Riddell Fiddles youngsters are a sounding success at the festival

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Youngsters from one of the junior bands of Selkirk-based Riddell Fiddles travelled up to Birnam Institute as the only junior band invited to play at the prestigious Niel Gow Festival.

The young folk involved came from Selkirk High, the local Knowepark Primary, Earlston High, Earlston Primary, Gordon Primary, Melrose Grammar and Lillielseaf Primary.

The group played four sets of tunes and received a great reception.

The minibus was driven by Ron Anderson – who runs the Rolling Hills Folk Club in Darnick – and there was the usual Riddell Fiddles backing team of Donald Knox (guitar), Tony Manning (double bass) and Davie Scott (drum).

A plethora of ice cream was consumed afterwards, and the day out was hailed as a success.

With headliners such as Blazing Fiddles and other star acts at the Niel Gow Festival, Riddell Fiddles appreciated being given the opportunity to spread the word that traditional music is alive and well in the Borders.