Borderland favourites at St Boswells

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Headlining the St Boswells Live! show on October 25 will be a specially formed line-up of the Borderlands finest folk-rock act, Tarras.

As old as time and as modern as the hour, the music of Tarras is impossible to pigeonhole, drawing heavily on folk and traditional music, but reinterprets those themes with a freshness that is entirely contemporary.

Through driving rhythms and soaring melodies, the sound of Tarras expresses the essence of an ancient countryside.

Tarras formed in 1997 when the six-piece band from the north of England released two albums to great critical acclaim. Their striking songs and vigorous interpretation of traditional material saw them snapped up by major folk label Topic.

Mojo magazine named their debut, Rising, Album of the Month. The band – then barely out of their teens – were nominated for the BBC Folk Awards, and toured Europe and America amid rumours of short-listing for a Mercury Music Prize, before moving on to other projects in 2002.

Having successfully re-formed with the long-anticipated third album, Warn the Waters, their vision is more clear and coherent than ever, bringing their ground-breaking music back to where it deserves to be.

Their live performances have gone amazingly well – appearances at top festivals including Cropredy and Celtic Connections have shown the new line up is indeed a sound to be reckoned with.

This year Tarras announced they would be touring as a trio – Tarras Minor – to allow for a range of other commitments, but thanks to some gentle persuasion, they are playing as a blazing five-piece for one night only. This will be a genuinely unique occasion.

Supporting Tarras will be Ipswich-based singer-songwriter Hannah Scott, making a return visit after her acclaimed performance in 2012. Hannah’s latest collection of songs, The Space In Between, sees her collaborate with producer and multi-instrumentalist Stefano.

Promoter, Keith Farnish, a long time fan, said: “Hannah’s songs are personal, moving and uplifting, and with a voice to melt to hardest of hearts we are sure you’ll love her as much as we do.”

Tickets for the St Boswells Village Hall show, are available from St Boswells Post Office or online at www.stboswellslive.com, priced £10, with generous concessions for under-16s and families.

They will also be available on the door at the full price of £12 (concessions also apply).

Doors open at 7.30pm.