Border Fiddles News & Gigs

For BYF bookings contact Sandy on info@borderfiddles.co.uk or telephone 01890 830355

BF Gigs 2009

31 May Border Gaitherin Tutor Concert
www.bordergaitherin.com
8 September

Scottish Borders Festival Of Walking
http://walking.visitscotland.com

BF Gigs 2008

6 August Sidmouth FolkWeek, Ham Marquee, with Kathryn Tickell
www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk
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
Lori Watson Shona Mooney Innes Watson Rachel Cross Carly Blain

News

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.

Looking ahead to the rest of the year...it's nothing but hard work for us students...with gigs where we can fit them in and as many festivals as we can get to! There are quite a few gigs lined up already - see some of them in the Gigs list - and Sandy will be taking bookings where they fit with our other commitments. You can hear sample tracks from the CD by clicking on the links in the BYF Music pages.

 

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