Skifflers stomp to Peebles

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AN AUTUMN and winter tour by Selkirk’s skiffling outfit the Bogie’s Close Stompers springs to an end with a concert at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles next week.

The seven-piece band has been enjoying what was billed as its world-wide tour of the Borders thanks to a generous Lottery grant.

It has taken the band to a variety of village halls in the four Border counties and this finale is their second visit to Peeblesshire having previously played at the village hall at Cardrona.

A feature of the tour has been fulfilling a promise to the Lottery funders that the Stompers would use their gigs to platform as much local talent as possible in the two-and-a-half-hour show.

For the Eastgate finale they will be joined by some of those who have shared the tour stages.

The Stompers will be joined at the Eastgate by the Beggar Girls, the Small Hall Band, Andy and Willie, Kin Folk, GaelForce, Ron Hastings, Ron and Kev, and Mac and Sharon. There will also be an exciting element of audience participation.

The Bogie’s Close Stompers were formed in 2000 by like-minded regulars at the Town Arms in Selkirk and the name is taken from a close which leads to the town-centre pub.

The line up includes guitars, vocals, banjos, mandolin, penny whistle, tea-chest bass, washboard, cowbell and horn.

The performance is on Friday, March 11, at 7.30pm and, to mark the end of a successful tour, entry is free.

The Stompers are now planning a tour of Galloway.