Rory and The Beggar Girls get together at the Eastgate Theatre

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Impressively perhaps, for just one man, Rory Mcleod is an ex-circus clown and fire eater, and now performs as a one-man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories.

The travelling troubadour, who uses tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments, is joined by local band The Beggar Girls at Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre on Friday, November 16, at 7.30pm.

“The Beggar Girls are a four-piece folk band from the Borders, playing original/Balkan/English and French songs and tunes on fiddle, viola, accordion, double bass and three-part harmony vocals,” said Jo Powell, accordion player and singer with the group.

McLeod (top of page) composed the music for the TV animation series Creature Comforts, and was also voted best live act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2002.

Tickets cost £12. Go to, or call 01721 725777.