Musicians’ musicians prepare for Peebles masterclass

Ken Perlman is at the Eastgate Theatre with Ian Fraser on October 15, 7.30pm

Ken Perlman is at the Eastgate Theatre with Ian Fraser on October 15, 7.30pm

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IF you’ve flirted with learning how to play the banjo, the chances are you have heard of Ken Perlman, whose instruction books for that instrument and the guitar are considered the most effective of modern times.

And if you have studied fiddle at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Iain Fraser from Jedburgh will need no introduction, for he has been principal fiddle teacher at that august institution since 1994.

Both are considered “musicians’ musicians” as the audience at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles will discover on Saturday when the duo gives a concert of traditional Celtic and Southern tunes.

Apart from being a master of fingerstyle guitar, Ken is a pioneer of the so-called melodic clawhammer style of five-string banjo playing.

Much of his work has been inspired by the fiddle and he has spent over a decade collecting tunes and oral histories from traditional fiddle players on Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada.

Saturday’s concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets (£13) are available from 01721 725777.