Clydesdale Accordion and Fiddle Club
On Sunday October 1, I made my first visit to the Clydesdale Accordion and Fiddle Club – held in St Mary’s Club rooms in Lanark.
The guest act was the Ian Smith Band, comprised of Ian on accordion from Tiree, Marie Fielding from Falkirk on fiddle, Fraser MacInnes from Tobermory on drums and Ross Wilson from Bunessan on piano.
What an energetic performance it was from the band who have gone down on record as the most environmentally friendly band ever to play at the club owing to their decision to arrive on the train.
That decision may have had less to do with the environment, however, and more to do with the fact that there is a fully licensed bar at the venue.
Two o-clock on a Sunday afternoon is a lovely time for an accordion and fiddle club and I would highly recommend heading along on the first Sunday of each month.
The next meeting is on November 5 and the band for that afternoon will be the Calum Cruickshank Scottish Dance Band. On December 3, the Nicky McMichan Scottish Dance Band will be the guest artist. January 7 will be headlined by the 60s Bairns; February by Alistair McCulloch and Ian Muir; March by the Craigowal Scottish Dance Band; and May by Gordon Pattullo and Malcolm Ross. There is no meeting in April.
Ian Smith and Marie Fielding, with the very shy Fraser MacInnes and Ross Wilson hiding behind them, produced a great afternoon of music at the latest Clydesdale Accordion and Fiddle Club.