Gaitherin’s Liz in hall of fame

Borders musician Liz Maroni it being inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
Borders musician Liz Maroni it being inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

Coldstream Border Gaitherin stalwart Liz Marroni is to be inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame next month.

Liz, of Kelso, was one of the founders of the Small Hall Band in 1995, created when a group of like-minded traditional music-playing families started meeting in Birgham Village Hall.

The Small Hall Band is now in demand across the region, including at the Border Gaitherin traditional music festival held in Coldstream every year since 2001.

“I really enjoy playing and performing with other people,” said the former primary school teacher, the Gaitherin’s co-ordinator until 2014.

“I get a huge buzz from playing socially in sessions with folk who are very high-quality musicians and who enjoy the camaraderie.

“Playing for dancing, whether with the Small Hall Band or the adult ceilidh band, is also very rewarding, especially when people who have never ceilidh-danced before really enjoy it.”

The Small Hall Band was nominated as community project of the year at last year’s MG Alba Scots Trad Awards, with its young musicians playing venues from London’s Millennium Dome to Unst Village Hall in Shetland.

Small Hall Band members such as Lori and Innes Watson, Carly Blain, Lilias Kinsman-Blake, Allan Hyslop, Andrew Waite, Freya Rae and Christina Marroni have also gone on to become acclaimed professional musicians.