Updated March 2018.
Built more than 200 years ago as a coaching inn, the Gordon Arms near St Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders was in its heyday a regular haunt of the local literati, including Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd. Others known to have visited are Robert Burns and even, in 1814, William Wordsworth.
(recent history - add in when Susan & Tommy came to the Gordon, about the fire and the resulting benefits to customers following the fire...some images of fire destruction)
Tommy is an accomplished musician who plays keyboards with top Borders folk band Real Time, who regularly tour throughout Europe. He has also relocated his recording studio to The Gordon where he has specialised over the years in recording traditional music acts. Many local musicians have since made use of the facilities.
There is a real renaissance in traditional music, reflected by television shows like the Transatlantic Sessions, fuelled locally by successful festivals and a wealth of talented singer/songwriters like Kieran Halpin and Ian Bruce, and typified in the Borders by several initiatives, such as the Merlin Music Tranditional Music Academy and the Riddell Fiddles, which are aimed at nurturing young talent.
Tommy and Susan believe the Gordon Arms can tap into that movement and become a centre for live music sessions. Their enthusiasm to improve the building following the fire, coupled with their genuine friendly attitude to all customers, locals and visitors, will undoubtedly secure the future of The Gordon Arms at a time when the pub trade generally is struggling.
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