October weekend for Selkirk Sessions

Musicians and those simply wanting to be entertained will arrive next month for the ever-popular Selkirk Sessions.

As usual, it takes place over the first full weekend in October – that’s October 3-5.

While the festival gets under way officially anytime on the Friday, some keen, regular followers arrive for a tune-up session on the Thursday.

This is the ninth year of Selkirk Sessions, which was born out of the last two Both Sides of the Tweed Festival which were held in the town.

Chairman of the sessions is Davey Scott, the banjo player with Selkirk skifflers the Bogie’s Close Stompers and percussionist with Riddell Fiddles.

He commented: “We welcome all musicians who enjoy playing folk – traditional or modern, contemporary and bluegrass music. And of course anyone who just likes to listen to good stuff.”

He added: “Last year was once again a great success with terrific sessions in the Town Arms, Selkirk Bowling Club, the Conservative Club, the Masonic Lodge and The Fleece.

“The competitions in The Fleece attracted a good number of entries, but more are always welcome – if only to avoid having to present a prize to myself.

“The Sunday afternoon ceilidh which embraced the winners’ concert was appreciated by performers and we are looking forward to another great Sunday afternoon .”

On the eve of the Scottish referendum he told us: “Yes, we are all better together with good music.”

Organisers are hoping that the referendum outcome might encourage performers to pen some new material to mark the occasion.