Border Gaitherin’ is tuning up

The Border Gaitherin 2015  has a wide range of traditional and folk music events
The Border Gaitherin 2015 has a wide range of traditional and folk music events

Coldstream’s annual festival of folk and traditional music is set to return to the first true Border town this coming weekend.

A wide range of musical workshops and concerts will be available to watch and take part in across the weekend, from Friday May 29 to Sunday May 31.

2015 marks the fifteenth Gaitherin’ to be held in Coldstream.

The traditional ceilidh has this year been moved to the Friday night, from 7pm, at Coldstream Community Centre. Tickets are £12 (family), £5 (adult) or £3 (children), for an evening of dancing to the reels of The Small hall Band and Clarty Cloot and Friends.

Saturday morning will be taken up with workshops held at Coldstream Primary School.

Headlining instrumentalists Ross Couper (fiddle) and Tom Oakes (flute and whistle), will be offering their expert advice to anybody who wants to learn. Ross has been described as a “Shetland superstar”, and regularly tours with Tom, who can more often be found teaching traditional flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The workshops continue into the afternoon with a local theme as Graeme Armstrong and friends showcase traditional music and song from both sides of the border in their own up-to-date settings.

And if you’ve always wanted to have a go at the bodhran (the traditional handheld drum) then there is an introductory class with Paul Dorricott running between 1.30 and 3pm.

Saturday night closes with the Grand Concert in the Community Centre, featuring Fiona Black, Innes Watson Tom Oakes, followed by a special late night session at the bowling club.

Sunday features an Open Mic at The Newcastle Arms. Book a slot by emailing bordergaitherinfestival@gmail.com, or at the Community Centre on the day

The festival closes that evening with a concert featuring the the Festival Choir. Tickets are £7, with performers getting in for free.

For more information, ticket prices and a full itinerary, visit www.bordergaitherin.com.