The job of ensuring this year’s Border Gaitherin weekend in Coldstream gets off to a cracking start falls on young shoulders tomorrow night.
The annual event will open with ‘Futures’, organised and led by Carly Blain, a Kelso-born graduate of Newcastle University traditional music course.
She has brought together five young traditional music bands for the ‘Futures’ concert in Coldstream Community Centre, including Highline, Stocksfield Stompers, Riddell Fiddles Junior Back Row Bairns, The Small Hall Band, and The Northumbrian Ranters.
They are all well-established bands, playing with a great deal of skill and enthusiasm at all their many engagements and ceilidhs.
In addition to performing with The Monster Ceilidh Band all over the UK, Carly herself teaches both in the Scottish Borders and for Northumberland’s Music Partnership North.
She also leads Highline, a Borders-band based in Kelso who play a variety of arrangements on fiddle, flute and piano of traditional tunes.
Stocksfield Stompers have grown to a big sound with 18 members, playing fiddle, flute, whistle, accordion, cajon, piano, guitar and voice and are also led by Carly Blain and Graeme Armstrong.
They won Band of the Year in 2012 at Morpeth Gathering and have performed at Hexham Gathering, Sage Gateshead and Alnwick Playhouse.
Riddell Fiddles are no strangers to The Border Gaitherin and this year we welcome their new junior group, ‘Back Row Bairns’ who will perform a short selection from their current programme.
The Small Hall Band, currently with about 24 members, produced their second CD in November 2012.
They continue to perform lively concerts and ceilidhs locally, as well as in Alnwick and Hexham, and are touring in Shetland this summer. The band will also be playing for the first half of The Gaitherin Family Ceilidh on Saturday.
Formed in 2007, the Northumbrian Ranters has grown to its current membership of 47 recruited from 18 schools in Northumberland. Big tours have taken them to Shetland, Scotland and Ireland and they were in the US in April.
Tickets for the 7pm ‘Futures’ concert are available from Clarks Newsagents in Coldstream, or on the door.
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