Failté or Welcome to the website for the Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club!

Andy Philip Duo

A good number of members and friends were welcomed to the April meeting of the Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club in the Royal Hotel, Portree by m.c. Julia Rudram, including a number of visitors from far and wide, some of whom were carrying accordion cases! As is the custom it was the club’s own players who got the music underway with some fine sets from accordionist Emily Matheson, fiddlers Rachel Henderson and Julia Rudram. Then it was their turn to sit back and enjoy the music of some of the visitors starting with fine solo box playing by Susan Power from Dumfries who has visited before while attending Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festivals.

The next visitors on stage, also no strangers to Skye, were Robin Waitt on three-row button box and wife Deryn on piano accordion from Canonbie and accompanied on keyboard by the multi talented Nicky McMichan from Moffat. Robin and Deryn are usually known as The Bon Accords and are in demand the length and breadth of the country for their fine music and this evening was no exception earning them the acclaim of the enthusiastic audience. Guest band time came along and the Club were delighted to have what could be described as a “dynamic duo” in the persons of Andy Philip of Kilwinning on piano accordion and midi accompanied by top class drummer Nicky McMichan of Moffat. Both players excelled themselves to the delight of the audience and Andy had devised a programme which contained something for all tastes, whether traditional or modern. For example a fabulous slow air “The Sleeping Warrior” later followed by his dazzling version of “The Orange Blossom Special” which left the listeners out of breath! There was only one way to end such a great evening and that was for all the players to join in with a traditional “stramash”. On Thursday 2nd May the Club look forward to hosting The Alistair MacLeod 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)