Phil and Aly are Eastgate-bound

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Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham return to the Borders next weekend for another concert from the masters of Scottish traditional music.

The pair remain as popular as ever, having joined forces back in 1986 for TV series Aly Bain and Friends.

It was the start, not only of Phil’s television career, but also of their 27-year partnership.

Phil and Aly went on to record an album, The Pearl, featuring some of Phil’s compositions, and have recorded and toured tirelessly since then.

Phil’s appearance on Mark Knopfler’s CD last year follows a day spent with the former Dire Straits frontman for a BBC show in 2010 where they talked about their careers.

And Aly Bain has recently stepped into the independence debate, announcing his support for the Yes campaign ahead of next year’s referendum.

Tickets are priced at £17 (£10 concessions) for the pair’s Eastgate Theatre gig in Peebles on Thursday, August 1. The show starts at 7.30pm and briefs can be bought by phoning 01721 725777.