BASED on Tyneside, indie folk duo Jinski are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy.

The partnership forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody is heading to Galashiels next month.

Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern.

Playing ‘live’ with just two voices and two guitars Jinski have been touring the UK, honing their craft, chalking up the miles and making new friends wherever they play.

They have built a reputation for delivering music for the head and the heart that is full of passion, meaning and originality.

In the last few years Jinski have released two full studio CD albums (Down Here and Hurry Home) and a 10” vinyl only EP Live Long.

Their albums deliver memorable tunes with a cutting lyrical edge, taking the little things that matter and revealing the bigger picture.

Guest artists have included the English accordion queen Karen Tweed, New Rope String Band member Pete Challoner (banjo and fiddle), Jez Lowe’s pipes and piano man Andy May and stalwart Neil Harland on double bass.

All their albums have been produced and recorded by Dave Maughan (who has previously worked with Maximo Park and Kathryn Williams).

Notable live supports in recent years have been to Lindisfarne, The Proclaimers, Joe Jackson, Kathryn Tickell, Eliza Carthy and Mark Radcliffe.

They have also recently appeared on BBC 1 The One Show.

Now Jinski are set for a 13-date tour of Scotland which will climax with a show at the MacArts on Friday, August 16.

Tickets, priced at £10, are now on sale from the MacArts box office on 01896 756852.

Doors open at 7.30pm.