Holding court for Arthurian musical legend

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BORN in Donegal and brought up in Scotland, Davey Arthur went on to become one of Ireland’s most successful and influential musicians.

Perhaps best known for his long collaboration with The Fureys, which produced the massive 1982 hit When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Arthur has become an icon of the Celtic folk scene.

And many believed it was long overdue when, in 1999, the tenor banjo virtuoso was inducted in Dublin into the Irish Music Hall of Fame, alongside such illustrious artists as U2, Sinead O’Connor, The Corrs, The Chieftains and Clannad.

Now Arthur is back on to the road with a brand new show and will make his Borders debut on Saturday when he performs at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles.

He will be joined on stage by his youngest son Patrick on percussion and strings and the acclaimed guitarist Steve Layton to deliver a unique blend of traditional Celtic music and song.

Since 1992 when Arthur left The Fureys to pursue a solo career, he has worked with many musicians he admires, many of who have recorded or covered more than 40 of his original compositions.

He has been recognised by his peers as one of Ireland’s brightest and most enduring musical exports and is acknowledged for the matchless skill with which he plays his chosen instruments, most especially the tenor banjo.

He’s guested on numerous television programmes, including The Late, Late Show, and has also been hailed as a brilliant raconteur, reflecting the rare gift for storytelling so evident in many of his compositions.

Saturday’s show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets, £13, from the box office on 01721 725777.