Popular duo pack out Tait Hall

Aly & Phil
Aly & Phil

IT was a packed Tait Hall that welcomed Phil Cunnigham and Aly Bain back to Kelso at the weekend.

Part of the renowned fiddle and accordion duo’s 25th anniversary tour, the show saw the audience treated to many of the highlights from the repertoire of two of the biggest names on the Scottish folk circuit.

As well as some great tunes, there was the customary humourous stories from the quarter of a century spent playing and touring together.

Concert promoter Peter Ferguson told TheSouthern after Sunday night’s gig that the Kelso date was a popular one with both Cunningham and Bain who have been coming to the Borders on an annual basis for several years now.

“It was great to welcome back Aly and Phil to Kelso again this year as, after a sell out audience last year, it was encouraging to have the same again this year,” he said.

“Aly and Phil love to visit the Borders as they have always found the audiences easy to connect with and appreciate their talent. I am looking forward to welcoming them back again next year.”

From fast paced reels and jigs to haunting slow airs, Cunningham and Bain showed the Tait Hall audience why they are regarded the world over as consummate masters of their musical craft.

Last night the duo were due to play the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles and Borders audiences will get another chance to hear them in concert when they take to the stage of The Maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed on September 11.