Rodney’s free-styling

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The second event in the new weekly acoustic music series at Heart of Hawick’s Tower Mill Cafe Bar takes place on Monday (September 29).

The headline act for Monday’s String Theory performance is none other than Texan musician Rodney Branigan.

Branigan calls his music “progressive folk fusion”, but that doesn’t really do it justice.

Clearly, he’s invented a new genre, one that blends rock, folk, flamenco, madrigal, classical, bluegrass and jazz – and it all works.

Combing instrumentals that are driving, thumping monsters with songs that are just as strong, Branigan plays music so compelling that you have to listen to it. It stuns the audience and hushes the room.

Watching Branigan play is a mind-boggling experience. You look for the hard drive, because no musician could do what he’s doing – you wonder if he’s possessed.

Playing up to three instruments at once (any combination of guitar, mandolin and hand-percussion) his musical ability is so awe-inspiring that he kicks the “novelty” tag right to the curb – this is a real musician with extraordinary skill.

He’s backed up at the cafe bar by Glasgow based Gary Miller and a showcase of local talent.

And, unbelievably, it’s all free of charge, and starts at 7.30pm.