Singer chooses Midlem for gig

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English musician Newton Faulkner has selected a village hall in the Scottish Borders as one of six venues for a series of gigs.

The Surrey born singer-songwriter conducted an online survey for fans to suggest unusual places for a brief mini-tour this month, and more than 5,000 suggestions for venues were were eventually whittled down to six.

Midlem, near Selkirk, joined venues in England and Wales: Brighton, Newton Abbot, Barry, York and Great Bardfield in Essex.

Known for his guitar playing, which involves rhythmically tapping and hitting his guitar’s body, the 27-year-old came to prominence in 2007, with the release of his debut studio album, Hand Built by Robots, which was certified double platinum in the United Kingdom.

Faulkner’s Pop Up Gigs tour celebrates the near completion of his third album.

Alan Williams of the Midlem village hall committee, said tickets for the performance, on Monday, sold out in an “incredibly short time”.

He added: “Obviously a lot of people were disappointed but it can’t be helped. He wants small venues and small audiences.”