Fiddle and dance on offer from Riddell group

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SELKIRK-BASED Riddell Fiddles start a new term at the Argus Centre in the town on January 19.

They kick off with the Great Selkirk Haggis Hunt, when the Fiddles will present the music for the Haggis Hunt Polka as the participants take a break outside the Argus on their way to The Hill.

Sunday morning classes include three step dance workshops run by Amy Geddes and Alison Carlyle from the Scottish Stepdance Company. Trying out this traditional, percussive form of dance – with a live band to help out – is great fun. No previous experience is required and all ages are welcome.

Dates for this are February 16, March 2 and 16. Check for details.

Meanwhile, classes in Border tunes – taken by Louise Douglas – and the improvers’ classes – taken by Sheila Sapkota – run weekly.

Performance skills classes are organised by visiting tutors such as the renowned Shetland fiddler Catriona Macdonald and resident tutor Amy Geddes, together with guitarist Donald Knox and double bass player Tony Manning.

Evening ceilidh bands for all ages and traditional music grades classes complete the opportunities on offer.

Everyone is welcome to be part of the music with lots of performances planned and a bit of fundraising busking in the pipeline.

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