Topper replaced by Boogies at String Jam

The Border Boogie Band will headline this Saturday’s session of the String Jam Club at the County Hotel in Selkirk.

The rock and soul veterans have been drafted in as late replacements for the advertised act, Joe Topper and the Vagrant Kings.

“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control, Joe and the boys have had to unavoidably reorganise their current tour,” explained the String Jam’s Allie Fox. “They have been rescheduled to appear on Saturday, August 22, so their fans won’t miss out.

“However, the club is absolutely delighted to welcome the Border Boogie Band who have been the best-loved rock band in the region for many years and whose musicianship is rightly acclaimed and admired.”

The BBB still boasts three of its original members – Andy Keddie (vocals), Frank Usher (guitar, pictured above) and David Little (drums) – and has had the same line-up, with the addition of Gavin Dickie (bass) and Dave Coyle (guitar), since


Support on Saturday will come from silky retro jazz duo Al James and Sue Bremner, along with the ever-entertaining Seoras Ashby from Peebles. Admission for the show which starts at 8pm (venue opens 7.30pm) is £10 on the door. Further details from the County Hotel on 01750 721233.



April 9

Hamlet, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. In this pared down, modern dress Hamlet, Maxine Peake plays the Prince as a student idealist repelled by the corruption and compromise of the adults around him. Tickets £14 (£10 for schoolchildren). Contact 01721 725777 or see


April 10

In Buchan’s Steps, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Talk marking the lauch of a new audio trail celebrating John Buchan’s life and work. Tickets £10 (£8, £5 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.


April 11

Kieran Halpin, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. The singer/songwriter returns with new numbers from his latest album mixed with established favourites. Tickets £12 (£10, £5 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.

April 13

The Trinity Belles+, Tower Mill Cafe Bar, Hawick, 12.30pm. Free lunchtime recital from exceptionally gifted students studying violin at The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London.

String Theory presents Kieran Halpin and Brillig, Tower Mill Cafe Bar. Kieran Halpin launches his latest album. Tickets £10. Box office 01450 360688 or call in to Visit Scotland desk.


April 9

Home, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. After an alien invasion, a young girl forms an unlikely friendship with an alien called Oh. Together they go on a quest to find the girl’s mother. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Tel 01450 360688 or call in to the VisitScotland desk. (U)

Mr Turner, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Mike Leigh’s exploration of the last quarter-century of the life of great, if eccentric, British painter JMW Turner (1775-1851), featuring a career-best performance from Timothy Spall. Tickets and contact info as above. (12A)

April 10

Wild, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. Based on a true story, a woman hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone in an attempt to heal the wounds of her turbulent past. Tickets and contact info as before.

A Most Violent Year, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history. Tickets and contact info as before. (15)

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, New Palace Centre, Greenlaw, 7.30pm. Silent, with live theatre organ accompaniment played on the theatre organ formerly installed in the Playhouse Edinburgh. Tickets £6.50 (under 16s £3.50). Call 01361 810759.

Still Alice, Eastgate Theatre, 4.30pm, 7.30pm. A renowned linguistics professor receives a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Tickets £8 (£5 child). Contact details as before. (12A)

April 14

Fifty Shades of Grey, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Based on the 2011 erotic thriller. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact details as before.


April 15

English National Opera Live presents La Traviata, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Verdi’s masterpiece tells of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is forced to sacrifice her one hope of happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation. Tickets £17 (£10 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.


April 10

Celeste’s Circus, Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk, 3pm. A first trip for wee ones into the magical delight of the big top. Cheeky dogs play ball, a hippo does the high wire and a loveable furry seal performs for paper fish. Tickets £5. Call 01750 725841.

April 11

Liang and the Magic Paintbrush, Eastgate Theatre, 2.30pm. Charming wooden puppets, shadow theatre, origami, live painting and video combine in this inventive and gentle show that brings a well-loved Chinese tale to life. Tickets £8 (£5 child, £22 family of four). Contact details as before.