Premiere of performance inspired by Scotland’s archive

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A UNIQUE musical and performance event to mark the 60th anniversary of the School of Scottish Studies will be premiered in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, tonight.

Archive Trails is a new commission celebrating the diamond milestone of an institution which holds an archive of more than 9,000 field recordings of traditional music, song and other lore.

The Edinburgh-based collection was begun by Calum Maclean – brother of the poet, Sorley MacLean – and the poet, writer and folklorist, Hamish Henderson, both of whom collaborated with American folklorist Alan Lomax, who is credited as being a catalyst and inspiration for the work of the school.

Now three contemporary performers, who spent three months sifting through the archives, have come up with an exciting new work which begins a tour of Scotland in Peebles.

The trio includes Alasdair Roberts, an acclaimed Scots songwriter who has contributed a puppet show/drama and song cycle based on the reworking of the folk play Galoshins.

Drew Wright, also known as Wounded Knee, is an experimental vocalist from Edinburgh who will give his own take on songs from the archive, while Aileen Cambpell, a visual artist from Glasgow, has created a video work exploring the process of song learning.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £14. Check out the box office for availability on 01721 725777.