NOMAD Beat community music school have made lots of noise across Peebles in the last month.

Jamie Laval, master fiddler from America, was in Peebles recently visiting Nomad Beat music school. Jamie gave an in-depth weekend of traditional music tailored to students of all abilities, along with a concert performance on Sunday afternoon in the grand dining hall of the Tontine Hotel.

His workshops were all well-attended, ranging from a class geared for early learning fiddle students, to one for advanced fiddle students, teaching the specific elements that make tunes sound authentically Celtic.

At the public concert, Jamie performed a short program of the exciting, virtuosic Celtic music which has earned him many accolades throughout the U.S. and Great Britain. The visit was well enjoyed by students, staff, and audience alike.

On Saturday, October 28, pupils from Nomad Beat helped to pack bags at Tesco supermarket, to raise funds. There was also musical performances throughout the day from 10am. Thanks to the folks who came to listen and support our local music school.

Nomad Beat relies on the goodwill of many volunteers, but we could always do with a few more. In particular we need people to man the front desk, even just as emergency cover. There are other ways in which volunteers could help too, so if you are looking for a rewarding way to help in the community then please contact us.

Nomad Beat has highly experienced music tutors for fiddle/violin, drum kit, guitar, piano/keyboard, mandolin, ukulele, singing and banjo. Please contact us if you are interested in lessons for yourself or a family member, perhaps as a Christmas gift? Next week, Nomad Beat Notes will highlight the groups that take place regularly here in Cavalry Park.

For more information on any of the above, please contact the Nomad Beat office on 01721 722472 or