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Elizabeth MacKenzie & Iain MacDonald

Club musicians were few in number at the May meeting of the Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club in the Royal Hotel, Portree but what was lacking in quantity was more than compensated for by quality of those who attended. The younger players came to the fore and an evening of great music kicked off when m.c. Jim Campbell invited Emily Matheson on stage with her accordion to play several sets in her usual confident and polished style which included a beautiful rendition of Hector The Hero and Miss Rowan Davis. Later in the evening Emily was joined on stage by Ellie MacPherson with her accordion in place of her more usual fiddle for some great accordion duets backed on drums by Donald John Campbell making a welcome return to the Club. Emily was followed on stage by young accordionist Erin Baker accompanied on guitar by her father, George. The audience were delighted to be entertained by visitor Alan Smith of Lanark who played some great sets on a borrowed accordion backed by guest band member Jacqui MacDonald of Inverness and Donald John on drums. Guest band of the night was the Caithness based Elizabeth MacKenzie Band with Elizabeth on accordion, Iain MacDonald on fiddle and Jacqui MacDonald on piano who served up a superb and very varied programme for the appreciative audience. Their excellent menu included a fiddle solo from Iain and an accordion solo from Elizabeth to complete a night of fine music on the Club’s final night of their 2016/17 season. The happy audience made their was homewards in eager anticipation of the Club’s annual Accordion and Fiddle Festival based in the Royal Hotel, Portree which attracts a host of musicians and friends from the length and breadth of the country each year. The Festival weekend kicks off at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 25th May – not to be missed!

John Grundy.


Steven Carcary Duo
3rd May 2018

Sandy Nixon Scottish Dance Band
5th April 2018

Sileas Sinclair Trio
1st March 2018

James Stewart Trio
1st February 2018

The Islands Ceilidh Band
4th January 2018

Isle of Skye (Photograph)