Music Titans take centre stage


TWO Titans of the music industry will headline the Hawick Music Festival from August 4 to 6.

Dean Friedman, one of the finest songwriters of his generation plays at the Hawick Music Festival
Dean Friedman, one of the finest songwriters of his generation plays at the Hawick Music Festival

Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business but, incredibly, it’s been seven years since Boo released his last studio album of original material, God Bless The Pretty Things.

Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career.

There has been a huge array of writing and producing with both established and upcoming artists and ‘passing something on’ to budding writers via his much loved songwriting workshops.

A chance meeting with American guitarist Brooks Williams one snowy night in Ely led the pair to form State Of The Union, a duo, whose sound is simple, vibrant and alive; contemporary songs wrapped up in old time blues and country soul.

Hewerdine wrote lyrics and played on more than 30 new recordings by and with other artists such as Scottish singer Eddi Reader, Kris Drever of Lau and Duke Special.

Last year was spent writing and producing an ambitious new double album and theatrical show for Chris Difford of Squeeze, details of which are soon to be announced.

Dean Friedman marked his entry into pop consciousness with the Top 20 chart success of his infectious hit single, Ariel, a quirkily irresistible and uncategorisable pop song about a free spirited, pot-smoking, vegetarian Jewish girl in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, "way on the other side of the Hudson".

Friedman scored again with the release of his follow-up album, Well, Well, Said the Rocking Chair, and the classic hit single Lucky Stars.

Friedman’s consummate songwriting and performing have earned him a loyal international following, devoted to the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith.

His latest CD, Submarine Races, has been receiving rave reviews from fans and critics and confirms his status as one of the finest songwriters of his generation.

There are performances in various locations, with Boo Hewerdine playing in the Heart of Hawick on Saturday and Dean Friedman on Sunday.

Over the weekend there are performances at Heart of Hawick’s Civic Space, Café Bar and Auditorium, Wilton Lodge Park and beyond.

Performers include Findlay Napier, Rodney Branigan, George Borowski, Mora Ben Jordan, J&B Brothers, Willie Logan, Jenny Biddle, The Little Kitchen Band, The Blackheart Orchestra, John Hinchelwood Band, Bob Douglas & The Frequency, Martin Craig, Reece Hillis and Tom Paige.

At the open stage performers are welcome to attend the workshops festival fringe event at Wilton Lodge Park Bandstand on Sunday.

All events are free except the auditorium shows. To book call 01450 360688 or go to the VisitScotland box office. See for more details.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:06PM
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