TERIBUSKERS WEEKEND, HAWICK, FESTIVAL INFO...

Beginnings
 
In 2007 the Hawick Jazz festival ran into a financial brick wall, in that it was becoming too expensive to organise, with limited income despite being a success in attracting people to the town.
 
The disappointment that many felt at the demise of the Jazz festival resulted in a public meeting called by local solicitor and music fan Rory Bannerman. This meeting identified various ideas and small groups were formed to take some of the ideas forward one of which was a busking event. The key to this idea was that it would promote music making, encourage young and old to perform and not cost much to organise or to take part in.
 
First year
 

The event was organised over a few weeks, with publicity courtesy of the local press and word of mouth.  Local hairdresser and folk singer, Pearl Dalgleish helped to spread the word to the traditional music fraternity.  At the same time others members of the organising group and supporters endeavoured to get artists from other musical styles to come along.

On the morning of the event we set up a stall on the brilliantly sunlit Hawick High Street and hoped some people would turn up, play and enter the competition. The event was opened by Jazz man Ted Percy and local band Old Benedict got things of to a flying start.  

We had all sorts of musical performers on the street from youngsters from the local saxhorn and pipe bands to more mature performers on guitars, accordions, organs, fiddles, flutes and flugelhorns.

Prizes were awarded late in the afternoon in local pub and trophies presented by the Richard Common School of Music and Spence’s Music shop were given to the best  Adult and Under 16 performances.

In the evening a number of pubs in the town centre held open sessions for all participants.

Second and Third year
 

The Saturday was planned to be the same format as the first year with the advantage of a traffic-free High Street.

After reclaiming the streets on Saturday we added Music in the Park on the Sunday afternoon to the weekends programme. This event took place in the beautiful surroundings of Wilton Lodge Park on the Sunday afternoon. Performers were piped up the Avenue to the museum where there was a short opening address after which the musicians set up around the park to entertain people out for a stroll. The 2009’s Sunday event was opened by the unmistakable Jessie Ray.

We were again fortunate enough to receive sponsorship from DS Dalgliesh & Sons and Emtelle. Other funds were raised at a concert organised by the group which became the opening event of the weekend on Friday of the 2009 festival.

2010
 

This year, as well as the now traditional activities, we have added music workshops on the Saturday. These have been supported by long established local business Spence’s Music shop that is providing the accommodation.

We are also pleased to have been able to get James Grant of Love and Money fame and Harmonica virtuoso Fraser Spiers, both of whom will be taking part in the Friday concert as well as giving others the benefit of their knowledge at the workshop session.

This year we are grateful for the support of the Hawick Panto group as well as   DS Dalgliesh and Sons.

Future
 

We hope to develop the event over time to encourage local musical talent and to give more people an excuse, should they require it, to come and enjoy the hospitality of the Scottish Borders and our town in particular.

Teribuskers take place annually in September. For more information visit www.teribuskers.co.uk or email info@teribuskers.co.uk