Classical blues ... and more besides

“ECLECTIC and electrifying duo” Eddie Walker and Fraser Speirs are this month’s String Jam Club act.

Eddie plays a mixture of blues, ragtime, hillbilly country, British and American folk and original material.

Based in the north-east of England, he has toured throughout Britain and Europe and to festivals in New Zealand and Hong Kong during a 30-year professional career.

Well-known for his interpretation of old country blues classics by Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Willie McTell, he also champions the songs of the late Steve Goodman and John Prine.

Fraser has become synonymous with diatonic harmonica playing of the highest quality, with Manfred Mann’s Paul Jones describing him as “a great harp player with a gorgeous tone”.

Based in Glasgow, he recently took part in a world tour as part of Paulo Nutini’s band and has also worked with performers as diverse as Alexis Korner, Muddy Waters, Tam White and Eddi Reader.

Allie Fox of the String Jam Club said: “Put these two guys together on a stage and you have music with class, magic, passion and true authenticity.”

Admission for the Saturday, March 26 gig is £9 and can be paid on the door or in advance from The Salmon in Galashiels. Doors open at 7.15pm.