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Charlie, from Thankerton near Biggar in Lanarkshire, firstly took accordion lessons from Jean Brown in Cambusnethan, Wishaw before learning the drums with the local Lanark and District Pipe Band. It was the latter skill which saw his introduction to the dance band world in the company of local accordionists Keith Dickson from Dolphinton and Peter Wood from Crawfordjohn. Next he played accordion with Edinburgh based banjo player Eric Wood. When that ended he ran a Ceilidh Trio for a number of years, one of the highlights being an annual trip to Kenya to play for the Caledonian Society's St Andrew's Ball from 1992 til 2011. Charlie is much involved with the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs, having over the last 20 years been Secretary, Editor (of the Box and Fiddle Magazine) and for the last 14 years Treasurer and Archivist. A keen ceilidh dancer, Charlie found no difficulty in adopting the role of drummer/caller with Borders Ceilidh Band.
Judith, who is originally from Berwickshire but now lives in Muirkirk, Ayrshire, trained at the International Cello Centre before moving onto Scottish traditional music. She was a finalist in the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in 1991 and has taught at the RSCDS Summer School. She has played in many different bands as well as her own scottish ceilidh band all over the globe at places such as Israel, Malaysia, Russia and the USA; Caledonian and St Andrew's societies in Jacarta, Kuala Lumpar and Venuzuala. Judith has made appearances on BBC Television and has broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland with several different bands as well as having a regular guest spot reviewing CD releases. She has also been involved in the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs and, for several years, reviewer for the Box and Fiddle Magazine. Judith and Stuart have been playing together on a regular basis for almost 20 years!
Stuart hails from the small village of Roberton near Hawick in the Scottish Borders. He has inherited his love of traditional music from his great uncle, Sandy, who was a fine button key accordion player and broadcast on radio with his band in the 1950's. Stuart began his musical career at the age of 13 when local accordionist Thomas Herdman took him under his wing and they played together for a number of years. After playing with Jock Borthwick and Eric Goodfellow, both experienced musicians, Stuart then decided to form his own band, Borders Ceilidh Band in Hawick, and is in huge demand playing for weddings, civil ceremonies, ceilidhs, Scottish country dances, parties and corporate events. The band has broadcast twice on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Take the Floor' programme and has performed at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival. As well as playing throughout the UK, Stuart has travelled to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and the Falkland Islands. Get in touch today for information about ceilidh band hire and ceilidh band prices.