The talent trail

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Five of the finest young musicians from across the country aim to raise the roof off three Borders venues this week as part of a national tour.

Feis Rois have just returned from Australia where they worked with The National Celtic Festival of Australia to introduce the hugely successful Ceilidh Trail model.

Since 2000 the trail has been replicated across five other communities and for the second year this summer is set to tour nationally to venues and communities across Scotland, including Peebles and Hawick.

This year, the Feis Rios band includes singer and pianist Kim Carnie, aged 19 from Perthshire, and Mischa Macpherson, from Lewis, a 19-year-old singer who plays clarsach.

Joining them are Conal McDonagh, aged 18, from Poolewe playing pipes and whistles, 19- year-old Orcadian fiddler Eric Linklater and Jack McRobbie, aged 19, from Perthshire, playing accordion and guitar.

Fiona Dalgetty from Feis Rois said: “Over the years it has become clear that there is an increasing demand from young musicians across Scotland for a similar opportunity to be created for them and we saw the best way forward in meeting this demand was in the creation of a National Ceilidh Trail. Last year the tour reached a whole range of venues from castles to cafes, festivals to farmers’ markets, and all things in between.”

Free concerts take place at Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre today from 1-2pm and 2.20- 3.30pm.

And on Saturday they head to Heart of Hawick for another free show in Beanscene at 12.30pm, followed by the Newlands Centre at Romanno Bridge at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the latter gig are priced at £6 (£4) – visit for more details.