Melting Pot of music comes to Selkirk

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Expect a Melting Pot of music quite literally when Selkirk’s String Jam Club hosts the pièce de résistance of its calendar on Saturday night.

The Melting Pot, taking place at the County Hotel, is always one of the most popular and innovative nights in the String Jam Club diary, doing exactly what it says on the tin.

The evening will showcase exciting contemporary music by the cream of emerging Borders (and further afield) musicians, headlined by talented String Jam veteran Angus Gunn.

The evening is the perfect showcase for Angus, who made one of his first live performances at the club many years ago when he was only 14 years old, showing an intensity and potential far beyond his years.

Now in his late twenties, his assured, original and individual style, along with his impressive finger-picking, never fail to impress.

His performances have deservedly won him a very loyal fan base, both locally and beyond.

This year’s line-up features a star-studded cast of exceptional musicians: Madeleine Dow from Melrose has established herself as a firm favourite with String Jam Club audiences over the years with her very distinctive smoky vocals and compelling songs.

This year, audiences are being promised something different from Madeleine – she will be joined on stage by her father, John Fitzimmons, himself a distinguished musician, and we think this will prove to be a really powerful and special performance.

Galashiels-born songwriter Dave Alexander started writing when he was eight and has been gigging regularly since a very young age. He is well-known for his high octane performances and his powerful emotive vocals.

Now based in Glasgow, he returns to town especially to be part of this year’s concert.

Peebles duo Sam Mundy and Robbie Tatler received a massive ovation at the club recently when they were the official support for Kathy Stewart and members can’t wait to have them back, such was the impression they made.

The String Jam Club is always excited to welcome a new name to the club and this year, it’s Edinburgh songstress Megan D.

Megan is a rising star on the Scottish music scene, and at only 18 has already become a veteran singer-songwriter, recently making an appearance on STV to perform her single, Crazy Perfect. Having already written and recorded a fine back catalogue, her signature pop-infused and masterfully catchy songwriting should have audiences hooked. Her String Jam debut promises to be a real event.

String Jam Club audiences are listening people who really appreciate and support good music, and that’s why ‘The Melting Pot’ has now become a very popular annual event.

The club believe that Saturday’s show is living proof of the String Jam philosophy – that music is a great leveller; it breaks down boundaries of age and genre, and brings together all kinds of people who love live music.

Doors at the County open at 7.30pm on Saturday, but tickets are available in advance for £10 from the hotel or by ringing 01750 721233.

After Saturday, the String Jam Club’s next event will take place on Saturday, September 13, with guest artist Benny Gallagher.

He will be supported by Bob Wood and Colin Macfarlane.

Advance tickets are already available for the gig, priced £12.