The programme aims to promote family learning, healthy eating, physical activity and community togetherness.


Voice & Ukulele

Sound Cycle and the Langlee community were delighted to host two award winning young Live Music Now singers at Langlee Primary School this week, as part of the Langlee Summer Programme. Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings entertained the girls and boys with their beautifull harmony singing, and had the assembled audience, singing, dancing, laughing and learning throughout the morning.

Scots singers Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings met as students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Both from Dumfries & Galloway and with a shared passion for traditional song, they formed vocal duo Robyn & Claire. They were accepted to work with Live Music Now in 2013, and have since gone on to perform together throughout Scotland and at prestigious festivals including Celtic Connections

Claire and Robyn entertaining the crowd.

In 2014, Robyn won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Claire won the same award in 2015, becoming the second Scots singer in a row to claim the title. There have been some incredible highlights for both Robyn and Claire over the past two years, who are fast becoming two of Scotland’s leading folk singers. Performances include singing at BBC Proms in the Park accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and sharing the stage with Katherine Jenkins and Lulu.

As well as performing, Robyn and Claire enjoy teaching and passing on their knowledge of traditional music. Robyn is regularly invited to lead singing workshops at festivals, schools and community choirs throughout Scotland and last year was named an Ambassador of the Scots Language (Education Scotland).  Claire is currently training to become a Colourstrings teacher for early years music, and also works with Fèis Rois on their Youth Music Initiative Programme in primary schools throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

As well as performing as a solo artist, Claire is also a member of Top Floor Taivers, who will be releasing their debut album later this year. Robyn’s recent collaborations include The Macmath Collective featuring Emily Smith and Aaron Jones, and performances with Scottish Ensemble.

In summer 2015, Robyn released her debut album ‘Fickle Fortune’ to great acclaim, with one of her songs featuring on BBC’s Desert Island Disks.

(‘With a poise and feeling for her material that belie her 25 years’ – THE SCOTSMAN)

Claire released her debut album ‘Between River and Railway’ earlier this year, which features traditional and contemporary folksongs alongside her own self-penned songs.

(‘An exquisite album’ – SONGLINES MAGAZINE)


Live Music Now Musicians Graham Rorie and Aidan Moodie , both from Orkney, performed at Langlee primary School on the 18th July , 10.30 – 11.30 am, and chatted about their music and their instruments after their acoustic performance.

“Graham Rorie and Aidan Moodie are two of the most promising young musicians to recently emerge from Orkney’s rich heritage of traditional music.

With a presence that’s both familiar and forward-thinking, Graham and Aidan’s playful arrangements are brought to life by a musical relationship almost a decade in the making. The pair perform traditional tunes (both from “up home” in Orkney and further afield), self-penned numbers, and contemporary folk songs through an intimate combination of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and voice. 

In 2015, the boys won a coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, also reaching the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award the following year. Following this, they went on to form the four-piece folk band Gnoss – recently nominated for an MG Alba “Up And Coming” award at the 2017 Trad Awards.

The boys have recently graduated with first class honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BMUS in Traditional Music.

“Aidan and Graham are superb musicians, not only that, they combine as a superb duo.” – Folk Radio UK”

Graham and Aidan


The programme aims to promote family learning, healthy eating, physical activity and community togetherness.

Partners have been keen to take a joined-up approach with the shared vision of working together to encourage families and young people to take part. The Galashiels Summer Programme 2019 will take place between Monday 8 July and Friday 16 August and has been organised in partnership by the Council’s Community Learning and Development (CLD) team, NHS Borders Healthy Living Network and Community Food Workers, Langlee Early Years Centre and Primary School, LIVE Borders and Galashiels Library, MacArts, the Council’s Outdoor Learning team, Sound Cycle (a Youth Borders initiative) and Borders Youth Theatre.

The diverse range of activities on offer includes a community breakfast and lunch, with a community fridge filled with lots of healthy, free produce from a local growing plot; crafts, dance and drama; physical activity and multi-sports activities; a walking fitness group; community laundry, family play sessions and drop-ins; stories and library games; a ‘teddy bear’s’ picnic; a music project; cycling skills sessions for children; a free family movie screening; and a community performance of Alice Through the Looking Glass by Borders Youth Theatre.