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Janet Graham Band

The November meeting of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Club in Portree’s Royal Hotel was off to a lively start when m.c. Julia Rudram invited superb fiddler Rachel Henderson to entertain the audience, followed by accordionist Emily Matheson. Both girls are experienced and competent players, popular with the Club audiences. Emily included a great rendition of the slow air The Sleeping Warrior in her solo sets and later teamed up with drummer Charlie Oag for more great tunes. It was good to see the familiar faces of surprise visitors Ian and Elizabeth MacDonald from Caithness who are well known at the Club. Elizabeth on accordion and Ian on fiddle were joined on stage by drumming maestro Richard Hughes of Tobermory and multi talented Derek Hamilton of Galston on keyboard keeping the great music bouncing along for the delighted audience. Julia Rudram, on solo fiddle played a few sets and was followed by Peter O’Donnaghaile with a traditional folk song while accompanying himself on his Antoria 3stop 1row melodian. Another local face, not seen at the Club for some time and hugely welcomed by the audience was Ally Cruikshank with his piano accordion who demonstrated that he had lost none of his flair with some strong lively sets, greatly appreciated by the assembled company. And so to the special guest band, The Janet Graham Scottish Dance Band with leader Janet from Cumbernauld on accordion, Richard Hughes on drums and Derek Hamilton on keyboard – all very familiar faces over the years at the Skye Club and many Clubs the length and breadth of the country. Janet’s friendly and gentle nature which is reflected in her playing style has earned her great popularity with her audiences who went on to enjoy an extensive repertoire from the trio bringing a night of the best of music to a close. On Thursday 5th December the Club look forward to being entertained by The Scott Leslie Trio.

John Grundy.


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Scott Leslie Trio
5th December 2019

Janet Graham Band
7th November 2019

Adin Graham Trio
3rd October 2019

Alasdair MacLeod Trio
2nd May 2019

Andy Philip Duo
4th April 2019






Isle of Skye (Photograph)