Eryn will be rolling into Melrose festival

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The delightful and talented Eryn Rae makes her comeback to the Rolling Hills Festival, back for its second year in Melrose over the weekend of July 29 to 31.

Graham Dolan and Graham Blanche will back up Eryn, a young fiddler from just outside Jedburgh, on Sunday’s afternoon concert.

Tthe Celtic Nyckelharpa Project, the Fisher Lassies are appearing, as is Pete Coe, formerly of the New Victory Band, who is celebrating 40 years as a professional musician this year. Pete will also perform on Saturday’s evening concert with David Ferrard and the Alex Hodgson Band.

David was brought up in Scotland and the US with his Scottish dad and American mum.

He is now based in Edinburgh, the singer-songwriter’s roots on both sides of the Atlantic are said to inspire his music, whether singing his own compositions or interpreting a traditional ballad or a song by Robert Burns.

Alex Hodgson from Prestonpans heads his own band having performed for the BBC and the Queen during a several-decade career.

Saturday morning sees a crafts fair followed by a family concert, with Pete Coe leading a mixture of singing games and dances. He will also hold a Strings and Things workshop on Sunday morning for bouzouki, banjo and Appalachian dulcimer.

The festival kicks off with a ceilidh, where the experienced HLI Band, who include Peebles fiddler Dave Robb in their line up, will provide the music.

There will be singarounds in the Corn Exchange and the George & Abbotsford Hotel throughout the three days.

Tickets for all events are available from www.rollinghills or from Merlin Music in Melrose.