The strains of the fiddle, whistle and vocals abounded throughout Selkirk as the town’s traditional music festival took place last weekend.
The campsite in The Haugh was nearly at capacity as musicians from a wide area descended on the Royal Burgh to create a festival busier than last year’s event.
Selkirk Sessions chairman Davey Scott said: “There were a lot of people walking about with happy faces, and not many looking glum, so that must say something.
“The highlight was the session in the Masonic Lodge on Saturday afternoon. Several people said it was the best session they had ever been to at anything.”
He added: “It was so good because it was a mixture of tunes, songs, poems and stories, all sorts.”
He went on: “The bowling and Tory clubs had very successful sessions on the Friday and Saturday nights, and the Sunday family ceilidh was a real success in sense of the old meaning of the word ‘ceilidh’, which is a meeting of people with songs, music, stories and dancing, rather than only dancing.
“There was space for music and for people to sing and tell stories, as well as dance.”
Among the winners of the Saturday afternoon competitions in O’Malleys were – under 16, Hannah Sieker; over-16s instrumental, Sheila Sapkota (fiddle) and Davey Scott (whistle); over-16 song/poem, 50 Shades of Blue.
And this week festival organisers set up a Selkirk Sessions Facebook page in response to popular demand, said Davey.