AS badass fiddler and all-round fireball with The Wilders, Betse Ellis was renowned for bringing serious edge to every note as part of a powerful on stage presence.

And audiences at the Eastgate Theatre later this week will discover that she has lost none of that energy in her latest musical incarnation, playing with Clarke Wyatt in a fiddle and banjo duo with a dazzling sense of adventure.

Regular folks playing exceptional music, this Kansas City duo have toured together since 2014, playing venues and major festivals across the US and Ireland.

Their roots are in Ozark old-time music, although their performances offer something of a musical journey.

Betse Ellis plays powerful and beautiful old-time fiddle tunes, sings traditional Ozark songs and shares her own tunes – telling plenty of stories along the way – while Clarke Wyatt is a hugely engaging finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists from previous decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford.

As one reviewer noted, 'Betse and Clarke drag the classic fiddle/banjo combo kicking and screaming onto the modern stage, combining the subtlety of chamber music with the energy and power of punk rock'.

Betse and Clarke play the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, on Saturday, September 22 from 7.30pm.

Tickets £15, £13, £6 under 15s, available from Box Office on 01721 725777, or online.