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Alasdair MacLeod Trio

Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club closed their 2018/19 season of monthly meetings in their usual venue of Portree’s Royal Hotel in May with a tremendous feast of music served up to an appreciative audience by local and visiting musicians. Jim Campbell was on compere duties and introduced the first of the local musicians, Rachel Henderson on solo fiddle with some great sets played in her usual accomplished style. Next on stage was talented box player Emily Matheson whose fine playing was further enhanced by piano backing from Bill Ewan of Markinch who had been “borrowed” from the guest band. To the delight of the audience Emily returned later on stage, still accompanied by Bill but also joined by guest band fiddler Gillian Stevenson of Culbokie to fill the room with some great sounds, all led by Emily and not a page of sheet music between them! Long time supporter of the Club, Wendy Riva stepped up to play some lively sets on her fiddle to be followed by more solo fiddle sets from Club chairperson Julia Rudram who finished her contribution with her vocal version of "The Dark Island" accompanied on accordion by Emily Matheson. And so to the guest band of the evening, The Alasdair MacLeod Trio led by Alasdair from Croftamie on accordion with the previously mentioned Gillian Stevenson on fiddle and Bill Ewan on piano. What followed could only be described as a masterclass in Scottish Dance Music! Three top class musicians gelled together to produce an amazing sound including a sparkling piano solo from Bill and an atmospheric slow waltz from Gillian on fiddle. All too soon it was time to bring the evening to a close and for the audience to head homewards with the sound of great music still ringing in their ears. Club nights resume again on the first Thursday in October but before then on Thursday 23rd May the Club look forward to hosting the Annual Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival based in the Royal Hotel with their first guest band on that date being Robert Whitehead of the famous Danelaw Scottish Dance Band. Full details of the Festival, dates and bands can be found on the Music Festival page.

John Grundy


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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






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