Autumn season at Eastgate will reel in the folk

The Eastgate Theatre’s recently launched autumn programme – its first season launch for almost two years – will have traditional music fans in particular licking their lips in anticipation.

Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 1:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 1:02 pm
Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain will appear at the Eastgate on September 22.

There’s a host of talent from near and far playing live at the Peebles venue between now and November.

Fittingly, the trad feast kicks off with the granddaddies of them all, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, who return to the Eastgate on Wednesday, September 22 for a night of jig ’n’ reel fireworks and scurrilous banter.

Sublime musicians and consummate entertainers, their on-stage humour is as razor sharp as the music itself.

Rant, October 8. Photo: Archie MacFarlane.

Following hot on the heels of Aly and Phil are four bands, all from different backgrounds and all with strong followings.

It all begins on Friday, October 1, with an appearance by Fara, one of Scotland’s most exciting young folk acts whose fiery sound is rooted in the band’s Orkney upbringings.

On Friday, October 8, it is the turn of RANT, a band that sees four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players come together to create a sound that is both rich and lush, yet retains a real bite and spark, weaving a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.

The pulse-quickening series of live acts continues on Thursday, November 4, with chart-toppers Talisk, who have toured the world racking up major awards for their explosively energetic sound.

Talisk, November 4.

Band members Mohsen Amini, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong fuse concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered and enthralling signature sound.

Described by Songlines as “a folky force to be reckoned with”, Atlantic Canada’s powerhouse Còig round off proceedings when they swap Nova Scotia for the Borders on Wednesday, November 24.

This award-winning quartet has cemented its status as one of the most exciting North American Celtic groups, offering a fresh and exhilarating mix of traditional tunes, lively instrumentals and contemporary songs performed on more than a dozen instruments.

Further information and tickets are available from the Eastgate Box Office on 01721 725777, or online by clicking here.

Coig, November 24.