Virginian band’s show is sure to be a Hot ticket

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A band that has appeared at just about every major festival in the UK, Virginian livewires The Hot Seats have returned to British shores for a six date tour.

And they have a show lined up in Coldingham this weekend, to keep Berwickshire fans happy.

The hot five-piece will be one of the main attractions at this year’s Summertyne Americana Festival in Gateshead, where they have a mid-afternoon slot.

Then as soon as they have played their last song there, they pack up a high-tail it to Coldingham to set up for their evening show in the hall.

The Hot Seats have gathered praise following performances at big events such as Celtic Connections, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Maverick Festival, HebCeltFest, Speyfest and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they picked up the biggest accolade possible - a Herald Angel - for their outstanding contribution to the event following a sell-out run at The Famous Spiegeltent.

They were widely recognised as one of the outstanding acts at last year’s Shetland Folk Festival, their fiery brand on blistering Appalachian old-time mixed with left of centre bluegrass and a sprinkling of their own compositions winning them loads of attention.

Frontman Josh Bearman, a multi-instrumentalist, like several of his sidekicks, said they were delighted to be heading for Coldingham where they are hoping to make many new friends.

“It’s great to play on the big festival stages, but we love it too, whenever we get a chance to take our music into the more intimate performance spaces,” he said.

“We are playing at three UK festivals this year, as well as returning to some smaller clubs and halls, so the balance is just how we like it.”

Tickets for the Coldingham show on Saturday July 19, are on sale now fromwww.coldingham.info/events, Coldingham Luckebooth and Occasions in Eyemouth high street.

Doors open at 7pm.