Fringe debut for Borders singers

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Borders singing group, Fisher Lassies, will be making its Fringe debut in Edinburgh on Wednesday, August 13.

The Fisher Lassies are an a cappella group with a well-established reputation in the Borders.

They originally formed in 2007 to play the role of real fisher lassies in Lament for the Little Boats, a powerful play about the Eyemouth Fishing Disaster of 1881, written by local playwright Howard Purdie.

This involvement culminated in a successful four-night run in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and, finally, a performance in Peebles Arts Festival in 2008.

Since then they have continued to sing together, and while the name has stuck, their repertoire has widened to include whatever songs inspire them.

Drawn chiefly from traditional sources, their songs range from the haunting and atmospheric to the joyful and uplifting.

They have performed annually in the Innerleithen Music Festival and at other events throughout the Borders and beyond, all of which have been very well-received.

Reviewing their first CD, Anne Neilson and Gordeanna McCulloch, two highly-respected figures in Scottish Traditional Music, wrote: “It’s not always easy to arrange traditional songs for performance in a larger group, but The Fisher Lassies’ approach allows for individual commitment and passion to shine through and the CD conveys a real sense of everyone’s enjoyment.”

The show, which takes place on August 13 in the Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride’s, runs from 7-8pm and tickets are £8/ £6 (con), available from the Fringe Box Office & Queen’s Hall Box Office or at the door.