Whitsome extends welcome to The Small Hall Band

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Borders favourites The Small Hall Band are playing at the Whitsome Ark on Friday, May 16 for what is sure to be a great night of music.

Projects to enhance the village environment have been the main focus of The Whitsome Enhancement Group for the past 21 years.

Similarly, The Small Hall Band has also been actively enhancing the traditional music opportunities for young players for the past 20 years.

From its early beginnings, about 20 years ago, the Small Hall band has played for audiences in well over 60 village halls across the south of Scotland and Northumberland.

They have also played in the Millennium Dome in 2000, with French Youth Musicians in Grenoble, and many times in Hexham.

Many previous Small Hall Band members have successfully gone on to pursue successful professional music careers and come back to the band as tutors to share their expertise with the next generation of youngsters.

The current group of young musicians are no less talented and have already made their name across Scotland, North Northumberland and beyond. Two tours to the Small Isles (Muck, Eigg & Rhum), a CD release in 2012 and the Shetland tour in 2013 have been recent highlights.

Many members of the group compete nationally and some are also key members of The Ranters, Folkestra, Reely Ceol and Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin.

Currently the band comprises 24 players, who play a selection of Scottish and Celtic music and song on fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar, keyboard, and mandolin.

The show at Whitsome next Friday will act as a warm up to Coldstream’s Border Gaitherin’ which will take place at the end of the month.

Funds raised from the concert will be split between the band and the Enhancement Group.

Tickets are priced £5 adults, £3 children, £12 family and include supper

They are available from Whitsome Post Office; on the night or by ringing June on 01890 870256.