BOWDEN-BORN accordionist Paul Chamberlain is bringing his ceilidh band 'HotScotch' to the Corn Exchange in Melrose on Saturday, August 26 for a summer ceilidh.

The band, which has played together for more than 15 years, features Earlston High School music teacher Michael Haywood on Fiddle and Canadian 'drum wizard' Jim Walker.

Paul grew up in a musical family and studied accordion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, however, just last year Paul received a life-saving heart transplant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle due to a congenital heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Arteries which required many surgeries over the years.

Still with regular hospital visits to Newcastle, Paul is now back to performing fitness and enjoying being back playing again with the band.

In June he gave his first solo recital since transplant at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and is also performing in this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Michael.

With a lively style of playing and great rapport with the dancers, HotScotch love to see the dancefloor filled all evening and will call all the dances as required to ensure everyone can join in, whatever their experience, and have an amazing time.

A licensed bar will also be provided by Live Borders on the night.

And next month Paul will return to Melrose to perform a classical recital as part of an event organised by Melrose Music Society at 3pm on Sunday, September 3 at Melrose Parish Church.

The ceilidh is on Saturday, August 26, 7.30-11pm and tickets are £10 (U18s £5 and U12s free) and are available on Eventbrite in advance or on the door.

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And for information about Paul's recital for Melrose Music Society, visit: