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Archie & Alex McAllister

As the festive season drew close, musicians and friends of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club met in their usual venue of Portree’s Royal Hotel for the final club night of the year. Several local players took part and it fell to Emily Matheson on accordion to set the tone for the evening in her usual great style with some waltzes and schottisches. She ended with a wonderful medley of Christmas tunes which earned her great acclaim from the happy audience. A fiddle duo of Caerina Campbell and Sarajayne Edmonson entertained with a variety of sets which included a fine example of two-part harmonies. A change of players meant a change of instruments and on stage was the trio of George Baker on guitar, Meg Rosher on whistle and flute and Julia Rudram on fiddle and vocals. To complete local contribution for the evening was a great duo of Kathleen Macdonald on fiddle with Erin Gillies on clarsach. Having enjoyed being entertained by the club players, the audience settled down in eager anticipation of the performance of the guest artists for the evening, Campbeltown brothers Alex McAllister on piano accordion and Archie McAllister on fiddle. What a performance it was, with variety throughout. Gaelic melodies, marches, jigs, polkas and much more. The audience were spellbound by the brother’s version of a fabulous slow air which Archie had learned from Irish legend Paddy Glackin and then, in complete contrast to the haunting melody the boys almost brought the house down with their sets of feisty driving reels. Great music from two superb musicians leaving a very appreciative audience to make their way homewards. On Thurs.10th January (please note change of date) special guest will be Colin Donaldson Scottish Dance Band.


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2nd May 2019

Andy Philip Duo
4th April 2019

Gillian Stevenson Band
Thursday 7th March 2019

Charlie Kirkpatrick Trio
7th February 2019

Colin Donaldson Duo
10th January 2019






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