THEY might be singing the blues – but they certainly won’t be feeling them as the popular Borders Blues Club celebrates its first anniversary.

Musicians will bring their love of the blues genre to the Vale Club where they hope to entertain locals this evening (Friday).

Club co-founder and chairman Paul Burnett said: “We can hardly believe that it’s been a year since we started to bring blues music to the Scottish Borders.

"We wanted to host a friendly, accessible club, with blues acts playing regularly in a venue that the music-loving public can recognise as the place to hear quality musicians celebrating the broad genre of the blues and I think we have begun to do exactly that.”

He added: “We have had very positive feedback from both audiences and musicians about the warmth of welcome and the energy that the club gives people who come here and, through word of mouth, our artists are becoming very keen to come and play here.

“We have been blessed with well-known talent from the blues and rock world over the past year including ex-Argent frontman John Verity and rising stars Redfish as well as first class talent from local acts such as Sam Mundy and Unfinished Business."

Wisconsin USA power trio the Tommy Bentz Band will headline the birthday bash.

Tommy’s outfit has been playing for over 15 years with multiple recordings and festival appearances to his name.

He jams in a style he describes as 'the Allman Brothers meets Van Morrison'.

He will be supported by Glasgow bluesman Andrew Robert Eustace.

Tickets are £5 and all door money will go directly to the artists.

The evening kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets can be purchased on the door at the Vale Club, Innerleithen or The Hub on the High Street.