A festival of fourteen!

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The Border Gaitherin, renowned festival of traditional and folk music, this year reaches its 14th birthday.

Since its start in 2000, the Gaitherin has become one of the best small festivals on the folk music calendar.

Successfully combining high-quality workshops on a range of instruments and singing, the Gaitherin continues to bring in as tutors and performers the best musicians on the Scottish trad/folk scene and attracts an audience of players and music fans from far and wide.

This year’s Gaitherin, which runs from May 30 to June 1 in Coldstream, has a fantastic programme of workshops with some of the most successful folk/traditional musicians Scotland has produced, alongside equally talented Borders musicians, offering players – from relative beginners right up to advanced standard – a brilliant opportunity to gain insights of these great players and singers, to learn new tips, advance their playing and to be inspired by these top musicians.

Instruments covered this year include bodhran, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, flute, harp, accordion and of course singing.

The headline musicians/tutors this year are: well know Shetland fiddler Chris Stout; virtuoso singer and harp player Corrina Hewat, whose song and harmony song workshops are now renowned as inspiring, rewarding and very enjoyable; and Paul Chamberlain leading player of the chromatic accordion and virtuoso in any style.

There are week-kent names and faces among the other tutors and musicians taking part, including Lori Watson, Carly Blain, Rebecca Rogers, Elspeth Smellie, Donald Knox, Paul Dorricott, Graeme Armstrong, David Foley, Siobhan Miller, Aaron Jones, Turas, Home Groan, Merlin Music Academy, the High Line, Riddell Fiddles, the Stocksfield Stompers and of course the Small Hall Band and Clarty Cloot ceilidh bands.

The Gaitherin programme will include family ceilidh dancing, the young folks’ Horizon Concert, an open mic stage Sing Out! concert of Scots and Gaelic song, a non-stop Jig-a-thon event, tune and song sessions in local hostelries.

There is also the now famous Grand Concert on Saturday, when all the tutors put together the best concert you’re likely to experience this year.

For more information visit www.bordergaitherin.com

To buy your tickets either go online at www.musicglue.com/bordergaitherin/

Email: bordergaitherin2014@gmail.com or call 01835 862423 (9am - 7pm).