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Iain Cathcart Scottish Dance Band

 Another great night of music lay in store for members and friends of the Skye Accordion & Fiddle Club at their April meeting in Portree’s Royal Hotel as m.c. Jim Campbell invited accomplished accordionist Emily Matheson on stage to set the tone for the evening. Emily was followed by sisters Elsa and Jocelyn Galbraith who contributed some beautiful duets on accordion and cello. Three row button box player, Calum MacColl of Fort William continued the fine music with sets in West coast style accompanied on piano by visiting bandleader Iain Cathcart. The remainder of the evening was devoted to the Club’s special guest band, The Iain Cathcart Scottish Dance Band who served up a varied programme in a relaxed, accurate and lively style which audiences have come to expect. The band comprised of Iain from Lanark on lead piano accordion, Brian Cruikshank on fiddle and wife Jennifer from Banchory on piano, and on drums it was Duncan Christie from Kennethmont. At one stage Iain swapped places with Jennifer on the piano to allow Jennifer to display her talent on the accordion. All the band members had family with them on their visit to Skye and, to the delight of the audience, they participated in the fun with excellent fiddle solos from young Iona Cruikshank and Isla Cathcart. Drummer Duncan Christie was ousted from the drums to make way for his six year old son, Angus, making his first public appearance on stage to provide drum backing on a set from the full band. If this young man keeps up this standard his dad might well be receiving a redundancy notice from the band in the not too distant future! Well done, Angus. This was altogether an evening of great music and much appreciated by the happy audience.

Another night of fine music is anticipated at the Club on 4th May when special guests will be the Caithness duo of Elizabeth MacKenzie and Ian MacDonald.

John Grundy


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James Stewart Trio
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The Islands Ceilidh Band
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Isle of Skye (Photograph)