Top fiddle stars set to shine at Reivers Festival concert

ONE of Scotland’s most acclaimed fiddle groups will perform at this year’s Reivers Festival in March, event organisers have revealed this week.

Session A9, who have been described as “the best band to come out of Scotland in 100 years”, will take to the town hall stage on the Saturday night (March 24) as the festival’s headline act. Renowned as a hugely popular band, the concert by the seven-piece outfit is a coup for the Hawick weekend, with organiser Cath Elliott-Walker commenting: “Those who enjoyed Blazing Fiddles last year will love this.”

But the previous evening, Hawick’s premium band Scocha will once again lift the curtain on the annual event with their popular concert, with tickets for both gigs being launched on Saturday, January 14, at Bannerman Burke.

It has also been revealed that author and broadcaster Alistair Moffat has been booked as this year’s guest speaker at the Literary Lunch on the Sunday, when he will talk on his latest book, ‘The Scots, A Genetic Journey’. Tickets for this event will also go on sale at the launch – after which all event tickets will be available from www.borderevents.com

The festival returns to the local calendar with all the usual popular attractions including the 16th-century market, reivers’ encampment, torchlit procession and fireworks to name a few. And among the visiting re-enactment groups, this year will also see the arrival of a public executioner.