A BUMPER bunch of musicians and friends descended on Selkirk at the weekend for the three-day Selkirk Sessions festival.
Despite fears that the recession might hit numbers, organisers say there were more visitors attending this year than last.
The pub-based festival of traditional music marked its sixth birthday and is now firmly embossed on the music calendar.
Making the journey for the first time from the Isle of Man was Leila Kneale.
She told TheSouthern: “We came over to attend some other festivals and when we found Selkirk on the internet we decided to give it a try. We have certainly not been disappointed. Everyone made us so welcome. It’s been lovely and we will definitely be back.”
Leila sealed her visit by winning the adult instrumental competition playing the autoharp – the first time it has been seen at Selkirk Sessions.
Sheila Knox is an annual visitor from Dalkeith.
She told us: “The festival is so relaxed and everyone is so friendly. The sessions in the pubs are great.”
Another regular, Fred Briely, added: “We have been coming for a number of years now and simply love it.”
Festival chairman Davie Scott commented: “It was a great weekend. We benefited from the late summer weather on Friday which prompted a few extra people to make the trip.”
Competitions for spoons, tea chest bass and washboard also proved popular.
Competition results: z Chorus Cup – Bob Laidlaw, Langholm
z Under-16 song/instrumentalist – Lewis Hyslop, Selkirk
z Over-16 Scots song or poem – Mark Hyslop, Selkirk
z Over-16 instrumental – Leila Kneale (playing autoharp), Isle of Man