The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

IN­VER­ARAY Ac­cor­dion and Fid­dle Club met at the In­ver­aray Inn on Jan­uary 11 for the open­ing night of 2017.

Fyne Folk got the evening un­der way, with Jake MacKay, Sally Hall and Alex John MacLeod on fid­dles and Agnes Lid­dell on key­board play­ing High­land Wed­ding and a Burns med­ley.

Colin Sut­cliffe, on melodeon, played a cou­ple of nice sets, in­clud­ing Kate

Martin’s Waltz, fol­lowed by Jake on ‘ moothie’ and Agnes on key­board with two toe-tap­ping sets.

Guest mu­si­cians were the ever-pop­u­lar MacAl­lis­ter brothers from Camp­bel­town – Archie on fid­dle and Alex on ac­cor­dion – joined by Ally Mur­ray from Oban on drums, to form an all-Ar­gyll ensem­ble.

Jake and Agnes opened the sec­ond half with singa-long Gaelic waltzes and a set of reels, and then the ‘three As’ played for the re­main­der of the evening with a great mix of tunes fin­ish­ing with a set of reels and a su­perb en­core with Archie truly wound up, ably backed by Alex and Ally, re­sulted in thun­der­ous ap­plause from the crowd.

The chair­man, Niall Iain Ma­cLean, thanked all for a great night. Next the club wel­comes Alan Small on ac­cor­dion and 2006 Glen­fid­dich Fid­dle Cham­pion, Gemma Don­ald.

The Archie MacAl­lis­ter Trio went down a storm.

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