Hot Seats return to much-loved Eastgate

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The Hot Seats, who picked up a top gong for their Scottish performances in the past, take in the Eastgate Theatre on Saturday, July 27.

The Virginian quintet won a Herald Angel for their outstanding contribution to the Edinburgh Fringe at The Famous Spiegeltent in 2006.

They are back in Scotland by popular demand for a string of dates ranging from Peebles to Stornoway.

“We appeared at An Tobar at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and they treated us so well, we were always going to want to return there,” said the band’s Josh Bearman.

“It’s going to be great to return to some of the venues that we love so much, such as the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles. We have always had great shows there and just could not envisage a visit to Scotland without including at least one show in the Borders.”

Annual visitors to the UK for a number of years due to the scale of their popularity, the five-piece were recognised as one of the outstanding acts at last year’s Shetland Folk Festival.

The band started out fine-tuning their skills on the redneck bars and college clubs circuit where they experimented with a suitcase-full of assorted toys to supplement the guitar/mandolin/banjo/fiddle/bass line-up, employing everything from jawharp to washboard, tin can percussion, trap-kit drum set and Chinese blocks.

They have a brand new EP to accompany them, released as leftover tracks from their last full-length release in 2012.

“We have so many friends over here now that it feels a bit like coming home,” added multi-instrumentalist Josh.

Tickets cost £14 for the 7.30pm show – phone 01721 725777 for more details on the gig.