Jamie, an S3 pupil at Peebles High School has been playing the accordion for a little over four years and, though he has played with Peebles Youth Orchestra and Peebles and Biggar Accordion and Fiddle Clubs, he usually plays solo. He first came to the attention of the Eastgate in 2019 when he won the Callants Annual Busking Competition during the Creative Peebles Festival.
One of the tunes Jamie plays is one of Phil’s songs called Miss Rowan Davies and he first saw Aly and Phil play at the Eastgate three years ago just as he was about to leave Eddleston Primary School..
“It was amazing to be able to meet Phil Cunningham and chat to and play for him. He was really nice and gave me some good tips. The best bit was when he had a shot of my accordion – I’ve never heard it sound so good. I feel really privileged that Phil Cunningham has played my accordion. Watching both Phil and Ally playing up close too was so good – I can’t believe how fast their hands work, and really inspires me to keep on learning. I’d like to thank the Eastgate Theatre for inviting me to come along to meet Phil and Aly, and I would also like to thank everyone who donated when I was busking this year. I managed to raise £165.40 for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.”
To complete what turned out to be a fantastic evening Phil offered Jamie a free accordion lesson on zoom. He can’t wait.