Selkirk Sessions maintain theme of traditional music open to all

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Pubs, clubs and hotels echoed to the sound of music at the weekend during the annual Selkirk Sessions traditional music festival.

The weather was kind, which delighted visitors who elected to camp at The Haugh.

The first arrivals hit the town on Thursday, with the main sessions taking place on Friday and Saturday.

However, for reasons the organisers are trying to fathom, Sunday was a great deal quieter musicwise than normal.

Venues this year were the Town Arms, O’Malley’s, The Fleece, the Conservative Club, the Heatherlie House Hotel and Selkirk Bowling Club.

A percussion workshop on Saturday morning embraced the spoons, tea-chest bass and washboard.

In the competitions, inscribed quaichs were presented to winners David Rogers (16-and-over song); Scott Brown (16-and-over instrument) and Cacic Rogers (under-16 instrument). The Chorus Cup – for the singer who generates the best chorus from the audience – went to Shiela Knox.

Sessions chairman Davie Scott hailed the weekend a success. He told us: “Attendances at a lot of festivals have been down this year, probably because of the economic climate and the poor weather over the summer months.

“We have been busier in the past, but most of our regulars were here and there were also some new faces. Townsfolk joined in and I believe everyone had a great weekend.

“The structure of the festival is tried and tested, but each year there are some changes and nothing is set in stone – although the concept of musical sessions open to all will remain at the forefront of future festivals.”