ONE of the region's most celebrated musicians is helping nurture the next generation of traditional fiddle players with the forthcoming launch of a new book and CDs.

Guitarist Donald Knox, who is a member of Selkirk's Riddell Fiddles as well as a tutor at the Merlin Music Academy in Melrose, has teamed up with renowned fiddler Amy Geddes to produce Fyne Fiddles Volume 1.

Fyne Fiddles was the brainchild of Amy, who recently won Tutor of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards, back in 2014 when she collaborated with Donald to host an annual workshop.

The success of the residential weekends has led to the forthcoming release of Fyne Fiddles Volume 1.

The book and CDs feature a suite of lessons for a range of abilities, from improving beginner to advanced learners.

They are also treasure chest of information and advice on the technical and creative aspects of both playing and understanding traditional music.

The book brings a thoughtful, detailed and supportive approach to learning, and is accompanied by a vast selection of examples, exercises, harmonies and backing tracks on the three accompanying CDs.

Each of the nine lessons focuses on a specific tune, painting a broad picture of the music and bringing out the important details and techniques within the notes.

The choice of tunes - some new, some old - represents the continuing evolution of traditional music, and this is complemented by Donald's varied and rhythmical arrangements.

The book is laid out in an easy to follow, accessible style, with fun illustrations by Sarah Roberts.

Fyne Fiddles Volume 1 won't be officially released until next spring, but throughout this month it will be previewed with a series of workshops, sessions and recitals, including at the Scots Fiddle Festival in Edinburgh, Wigtown and Selkirk.

Donald and Amy will perform at Riddell Fiddles in Selkirk on Sunday, November 26.