Fly­ing start to Skye Ac­cor­dion and Fiddle Club meet­ing

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE NOVEM­BER meet­ing of the Skye Ac­cor­dion and Fiddle Club got off to a fly­ing start with lo­cal trio Ally ‘K’ MacPher­son on ac­cor­dion, John Cameron on key­board and Don­ald John Camp­bell on drums.

With the au­di­ence warmed up the trio were fol­lowed by selections from fid­dlers Wendy Riva and Ju­lia Ru­dram. Fre­quent vis­i­tor Hamish MacDougall from Muir of Ord took to the stage with his two-row but­ton box with ac­com­pa­ni­ment from Gemma Don­ald of Cu­par on fiddle, John Cameron on key­board and the ver­sa­tile Ally ‘K’ MacPher­son on drums for sev­eral great sets.

The au­di­ence was de­lighted to wel­come back lo­cal fiddle tu­tor Laura Har­ring­ton, who had brought along three of her pupils. Kirsty Watt, Mairead Smith and Rhona Ste­wart are mem­bers of the fiddle group known as ‘Skye Strings’. It was back to ac­cor­dion sets from John MacGil­vary with John Cameron on key­board and Don­ald John Camp­bell on drums. An­other lo­cal fiddle tu­tor, Cae­rina Camp­bell was next to en­ter­tain, firstly with pupil El­lie MacPher­son and then in a fab­u­lous duet with Gemma Don­ald which went down a storm with the ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence. The en­tire sec­ond half of the evening was de­voted to a fab­u­lous per­for­mance from the club’s spe­cial guests, the tal­ented duo of Alan Small on ac­cor­dion and Gemma Don­ald on fiddle. They launched into a won­der­ful var­ied pro­gramme of mu­sic played to the high­est stan­dard. Great ar­range­ments through­out and not a sheet of mu­sic in sight. This brought the evening to a close with a tra­di­tional stra­mash in­volv­ing lo­cal club play­ers. A happy au­di­ence headed home, al­ready look­ing for­ward to an­other great night of mu­sic at their De­cem­ber meet­ing when the guest band will be The Alan Gardiner Trio on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 3 in the usual venue of The Royal Ho­tel, Portree.

Skye Ac­cor­dion and Fiddle Club spe­cial guests Gemma

Don­ald and Alan Samll.

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