Free music sessions celebrate the Tweed

The Small Hall Band performing at the Border Gaithering in 2011
The Small Hall Band performing at the Border Gaithering in 2011

Artists and environmentalists are set to hold music sessions along the River Tweed and its catchment, starting in Innerleithen on Saturday.

The six traditional music events are part of the Working the Tweed project, a collaboration between Borders artists – visual artist Kate Foster, writer Jules Horne, choreographer Claire Pençak, and composer James Wyness – as well as environmental organisations Tweed Forum and Southern Uplands Partnership.

Saturday’s free session, from 5-7pm at the Union Club, will celebrate the music and song of the Borders and of the Tweed catchment in particular. The Borders’ Small Hall Band will form the core of the event and organisers are inviting instrumentalists and singers to contribute new and old songs and tunes.

Future sessions include an afternoon at Paxton House on Sunday, August 25 from 2-5pm, a Mouth of the Tweed jam at the Music Gallery, Berwick, on 28 September, a Source of the Tweed session at Tweedsmuir Village Hall on October 27 and a Homecoming Scotland 2014 session at the Gordon Arms, Yarrow, on January 12.

Working the Tweed attracted funding from Year of Natural Scotland 2013, and is focusing on the people working on and around the River Tweed Catchment.

The first of the project’s six Riverside Meetings took place at Paxton House on Saturday when delegates and the public heard about habitat and species. The meeting included contributions from Dr Ronald Campbell, senior biologist at the Tweed Foundation, and ecologist Melanie Findlay.

The second Riverside Meeting will take place at Eddleston Water, near Peebles, on the morning of Friday, August 30, at the site of the restoration and flood management project being coordinated by Tweed Forum to ‘re-meander’ the river which was straightened in the 1800s.

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