Blazin’ Fiddles set to ignite festival

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DESPITE having performed at the Royal Albert Hall and in Billy Connolly’s front room, the award winning group Blazin’ Fiddles are eagerly anticipating playing Hawick Town Hall at the end of the month.

The fiddle ensemble group are embarking on a Scottish tour to coincide with launch of their latest album Thursday Night in the Caley – and as well as seven concert dates which include Edinburgh’s Queens Hall and Aberdeen’s Music Hall – they will perform at Hawick Reiver’s Festival.

Organiser Cath Elliott-Walker told the Hawick News: “We’ve tried for several years to get the Blazin’ Fiddles to perform during the Reivers Festival, so we are absolultely delighted to finally have them here.

“To have such an internationally-acclaimed band is definitely a one-off.”

The Blazin’ Fiddles delight audiences all over the world with their distinct flavour of music from various areas of the highlands and islands. Bruce Macgregor, Allan Henderson, Jenna Reid and Iain Macfarlane are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Andy Thorburn on keyboard, and during a performance the audience has a rare opportunity to hear pieces featuring regional styles of each fiddler, followed by all hands jumping in for an explosion of music.

Manager Gordon Webber said: “The last time we played this side of the Borders was a good nunber of years ago at the first Denholm Folk Festival, although we’ve played Langholm a couple of times, so we are really looking forward to coming to Hawick and have been keen to get back for a while.”

Tickets for the Blazin’ Fiddles concert in the town hall, on Saturday, March 26, are available priced £13 for concert seating, and £11 for the gallery from Bannerman Burke on the High Street, or online at . There will be a bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks before the concert, and at the interval.

And there are also still tickets available for the Scocha concert the previous night, which is always a popular curtain-raiser to the Reivers weekend. Hosted by Hawick Callants Club, cabaret style seating is priced £12, and the balcony £10.

n The Reivers Festival committee will be in Sainsbury’s this weekend, having been at Morrison’s last week, to continue selling raffle tickets for the prize to setting off the fireworks at the Volunteer Park on the Saturday night. Tomorrow the local Clansmen will also be at Sainsbury’s to promote the festival.

Mrs Elliott-Walker added: “ A big thank you to Sainsbury’s for joining in the activities and sponsoring banners on the High Street, Sandbed and their store in Commercial Road, and also for the generous sponsorship towards the firework display.”