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Colin Donaldson Duo

The January meeting of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club held in Portree’s Royal Hotel attracted a good number of members and friends who were to enjoy an evening packed with traditional music from the Club musicians, the majority of whom were teenagers and, without exception, playing to a high standard. As usual, the foot tapping started with great playing on accordion by Emily Matheson, followed by the fiddle of young Tilly Ng who is the Club’s youngest player. Superb solo fiddle sets were contributed by Rachel Henderson and, later in the evening by Julia Rudram. Duets came from Kathleen MacDonald on fiddle and Erin Gillies on clarsach which were greatly appreciated by the audience as were the beautiful sounds created by the duo of Jocelyn Galbraith on accordion and Elsa Galbraith on cello. Last but by no means least were some great accordion sets from Kiara MacLean. The Club’s special guests for the evening were the Inverness based Colin Donaldson Duo with Colin on piano accordion and wife Heather on drums. They launched into a lively and varied programme of sets with something to suit everyone while Colin briefly explained the origin of many of the tunes. Variety was the watchword throughout, for example from a Shetland two step straight into a tarantella immediately followed by a lively set of reels, quickstep tunes from The Jungle Book! What next? One of the highlights of their programme must have been a fabulous set of pastoral strathspeys, something which is rarely, if ever, heard at the Club. A programme of great music from two fine musicians and all too soon it was time to bring the evening to a close. The next Club night will be on Thursday 7th February in the same venue when special guests will be The Charlie Kirkpatrick Trio.

John Grundy


Alasdair MacLeod Trio
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

Isle of Skye (Photograph)