Yuko is top of the box

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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