Peebles born and raised but now based in Edinburgh, Esther Swift is a classically-trained harpist, singer, songwriter and composer – not to mention one of the hardest working young musicians we know.
Some will have seen Esther perform at the recent evening reception for winners of the Song of Peebles writing competition, when she played a couple of solo tracks from Fiere, a collaborative album that put the words of several prominent Scottish poets (including Jackie Kay) to music. Jackie said it might just be the best thankyou she has ever received.
Originally from Fair Isle but now based near Edinburgh, multi-instrumentalist and singer Inge Thomson is one of those artists whose music stops you in your tracks. Hailing from a family with deep roots in folk and traditional music, Inge first became involved with a piano keyed accordion from an early age and never looked back.
At the heart of Nomad Beat and all kinds of music-making in Peebles for several years, Alison Cameron was the driving force behind Peebles Creative Place 2014’s Airs &Gracenotes. It was the sheer strength and warmth of her personality that made this event, on Tweed Green in July, possible. She managed to bring together a disparate collection of 100 musicians and singers as a massed band to perform a beautiful piece of music she had composed specially for the day.
On Saturday 30 August join poet, novelist and short story writer Jackie Kay for an evening of conversation and readings around the themes of character, identity and a sense of place.
Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father, and grew up in Glasgow after being adopted as a baby by Helen and John Kay. She says: “I was quite chatty, loquacious ... I had a big imagination, so I always liked writing, but more than that I always wanted to be an actress ...”.
Liz Douglas is an artist working in the Scottish Borders. Her work, which is influenced by specific landscapes, memory, poetry, and music has developed to creating visual environments. It reflects her dialogue with the natural world and the element of unpredictability that exists. She also has a wish to explore these contradictions, using the visible and invisible element in the landscape as metaphor.