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Built more than 200 years ago as a coaching inn, the Gordon Arms near St Mary’s Loch 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.
Tommy has relocated his recording studio to The Gordon and many local musicians have made use of the facilities.
Tommy is an accomplished musician who plays keyboards with top Borders folk band Real Time, who regularly tour throughout Europe, and he has specialised over the years in recording traditional music acts.
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 at a time when the pub trade generally is struggling.
Their enthusiasm, coupled with their genuine friendly attitude to all customers, locals and visitors, will undoubtedly secure the future of The Gordon Arms for another couple of centuries.