Saturday 30th May, 2015
St Boswells Live! Classical Concert for Village Week, featuring the SIROCCO WINDS QUINTET.
Sirocco Winds are a dynamic and professional wind quintet comprising of current Masters students or graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Although based in Glasgow, its members come from all over the UK. They were formed in 2012 and pride themselves on being a young, enthusiastic and vibrant group.
Recent successes for the group include winning the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, being invited to perform at the prestigious Commonwealth Gala Concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and playing live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland.
Individually, members of the group have worked with orchestras and ensembles such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Hebrides Ensemble and Red Note (Scotland’s Contemporary Music Ensemble).
George Frideric Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Jacques Ibert – Trois Pièces brèves
Nino Rota – Romeo and Juliet Love Theme
Jim Parker – Mississippi Five
Leonard Bernstein – West Side Story Medley
Claude Debussy – Suite No. 1
Traditional – My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Malcolm Arnold – Three Shanties
Modest Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain
The Earlston High Flute and String Quartet
Formed out of a desire to perform chamber music to a wide variety of audiences, this group of friends who all attend Earlston High School are some of the most exciting musicians of their age in the area. Following a highly acclaimed performance at Duns Castle, they are really looking forward to this opportunity to perform in front of the St Boswells Live! audience. Their programme will include a performance of the recently discovered Gran Mogul Flute Concerto by Anton Vivaldi, plus Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio”.
Doors open at 7.30pm on Saturday 30th May, 2015, with a sparkling wine reception (soft fizz also available). Concert dress is optional – feel free to break out those black ties and ballgowns!
The show starts at 8pm – don’t be late.
Show tickets are now available priced £10 (£5 for under 18s) at ST BOSWELLS POST OFFICE or online (small charge applies) by clicking the link above or going to:
They will also be available on the door at the full price of £12 (£6 under 18s).
Under 12s get in free when accompanied by a paying adult – maximum two per adult.
Saturday 19th September
The Corn Potato String Band + Kevin Pearce
The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised.
The Corn Potatos have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the Central and Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.
Unlike most who would put voice to a music that ascends the skies all the while casting anxious glances back at the retreating piano keys, Kevin Pearce kisses the clouds and soars onwards before descending to alight on one chosen note so golden as to cause him to languish a while before leaving…more to the point, he is a brilliant singer, songwriter and guitarist who draws comparison with Cat Stevens in his 60s prime and, more recently Tom McRea. His songs are droll, sensitive and always knowing – a headliner in his own right!
Saturday 17th October
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. After almost a decade, 2012 saw a spectacular return in conjunction with their critically acclaimed album ‘Hidden People’. Awards and much praise followed and the couple re-established themselves as one of the top British folk duos with regular plays on BBC Radio 2 and headline performances at major venues across the country.
Recent St Boswells Live! headliner Dan Walsh could not speak too highly of them, and was delighted they would be performing for us.
Supporting Kathryn & Sean are the Kirsty Law Duo, comprising vocalist Kirsty Law, and her musical partner Marit Fält (Låtmandola and cittern) who together perform both self-written and traditional Scots songs. Their recent local performance at the Rolling Hills Folk Club was a great success, and we are delighted they have decided to come along the Tweed to meet the St Boswells audience for what promises to be a remarkable evening.