Final bow for Tweed musical sessions

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The final Tweed Session celebrating the tunes and songs of the Borders takes place at the Gordon Arms, Yarrow Valley on Sunday, January 12.

The free traditional music session is part of the 2013 Working the Tweed project, a collaboration between visual artist Kate Foster, writer Jules Horne, choreographer Claire Pençak and composer James Wyness, with environmental organisations Tweed Forum and Southern Uplands Partnership.

Project manager Claire Pençak said of next Sunday’s session from 3-6pm: “Traditional music lovers are welcome to come along and participate as players, singers or listeners. Bring your favourite Borders tune or song.”

Sessions have been held in Innerleithen,Paxton, Berwick,Tweedsmuir and Fairnilee.

As well as free traditional music sessions, the project has organised meetings betwen artists and others, to which the public have been invited, at various places along the river and its catchment.

The next one is on Tuesday, January 21, in the fishing shiel beside the Temple Pool at The Lees, Coldstream, when land use, cultural strategy and history will be up for discussion. Specialists speaking at the meeting will be Tweed Forum’s senior project officer Derek Robeson, Creative Arts Business Network director Mary Morrison and historian, Dr David Welsh.

The deadline for applications from the public to attend is Monday, January 13. For more information visit