Coldstream will buzz with music when the Border Gaitherin hits town at the end of the month.
The border town hosts workshops, concerts, and song sessions as well as some new novelty events.
Participation will be the key to the weekend festival, in its 13th year, which runs from Friday, May 31to Saturday June 2.
The first event will be a ‘Futures’ concert involving more than 60 of the best young traditional players from both sides of the border and beyond, including The Northumbrian Ranters, The Small Hall Band, Highline and Riddell Fiddles plus guests Carly Blain and Graeme Armstrong and Friends.
This will be followed by ‘Session A697’ – a late night session with soup!
There are tuition workshops on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2 for singers or players of any age or experience with almost any instrument, all led by highly acclaimed tutors Corrina Hewat, Lori Watson, Innes Watson, Christine Kydd, Espeth Smellie, Nigel Gatherer, and Carly Blain.
Coincidentally there will be lots of singers in Coldstream on Saturday, June 1, for the ‘Flodden 500’ Commemoration Choral event on at the parish church in the evening.
If ceilidh dancing is your thing, then The Small Hall Band and Clarty Cloot & Friends provide music for energetic fun on Saturday evening at the Family Masked Ceilidh. Wear a fun mask and qualify for a small prize!
There are opportunities for children to make masks earlier in the day, and the ceilidh dance created earlier will be premiered.
Following last year’s success, the ‘open stage’ competition will provide a wealth of quality entertainment.
The finale, The Grand Concert on Sunday, June 2, features most of the workshop tutors, visiting Appalachian musicians and the winners of the open stage.
It has the reputation of being a stunning unique concert and is usually a sell out.