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The Islands Ceilidh Band

It would have been rather optimistic on only the fourth evening into a new year to have expected a good turnout of members and players to the first meeting of the Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club being held in Portree’s Royal Hotel. However the lower than usual audience numbers were augmented by a number of international visitors keen to experience traditional Scottish music. Sadly only two local players were in attendance, one of whom kindly stood in for the drummer of the guest band who was unable to attend. Local fiddler Julia Rudram was invited by m.c. Jim Campbell to start the music and bravely stepped up to the mic to give four selections, after which the remains of the evening were devoted to music and song from the guest band making their first visit to the Skye Club. Indeed this was their first Club guest appearance outside their home Club of Lewis and Harris. The Islands Ceilidh Band were superbly led on piano accordion by “D B” MacLeod, accompanied on guitar by Murdigan MacDonald and on drums by the Skye Club’s Donald John Campbell. Adding to the great variety of music were some wonderful Gaelic and English vocals from the amazing voice of guitarist Murdigan with accompaniament from the other two members of the trio. Quality of music combined with variety in their programme delighted a very appreciative audience and on behalf of the Skye Club Jim Campbell thanked them for so willingly taking over almost the entire evening’s entertainment. Although this was their first Club “guesting” engagement away from home they could undoubtedly in future find themselves in demand on the Club circuit. The next meeting of the Skye Club will be on Thursday 1st February in the Royal Hotel when the guest band will be a surprise!

John Grundy


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The Islands Ceilidh Band
4th January 2018

Andrew MacDonald Trio
7th December 2017

Nicol MacLaren & The Glencraig S.D.B.
2nd November 2017

Colin Garvin Duo
5th October 2017

Accordion and Fiddle Festival 2017
25th - 27th May 2017






Isle of Skye (Photograph)