Call for fiddlers three at Ashkirk

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The latest muscial night at Ashkirk Village hall, on Wednesday, May 6, brings to the stage three highly-repected musicians from across the Atlantic.

Troy MacGillivray, Jake Charron and Shane Cook come to the Borders fresh from the Shetland Folk Festival for a concert that is not to be missed.

Troy MacGillivray, from Nova Scotia, has a musical prowess that can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline.

From a young age, Troy was impressing audiences with his fiddle, piano and step dancing skills, and now he is all grown up, he is a multi-award winning player who has played across Canada, the US and UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Australia.

On his fifth solo album, Troy has recorded a set of tunes composed by each of 12 fiddler-composers, not all best known for fiddling.

This project has been perfectly executed by Troy and also appearing on the album is Jake Charron.

Jake has built a reputation as one of Canada’s finest accompanists for fiddle music. He has been in high demand for many traditional styles, playing piano and guitar with artists around the world. Since graduating from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in Kinesiology, J

ake has pursued music and had the privilege of performing and recording with many elite musicians.

At the age of 26, Canadian Shane Cook “rates at the top of the shortlist of the finest fiddlers in the world today,” says the Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. Shane has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and excels at an array of fiddle styles, ranging from Irish and Scottish to French-Canadian, Texan, and Bluegrass. After a concert at The Opera House, the Boston Herald proclaimed: “Shane Cook’s Celtic fiddling was enough to break hearts.”

Reviewers have said that Shane 
captivates audiences with his danceable playing, as 
adventurous as it is technically thrilling.

He has toured Canada, United States, Germany, England, China and 
Taiwan, and has performed his 
show with several orchestras.

The guest musicians will be ably supported by the Borders’ own Riddell Fiddles.

The music starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets, costing £10, are available from Sheila at Riddle Fiddles on 01750 22531, or email, or from Dorothy on 01750 32396,

Please book in advance as this event is sure to be very popular. Bar available.