Local musicians to stage free concert

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The Border Directors and friends will officially launch their new CD ‘Lowp Till Ye Cowp’ at a special free concert in Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum on Monday.

It features traditional tunes along with new melodies by the band, which reflects members’ understanding and mastery of the region’s musical heritage presented in a modern setting.

Established in 1987 and originally known as the Blue Moon Band, The Border Directors are Matt Seattle (Border pipes and fiddle), formerly of Newbiggin and now living in Hawick, and three Morpethians – John Bibby (guitar, bass), Kim Bibby-Wilson (accordion, Northumbrian small pipes, songs) and Derek Poxton (guitar, mandola). They have performed live and in broadcasts both locally and further afield.

For ceilidhs they are joined by expert caller Elaine Carter of Corbridge, but any lowping at Monday’s event will have to be restricted to toe tapping in the confines of the medieval Chantry bridge chapel.

The event starts at 7.30pm. To be sure of a seat, call Derek on 01670 519037 or Kim on 01670 513308 in advance.