Fiddlers add another string to their bow

Santa came early for Borders traditional music group, Riddell Fiddles, as they picked up a prestigious award at the televised Scots Trad Music Awards in Glasgow on December 4.

By Kevin Janiak
Monday, 13th December 2021, 9:56 am
Updated Monday, 13th December 2021, 9:57 am
Sheila Sapkota with the award. Photo: Chris Watt.
Sheila Sapkota with the award. Photo: Chris Watt.

The fiddlers came top in the Community Project of the Year category, following the group’s work in the formation and enhancement of its youth offshoots, the Bannerfield Buskers in Selkirk and Burnfoot Buskers in Hawick.

Fiddle tutor Sheila Sapkota told us: “Winning the award is fantastic.

"We gratefully acknowledge the support of local firm Hastings Legal, as well as that of Scottish Borders Council, which allows the groups to continue running and expanding to meet the musical needs of the young folk in these areas.

Young band members with their award.

"Thanks also go to guitar tutor Gary Smith and fellow fiddle tutors Louise Douglas, Donald Knox and David Scott.”