Fantastic fusion from around the globe

Ever wondered what happens when a jazz sax player and a classical accordionist combine?

Michael Haywood (sax, violin, whistle) and Paul Chamberlain (accordion) bring the traditions of their respective instruments together, blending them to create their own unique brand of fusion music.

The result is a vibrant, intriguing and occasionally explosive mix of music from around the globe, which delves into the seductive world of tango and the rhythmic music of the Balkans, as well as influences from Russia and Scotland.

Paul Chamberlain is a highly accomplished player who has appeared at international music festivals such as Baltica Harmonica in St Petersburg and the Edinburgh Fringe. He has also performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Opera Connect Orchestra, and is a founder member of the Scottish Tango Ensemble.

A virtuosic performer on many instruments, Michael Haywood has appeared in many of the country’s leading venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sage Gateshead and The Barbican in London, and has played on BBC Radio Scotland. He is also a passionate and committed music teacher.

This popular duo, with their virtuoso playing, fresh musical ideas and great rapport with the audience are exploring the potential of their instruments in an exciting and engaging way.

They have already appeared in Hawick this summer with a concert in the band stand at Wilton Park, where they were given a warm reception by a very appreciative audience. Now Hawick Music Live is excited to be welcoming them back, this time to Tower Mill, on Sunday, October 18.

The concert programme will feature music by Courtney Pine, Vittorio Monti, Mozart and Brahms, as well as some original compositions from the performers themselves.

The concert starts at 2.30pm. Tickets £10, under 18 free, available on 01450 360688 or from the Visit Scotland Box Office at Tower Mill.