A UNIQUE community music project will come to fruition on Saturday with the launch of the first Borders Christmas CD, writes Andrew Keddie.
And a range of local charities and good causes are set to benefit from sales of the 20-track album, featuring artists from across the region and running the gamut of styles from ska to jazz and folk to pop – all with a festive theme.
Early last month, we reported that the newly-formed Borders Community Recording Society (BCRS) was appealing for musicians to send in recordings of their work for possible inclusion on the CD which will be launched by its “cover star” – Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer – at the Mayfield Garden Centre in Kelso.
“The response was beyond our expectations,” said Evelyn Brown of the BRCS which is a self-funding, non-profit making organisation. “What did not surprise us, however, was the quality of the work offered to us and the enthusiasm of all the artists during the recordings we organised.
“It’s a real chocolate box assortment, with something for everyone.”
Those buying the CD, which costs just £5, will not only give the musicians a wider listening platform, but also contribute to good causes nominated by every contributor.
Musicians, groups and choirs from the central Borders on the album include Amy Ward (Selkirk), Bob Liddle (Kelso), Jimmy Anderson (Hawick), InChorus (Peebles), Newcastleton Primary School, The Roxburgh Singers, Galashiels Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band, Colin Crozier (Hawick), Charlie Cooper (Peebles), Rachel Waters (Kelso), Second Wind (Selkirk) and Selkirk Pipe Band.
Also contributing songs are Pete Carroll from Galashiels, representing the Scottish Borders Rock School, and Geoff Barnard of Jedburgh’s Kaleidoscope Music Festival.
All money generated by sales of the CD will go to the following nominated good causes: Fresh Start Borders, Berwick Hospice, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland; Macmillan at the BGH, Artbeat Studios of Hawick, InChorus Choir, Aberlour Childcare Trust, Respect Me, Merse Singers Choir, Newcastleton Primary School, Katie McKerracher Trust, Help for Heroes, Harmony, Epilepsy Scotland and the Sick Kids, Edinburgh.
The Borders Christmas CD will be on sale at selected shops all over the region – look out for the Rudolph poster. A full list of retailers will appear on the BCRS Facebook page from Saturday.