Top folk acts set to bring traditional sounds to village hall

Shona Mooney and Christopher Keatinge perform at St Boswells Live! this month
Shona Mooney and Christopher Keatinge perform at St Boswells Live! this month

IT is all about numbers at St Boswells Live! this month, as one-half of the all-girl group The Shee will provide two musical acts.

Rachel Newton and Lillias Kinsman Blake of Smailholm team up as a duo, while fellow Shee member Shona Mooney of Hawick joins accordionist Christopher Keatinge.

Rachel (harp and voice) and Lillias (flute) first met while studying folk and traditional music at the University of Newcastle.

Their music draws on influences from the Highlands of Scotland to the Borders and beyond, incorporating both Gaelic and English songs with traditional and contemporary melodies.

Meanwhile, Shona has previously won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2006.

She has appeared at international festivals such as Tønder (Denmark), gone on tour with Scottish Folk orchestra, The Unusual Suspects and Borders Fiddles, and recorded her debut album, Heartsease (viola tricolour).

Christopher has been playing the button accordion for 15 years under the tutorage of Ian Lowthian.

He made it to the BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year final a year after Shona, but missed out on the title.

Since then, Christopher has performed across Scotland with the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2006, and most recently as part of the Border Tunesmiths, a collaborative project and of nine Borders musicians.

Keith Farish of St Boswells Live! said: “With the memories of a wonderful February show still fresh in our minds, we are delighted to be continuing the double-header theme with four hugely-talented musicians, all hailing from close to home.

“If you are a lover of traditional Scottish music, with the raw energy of youth thrown in, then you will love what we have to offer on Friday, March 30.”

St Boswells village hall’s doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for under-16s and £25 for a family of five.

They are available from St Boswells Post Office or via the website,

Open mic starts at 8pm – call 01835 822692 to book a spot.