Statue under Archaeological Society spotlight

The Return from Hornshole statue.
The Return from Hornshole statue.


Spotlight on statue

The third lecture of the season takes place in the town hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm when Ruaraig Maciver, Beltane Studios, will give an illustrated talk on ‘The Making of the Return from Hornshole’. Ruaraig will focus on all aspects of the making of the new statue unveiled in 2014 as part of the quincentenary celebrations. Non-members welcome, voluntary collection.

hawick music live!

Duo in top form

Paying another, very welcome, return visit to Hawick earlier this month were Paul Chamberlain and Michael Haywood. Their programme began quietly, evocatively, with a typical, eleven beat in the bar Balkan wedding dance. Performed on soprano saxophone and accordion in a lively manner, the scene was set for an afternoon of excellent music.

There followed three more pieces portraying different styles of tango: the first, jazz-like, celebrating the end of slavery; the second incorporating the sweet sound of the violin; and the third, another Balkan piece, this time with seven beats in a bar.

The duo then performed an exquisite composition by Chamberlain depicting an Orcadian Sunrise, with the Sound of Hoy, shipwrecks and the play of light on the water. The accordion this time was accompanied by the low six-holed whistle, providing a soulful timbre to the piece.

Monti’s well-known lively, toe-tapping Czardas for gypsy violin preceded a quiet, reflective solo on accordion, a Romance by Angelis, which was slow and haunting.

Haywood then played a composition of his own depicting the Lewis Chessmen, which was an imaginative and dramatic three-part piece. Introducing the wee whistle, the audience was shown how versatile a ‘simple’ instrument can be, using techniques of breath control and finger vibrato.

Modern, jazzy tango with a big sound opened the second half of the programme and then, in contrast, came a calm, serene Ave Maria by Piazzolla. Two Hungarian Dances by Brahms and the second movement of Mozart’s clarinet concerto followed, showing the versatility of these two players.

Russian composer, Zolotariev, who studied under eminent tutors at St. Petersburg Conservatoire, wrote a Sonata for free bass accordion and was the highlight of the concert, receiving enthusiastic applause.

Bringing an end to the afternoon of music were very rhythmic, lively and exciting Troikas, from both Russia and Israel, and as a final encore concert-goers were treated to a jig and reel – Russian style!

Both musicians, in excellent form , showed how versatile they and their instruments were and the audience, sensing this, reacted appreciatively and warmly.–MB



The SWI annual general meeting was held on October in 14 in Denholm Village Hall with all the usual reports of the year’s activities. The new committee of nine was elected and many thanks to Molly Marshall who tallied the votes. Positions decided at a later committee meeting as follows: President, Enid Cruickshank; vice-president, Sheila Marshall; secretary, Chris Nicol; Treasurer. Anne Reid. Other committee members: Dee Baxter, Mary Beck, Pat Jardine, Norma Kerr and Christine Rodgers. The cup for most competition points over the year was presented to Pat Jardine; 2 (equal), Janice Palmer and Mary Beck. After the main business was completed and tea taken, a lively evening of dominoes followed, with Dot McLennan emerging the winner. Competition for most interesting pack of cards – 1, Sheila Marshall; 2, Christine Rodger; 3, Pat Jardine; 4, Dee Baxter. The next meeting is on November 11 when all ladies are invited to listen to The Dolly Mixtures.