The Rolling Hills are alive with the sound of Coe & co

VETERAN folk star Pete Coe will make his only appearance in Scotland this year at the Rolling Hills Festival later this month.

In its second year, the three-day event in the Corn Exchange, Melrose, is organised by Ron Anderson of Rolling Hills Folk Club.

He said: “It is great to be welcoming Pete back to Melrose, having performed for the club four years ago.

“The likes of David Ferrard and the Celtic Nyckelharpa Project will both be launching their albums at Melrose.

“I have friends coming up from north Wales and Tyne and Wear and we are hoping plenty locals will come along.”

The festival kicks off on Friday, July 29 with a ceilidh (7.30pm), where the experienced HLI Band, which includes Peebles fiddler Dave Robb in their line up, will provide the music.

Saturday morning sees a crafts fair followed by a family concert (11am), with Coe – in his 40th year as a professional musican – leading a mixture of singing games and dances.

He will also hold a Strings and Things workshop on Sunday morning (11am) for bouzouki, banjo and Appalachian dulcimer.

Coe will appear again for the Saturday evening show (7.30pm), alongside American-Scots singer/songwriter David Ferrard, as well as The Alex Hodgson Band from Prestonpans.

Graham Dolan and Graham Blanche will back up Eryn Rae, a young fiddler from just outside Jedburgh, on Sunday’s afternoon gig (2pm).

They will be joined by Coe, performing for a third time during the weekend, alongside the Celtic Nyckelharpa Project and the Fisher Lassies.

There will be singarounds in the Corn Exchange and the George & Abbotsford Hotel throughout the three days.

Tickets for all events are available from Ron Anderson on 01896 820340 or from Merlin Music in Melrose.