Stage set for bigger and better Rowchester Festival
FOR the past few years, the otherwise peaceful surroundings of Rowchester House, near Greenlaw, has rocked to the sound of a host of up and coming acts - and now organisers are gearing up to do exactly the same this weekend.
The Rowchester Music Festival has been going for four years with a line up that has expanded with each year.
This year's festival will see a number of acts featured in 'In The Limelight' take to the stage including The Warehouse Announcement, The Dull Fudds and Jack Can't Dance. And with 2009 Rowchester favourites The Gillyflowers and Jakil also returning, organiser and owner of Rowchester House, Leonard Harper Gow is hoping 2010 will be the Festival's best year to date.
"Last year was a great success and once again the festival will provide a platform for gifted young performers both local and from further afield.
"We've also got dancing and a theatre company coming down from Edinburgh to give something a bit different.
"There will also be a well-being area, so people will be able to get a massage or some reiki and like last year there will be a spot for children although this year it will focus on art, reading and music.
"Camping will once again be available; we had 250 people pitch their tents last year and I'm hoping for a repeat of that.
"We've widened our range this year and I can't stress enough that is is very much a family friendly event."
The Warehouse Announcement, The Dull Fudds, Jack Can't Dance, The Gillyflowers and Jakil will on be on the main stage for the festival's first day on Saturday alongside Eyemouth's Atmostheatre, The Hurricanes, Run/Lucky/Free, The Press Plays, Lost in Audio and Guns at Dawn who will be doing a DJ set.
But one stage isn't enough for Rowchester. Lining up on the festival's acoustic stage on Saturday and Sunday are Avital Raz and Amos Ungar, Richard Cobb, Kat Healy, Rachel Waters, Mr Wishart, The Dirty Aprons, London & Paris, Hannah O'Reilly and Simon Kempson.
If you fancy a second bite of main stage action on Sunday, you can look forward to The Riddell Fiddlers, Idiot Cut, Catherine Thomson, Lecy Rose, Flora Munro, C.C.J, Bwani Junction, Daisy Chute, The Crooked Fiddle Band and Mid-Life Crisis.
Last year's line up went down a storm with music fans and with a lot more on offer this year, Leonard is hoping that people will come to Rowchester in their droves.
"Jakil and The Gillyflowers really got things moving last year and I think both are on the verge of a big breakthrough.
"Jakil have been busy touring since last year and after seeing them they are sounding a lot more confident and more grown up so people can look forward to a more mature performance from them at the weekend.
"And the lead singer of The Gillyflowers, Kirsten Adamson is an amazing performer. Out of everyone I'd say she was the big 'one to watch'. As well as being a fantastic singer, she writes very good songs with poignant lyrics and choruses full of melodies," he added.
"One of the acts we've got for Sunday that I'm really excited about is The Crooked Fiddle Band.
"The guys are from Melbourne and I'm not quite sure how they heard about the Rowchester Festival but, like many other artists, they applied to be part of it.
"I've only seen them on Youtube so far but I'm looking forward to watching them on stage. I would describe them as country rock with a bit of attitude."
Although he was over the moon with last year's turnout, Leonard said he hoped there would be more locals eager to get into festival mode this year. He added: "Last year we attracted music fans from all over the UK but there wasn't nearly enough Berwickshire people there.
"This year we've been to local schools as I think that we've got a line-up and an event that really appeals to youngsters as well as adults.
"I'm really hoping that the Borders acts on the bill will bring their fans along with them."
This year's festival is aiming to raise funds and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust and to book tickets, priced at 17.50 a day for adults and 10 a day for youths (aged 12-17) and to get further information on how to get there etc visit www. rowchestermusicfestival.com.