Nomad Beat

Airs & Gracenotes

Who, where, when?

We can’t say too much about where (oh, ok, look out for pop-up performances in the car park at Sainsbury’s, as well as outside the Tourist Information Centre, the Tontine, in School Brae, Castle Warehouse cook shop, the Oven Door courtyard and a few other spots) but we can tell you who will be involved. Here’s a brief rundown of the main acts:  

Saturday, 26 July: Pop-up events, 10am-12pm

Charlotte Petersen: One of Scotland’s top harpists – and a respected composer in her own right – Charlotte is a wonderful performer who plays a vast range of musical styles.

Peebles Chamber Ensemble: Jane Greig (ex-leader of Peebles Orchestra) has brought together a special ensemble for the day.

Eddleston Voices: A local community choir of around 35 people who between them represent a wide range of ages and backgrounds. 

Nomad Beat Group: Players from the Peebles-based music school will wow the crowd with an eclectic selection of instruments and musical styles.

Peebles Burgh Silver Band: A familiar sight at events around Peeblesshire, the red-coated Peebles Burgh Silver Band always delivers a rousing performance.

Tweedvale (Innerleithen) Pipe Band: Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up courtesy of one of Scotland’s top pipe bands.

Saturday, 26 July 1.15pm, Tweed Green

All performers will play a short set before coming together to form a massed band for the premier of Airs and Gracenotes at around 2.45pm, again on Tweed Green.

7.30pm, Celter Schmelter, Eastgate Theatre: Bringing alive Yiddish dance music, Celter Schmelter offers an irresistible mix of raucous, soulful and sweet acoustic klezmer. Tickets are £12, £10, £5 for schoolchildren. Available now on 01721 725777, or online

Sunday, 27 July 2.30pm, Alastair Savage Trio, Anne Younger Studio, Eastgate Theatre: Award-winning fiddle player Alastair Savage leads an afternoon of Scottish music. Tickets are £10, £8, £5 for schoolchildren. Available now on 01721 725777, or online

Sunday, 27 July 8pm:  Candlelit House Party in Jo Powell’s Lovely Barn: The final Airs & Gracenotes treat is Jo Powell’s monthly Candlelit House Party in the Lovely Barn, featuring a very special performance by Fair Isle accordionist Inge Thomson. Inge plays accordion with Karine Polwart, is a member of the Pathhead Music Collective, and a rThe final Airs & Gracenotes treat is Jo Powell’s monthly Candlelit House Party in the Lovely Barn, featuring a very special performance by Fair Isle accordionist Inge Thomson. Inge plays accordion with Karine Polwart, is a member of the Pathhead Music Collective, and a remarkable musician in her own right. Admission by donation, book by phone 07795 468295.

Nomad Beat is a  registered charity whose objective is to carry out activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation):

  • To promote music and  musicianship
  • To create opportunities for all through affordable musical education
  • To work in partnership to support others in the wider community
  • To seek and develop opportunities for international cooperation within the above objectives
  • To reduce isolation through shared musical development, education and opportunities

Peebles Creative Place has been working with Nomad Beat to put on Airs & Gracenotes.  Air's and Gracenotes will run over the weekend of 26 & 27 July and will feature events in Tweed Green, The Eastgate Theatre and at the Lovely Barn.