St Boswells will become a hive of entertainment activity on Saturday, May 31, when it hosts St Boswells Live.
The event, which will kick start Village Week, will see Scottish folk legend Archie Fisher provide a laid-back, evocative set, followed by a performance from Tommy Ashby and his superb band.
Master guitarist, singer and songwriter, Archie Fisher is among Scotland’s foremost troubadours.
Although Fisher is a legendary figure in the Scottish folk music world – everybody’s favourite singer and an enormously influential presence both musically and philosophically – he has remained largely unknown to the greater pop music mainstream.
Probably best known for his 27-year stint as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning Travelling Folk show, Fisher has an incredible history of collaboration stretching back more than 50 years, including Barbara Dixon, Garnet Rogers, Fairport Convention and Frightened Rabbit.
Still touring and recording, Fisher is an audience favourite wherever he performs.
Hailing from Innerleithen, Tommy Ashby is continually gaining momentum as a songwriter and live performer, most recently demonstrated as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for Nina Nesbitt’s band.
Ashby’s rural roots are clear in his songs, with folk and blues stylings seamlessly integrated with pop songwriting to create skilfully crafted, warming and beautiful songs.
Ashby is supported by a group of extremely talented musicians, including singer / guitarist Adam Double, who are integral to creating the tight, vibrant sound the band are so good at.
There will also be a special appearance from the village hall sub-Committee, playing a few infectious covers to kick the evening off.
One of the men braving the stage is Keith Farnish who said this year’s event has arrived at exactly the right time, given the recent renovation of St Boswell’s village hall.
“Village Week has always been a popular event, from back in the days when it was known as the Midsummer Fayre to now, but the timing is spit on this year with the village hall being in such good shape.
“It was a bit touch and go as to whether the hall would be ready in time, but thankfully it is and hopefully we’ll get a good crowd along.”
Keith and the guys who will be joining him on stage next weekend are all members of the Bread & Jam music group who meet every month at the local cricket club. But Keith said being on a stage in front of an audience is a completely different kettle of fish.
“We are all really nervous; we’re not professionals by any stretch of the imagination; we just love music and like to have fun.
“For our set for St Boswells we have decided to pick a song each. I’ve chosen Elbow’s One Day Like This, and there are also songs from Tom Waite, Runrig and The Eagles that the other guys picked, so we’ve got quite an eclectic mix.”
Next Saturday’s concert will herald a fun-packed seven days for St Boswells, with lots of events in the Village Week schedule.
To find out more, visit St Boswells Village facebook page at www.facebook.com/stboswells.