The Hawick Reivers Festival is holding a pre-event fundraiser – A Cooking Experience with Carolyn Oliver + Good Music – next Friday.

“Carolyn Oliver is well-known in and around the town for her excellent and easily understood cookery demonstrations, and for her popular evening classes,” organiser Cath Elliot explained.

“Preparing meals that are tasty and interesting, she is highly entertaining but most importantly she inspires her audiences to go home and re-create the dishes for their own family and friends.”

The evening’s cook, Carolyn Oliver, said: “I have always been extremely interested in cooking and, if the truth be known, I am as interested in eating it as well!

“I love to impart my knowledge and enthusiasm with friends, pupils and audiences to encourage them all to cook and to reintroduce the idea of the enjoyment of a family meal.

“My recipes are all tried and tested several times on my family and are sure to be popular with everyone.”

The second part of the evening’s entertainment will be provided by the young musicians of Teries in Tartan.

Formed in 2010 to attend a folk dance festival in Germany, members of the band are aged eight to 16, and live in and around Hawick.

Their repertoire includes Highland and ceilidh dances, the Papa Stour sword dance, and they also sing and play musical instruments, including fiddle, flute, guitar, keyboard, pipes and drums. Together they play traditional music and Border songs.

Making a welcome return to this year’s Hawick Reivers Festival are Scocha and “Scottish super-group” Session A9. Their high-energy performance featuring fiddles, percussion, guitar and keyboard includes many home-grown tunes written by band members, but also draws from Scotland’s rich store of traditional music. Together, Adam Sutherland, Brian Mcalpine, Charlie Mckerron, David “Chimp” Robertson, Gordon Gunn, Kevin Henderson and Marc Clement have been described as “the best band to have come out of Scotland in 100 years”.

They last visited Hawick Reivers Festival in 2004, and have performed in Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and the USA.

After the Hawick Reivers Festival, Scocha are heading to New York to take part in April’s Tartan Day Parade for the fourth time, followed by trips to Canada, Denmark and Germany.

A Cooking Experience with Carolyn Oliver + Good Music is at 7.30pm in the Tower Mill auditorium. Tickets cost £10 from Tower Mill Box Office, and for more information about the Hawick Reivers Festival, March 23-25, visit www.hawickreivers.com