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Sandy Nixon Scottish Dance Band

Local musicians were conspicuous by their absence when members, friends and visitors to Skye Accordion & Fiddle Club’s April meeting assembled in the usual venue of Portree’s Royal Hotel. Only fiddlers Wendy Riva and eight year old Tilly Ng, both regular attenders at the Club, stepped up to start the entertainment prompting Club compere Jim Campbell to comment that Club players of any age and ability were the backbone of all Clubs and expressed the hope that more local musicians would lend their support. Without that support a Club could be forced to close – so use it or lose it! However what could have been a non-event turned out to be an evening of sensational music thanks to the kindness of the Club’s special guest band who took over the entire remainder of the evening and filled the function room with fun and music played to the highest professional standard. The famous Sandy Nixon Scottish Dance Band, making their first visit to Skye, were led by Sandy from Ayrshire on piano accordion, Hamish Smith on second piano accordion and occasionally taking the lead, the exuberant Gordon Young on drums and Jim Clark on keyboards. Jim had driven all the way from Dumfries despite his satnav directing him to Portree via the Mallaig ferry! The band launched into an extensive programme of jigs, reels, waltzes and medleys in the wonderful swingy style for which they are renowned, interspersed with information from Sandy about the tunes, several of which were unfamiliar to the audience. Tune after tune flowed from those fine musicians, who were very obviously enjoying themselves, until all too soon the evening had to come to a close with Jim Campbell expressing well deserved thanks to the band on behalf of all present for playing above and beyond the call of duty. More great music will be on offer at the next Club night on Thursday 5th May when guests will be The Steven Carcary Duo.

John Grundy


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Thursday 7th March 2019

Charlie Kirkpatrick Trio
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Colin Donaldson Duo
10th January 2019

Isle of Skye (Photograph)