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Now well into our fourth decade of the Traditional Music Festival. We continue to review how best to present both the Traditional as well as emerging presentation of the traditional music scene. Whilst the broad range of music provision in Coquetdale continues to develop we have attempted for this year’s festival to draw from across the age spectrum showcasing where it has emerged from and how it is progressing whilst still rooted in the traditions of the original Border Shepherds. We continue to offer a tutor, James Tait, to local first schools, encouraging the kids in local dialect through poetry and song. Last years CD production from their efforts was extremely well received. We continue to explore opportunities to re-energise the music tuition for the kids ceilidh band which sadly at present is in abeyance. We reported last year that the committee lost from its membership some of the stalwarts and regrettably this has continued during this last year with the withdrawal of our most able ‘musical director’ Lynn Tocker, a great miss and a difficult act to follow both from her background knowledge of the festival and insights into the traditional scene. We are however extremely grateful for her years of untold effort in support of the Festival and hope that this year Lynn has time just to participate in and enjoy the Festival without any of the committee responsibilities. The load of the committee however is undiminished and it is with grateful thanks that they have freely contributed their time and effort to ensuring the success of the Festival this year. If you bump into them over the weekend please pass on your appreciation! This is to be my last year on the committee as I shall be 75 before the next festival, it’s time to quit. Many thanks to all on the committee past and present who have put up with me over the years. Special thanks to Linda who has produced this programme.