Music Month at the Eastgate

The October programme kicks off with the finest fiddle playing recently to emerge from Scotland.  Fara launches the month on the 1st.  the fiery sound produced by Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price on fiddles plus Rory Matheson on piano perform the music of Orkney in intricate playing and rich harmonies.   Seven days later, on the 8th , RANT pick up the roots music baton.  Four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players create a sound both rich and lush weaving a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.

Between these two, on Saturday 2nd , The Spirit of Bad Company and Free celebrate the music of Paul Rodgers.  The Music in Peebles season continues with an extraordinary hybrid classical concert/drama production called Creating Carmen. This fun filled evening of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music is on Tuesday 5th .

Bizet’s music makes an extraordinary return on Tuesday 19th at 7pm when the big silver screen is filled by Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man.  This extraordinary dance/drama interpretation of the opera transports the story to a greasy garage diner in 1960s America, where the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.

Wednesday 27th sees the frenetic energy turned down just a little as internationally renowned guitarist Martin Simpson rules the stage.  One of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling as he combines elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music with his own songs.  Heidi Talbot and Boo Hewardine bring the month to a close on the 29th as they celebrate Heidi’s 20 years as a professional singer and the release of her new album featuring tracks from her first 5 solo albums.

Whatever your musical taste the Eastgate is the place to be this month.  Performances (except Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man) begin at 7.30pm.  Tickets can be bought in person, over the ‘phone on 01721 725777 or online www.eastgatearts.com where there is a lot more background information.