TWO of Scotland’s leading traditional music organisations have joined forces for a tour of the country, including four appearances in the Borders.
Combining a ceilidh trail organised by Gaelic project Fèis Rois (picture, top of page) and a Scotland-wide session programme arranged by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA), Trad Trails aims to showcase the country’s folk music heritage.
Fiona Dalgetty of Feis Rois said: “We wanted to bring traditional music to places where visitors might be, but where they might not always have the opportunity to hear live music. We have performances everywhere from Stirling Castle to Skara Brae and from the Callanish Stones to the historical village of Cromarty.”
Ten talented young Scottish traditional musicians will perform, and there will be sessions with professional musicians.
A spokesperson for Trad Trails said: “A session is not a performance; it is a social event with music and song. Visitors are welcome to come along and enjoy listening to the music or bring an instrument – including your voice – and join in.”
Having played at last week’s Rolling Hills Folk Festival, Trad Trails holds a concert at Eastgate Theatre in Peebles at 7.30pm tonight (Thursday) and a session at Heatherlie House, Selkirk at 8.30pm tomorrow. They play an informal concert at Heart of Hawick at 12.30pm Saturday, on the same day take part in a concert and ceilidh with Selkirk-based group Riddell Fiddles at Boston Hall, Ettrick at 7.30pm.