The return of REAL TIME


The brilliant Scottish Band from the Borders featuring Kenny Speirs and Judy Dinning with Shona Mooney

A beautiful singer, once with Jez Lowe, a brilliant guitarist. once with John Wright and an award winning fiddler 

ONLY £9.00

REAL TIME are a Borders based band formed in 2002 by Kenny Speirs and Tom Roseburgh (both ex John Wright Band) and Judy Dinning (ex Bad Pennies and Lucky Bags). They have played with a variety of instrumentalists and now tour with Claire Mann on flute, whistles and fiddle. Their repertoire includes not only many songs and tunes from both sides of the border but also contemporary and self-penned material, and to date they have released four albums to wide critical acclaim. In 1998 Kenny released his first solo album "Bordersong" followed in March 2002 by "North Wind Blowing". The latter included five self-penned songs. His most important project has been the formation of Real Time with Judy Dinning and Joe Wright. From her earliest years Judy Dinning had a passion for music and singing and eventually she began singing and piano lessons with a local teacher in Hexham.

Shona Mooney:

Since winning the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2006 she has appeared at international festivals such as Tønder (Denmark), gone on tour with Scottish Folk orchestra The Unusual Suspects and recorded her debut album.

‘Heartsease (viola tricolour)’ was released on Footstompin’ Records earlier this year and has captured the imagination of listeners and reviewers alike. It fuses musical agility with thematic concept, traditional Borders style with contemporary flair, and it’s no surprise that it has gone on to have plenty of positive feedback, including ‘Top of the World’ (editor’s choice) in Songlines magazine, 5-star reviews in The Herald and multiple broadcasts on BBC’s Late Junction.

“From solo fiddle to full band, the fiddle dances and sings through beds of flowers to end in an astonishing collaged séance with past Borders fiddle masters in a hymn to her homeland." — Norman Chalmers, Scotland on Sunday

A top night in store.







Les Barker

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The one and only genuine genius of comic rhyme 

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 79 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.

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Vin Garbutt

In the Folk World he is "The Man"
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WINNER of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001

In his chock-full, exciting and controversial life, Vin has built a highly successful one-man folk industry, touring constantly around the world, fans queuing in droves to see and hear him and to buy his CDs from his own exclusive label. Born in industrial Teesside to Mayo parents, Vin’s thick Middlesbrough accent and Irish Catholic heritage create a unique mix; his brilliant comic patter has the packed audience rolling on the floor, and instantly he lands an absolute gut-puncher with amazing guitar and whistle mastery, impassioned singing and searing, totally honest songwriting that pinpoint relevant issues.

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