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BF Gigs 2009
|31 May||Border Gaitherin Tutor Concert
Scottish Borders Festival Of Walking
BF Gigs 2008
|6 August||Sidmouth FolkWeek, Ham Marquee, with Kathryn Tickell
|7 August||Sidmouth FolkWeek, Bedford Hotel, late concert|
|1 October||Enniskillen Arts Festival, Portora Royal School|
|26 October||Tower Mill Theatre, Hawick, with Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers from California|
BF Gigs 2007
|17 November||Fiddle 2007, the Scots Fiddle Festival, Edinburgh|
BF Gigs 2006
|12-14 September||Belfast - Workshops and concert|
|24 September||The Sage, Gateshead, with Chris Stout and Catriona McKay|
|20-21 November||Enniskillen Winter Arts Festival, concert with Waterson
Carthy. Click to see festival details as PDF file.
|30 December||The Auld Cross Keys, Denholm as part of The Land, The Light, The Locals festival.|
BF Gigs 2005
|30 January||Celtic Connections, Young Tradition series, Piping Centre, Glasgow|
|26 March||Take The Floor, BBC Radio Scotland|
|30 April||Border Gaitherin, Coldstream|
|20 August||Innerleithen Music Festival|
|15-17 September||Festival of the Peninsula, Newtownards, Northern Ireland|
|5 November||Denholm Folk Festival|
|19 November||Fiddle 2005 (The Scots Fiddle Festival), Edinburgh|
BF Gigs 2004
|18 July||Edinburgh Castle for Historic Scotland|
|12-16 August||Eyemouth Maritime Festival weekend|
|5 September||Edinburgh Castle for Historic Scotland|
|24 September||Borders New Ways Awards ceremony, Kelso|
|3 October||'Both Sides of the Tweed' festival, Eyemouth|
|8 October||Reception for visitors to Official Opening of new Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh|
Highlights of 2004 - apart from getting the BYF CD out - included two gigs for visitors in Edinburgh Castle, two festivals in Eyemouth by the sea, a prestigious awards ceremony in Kelso and a big Reception for the First Minister and international visitors to the Opening of the new Scottish Parliament building.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the busiest historic buildings in Scotland and Historic Scotland asked us to come and play some music on two days during which the Castle had visitors from USA, canada, South Africa, Australia and the Far East - and even some from the rest of Scotland and the UK. Many visitors are interested in their own heritage and family history - they said having our music in the Great hall made their visit much more interesting and exciting.
The Maritime Festival was a first time event for Eyemouth which had a focus on boats. BYF played outdoors for an audience including some dancers at the Auld Kirk Square. Later we played a very nice wee concert in the United Congregational Church, supporting Alistair McDonald. It was great fun.
Later in the year we played at the now-famous Both Sides Of The Tweed festival (BSOTT), second-billing to Rory McLeod. This was a sell-out concert and the atmosphere was good. We knew the audience were enjoying the music, so we enjoyed it even more.
It was our second opportunity to play at the New Ways Awards. This is a big ceremony to present awards to businesses and community groups that had done well throughout the year. The audience was over 400 and really appreciated the music.
It was also great to be invited to play at the Reception for the Opening of the Parliament building. This is one of those things we'll remember for a long time. The First Minister, Jack McConnell hosted the evening which was held in the Royal Scottish Museum. We played on a small stage in front of the famous clock that was built in the Borders. We met the First Minister and quite a few dignitaries from other places including Bulgaria, Norway, Africa...and Sir David and Lady Judy Steel as well as Christine Graham, MSP, came over to say hello.
We have had a great start to 2005 with a showcase gig in the Young Tradition series at Celtic Connections. The Piping Centre is a great venue to play - not too big and quite intimate. It was sold-out, the audience had a great time - and so did we. We varied the programme with songs and solo spots from BYF members. And it was good fun. Later (much later) we played at the Festival Club for the late-night revellers.
At Celtic Connections, Lori's band, LW3, with Lori on fiddle and song and including Innes on guitar and Fiona Young on accordion, did brilliantly at the Open Stage, winning a Danny Kyle Award.