ONE of Scotland's most exciting new bands are heading for Galashiels later this month to bring the curtain down on a major UK tour.

The Elephant Sessions exploded onto the indie folk scene with unparalleled effect over the past few years.

One of the only four UK finalists in the ‘best band’ category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and current winners in the ‘best album’ category’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Elephant Sessions have just returned to the UK from a massive Australian tour that was such a success they had been invited back next year before their plane had even touched back down on Scottish soil.

The Elephant Sessions embarked on a UK tour at the weekend, playing Bristol, London and Cambridge, and will fit in dates in Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Inverness before arriving in the Borders on Sunday, May 27.

Mark Bruce, guitarist with Elephant Sessions, told the Border Telegraph: “We’re so excited to be heading to MacArts on our tour of the UK.

"Touring is one of our favourite things to do and we have had the most amazing year playing throughout Europe and Australia.

"We really love playing to a live audience and we’re really excited to bring our live set to the MacArts, we hope to see fans old and new there on Sunday, May 27.”

Forming in 2013, Mark, Greg Barry (drums), Euan Smillie (fiddle), Alasdair Taylor (mandolin) and Seth Tinsley (bass and synth) hit it off straight away and their passion and love for experimentation enabled them to develop their unique sound - creating instrumentation and material that is rarely heard on the traditional music scene.

Releasing their second album All We Have is Now in June 2017, the neo-trad quintet have also played some of Europe’s most notable festivals.

With crowd-surfing audiences and electrifying performances, the band have attracted a loyal following throughout Europe and beyond.

The versatility of Elephant Sessions has enabled them to form their own unique sound; a sound that reflects their culture and Scottish origins while at the same time banishing any existing clichés associated with Scottish Traditional music.

It is this distinctiveness that has made them one of the most talked about bands on the traditional music scene.

Tickets for Elephant Sessions, priced at £10, are available from the MacArts box office on 01896 756852.

Doors open at 7pm.