THIS spring and summer, Borders audiences will be treated to two very different appearances by one of the most influential singer-songwriters on the Scottish folk scene when James Yorkston performs at the Eastgate alongside a variety of collaborators.

On Saturday, March 28, in Yorkston Thorne Khan, he plays together with now regular collaborators John Thorne (best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb) and Suhail Yusuf Khan, a multi-award-winning sarangi player and classical/sufi singer from New Delhi.

Since first meeting in 2015, this trio of exploratory players has performed together at virtually every major music festival in the world.

Each musician brings his own individual influences to the fore, with their joyous improvisations housed in considered compositions, traditional tunes and ragas from the UK, Ireland and India. The trio will play tracks from their new record, Navarasa: Nine Emotions, released in January.

Yorkston then returns on June 12 in Tae Sup Wi’ a Fifer – an intriguing club night that combines the stellar talents of folk-noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni, celebrated singer-songwriter Kris Drever and comedian and performance poet Phil Jupitus.

Described by MOJO as “minimal, murky and magnificent”, Rachel Sermanni’s songs weave together stories about everything from time spent at a Buddhist monastery to the anticipation of long distance relationships; the supremely gifted Kris Drever plays on the back of a critically acclaimed recent album; while Phil Jupitus steps far beyond his TV appearances on shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI to demonstrate how performance poetry has always been the backbone of his live performances.

Eastgate general manager Caroline Adam, said: “We are always delighted to bring such high calibre and wonderfully creative performers to the Eastgate – often the only chance for Borders audiences to catch such striking talents."

Yorkston Thorne Khan play the Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm, Saturday, March 28.

Tickets, priced at £17, £15, £6 under 25, available from Box Office on 01721 725777, or online.

Tickets for Tae Sup Wi’ a Fifer, priced at £15 and £13, on June 12 are also available from the box office.