Gaelic a sound subject for singing Borderers

Members of Borders Gaelic singing group Turas performing at a reception in the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, in October last year. The occasion was the retirement of Selkirk GP John Gillies.
Members of Borders Gaelic singing group Turas performing at a reception in the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, in October last year. The occasion was the retirement of Selkirk GP John Gillies.

When Mary Low offered her first series of Gaelic singing workshops in the Borders five years ago, she thought she would be lucky to get six or seven people.

Twenty-four turned up on the first night. Numbers fell back a little after that, but there was enough sustained interest to form the first Borders Gaelic singing group, Turas.

One doesn’t have to speak Gaelic to enjoy a new series of singing workshops which start next week – but if they can it helps.

Rachel Newton of The Shee is expected on the opening night to fire things up with some feisty melodies, beautiful harmonies and humour. Then it’s over to Mary who learnt her skills in Skye, South Uist and Benbecula, supported by Turas.

The workshops are held in St Boswells village hall and run for six Tuesdays (7-9pm) from October 20. More information is available from 07990 842256.

The picture shows some members of Turas performing at a reception in the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, in October last year. The occasion was the retirement of Selkirk GP John Gillies.