Local musicians James and Chris join together for council’s latest CD offering

James Thomson
James Thomson

TWO young musicians from Berwickshire feature on a new CD released by Scottish Borders Council which endeavours to bring new life to a tradition that has almost disappeared.

Pipers James Thomson and Chris Waite combine their musical talents on ‘Young Pipers’, the latest CD in the Borders Traditions series.

James is from Hume and currently performs with Kilter Ceilidh Band, the Jenna Reid Band and others.

Chris is from Chirnside and is currently in demand as a recording session musician and often performs with James in various ceilidh bands.

Yvonne McCracken, acting director of Education and Lifelong Learning at Scottish Borders Council welcomed the new CD, saying: “It is important that we keep traditional music alive and this new CD is good because it brings a fresh interpretation of this music for a modern audience.

“I hope that people feel they can support our young Borders-based musicians by buying a copy of this latest addition to the Borders Traditions series of CDs.”

The CD is the seventh offering in the Borders Traditions series following on from the 2007 acclaimed Borders Pipes album.

It has been produced by Fred Freeman on behalf of Arts Development at SBC.

Fred explained: “It is not so much that the lads’ Highland Pipe backgrounds are nowhere in evidence, but there is a sensitive endeavour to flow with the lighter nature of the Borders’ instrument and music.”

Borders Traditions is a record label run by SBC’s Arts Development service.

The Borders Traditions series is a collection of CDs and books of Borders music and songs including Borders Tunesmiths and Herd Laddie O’ The Glen, a collection of songs by Willie Scott.