Whellans takes a trip up A68

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LAUDER troubadour Mike Whellans makes the short trip to Newtongrange next weekend to feature in the Battlefield Band’s Music Tryst Festival.

The one-man blues band will take part in the opening concert of the three-day event at the National Mining Museum on Friday, August 5.

Mike, who has a new fan in Scottish 1970s funk band the Average White Band, continues to tour, mostly in Denmark.

Also on the line-up is Michael Marra, regarded as one of Scotland’s wittiest songwriters, and folk funnyman Tich Frier.

Mike also hosts a workshop on Saturday morning for blues harmonica players, along with a host of other sessions with featured artists from the opening concert.

And the veteran musician then plays a blues concert on Saturday afternoon, alongside song and piping gigs respectively.

Saturday night sees the appearance of the Battlefield Band, who head to the unlikely setting of Liechtenstein in October to play at a Tartan Army party before Scotland’s European Championship qualifier against the host nation.

More workshops with the Battlefield Band are held on Sunday, followed by an informal farewell session to round off the weekend.

A spokesman for the festival said: “The Music Tryst will be a weekend of superb traditional music, concerts, lessons/workshops and informal sessions, suitable for all ages.

“They will be led by the internationally acclaimed Scottish group Battlefield Band, who will be joined by some of their musical friends – Tich Frier, Michael Marra, Mike Whellans, Allan MacDonald, George Duff and Chloe Matharu.”

For more information about the festival visit www.musictryst.com