Yuko is top of the box
A JAPANESE woman who became a star student in button accordion classes on Skye was so inspired that she relocated to Argyll and Bute.
Yuko Blair-Smith from Tokyo, had been visiting Scotland on a kayaking holiday when she came across the button accordion course held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic college.
Her experience of the Highlands and west coast influenced her to make a dramatic change, leading her to settle in Oban.
Tutors of this year’s summer course Fergie MacDonald and Robert Nairn, both from Aharacle, were particularly impressed with Yuko.
Mr MacDonald said: ‘We had no problem teaching Yuko Gaelic slow airs, marches, jigs and reels.
‘ Yuko has a natural talent in relation to traditional Celtic music and was so enthusiastic to learn. She did wonderfully.’
The five- day button accordion course has run every summer for the past three years and is not only gaining popularity locally, but is beginning to attract a wider audience.
In the middle, Yuko practices with tutors, Fergie MacDonald and Robert Nairn.