has been going down a treat,” said bassist Gavin Dickie. “It’ll be more of the same at the Bridge which remains one of our favourite venues.”

The free gig starts at 9pm.