Rigal return to region for Smailholm gig

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Farah Rigal is preparing to take her band for a journey from Vif in the south of France to the village hall of Smailholm on Tuesday.

Based in the south of the country, near Grenoble, they have wanted to come to the Borders since some of the band members, including guitarist Jean-Patrick Carratier, were part of a group of more than 100 musicians from the Vif Music School who were hosted by families associated with The Small Hall Band and Kelso Pipe Band in 2003.

Along with Carratier, the seven-piece band is named after singer/songwriter Farah Rigal, many of whose recorded songs are in English. The band use guitar, flute, violin, percussion, bodhran and Moroccan derbouka to blend Celtic, folk and oriental sounds. Throughout 2012 and 2013 they have played numerous festivals and events in France.

Farah Rigal Band play at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £7, are available by calling 01573 460666 or 01573 224920, or email borderconcerts@gmail.com. The Borders Gaelic Group TURAS will also play on the night.