Cly­des­dale Ac­cor­dion and Fid­dle Club

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

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.

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