On the trail of musicians to make history

The Folk Trail 2011
The Folk Trail 2011
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a FOLK group from Devon who are strumming their guitars and playing their fiddles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats reach the Borders this weekend.

And Folk Trail, made up of members of Pennymoor Singaround, are looking for musicians to come along to four sessions in the region and feature on recordings which are to be kept in the British Museum.

The group of hardy folk enthusiasts perform at the Horse and Hound in Bonchester Bridge tonight, followed by the Royal Hotel in Jedburgh tomorrow night, Melrose’s George and Abbotsford on Saturday and the Traquair Arms in Innerleithen on Sunday.

Ron Anderson of the Rolling Hills Folk Club is hosting the Melrose session and has been following Folk Trail’s progress via his TD1 Radio show.

He said: “This a great chance for musicians to feature in the oral history archive of the British Museum, as each session is recorded. It is a mad but wonderful project and it is great that they are stopping off in the Borders.”

Clare Penny, of Folk Trail, said: “We want to give a voice to all those floor singers and session players, as well as the better known. We also want to map the ‘folk process’ – styles of singing and playing, versions of tunes and songs as we travel from south to north.”

All sessions start by 9pm at the latest, apart from the Melrose recording, which begins at 8pm.