Speedway frontwoman set to get away from it all at the Wynd

Jill Jackson appears at the Wynd Theatre on June 9
Jill Jackson appears at the Wynd Theatre on June 9
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JILL Jackson and Ivan Drever perform separate gigs next month, with anyone attending either show first in line for briefs to see Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham later this summer.

A spokesman for Merlin Music, who have organised the two performances as well as Aly and Phil’s show in Selkirk’s Victoria Halls on August 9, said: “As the Aly and Phil concerts tend to sell out, it is only fair that those supporting our smaller events in the Borders have first call on these tickets.”

Paisley-born singer/songwriter Jill Jackson made her name back in 2004 as front woman of UK pop/rock band Speedway.

The band’s cover of Christina Aguilera’s Genie In A Bottle scored Jill and Speedway their first UK top-10 hit, which was followed up by their second.

After the band split, Jackson took the decision to move to Nashville for a few months to hone her songwriting talents alongside some big names in he industry, such as Guy Chambers who formerly worked with Robbie Williams.

The Paisley-born singer-songwriter released her debut album Back to Zero last year and this month has released new record Getaway Driver, which features a series of autobiographical songs in the Americana roots genre.

Her two albums have been released during two years of almost constant touring with Runrig and latterly Skerryvore.

Jill Jackson performs at the Wynd Theatre, Melrose, on Saturday, June 9.

Meanwhile, six days later, ex-Wolfstone star Ivan Drever takes to Ettrickbridge Village Hall for his show, alongside a trio of Borders musicians.

Drever, who is set to release his eighth solo album this year, will be joined by Ettrickbridge accordionist Ian Lowthian – a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London; fiddler Iain Fraser and guitarist Donald Knox.

All three are tutors at Merlin’s traditional music school and also supported Eddi Reader at Innerleithen as part of the town’s festival curtain-raiser earlier this year.

Orcadian Drever worked with Knowe O’ Deil before joining Wolfstone in 1990, when he performed across the world.

HIs songs have been recorded by a number of artists and famously one co-written with fiddle player Duncan Chisholm featured in the Robin Williams’ film Good Will Hunting.

Merlin Music have announced the gigs, having moved into extended premises in Melrose.

Tickets for Ivan Drever and Jill Jackson are priced at £12 and are available from Merlin Music by phoning 01896 822376 or www.borderevents.com

Tickets for Aly and Phil are also available from Border Events website or phone 01750 725480.