Coldstream Border Gaitherin 2011

I can confirm that I will be running two workshops and performing at this year’s Border Gaitherin’ Festival in Coldstream. One workshop will be on traditional whistle, the other on traditional flute. There is also an end of festival performance involving all participating tutors.

I am delighted to be invited back to this traditional music festival situated right on the river Tweed on the border with England. I have been attending for many years both as a performer and as an audience member, in the past few years I have been there as part of Absolutely Legless and as a tutor. This year local flute player and good friend Martin Morroni will also be taking a workshop and I hope to catch him for a tune in one of the many sessions as well.

The family-friendly festival is now entirely self-funding and this year runs from Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 4th. There are workshops for fiddle, pipes, harp, bodhrán, low whistle, accordion and guitar as well as flute and whistle from local musicians such as Lori Watson and Elspeth Smellie.

As might be imagined, it attracts musicians from both sides of the Tweed. See the Facebook page as well as the website for further details.

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3 Responses to Coldstream Border Gaitherin 2011

  1. RUth Stanton says:


    Peter and I have just got back and have had such a great time. The camping was amazing (for the right reasons) We were glad of the use of the showers and the catering at the Hall. You should know that there was some confusion as campers were told of the arrangements which had been made but when I followed up intending to go for a hot breakfast I was redirected by people in the cafe shop to the right of the building who it would seem were not aware that the kitchen was open. I only realised my error by chance but I believe that others may have made the same error and trade may have been lost to the Hall as a result. You should also know that shop keepers in Kelso told me they did not know of the event in Coldstream. A visit to Kelso and the Hirsel fitted quite well within the time of some of the classes attended by children so this may be another avenue to raise some funds in advertising

  2. Gordon says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I’m glad you had a good time — hopefully you’ll be back another time and spread the word.

    Although I was participating in the festival, I wasn’t one of the organisers, but I’ll pass on your good points to those in a better position to deal with it as I’m sure they will be interested.

  3. Liz Marroni says:

    Many thanks for the comments above Peter, and to Gordon for putting Gaitherin information on his blog. All comments and feedback re- the Gaitherin are very welcome. We will do even better next time – JUne 1st 2nd, 3rd, 2012

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